The Surging, Thundering Herd: Vintage Bison 1758-1910
Nov 1 thru Nov 28
These early artworks, drawn from the Lee Silliman Print Collection, are on a statewide tour courtesy of the Montana Art Gallery Directors’ Association (MAGDA) and will be on view in the North Gallery of the depot. The exhibition features 51 original engravings depicting the iconic mammal of the American frontier West—the buffalo.
The engravings, spanning 152 years, were created by European artists who never saw the bison herds and by artists who did witness these massive beasts in the wild before their near extinction in the 1880s. The media include early copper plate engravings, wood engravings, chromolithographs, and early 1900s color lithographic postcards. Prominent frontier painters whose derivative prints are featured in the exhibition include Frederic Remington, George Catlin, and Karl Bodmer.
This traveling exhibition is sponsored by the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association and supported in part by grants from the Montana Arts Council, the Coal Tax Trust Fund for Cultural and Aesthetic Projects, and the National Endowment for the Arts.