New Exhibition "Across the Indian Country"
Photographs by Alexander Gardner, 1867-68
July 25, 2014 – January 11, 2015, Bloch Building, Gallery L11
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Admission is FREE
The "Across the Continent" series was photographed first on the existing railroad line across Kansas (resulting in some of the earliest images of that state) and then along the proposed route to the Pacific Ocean. Gardner's photographs stress the benefits of railroad construction–once railroads were built, towns would follow–and suggest the possibility of successful Indian and settler coexistence.
By the 1860's the Plains Indians found themselves sandwiched in the middle of the country with white advancement (nice word for steeling their country) on both sides. Rail lines cut directly through their hunting grounds–scattering the game necessary for survival.
This exhibition highlights two rare bodies of work created by Alexander Gardner at this pivotal time: Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad in 1867-68 and Scenes in the Indian Country in 1868.
Admission is FREE - Open Wednesday-Sunday
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located in the center of Kansas City, at 4525 Oak Street, three blocks northeast of the Country Club Plaza. Visit their coffee shop (free WiFi)
Find out more about this fantastic museum: http://www.nelson-atkins.org