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Albert Bierstadt: A Conservationist

Albert Bierstadt (American, born Germany, 1830-1902). The Last of the Buffalo, ca. 1888. Oil on canvas, 60.25 x 96.5 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming. USA. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust Fund Purchase. 2.60

Albert Bierstadt—He’s a late 19th-century artist, most well-known for his majestic landscape paintings of the Wind River Range, Yellowstone and the American West. But there's more to him than paintings of grand open spaces. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody and the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma worked together to create an exhibit exploring Bierstadt’s influence on conservation and wildlife management in America. It’s called Albert Bierstadt: Witness to the Changing West. Kamila Kudelska speaks talks to three museum curators as they tell the little-known story of a beloved American artist. 

The exhibition opens at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on June 8. In the fall, it will move to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. On a future episode of the show, we’ll get a second preview of the Bierstadt exhibit. 

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