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The Most Frightful Nightmare-Westward Expeditions

January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MST

FREE LECTURE: In July 1863 painter Albert Bierstadt paid the first of two visits to Salt Lake Valley and then proceeded westward through the harsh desert to California. An anonymous member of Bierstadt’s expedition recalled his impression of the region in The Atlantic Monthly, April 1864: “From Salt Lake to Washoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the road lies through the most horrible desert conceivable by the mind of man . . . alkali, white as the driven snow . . . in one uninterrupted sheet. . . . I look back on that desert as the most frightful nightmare of my existence.” Curator Leslie Anderson examines works in the UMFA’s galleries of American and regional art and in the special exhibition Go West! Art of the American Frontier. (Above image: Advice on the Prairie by William Ranney, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 10.91)


January 17, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Marcia & John Price Museum Building, 410 Campus Center Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States