Albert Bierstadt, Buffalo Hunt, 1860. Oil on canvas, Private Collection, image courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Buffalo Hunt, Albert Bierstadt Albert Bierstadt, Buffalo Hunt, 1860. Oil on canvas, Private Collection, image courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. © Albert Bierstadt, image courtesy of Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Experience Bierstadt at Gilcrease Museum

Oklahoma

Join us for one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions—Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West.

The Nature Conservancy is excited to team up with the Gilcrease Museum for one of the most highly anticipated exhibitions on the 2018 calendar—Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West. While Bierstadt is most widely known for his beautiful landscape paintings of the American West, this exhibition examines him as a painter of history and shows how his work approached the conservation issues of his day.

Through this partnership, visitors are invited to take a deeper look at Bierstadt’s work to discover the environmental factors in his paintings that are still relevant to Oklahoma’s prairies today.

“We are very excited about this new partnership with Gilcrease that will highlight the intimate intersection between nature and art,” said Mike Fuhr, state director of The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. “The natural world has been inspiring artists for centuries while also stirring conservation efforts around some of our most iconic landscapes.”

Critical to Bierstadt’s paintings is his treatment of bison and Native Americans —key subjects of his art. When viewed as a painter of history, it is easy to see the moral messages conveyed in his work: He aimed to preserve the dignity of native people, to reveal the mass killing of American bison, and to inspire empathy for the dying species, particularly in Yellowstone National Park.

The exhibition is co-organized by Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK and Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming.  Visit gilcrease.org for upcoming programs and lectures in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

EVENT SCHEDULE

November 3, 2018 through February 10, 2019 - Bierstadt Exhibit at Gilcrease Musuem

Nov. 18, 12-4pm - Funday Sunday
This event is a fun way to spend a Sunday with the kids! Come out and enjoy educational activities with The Nature Conservancy and Gilcrease Museum that are engaging for the entire family!

Jan. 25, 7-9 pm - Gilcrease After Hours
Tired of adulting? Come out and enjoy some after hours time with The Nature Conservancy and Gilcrease Museum. Enjoy drinks in a casual come and go atmosphere admist the incredible Bierstadt exhibit.

Feb. 3, 2-4 pm - Prairie Conservation Panel Discussion
Why bison important to the prairie? Join us for an engaging discussion about bison and prairie conservation. Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Director Bob Hamilton and Dr. Kerry Sublette will be available to answers questions and enlighten us all with their vast knowledge.