September 30, 2023 – January 7, 2024
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. when museum is open

Unbridled Spirit: The Photography of Barbara Van Cleve

Step into the world of an Unbridled Spirit. This exhibition takes you on a journey through the rugged beauty and fading traditions of the American West through the lens of internationally-acclaimed photographer Barbara Van Cleve. View numerous photography themes alongside a carefully curated selection of ranching artifacts from her's and MOR's cultural history collections.

Born and raised on the Lazy K Bar ranch in the breathtaking landscapes of Montana's Crazy Mountains, Van Cleve's connection to ranching began as young as six, when she could be found lending a hand at the corrals or gracefully astride a horse. She has passionately documented the "true grit" and romantic allure of her ranching experiences in the West. Inducted into the prestigious Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Van Cleve's photography has garnered international acclaim, featuring in over 60 solo exhibitions nationwide and beyond. 

Her evocative images have also graced the pages of seven published books, captivating audiences with their authenticity and raw beauty.

Unbridled Spirit was produced by Museum of the Rockies and Barabara Van Cleve.

Friday, September 29, 2023