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Cody Culture Club: Rock Art of the Bighorn Basin

March 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm MDT

Petroglyphs on rock face at Legend Rock. MS 301 Gabby Barrus Slide Collection, McCracken Research Library. SL.301.24.232

Rock Art of the Bighorn Basin

With Dr. Gordon Ambrosino

At Buffalo Bill Center of the West
720 Sheridan Avenue
March 14, 2024
5:30–7:30 p.m.

Join us on select Thursdays January through April for Cody Culture Club. Appetizers and cash bar at every program. If you love Cody, you’re part of the Club! Tickets for individual programs are $25 each, with discounts available with our package deal; details and online ticketing at centerofthewest.org/codycultureclub.

The Bighorn Basin holds one of the richest complexes of petroglyphs (carved images) and pictographs (painted images) in the Americas. Produced by a broad diversity of peoples, these expressions reflect distinct ways of understanding and engaging both water and rock features, as well as other people, over the course of thousands of years. Plains Indian Museum Curator, Dr. Gordon Ambrosino, provides an overview of the Bighorn Basin’s rock art, shares insights on how it compares to other significant rock art regions in the Western Hemisphere, and outlines forthcoming plans for exhibitions, research, and community engagement relating to the images of the Bighorn Basin.

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About our speaker

Dr. Gordon Ambrosino joined the Plains Indian Museum as curator in September 2022. He earned his PhD in Anthropology in 2017 from La Universidad de los Andes Bogotá, Colombia. Following his studies, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in the Art of the Ancient Americas Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He comes to the PIM from the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He served as NAGPRA Coordinator and is currently an Adjunct Professor.

Gordon is a landscape anthropologist whose research draws from ethnology, archaeology, art history, anthropology of art, and semiotics to elucidate the interrelations between people, objects, and land. He has directed several long-term repatriation projects from several regions in North America, including the Arctic, the Northwest Coast, the Plains, and the Southwest. He has also helped direct international repatriations, primarily in Mesoamerica. These repatriation consultations laid the foundation for his doctoral research on a large rock art complex in the highland central Andes. He developed a typology that tracked changes in image types, locational contexts, and production techniques over 4,000 years.

Drawing from these experiences, Gordon is currently co-curating an exhibition that focuses on the Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, a culturally plural landscape that has been at the center of recent debates in public land management and use. This collaborative project between the LACMA, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the Bears-Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is slated to open in early 2025.

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March 14
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm MDT
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