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Plains Indian Perspectives in Art

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: megs14


A Contemporary Si...
Bama, James | Painting | oil...
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19.78 | 1978 | H: 23.375 in, W: 35.375 in, Frame height: 34.5 in, Frame width: 46.625 in | A Contemporary Sioux Indian | William E. Weiss Contemporary Art Fund Purchase | In western art the Indian is often portrayed as a character from the past. Using a realist style, Bama portrayed a contemporary Indian who maintains a relationship with the past but has to find his place in the white man's world. The message on the wall behind the subject echoes the artist's theme of the nonacceptance of Indians in mainstream American society. | LL: Bama 78 | 19.78.jpg | 19.78.jpg | 19.78.JPG | Indian | Painting | oil on panel | Bama, James

Coyote Legend
Hyde, Doug | Sculpture | ala...
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9.76 | 1976 | H: 26.5 in, L: 20 in, width: 18 in | Coyote Legend | William E. Weiss Contemporary Art Fund | In carving this work, Doug Hyde allowed ". . .the individual characteristics of the material-the shape, the color, the grains and the texture-to suggest the flow of the design." Of Nez Perce, Assiniboine and Chippewa heritage, Hyde creates sculptures that are modern, highly personal interpretations of either traditional Indian mythology or conditions of contemporary Indian life. This sculpture is based on a story about Coyote and His Daughter. | bottom on warrior's staff: D HYDE/(insignia)76 | 9.76.JPG | Indian | Group | Sculpture | alabaster | Hyde, Doug

Crow Chief
Catlin, George | Painting | ...
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7.80 | ca. 1850 | H: 15.875 in, width: 21.625 in, Frame height: 20.125 in, Frame width: 26 in, frame depth: 1.875 in | Crow Chief | Bequest of Joseph M. Roebling | George Catlin believed that of all the Indians he met during his 1832 journey up the Missouri River, the Crow were the most beautifully adorned. They were also known for their extraordinary feats of horsemanship. Catlin painted this Crow chief in a traditional equestrian pose to ennoble him. | Stamped on back of frame: Prizes Value over 6000 and Glore Investment Company | Acoustiguide. | Book: Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney, With A Catalog Of His Works; by Linda Bantel and Peter H. Hassrick; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Wyoming, 2006, page xxix | 7.80.jpg | 7.80.jpg | 7.80.jpg | 7.80.web.jpg | 7.80.JPG | 7.80.jpg | Landscape | horse | Crow Indian | Painting | oil on paper mounted on board | George Catlin (1796-1872) Crow Chief ca.1850, oil on paper mounted on board Bequest of Joseph M. Roebling, 7.80 George Catlin believed that of all the Indians he met during his 1832 journey up the Missouri River, the Crow were the most beautifully adorned. They were also known for their extraordinary feats of horsemanship. Catlin painted this Crow chief in a traditional equestrian pose to ennoble him. | Catlin, George

Crow Indian Parad...
Red Star, Kevin | Painting |...
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7.94 | 1982 | H: 42 in, width: 31.875 in | Crow Indian Parade Rider | Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Weiss | Kevin Red Star researches the culture, clothing and history of his tribe, the Crow, for his paintings. He exaggerates color and simplifies form to enhance the brilliant glimpse of Crow life. | [verso, ULC:] "CROW INDIAN PARADE RIDER"/Kevin Red Star/Santa Fe, New Mexico/ 1982 c (in a circle) [on label:] 1994/ CmRussell Auction/ of Original/ Western Art/ Entry 100 | LRC: Kevin Red Star | 7.94.jpg | 7.94.JPG | 7.94.jpg | 7.94.web.jpg | 7.94.jpg | Crow | parade | horse | Painting | oil on canvas | Red Star, Kevin

In the Studio
Cooper, A.D.M. | Painting | ...
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3.64 | 1902 | H: 14 in, width: 17 in, Frame height: 18.5 in, Frame width: 21.5 in | In the Studio | Bequest in memory of Houx and Newell families. | LL: Astley D. M. Cooper 1902 | 3.64.JPG | 3.64.jpg | 3.64.web.jpg | Figure | Indian | Painting | oil on canvas | A.D.M. Cooper (1856-1924) In the Studio 1902, oil on canvas Bequest in memory of Houx and Newell families, 3.64 | Astley D. M. Cooper grew up in Saint Louis hearing stories of the American West. George Catlin was a friend of the family, and his grandfather was an Indian agent. In these paintings, Cooper questions the relationship between illusion and reality for his American Indian subjects as well as for the viewer. Warriors in feathered headdresses examine items that Euro-Americans valued about Indian culture—collectible objects such as a war club, a buffalo mount, or a painting—while viewers of these paintings see the Indian himself as a rare object, a curio. | Cooper, A.D.M.

