Member Opening May 16, 2024
4-6 p.m.

Lewis and Clark were not the only ones to make history by exploring the newly acquired territory of the Louisiana Purchase. Almost thirty years after their expedition, Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied, accompanied by Karl Bodmer, set out to explore the Upper Missouri River. The expedition, which lasted two years, ventured into uncharted territories of present-day North and South Dakota, Montana, and Nebraska, documenting diverse landscapes, wildlife, and Indigenous cultures. Karl Bodmer’s meticulous observations and sketches were later published in Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834, making it one of the most important documents of the West before Western Expansion changed the region forever. This exhibition features prints by Bodmer from the Maximilian expedition, celebrating the cross-cultural exchange between Euro-Americans and Indigenous peoples during the 19th-century encounter in the American West.

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Bison Dance of the Mandan Indians in front of their Medicine Lodge, engraving ca.1834, aquatint, On Loan From Larry Alan Larson and Gail Larson, L2024.1.2

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Hunting of the Grizzly, engraving ca. 1842, aquatint, Gift of Larry Alan Larson and Gail Larson, 2024.1.6

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Fort Clark on the Missouri, engraving ca. 1834, aquatint, Gift of Larry Alan Larson and Gail Larson, 2024.1.18

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The Steamer Yellowstone, on April 19th, 1833, engraving ca. 1840, aquatint, Gift of Larry Alan Larson and Gail Larson, 2024.1.1