Museum’s Building Expansion Update
Tacoma Art Museum Director Stephanie A. Stebich will update members about the progress of the building expansion and renovation. The museum’s new Haub Wing will feature the Haub Family Collection, one of the leading collections of Western American art. Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, the project has a construction start date this fall with a groundbreaking event on September 5, 2013 and a grand opening planned for late 2014.
West by Northwest: Treasures from the Haub Collection Come Home
Learn more about Western American art from our guest speaker, Peter Hassrick. Peter is a leading scholar in Western American art and was the long-time director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and the founding director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This brief lecture addresses the importance of the Haub Collection and puts it into perspective with the region which inspired it and the political, geographical and aesthetic forces which shaped its creation in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The region includes the area between the 42nd and 49th parallels west of the Rocky Mountains, known in the mid-19th century as the Oregon Territory. The motivations behind the art were complex and interrelated, but included science, adventure, military, political, personal ego, ethnography, aesthetics, entrepreneurial zeal, advancement of progress (Manifest Destiny) and its opposite, conservation.