The West of Many Stories is a quarterly lecture series that aims to fill in the stories that the collections do not yet tell on their own, namely the stories of Asian, Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples living in the West. The West of Many stories will bring to light the often neglected and underrepresented stories that often uphold the existing popularized narrative of the West.
April 17 from 11:00am – 12:00pm
Projected in the Clingman Education Gallery (Free with museum admission) or virtually via Zoom.
This quarter’s lecture will focus on Chinese immigrants in the West. Artist Mian Situ has distinguished himself as a Western artist whose work illustrates the stories of Chinese in 19th century California. His paintings depict events during the 1849 Gold Rush, the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, and scenes from everyday life in a new land. Situ will present on his work, using it as a vehicle to relate actual events from the lives of immigrants and how they have impacted the cultural heritage of the West Coast.