Sept. 9: NW art, manifest destiny and culture explored

ManoguerraPULLMAN, Wash. – Larger-than-life paintings of the American West and their relationship to cultural meaning will be discussed by a visiting artist 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Kimbrough 101 at Washington State University.

“Out of the Mist, Mount Rainier,” 1921, by John F. Carlson (American, 1875-1945), Jundt Art Museum collection, Gonzaga University.

“American Artist-Adventurers: Manifest Destiny and Landscape Aesthetics in the Northwest” will be presented by Paul A. Manoguerra, director and curator of the Gonzaga University Jundt Art Museum in Spokane, Wash.

According to Manoguerra, painters traveling to the Northwest in the 19th and early 20th centuries used the landscape to construct picturesque and sublime works of art that both reflected and added to the ongoing cultural meaning of the West.

Inspired by religious, educational, political and economic motives, manifest destiny is the 19th century belief that America was destined to expand westward throughout the continent.

Manoguerra is hosted by the visiting artist/scholar program in the WSU fine arts department.