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Kristine Potter’s Manifest Challenges Masculine Ideals and the Mythology of the American West

June 15, 2018

By Conor Risch

© Kristine Potter

In creating the portraits and landscape images in her new book, Kristine Potter sought to invert the male gaze, which has defined much of our understanding of the American West. Here, "Spring Landscape (No Way In/Out)," 2014.

Wrapped up in the concept of manifest destiny is the idea that the American West, its natural resources and splendor, were created by God for the benefit of man. Specifically, white American men, who were in sole possession of political and economic power in the country in the mid-1800s. Advocating for the annexation of the Republic of Texas and the...

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