George Catlin's American Buffalo

March 16, 2018 – August 5, 2018

George Catlin, Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie, 1832-1833

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, West Floor Plan

The exhibition and related book George Catlin’s American Buffalo explore Catlin’s representation of buffalo and their integration into the lives of Native Americans through forty original paintings by the artist. In his illustrated essay and commentary on Catlin’s paintings, Adam Duncan Harris, the Petersen Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art and guest curator of the exhibition, explores the artist’s representation of the close relationship between Native Americans and the buffalo.

This exhibition traveled to seven cities across the United States in 2014–2015.