A Digital Look at History

Or how we got where we are
Detail from Leigh Merrill’s Sundance Square

Leigh Merrill’s unpopulated images of North Texas buildings and sites in her current exhibition, “Manifest Destiny,” at the Hotchkiss Tremaine Gallery, are about the frontier as it pushed west through the vast expanse of the Plains. This movement into new territory freed settlers from European customs and prior mindsets, and from older notions of art and architecture. These pioneers were innovative, individualistic, democratic yet lawless. And in Texas they combined with Spanish and Mexican influences.

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