In 2017, The Westmoreland became a member of Art Bridges, an initiative from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art that focuses on sharing outstanding works of American art with museums and institutions across the country. Through this program, The Westmoreland is now displaying After Russell Lee I-60 (2016) by Sherrie Levine in the Post-1950s Gallery through June 2019.
Sherrie Levine's work engages many of the core tenets of postmodern art, in particular challenging notions of originality, authenitcity and identity. After Russell Lee I-60 is a continuation of Levine's ongoing practice of photographing reproductions of artworks, which she began in the early 1980s. This is her largest grouping of works to date.
Russell Lee was a photographer contracted by the Farm Security Administration, an initiative of the American government created in 1935 to combat rural poverty in the wake of the Great Depression. Simultaneously hailed as informative and derided as exploitative, the resulting photographs depict life in Pie Town, New Mexico.