Explore 125 Years of National Geographic Photos of the American West

National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, a collection of iconic Western images, gathered by National Geographic over a span of some 125 years, will open at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and nine other museums across the country on Oct. 27.

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Monument Valley, Utah, 2001. Bruce Dale/National Geographic Stock

The National Geographic coupled with our popular holiday tradition, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, creates a great reason to bring the family to the Eiteljorg Museum this fall.

Indianapolis, Ind. (PRWEB) October 16, 2012

National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, a collection of iconic Western images, gathered by National Geographic over a span of some 125 years, will open at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and nine other museums across the country on Oct. 27. The opening is noteworthy both for bringing together for the first time this remarkable collection of photographs and for being the largest such simultaneous photography exhibition ever for the United States. The exhibition will be on display at the Eiteljorg Museum through Feb. 10, 2013.

National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West features the best images of the West published by National geographic over its 125-year history, and includes works by nearly 80 different photographers. It also reveals some surprises from the National Geographic Image Collection. Many of the images will be instantly recognizable for their subjects; others less so. Arrayed together, they tell a story about imagination, spectacle, adventure and surpassing beauty, together with startling views into the daily struggles of people and animals in a vast and often intimidating territory.

“We are pleased to bring National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West to the Eiteljorg Museum,” says John Vanausdall, president and CEO. “This wonderful exhibit coupled with our popular holiday tradition, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, creates a great reason to bring the family to the Eiteljorg Museum this fall.”

Opening Nov. 3, is the Eiteljorg’s popular holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. This whimsical model train display starts in Indianapolis and takes you to the great national parks of the West. Each and every landmark is made from natural materials like branches, nuts and moss. These two great exhibits make a visit to the Eiteljorg a must.

Show off and hone your photography skills

The Eiteljorg Museum has partnered with Roberts Camera to bring several different programs during the run of National Geographic. Starting with the exhibit opening on Oct. 27 the museum and Roberts Camera will be holding a photography contest—“How the West Won You.” Send in your best photos from the American West. Show us how the rich cultures or the beautiful landscapes won you over. You could win your choice of a Nikon D3100 or a Canon T3 with an 18-55 mm lens. Keep an eye out at http://www.eiteljorg.org for more information.

On Nov. 3 from 1-3 p.m. the Eiteljorg and Robert’s will host a photo walk along the downtown canal. The event will start at the museum where you’ll hear from tips from Roberts Camera staff and then take a walk along the Downtown Canal with your gear and capture the beauty of Downtown Indianapolis. Reservations are limited; e-mail to reserve a spot mreinker(at)robertsimaging(dot)com

A companion book to the exhibition, National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0956-1; on sale Oct. 10, 2012; trade paperback; $30), features 175 photographs, including rarely-published and never-before-seen images, capturing the real West and its enduring legacy from earliest images through contemporary issues. The book will be available at the Eiteljorg Museum Store.

The National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibition was organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West, presented nationally by The Mays Family Foundation.

The Eiteljorg Museum is also honored to have the support of these other patrons. Without their support these wonderful exhibits and programs would not be possible. Special thanks goes to local presenting sponsor Eli Lilly and Company and local sponsors: American Senior Communities, BMO Private Bank, David Jacobs, Fifth Third Bank, Katz, Sapper & Miller, Roberts Camera; with additional support from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and The Penrod Society.

Participating museums in the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, include:

  •     Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
  •     Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  •     Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
  •     Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  •     National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  •     National Geographic Museum, Washington, D.C.
  •     National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  •     Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, New York
  •     C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
  •     Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas

The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. Through its Project New Moon campaign, the museum is attracting new audiences with dynamic new interpretations of its mission. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit http://www.eiteljorg.org.


Contact

  • Tamara Winfrey Harris
    Eiteljorg Museum
    (317) 275-1315
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Attachments

List of photographers in the exhibit.