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Pushing West

Oakland Museum of California

Travel back in time through Andrew J. Russell's epic photography of the Transcontinental Railroad's western expansion, completed 150 years ago in 1869. Though commissioned to document the railroad and its successful development, Russell's photography reveals the tensions between the economic and technological advances and the Railroad's significant impact on western lands and Native peoples.


This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock has to say about Pushing West :

Andrew J. Russell (1829–1902) was a 19th-century photographer who documented the American Civil War and the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. This exhibition presents his original collodion photography of the Transcontinental Railroad’s Western expansion, depicting a sense of trepidation for how this technological innovation might impact the land and Native people.

Event Info
May 04 → Sep 01
Wed-Thu 11 AM - 5 PM, Fri 11 AM - 10 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM - 6 PM
$15.95
Oakland Museum
Oak and 10th, Oakland
Info: 510-318-8400
Venue: 888/625-6873
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