Gallery 66: Selling the Southwest
This thesis accompanies the exhibition Gallery 66: Selling the Southwest at the Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, Ohio. Gallery 66 explores the specific historical and cultural climate in which the museum's Southwest Native American Art collections were acquired. It demonstrates the way in which tourist traffic along Route 66 affected the perception of Native Americans in the Southwest and led to a national desire for their art forms. Many of these forms resulted from interactions between Native American artists, the trading post system, and the tourist. The thesis elaborates upon these interrelationships by referring to images and objects within the exhibition. It also discusses Route 66 as an ongoing performance in relation to the concept of Manifest Destiny, calling into question the recent enthusiasm surrounding the road by exploring the notions of narrative, nostalgia, and identity that seem to be at the root of the Route 66 "revival."
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:route 66 southwest native american art americans manifest destiny kennedy museum of gallery selling the tourism nostalgia pop culture trading posts mapping geography narrative identity
Date of Publication:01/01/2007