(Re)imagining the west: The Whitney Gallery of Western Art’s sacred hymn

G. Dickinson, Brian Ott, E. Aoki

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In 2009, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art (WGWA), located within the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) in Cody, Wyoming, was redesigned - its art rehung and its vision of the West reimagined. The newly designed gallery replaced the structuring principles of history, artist, and genre that had governed the previous layout and design of the gallery with a thematic structure that elicits a series of affective dissonances. In this essay, we argue that the redesigned Whitney Gallery of Western Art performs a sacred hymn that - in repositioning Buffalo Bill Cody as its orchestrating figure - resolves discordant images and narratives of the West, harmonizes diverse themes into a single vision, and reconstitutes national identity in terms of the Western sublime. © 2013 SAGE Publications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-34
JournalCultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies
StatePublished - 2013


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