Exploring Wildlife Art – National Museum of Wildlife Art Gallery Reinstallation features a new 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. will 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 will 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.
Image 2: John Fery (American, born Austria, 1859 – 1934), Jackson Lake and the Tetons, c. 1900. Oil on canvas. 18 x 30 inches. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art.