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 four paintings by Catlin that are in the Collection, one that was more recently put on view. 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 smallpox soon after they were painted.
Guests may arrive early to reserve their seats. The talk will begin at 3:00pm and last approximately 1 hour. Artful Insights are limited to a small number of visitors and advance reservations are highly recommended, as programs often sell out. Tickets are not refundable for sold-out events.