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Jul 8, 2014 - Sep 5, 2014
In 1832, German explorer and naturalist Prince Maximilian of Wied and Swiss artist Karl Bodmer embarked on a two-year journey that would take them up the Missouri River to document the landscape, natural history, and people of the High Plains. Bodmer captured a challenging and dramatic landscape that was still unfamiliar to people in the Eastern United States and Europe. His portraits, remarkable for their careful detail and sensitivity to the personalities of the sitters, were among the first accurate portrayals of Western Indians in their homelands. To this day, his work remains one of the most perceptive and compelling visual accounts of the American interior and a foundation of our memory and understanding of the nineteenth-century West.