Groundbreaking Exhibition at National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole Views American West through 125 Years of National Geographic Photographs

An exhibition of 75 iconic images of the American West spanning more than a century will open October 27, 2012, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole and at nine other museums across the U.S. Spearheaded by the Jackson, Wyo., museum, “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” represents the largest simultaneous museum opening in U.S. history and features images by more than 50 photographers, including William Albert Allard, who will give a presentation in Jackson Hole on October 26.

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Cover of companion book (© William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock)

“National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” represents the largest simultaneous opening of an exhibition in U.S. history.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (PRWEB) October 04, 2012

A presentation by photographer William Albert Allard, a major force at National Geographic for 50 years, will mark the opening of “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The exhibition, featuring 75 iconic images of the West taken in real-time over 125 years, will officially open on October 27 in 10 museums across the country, including at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont. The show represents the largest simultaneous opening of an exhibition in U.S. history. The special preview reception at the National Museum of Wildlife Art will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26, with Allard’s presentation at 6:30 p.m.

A “Sneak Peek” with National Museum of Wildlife Art President and CEO James C. McNutt at 11:30 a.m. is also planned for October 26. McNutt, who was instrumental in the conception and realization of the 10-museum exhibition, will discuss the four years’ preparation for the show, including selecting the images for the show from among the thousands in the National Geographic Archives. Special activities for visitors at the Jackson Hole venue around the subjects of photography and media will be offered on the Saturday opening of the exhibition, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art website for event details and a complete list of participating museums at http://www.wildlifeart.org.

American documentary photographer William Albert Allard, who began his career as an intern at National Geographic in 1964, is one of the few photographers of his generation whose entire professional body of work is in color. “In my photography, color and composition are inseparable. I see in color,” says Allard, who has five photographs in the exhibition, including his portrait of Circle A boss Brian Morris, taken in Paradise Valley, Nev., in 1973, which also graces the cover of the exhibition’s companion book, "National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure" (National Geographic Books, October 2012).

A dedicated website for the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibition and book, featuring exhibition images, photographer interviews, interactive features and more will be available online at http://www.photographsofthewest.org as the October 27 opening date approaches. The exhibition will be on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art through April 28, 2013.

“National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” is organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West. Presented by the Mays Family Foundation.

Company Information: A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at http://www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook at wildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

Media Contact: Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey(at)wildlifeart(dot)org