Exploring Wildlife Art – National Museum of Wildlife Art Gallery Reinstallation features a new art of nature gallery layout with engaging new stories exploring humanity’s relationship with wildlife and nature. The installations present old favorites, like Robert Bateman’s Chief, alongside never-before-seen acquisitions. Emphasis is placed on the art and history of this region, including the groundbreaking work of figures like Thomas Moran, whose magnificent paintings of Yellowstone helped convince congress to create the world’s first national park. Looking further at the history of North American art, Native American birdstones dating from 2500 B.C.E complement Euro-American painting and sculpture from the 1800s and 1900s displaying the beauty and bounty of a continent filled with amazing populations of wildlife. Other galleries look at how European global exploration and the work of Charles Darwin influenced the way we see wildlife today; the development of Carl Rungius into the world’s premiere painter of North American wildlife; and how modern artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, incorporated wildlife into their exploration of the boundaries of art. Rotating exhibits of living artists, ranging from traditional to contemporary in style, round out this reinstallation that is sure to delight as it engages us in new ways of exploring wildlife art.
Scenes of Transcendent Beauty: Thomas Moran’s YellowstoneThrough August 23, 2022
Scenes of Transcendent Beauty includes 20 watercolor field sketches on loan from the Yellowstone Heritage and Resource Center in Gardiner, Montana. These intimate sketches provide a rare window into Moran’s artistic process and give the viewer insight into Moran’s Yellowstone.See the Exhibit
Bonheur & Beyond: Celebrating Women in Wildlife ArtThrough August 16, 2022
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Bonheur’s birth and in honor of the Museum’s 35th anniversary, we present an exhibit featuring works by Bonheur alongside a selection of historic and contemporary pieces by women artists from the permanent collection.See the Exhibit