Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River opens next week at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The exhibition features paintings and drawings by American artist George Caleb Bingham, whose iconic works reveal the cultural and economic significance of the massive Mississippi and Missouri waterways to mid-nineteenth-century society.

Bingham moved to Missouri as a child and began painting scenes of Missouri life in the 1840s. His paintings of the workingmen of western America brought him fame in New York exhibition venues and collections around the country. By creating a sense of everyday life on the inland rivers, he developed an original approach that garnered recognition and appreciation all over the country.

Marquand Books produced the 200-page exhibition catalogue for Navigating the West, which was designed by Patrick Dooley and features contributions from Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, Claire Barry, Nancy Heugh, Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Dorothy Mahon, Andrew J. Walker, and Janeen Turk. Over 174 illustrations, including Bingham’s sketches and infrared images of his paintings, help explore the artist’s work and creative process.

The exhibition will be on view at the Amon Carter through January 18, 2015, after which it will travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To purchase copies of the catalogue, visit Yale University Press.


Photography by Meghann Ney