Join Shelburne Museum Associate Curator Dr. Katie Wood Kirchhoff with Miller scholar Dr. Lisa Strong, Director of the Art and Museum Studies M.A. Program and Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University for a close look at an exciting new acquisition to Shelburne Museum’s collection—Departure of the Caravan at Sunrise by Alfred Jacob Miller. Strong and Kirchhoff will take a close look at a newly acquired painting and discuss the artist’s larger role in the history of American art. Strong is author of Sentimental Journey: The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller (2008).
In 1837, Miller traveled west to create a visual record of the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, an annual three-week gathering of Native American and Anglo fur trappers and traders near the present-day border of Colorado and Wyoming. The images Miller collected from this journey inspired and informed his work for decades, attracting patrons and providing source material that shaped viewers’ understandings of North America’s western frontier.