Mindy Besaw, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Margaret and Dick Scarlett Curator of Western American Art talks about today’s contemporary western art scene with Today’s West: Contemporary Art from the Whitney Western Art Museum, on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 12:15 p.m. in the Center’s Coe Auditorium. The illustrated lecture is free to the public.
Since its inception in 1959, the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been fortunate to display masterworks of the giants in the art of the American West. Artists like Charlie Russell, Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran, George Catlin, and Albert Bierstadt are all well represented in the Whitney’s collection.
The Whitney Museum’s tradition of displaying the richest and finest western art anywhere spills over to its extraordinary collection of contemporary western art—the works of today’s “best in the West” artists. Names like Robert Seabeck, Kathy Wipfler, Clyde Aspevig, and William Matthews immediately resonate with the western art aficionado—as will several others Besaw highlights.
Besaw joined the staff of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Whitney Museum in 2007, and spearheaded the new installation of the Whitney for its 50th anniversary in 2009. Her most recent major project was co-curating the traveling exhibition Go West! Art of the American West from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which appeared at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, from fall 2013 – mid-April 2014. She is currently completing her PhD coursework from the University of Kansas.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.