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The Surging, Thundering Herd: Vintage Bison Engravings

On Exhibit
April 5
June 16, 2018

Opening Reception & Curator Talk
Thursday, April 5, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Cost: Members/Free; Non-members/$10

Bison Engravings

Bison Engravings

Bison Engravings


About the Exhibit
Curator and collector Lee Silliman presents these early bison-themed artworks spanning 152 years in an exhibition on tour through the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association. Some pieces in the collection were created by European artists who never saw the animal, and others by artists who witnessed these massive beasts in the wild before their near extinction in the 1880s. The pieces include early copper plate engravings, wood engravings, chromolithographs, and early 1900s color lithographic postcards. Prominent frontier painters whose derivative prints are featured in the exhibit include Frederic Remington, George Catlin, and Karl Bodmer.

Many aspects of the bison story are illuminated in this exhibit: the animal in its wild state amongst its natural enemies; techniques for hunting the bison by indigenous cultures and whites; the centrality of buffalo in Native American culture; and the nearly total extermination of the bison in the late 1800s. Images and commentary unite to paint the story.


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