John J. Egan, installation view of Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley (1850) in the exhibition The River: Images of the Mississippi, 1976
As part of the US bicentennial celebration, the Walker Art Center presented an exhibition focused on the Mississippi River—a major US waterway that finds its primary source in Itasca, Minnesota, and winds through Minneapolis/St. Paul on its way south to the Gulf of Mexico. The exhibition included historical works such as this panorama, measuring 90 inches wide by 348 feet long, on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum, as well as commissioned works by contemporary artists inspired by the mighty river. The Walker used this moment to address important waterfront topics, including urban redevelopment along the shores of the Mississippi, and conservation issues.
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