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The Missouri Scene: In the Wake of Lewis and Clark

Albrecht Durer
Richard E. Miller
(American, 1875-1943)
President Jefferson Greeting Lewis and Clark
ca. 1922
oil on canvas
(97-13)

In 1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on a 4000-mile journey up the Missouri River. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of their journey, this exhibition juxtaposed nineteenth- and twentieth-century representations of the Missouri River Valley with quotes from the journals of Lewis and Clark. The exhibition reflected the environmental impact of agriculture and industrialization on the landscape. Images of African Americans, Native Americans, and the rural poor encouraged viewers to consider the political and social effects of the Missouri river economy. The different cultural interpretations of Missouri’s landscape and history helped familiarize twenty-first century viewers with a wide variety of perspectives from which to view the Missouri Scene.

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