NA.702.31
So-soreh | Northern Plains |...
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NA.702.31 | 1900 | L: 55.125 in, width: 60.75 in | Written on back in blue: PAINTED/BY/KADZIE CODY-SHOSHONI INDIAN/NOVENBEN, 1906/PRESENTED TO F.A. HEPBURN./BY HIS WYPA | Communication and Media of Exchange: Writing and Records. Cow(?) hide, tanned; painted all over one side with horsemen hunting buffalo; the center has a sun dance pole and men dancing around it with others singing; also depicted is a tipi and a rider with a bonnet with a long trailer; colors are black, yellow, blue, green and red. ---Personal property of Mary Jester Allen Helen Cody Allen. | NA.702.31.JPG | na.702.31.jpg | NA.702.31.jpg | sun dance pole | rider with a bonnet with a long trailer | men dancing around it with others singing | tipi | horsemen hunting buffalo | painted hide | hide | cow | pigment | tanned | So-soreh | Northern Plains | Codsiogo | Eastern Shoshone | Cody, Cadzi

Sketch for A Cont...
Bama, James | Drawing | oil ...
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43.85 | 1977 | H: 2.625 in, W: 3.125 in, Frame height: 18 in, Frame width: 11 in | Sketch for A Contemporary Sioux Indian | Gift of Herbert G. Houze | The painting A Contemporary Sioux Indian, for which these sketches were made, is on loan to a special exhibition. | 41.85, 42.85 and 43.85 are framed together in a vertical row with 43.85 on top, 41.85 in the middle and 42.85 on the bottom. (Framed January 1987), Provenance: From the artist, Sketch for 19.78, Probably dates 1977 | 43.85.JPG | 43.85.jpg | Indian | Drawing | oil on artist's board | Bama, James

Sketch for A Cont...
Bama, James | Drawing | penc...
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4.86 | 1977 | H: 11.25 in, W: 16.75 in, Frame height: 21.75 in, Frame width: 17.5 in | Sketch for A Contemporary Sioux Indian | Gift of Herbert G. Houze | LL: Bama `77 | 4.86.JPG | Indian | Drawing | pencil on tissue | Bama, James

The Last of the B...
Bierstadt, Albert | Painting...
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2.60 | ca. 1888 | H: 60.25 in, width: 96.5 in, Frame height: 68.5 in, Frame width: 105.5 in | The Last of the Buffalo | Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust Fund Purchase | With bleeding buffalo and bleached skulls in the foreground, the landscape artist Bierstadt represented the theme of wildlife vanishing from the wilderness. He made the shapes of distant mountains repeat the shapes of the main figures, thus underlining the interdependent relationships in nature. The Last of the Buffalo implies other endings. | LLC: ABierstadt | Book: Redrawing Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art; Institute of Western American Art, Denver; and the University of Washington Press, Seattle; 2007, page 75 | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.JPG | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.jpg | 2.60.web.jpg | Animal | hunting | Indian | Other | Painting | oil on canvas | Bierstadt, Albert

Untitled Teton Va...
Stanley, John Mix | Painting...
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1.14 | 1855 | H: 5.75 in, width: 8.75 in | Untitled Teton Valley Scene | Museum Purchase from William E. Weiss Memorial Fund and Lakeside Foundation | LLC: J.M.STANLEY | Untitled Teton Scene.jpg | Painting | oil on paper | John Mix Stanley (1814-1872) Untitled, Teton Valley Scene 1855, oil on paper Museum Purchase from William E. Weiss Memorial Fund and Lakeside Foundation, 1.14 | Stanley, John Mix