Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael Berman and William Sutton
June 5 – August 15, 2015
The major touring exhibition Wyoming Grasslands features the black and white images of Michael Berman and the color images of William Sutton. A partnership between the Wyoming Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the exhibition had its beginnings in a 2012 initiative to photograph Wyoming’s grasslands. The resulting diverse images cover everything from prairie grasslands and meadows to sagebrush-steppe and foothill grasslands. They depict dramatic skies, cows on range land, derelict structures, river valleys, fence lines, hayfields, and more.
Says Frank Goodyear, author of an upcoming article in the Spring 2015 issue of Points West magazine,
Together, the work of these photographers commands our attention. It embraces the monumental scale of the grasslands. It divines the small and intimate, the quiet and reflective. The images are dark, fearsome, and brooding, or drenched with the heavenly light of the Creator. They are hot and cold, dry and wet. The images invite the viewer into the spaces our two photographers have created, and have come to cherish, with their cameras.
Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael Berman and William Sutton will be on view in the Center’s John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery, June 5 – August 15, 2015. An accompanying book of essays and photographs will be available for purchase from our Museum Store.
The exhibition is also touring other Wyoming museums, libraries, and art centers.
Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley
June 6, 2015 – August 29, 2015
This future exhibition features nearly sixty works, and debuts at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in June 2015.
Reviving the work of John Mix Stanley as a leading American artist, Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley brings together, for the first time, works representing every aspect of his remarkable artistic career. A remarkable traveler and adventurer, Stanley helped shape our national identity and western legacy. Little-known today despite being one of the most important painters of American Indians in his day, Stanley was also an excellent portraitist. This exhibition draws from the Center’s own collection as well as those of other cultural institutions and private collectors.
Here is a partial list of lenders to the exhibition: Amon Carter Museum, the Autry National Center, the Gilcrease Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Museum and Yale’s Beinecke Library, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art.
Painted Journeys is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Join us also for a special symposium on the exhibition’s public opening day, Saturday, June 6, 2015
- Stanley and Spectacle: the Itinerant Artist and Object in Mid-century America, presented by Dr. Emily C. Burns, Assistant Professor of Art History at Auburn University
- An Artist Explorer: Stanley’s Western Travels with the Government, presented by Peter H. Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- John Mix Stanley in Washington, presented by Dr. Lisa Strong, Director of Art and Museum Studies MA Program and Associate Profof the Practice at Georgetown University
- The “Doomed Indian”—Stanley and American Perception, presented by Mindy N. Besaw, Curator of the Whitney Western Art Museum through December 31, 2014, then Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
- A Peoples’ Voice: John Mix Stanley and the Figure of the Indian Orator, presented by Dr. Scott Manning Stevens, Native American Studies Director at Syracuse University
Following its run at the Center of the West, Painted Journeys travels to:
- Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 1, 2015 – January 4, 2016
- Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, February 1, 2016 – April 29, 2016
Adornment in the West: The American Indian as Artist
June 19 – October 10, 2015
American Indians have been producing and wearing jewelry for thousands of years. They have worked as silversmiths for more than a century. The jewelry, beadwork, quillwork, and silver pieces are recognized around the world as a distinctly American art form.
Adornment in the West: The American Indian as Artist celebrates this rich and vibrant heritage of creativity, artistry, and design, and showcases jewelry created by past and contemporary master American Indian artists. The Center of the West is grateful to trustees and private lenders for fostering this exhibition.