The Mennello Museum of American Art



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October 3 through January 4, 2015
The Taos Society of Artists
W. Herbert Dunton, "Illustration, Rodeo" Bert Geer Phillips, "Indian by Firelight"

Taos was New Mexico's premier art colony and the first significant art colony in the American West. The first generation of artists who settled there were awed by the beauty of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and intrigued by the mix of Taos Pueblo Indian and Hispanic cultures. In 1915, six of them formed a group called The Taos Society of Artists whose purpose was to have strength in numbers to market their paintings in the East. The artists were Joseph Henry Sharp, Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Geer Phillips, E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus and W. Herbert Dunton. Over the next dozen years, the organization added more members and became one of the best known and most colorful art colonies in America. Curated by Frank Holt, Executive Director, The Mennello Museum of American Art.

Pictured above:

W. Herbert Dunton (American, 1878-1936), “Illustration – Scene of Cowboy Life (Rodeo),” 1914, oil on canvas, 32 ¼ x 22 ¼ x 1/1/2 inches. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Oden, 1953 (1.23P)

Bert Geer Phillips (American, 1868-1956), “Indian Firelight,” oil on artist board, 11 ½ x 9 ½ inches, signed lower right: Phillips. Courtesy of Zaplin Lampert Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

October 3 through January 4, 2015
George Catlin's American Buffalo

George Catlin, Crow Lodge George Catlin, Buffalo bull

American artist George Catlin journeyed west five times in the 1830s, traversing the Great Plains where he visited and painted more than 140 American Indian tribes. This exhibition presents 40 original Catlin pantings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection that show the crucial role of the buffalo in Plains Indian culture. Catlin was among the earliest artists of European descent to travel beyond the Mississippi river to record what he called the "manners and customs" of American Indians, painting scenes and portraits from life. His intention was to document these native cultures before, as he feared, they were irrevocably altered by settlement of the frontier and the mass migrations forced by the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.


George Catlin, "Crow Lodge of Twenty-five Buffalo Skins," 1832-1833, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

George Catlin, "Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie," 1832-1833, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

The "Art of the American West" exhibitions are sponsored by the City of Orlando and the Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art with funding from Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

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