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Oklahoma exhibit showcases graphics of golden age of passenger travel

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Louis Benton Akin, Colorado River, Grand Canyon (1908) (Courtesy The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art)
Louis Benton Akin, Colorado River, Grand Canyon (1908) (Courtesy The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art)

Ticket to Ride, the show now up at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, gathers paintings, posters, and graphic works by artists and commercial designers who depicted Western rail companies and the landscape they traversed between the late 1880s and early 1930s, the golden age of passenger travel. Private cars were not widely available, so artists and illustrators relied on the Western rail lines, such as the Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe, and other Western lines, for travel. The rail companies also commissioned artists and illustrators for images of Western subjects to decorate their offices and hotels. The exhibition features Hudson River School pioneer Thomas Moran and “Master Painter of the American West” Maynard Dixon, among those who rode the Western railways and enjoyed their patronage.

Maurice Logan, Yosemite, Southern Pacific Poster (1923)

Maurice Logan, Yosemite, Southern Pacific Poster (1923) (Courtesy the California State Library)

Ticket to Ride
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma
555 Elm Avenue
Norman, Oklahoma
October 5 through December 30

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