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"Faces of the Frontier" at the Gilcrease Museum

By Rich Fisher


Tulsa, Oklahoma – On this edition of our program, we're discussing a wonderful photography exhibit on view at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa through January 2nd, 2011. "Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845-1924," which opened on October 10th, is a touring show that's being presented by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The 100+ photographic portraits in this exhibit tell the story of those who contributed to the transformation of the West, from the era of the Mexican War up until the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act. Here are vintage photographs of those who explored, fought over, developed, described, altered, or otherwise represented this vast territory --- Albert Bierstadt, Kit Carson, "Buffalo Bill" Cody, Geronimo, "Wild" Bill Hickok, Sam Houston, Jesse James, Jack London, John Muir, Annie Oakley, Brigham Young, and so many others --- as captured by such noted photographers of the period as Charles Milton Bell, Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and Edward Sheriff Curtis. Our guest on StudioTulsa today is the curator of "Faces of the Frontier," the Smithsonian's Frank H. Goodyear III. (To learn more about this show, please visit gilcrease.utulsa.edu.)