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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, from the series History
2014 archival pigment print
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donald Standford Rosenfeld Jr.
2017.41.28

The legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral took place on October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona. A group of lawmen, including the Earp brothers–Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan–and Doc Holliday, faced off against an outlaw gang who called themselves the Cowboys. Even though the event lasted a mere thirty seconds and was a rare occurrence in the West, it continues to resonate in popular imagination, inspiring countless cinematic treatments and daily reenactments in Tombstone. Levinthal’s own restaging calls attention to the mythic status of the historic gunfight, which came to epitomize the “wildness” of the Old Wes
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