Current special exhibitions
In addition to our five museums, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West creates and hosts temporary special exhibitions in various galleries throughout the Center. Here’s what’s on view today.
Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
May 14 – July 31, 2022
Renowned American nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen has traveled throughout the natural world for nearly 50 years observing and photographing the Earth’s last great wild places. From polar bears in the Arctic to vast herds of game on the plains of Africa, from the deep jungles of South America to the tigers of India, to images revealing the diversity of wildlife in the American West, Mangelsen has captured rare moments and vast panoramas from all seven continents.
A Life in the Wild is an exhibition containing 40 of Mangelsen’s most resonant images—images that take viewers on a journey into the haunts of iconic species whose struggles for survival are metaphorical fulcrums for reflection in the 21st century.
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Thomas D. Mangelsen – A Life in the Wild. Produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.
Yellowstone: For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People
March 19, 2022 – January 29, 2023
In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the creation of Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone: For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People considers the natural evolution of the Yellowstone Ecosystem as a place and culturally as an idea. The unique landscape, shaped by the geological processes of the last 150 million years, has served as a land of convergence for more than 15,000 years.
Yellowstone For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People is on exhibit in the Center of the West’s Anne & Charles Duncan Special Exhibition Gallery through January 29, 2023.
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On exhibit on the Mezzanine level above the Center’s Hub, Today’s West features selections from the Whitney Western Art Museum’s collection of contemporary art created since the 1950s. The subjects are familiar: the land, peoples, and wildlife of the American West. However, unconventional techniques and styles and modern-day themes distinguish these artworks from their historical counterparts.