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A Great Frontier Odyssey: Sketching the American West

AUDIENCE: Adults, Teens, 4th-Grade Students

RENTAL FEE: $2,000 + shipping for an 8-week booking

SIZE:750-850 sq. ft.

SECURITY: Moderate

INSTALLATION IMAGES: View online here

This new traveling exhibit depicts the 1873 cross-country journey of Jules Tavernier & Paul Frenzeny - and, subsequently, late nineteenth-century America - through their engravings of the American West.

After the opening of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, the public clamored for images of the newly accessible American West. The Harper Brother’s publishing firm in New York sought to capitalize on this, and chose Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny to provide images of the frontier. The intrepid men were skilled at depicting newsworthy places or events that favored the plight of the common man. Coupled with their artistic and journalistic talent and keen powers of observation, they were a powerful team; Tavernier created each engraving’s watercolor painting before handing it off to Frenzeny, who added newsworthy details and drew the scene in pencil on wood blocks.

The prints in this exhibit trace the artists’ journey to San Francisco, where both men initially settled in 1874 and became an important part of the city’s art life. From there, Tavernier traveled down the coast to visit the Monterey Peninsula and before long opened the town’s first professional art studio. He returned to San Francisco four years later, but his insatiable appetite for adventure eventually led him to Hawaii. After spending time in Monterey to refine his skills as a watercolorist, Paul Frenzeny resumed his career as a special correspondent in New York, and became an illustrator of choice for Western Adventure stories and for such famous novels as Anna Karenina and the Jungle Book. He also worked as a rider in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in London, where he spent the rest of his life.

A Great Frontier Odyssey: Sketching the American West is curated by Dr. Claudine Chalmers and traveled by Exhibit Envoy.

The exhibition is divided into four sections:
  • Engravers in New York
  • Frontier Settlers
  • The Wild West
  • Colorado to San Francisco

The exhibition includes:


    

TOP: Arkansas Pilgrims. MIDDLE LEFT: Kansas Land Office. MIDDLE RIGHT: The Circus Comes to Town. BOTTOM: Underground Village. All prints by Tavernier and Frenzeny, courtesy of Claudine Chalmers.

SCHEDULE & AVAILABILITY:

November 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018 AVAILABLE
January 21, 2018 – March 18, 2018 Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Danville
April 1, 2018 – May 27, 2018
San Joaquin County Historical Society, Lodi
June 10, 2018 – August 5,  2018 AVAILABLE
August 19, 2018 – October 14, 2018 AVAILABLE
October 28, 2018 – December 23, 2018 Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Yucca Valley
January 6, 2019 – March 3, 2019 AVAILABLE
March 17, 2019 – May 12, 2019 AVAILABLE
May 26, 2019 – July 21, 2019 AVAILABLE
August 4, 2019 – September 29, 2019 AVAILABLE
October 6, 2019 – December 1, 2019 AVAILABLE
December 15, 2019 – February 9, 2020 AVAILABLE


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