Dubbed "the Missouri artist," George Caleb Bingham moved to the state as a child and, by the 1840s, began painting the scenes of western life for which he is now famous. Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River celebrates his iconic depictions of frontier life by bringing together his river paintings and drawings for the first time in decades.
The 22 paintings on view in Navigating the West include masterworks from the Museum's American collection and others on loan from prominent museums and private collections. They are joined by more than 50 related drawings and prints, as well as the recently restored Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley. Painted around 1850, at the same time as Bingham's masterworks, the 348-foot-long Panorama provides another depiction of life along the western rivers.
Navigating the West is the most extensive and ambitious of three coinciding explorations of landscape and the river in 19th-century American art. Visitors are invited to enjoy the free exhibitions Scenic Wonder: An Early American Journey Down the Hudson River and Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life.
Co-organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Navigating the West will travel to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in June. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly, full-color catalogue that is available in the Museum Shops.
Members receive free admission to the exhibition.
All tickets—including free tickets—are timed and dated, and advance tickets are recommended.
Advance tickets are available at the Museum or through MetroTix. There is a limit of 6 advanced tickets on Fridays. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix will be assessed a service fee. Same-day tickets are available in person at the Museum only. When ordering through MetroTix, Members must present a special promo code to receive the correct number of free Member tickets. To obtain your specific code, please visit members.slam.org/code or call 314.655.5335.
Multimedia tours are available on a limited number of Museum iPads. Visitors may use these devices when they are available, however they are strongly encouraged to download the app for free on their own devices. During Free Fridays, there is a $5 charge for using Museum iPads.
The Art Museum welcomes all visitors and strives to make its building and programs accessible to everyone. Photography is not allowed in Navigating the West, but you may take non-flash, non-commercial photos in our permanent collection galleries.
The last entry to Navigating the West is one hour before the Museum closes.
Museum Members enjoy free admission to Navigating the West, as well as invitations to special events and valuable discounts on dining, shopping, and parking. Join today to enjoy the many wonderful benefits of membership.
Be among the first to see the exhibition during two preview days exclusively for Members, with live music, hands-on activities, and a special Members-only lecture by one of the exhibition's organizing curators.
Museum Members receive free timed tickets to the exhibition on every visit. Your membership level determines the number of tickets you may receive. Advance tickets for the exhibition and select Member programs are recommended for best availability.
Advance tickets are available in person at the Information Centers or through MetroTix. When ordering through MetroTix, Members must present a promo code to receive free tickets. To retrieve your promo code, call the Membership Office at 314.655.5335 or click here. All MetroTix orders, including Member tickets, will include a $3 per ticket fee.
All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets to the exhibition and related programs may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix will be assessed a service fee.
The rivers were an integral part of the lives of the 19th century Missourians depicted in Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River, and continue to impact our lives today. This series of five two-minute videos profiles fascinating people from the region whose lives are intertwined with the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
The exhibition has been organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities and in part by generous grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The St. Louis presentation is generously supported by the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee. Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.