George Catlin was the first of many painters to choose the West as his main source of subject matter. Beginning in the 1830s, he took many trips up the Missouri River to the Dakotas, observing first-hand the buffalo hunts, ceremonies, and rituals of the Mandan. During this Artful Insight we will discuss three paintings by Catlin which are in the Collection. Each one depicts an aspect of the Mandan’s social and cultural history, and serves as an extraordinary record of a tribe that was nearly decimated by Small Pox soon after they were painted.
Artful Insights are limited to a small number of visitors so each guest can have an intimate experience with the art and Museum guide. Advance reservations are highly recommended, as programs often sell out. Tickets are not refundable for sold-out events.
Guests may arrive early to reserve their seat. The talk will begin at 11:45am and last approximately 1 hour. The Museum guide will reserve the last portion of each talk for guests’ questions and to give visitors the opportunity to enjoy other paintings on view as time allows.