Beyond Our Walls

Beyond Our Walls

It is often said of our namesake, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, that he brought the West to the world. Continuing that legacy, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West shares its own extraordinary object collection, exhibitions, and expertise beyond our walls with a national—and indeed international—audience.

From the loan of a few artifacts to complete traveling exhibitions, the Center takes the authentic stories of the American West on the road. Here are some of the exhibitions around the country currently featuring objects from the Center:

Oglala Sioux shirt worn by Red Cloud, ca. 1870s. Adolph Spohr Collection. Gift of Larry Sheerin. NA.202.598

This Oglala Sioux shirt once worn by Red Cloud is featured in the exhibit at the MET. Adolph Spohr Collection. Gift of Larry Sheerin. NA.202.598

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
March 9 – May 10, 2015

This groundbreaking exhibition unites Plains Indian masterworks found in European and North American collections, from pre-contact to contemporary times, including several objects from our Plains Indian Museum collection. The works range in age from those collected centuries ago by French traders and travelers, to items acquired by Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery during the 1804 – 1806 journey, to objects from the early reservation period, to contemporary times.

As the MET‘s description notes, The Plains aesthetic is “singular, ephemeral, and materially rich.” Indian nations represented in the exhibition include Osage, Quapaw, Omaha, Crow, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Lakota, Blackfeet, Pawnee, Kiowa, Comanche, and Meskwaki. The diverse forms and media of the works of art include painting and drawing; sculptural works in stone, wood, antler, and shell; porcupine-quill and glass-bead embroidery; feather work; painted robes depicting figures and geometric shapes; richly ornamented clothing; composite works; and ceremonial objects.

Virtual gallery: These Plains Indian Museum objects are part of the exhibition at the MET

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky is made possible by the Enterprise Holdings Endowment, an Anonymous Foundation, and the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund. It was organized by the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

Harmless Hunter: The Wildlife Work of Charles M. Russell

This exhibition includes three works by Russell and appears at the Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana from May 16 – November 3, 2015