Clements Center Evening Lecture Series

Ron Tyler

Western Art, Western History: Collected Essays

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 |   The Texana Room, Fondren Library Center, 6404 Robert S. Hyer Lane, SMU  |  5:30 reception followed by 6 pm lecture and book signing  

Co-sponsored with SMU's DeGolyer Library   

To register, call 214-768-3684 or click here. 

For nearly half a century, celebrated historian Ron Tyler has researched, interpreted, and exhibited western American art. This splendid volume, gleaned from Tyler’s extensive career of connoisseurship, brings together eight of the author’s most notable essays, reworked especially for this volume. Beautifully illustrated with more than 150 images, Western Art, Western History (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) tells the stories of key artists, both famous and obscure, whose provocative pictures document the people and places of the nineteenth-century American West.

The artists depicted in these pages represent a variety of personalities and artistic styles. According to Tyler, each of them responded in unique ways to the compelling and exotic drama that unfolded in the West during the nineteenth century—an age of exploration, surveying, pleasure travel, and scientific discovery. In eloquent and engaging prose, Tyler unveils a fascinating cast of characters, including the little-known German-Russian artist Louis Choris, who served as a draftsman on the second Russian circumnavigation of the globe; the exacting and precise Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, who accompanied Prince Maximilian of Wied on his sojourn up the Missouri River; and the young American Alfred Jacob Miller, whose seemingly frivolous and romantic depictions of western mountain men and American Indians remained largely unknown until the mid-twentieth century. Other artists showcased in this volume are John James Audubon, George Caleb Bingham, Alfred E. Mathews, and, finally, Frederic Remington, who famously sought to capture the last glimmers of the “old frontier.”

Ron Tyler is retired as director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the contributor to and author of numerous books on art and photography of the American West, including Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist as ExplorerVisions of America: Pioneer Artists in a New Land, and Prints of the West: Prints from the Library of Congress.

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