Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West Symposium
Saturday June 16, 2018
Check in begins at 8 a.m.
Symposium sessions begin at 9 a.m.
Sessions take place in the Coe Auditorium on the Center’s lower level. Lunch, which is included with registration, takes place on the Tile Map of our Draper Natural History Museum.
This symposium brings together top scholars to investigate Albert Bierstadt’s life, legacy, and art. These six experts present fresh perspectives on Bierstadt and the era in which he painted. We look forward to day of a lively discussion on the artistic, social, and environmental histories of America in the late nineteenth century.
NOTE: videos of our speakers’ presentations are now available on our YouTube channel! Access them here:
- Peter H. Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art, Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- Dr. Emily C. Burns, Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University
- Dr. Dan L. Flores, Environmental Historian
- Melissa W. Speidel, Director, Bierstadt Foundation
- Laura Fry, Curator of Art, Gilcrease Museum
- Arthur Amiotte, Independent Scholar
8–9 a.m. Guest check-in
Main Lobby/The Hub, Center of the West
9–9:30 a.m. Welcome, Coe Auditorium
Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art, Whitney Western Art Museum, Center of the West
9:30–10:30 a.m. Laura Fry, Curator of Art, Gilcrease Museum
On Bierstadt’s Career and Critical Reception
10:30–11:30 a.m. Peter H. Hassrick, Director Emeritus & Senior Scholar, Center of the West
On Bierstadt’s Role in Art, Agency and Conservation
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch
Draper Tile Map
12:30–1:30 p.m. Arthur Amiotte, Independent Scholar
On the Art and Era of Bierstadt from a Lakota Sioux Perspective
1:30–2:30 p.m. Dr. Emily C. Burns, Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University
On “The Last of the Buffalo” in Paris
2:30–2:45 p.m. Break
2:45–3:45 p.m. Melissa W. Speidel, Director, Bierstadt Foundation
On Bierstadt as an Animal Painter
3:45–4:45 p.m. Dr. Dan L. Flores, Environmental Historian
On the History of Bison in the American West
4:45–5 p.m. Closing Remarks by Karen McWhorter
5–5:30 p.m. Book Signing with Speakers
Center of the West Store
Pre-registration is required; click here to register online.
- $25 Student
- $55 Center members
- $65 Others (non members)
Find out more about the special exhibition Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West, which will be on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West from June 8–September 30, 2018.