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Curating Across the Disciplines: The Frontier
March 3, 2009 - April 26, 2009
John A. and Helen P. Becker Gallery
"Waterfall in the Mountains", 1867 by James Hope, American, 1819-1892, oil on canvas, Gift of Miss Susan Dwight Bliss, 1948.16

What accounts for the persistence of the “frontier myth” in American history? The images collected in this exhibition illustrate some of the contradictory ways that Americans have fashioned meaning out of the frontier idea from the seventeenth century to the present.  As these objects all show, the "frontier" has been as much a state of mind as a place and time. Curated by Bowdoin College Associate Professor Matthew Klingle.

"Devils's Slide Utah, U.P.R.R.", 1873-1874 by Carleton Emmons Watkins, American, 1829-1916, albumen print, Gift of Isaac Lagnado, Bowdoin Class of 1971, in honor of Professor William D. and Alison Shipman, 1991.111