Installing Jim Bama

The great deinstallation reinstallation of winter 2014 has come and gone. Nevertheless, in its absence, we are excited to share the news that our newest exhibition is now on view! Developing Stories: The Photography of James Bama showcases more than 65 carefully selected photographs from the artist’s files.

Girl with Knit Hat, Curtis Ranch Branding

James Bama (b. 1926). “Girl with Knit Hat, Curtis Ranch branding,” May 1981. Black and white photograph. Collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West–Gift of the artist.

High school rodeo rider looking at stock

James Bama (b. 1926). “Rookie Bronc Rider,” May 1975. Black and white photograph. Collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West–Gift of the artist.

 

Rodeo Riders, College Rodeo, Cody, WY

James Bama (b. 1926).
“Rodeo Riders, College Rodeo, Cody, WY,” 1985. Black and white photograph. Collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West–Gift of the artist.

These photographs capture multiple stories: Bama’s own story as a western transplant and fine artist, and those of the cast of characters he photographed in and around Cody during the 1970s and 1980s. Local Cody residents may recognize many of the people in these images. But, even if every image is a stranger, the struggles, the stories, and the identities that project from these photographs will capture your attention, imagination, and—as is our greatest hope—resonate with some aspect of your life.

Please drop on in and leave us a comment, we can’t wait to see you!

As Audubon and Friends goes down, Developing Stories comes up…Enjoy the photos.

Audubon and Friends exhibition Deinstalling Audubon and Friends Deinstalling Audubon and Friends

Laying out Developing Stories exhibition Measuring for hanging Placing labels for Developing Stories

Developing Stories is on view Developing Stories, view from the Kriendler gallery

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