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WILD WEST IN PHOTOGRAPHS. From the AMERICA IN FOCUS cycle

Supported by:
  • THE BLAVATNIK FAMILY FOUNDATION
  • ENERGY STANDARD GROUP
Grabill, John C. H. The Interview. between 1887 and 1892
23 April 2014—16 June 2014

The exhibition "Wild West in Photographs" organized by the Russian Museum and the Foundation for International Arts and Education exhibits photographs from the end of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th century from collections of the American photographers Edward Curtis, John Grabill, as well as from the collection of the Lawrence and Houseworth publishers, which are currently housed at the Library of Congress of the United States in Washington.

The history and culture of American Indians have already long been a subject of study for historians, ethnographers and art historians. In the second half of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th century, the traditions of several Indian tribes were partially or completely annihilated, but from approximately the middle of the 20th century on, there have been attempts of indigenous peoples who live on this land to gradually restore these cultural elements that were lost. That is why addressing the subject of the Wild West in the United States, along with the annihilation of indigenous peoples who lived on said territory is extremely important.

The exhibition has been designed as a story about the most interesting moments in the history of the conquest of the Wild West. On display in the exhibition are numerous portraits of American Indians, hunters and famous individuals, such as Red Cloud, the chief of the Oglala Lakota; and others; as well as photography sessions at gold mines, during the Gold Rush period of the second half of the 19th century. There are photographs of the trains that were the first to run on the Trans-Continental Railroad, which linked the East and the West of the country and accelerated the development of the western territories of the United States. There are also extremely interesting photographs that capture some of the traditional rites of Indian tribes and traditional Indian masks.

Each photograph is unique, and each tells its own fascinating story. All of the photographs on display at the exhibition were taken by photographers who were also settlers: John Grabill, Edward Curtis, Frederick Monsen and the Gerhard sisters, Emme and Mayme.

Curtis, Edward S. Si Wa Wata Wa Man. Сirca 1903 Grabill, John C. H. Cowboy: Bucking Bronco. 1888 Grabill, John C. H. Cowboys: Roping Gray Wolf. 1887 Grabill, John C. H. On the Burlington and Missouri Rivers. 1891 Curtis, Edward S. High Hawk. Сirca 1907 December 26. Curtis, Edward S. Bull Chief. Apsaroke. Сirca 1908 July 6. Frederick Monsen. Hopi Basket Weaver

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