THE SURGING, THUNDERING HERD: VINTAGE BISON ENGRAVINGS, 1766-1910, sponsored by the Historical Museum at Ft. Missoula, features a cornucopia of vintage engravings depicting the iconic animal of the American West—the buffalo, as it is commonly called. These engravings span 144 years of art, from early European copper plate engravings by artists who never actually saw the animal (they copied shamelessly!) to artists who witnessed these massive animals on the western frontier, and finally, to early 1900s color chromolithographic postcards. Many of these vibrant bison images were drawn from 19th-century publications such as Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, plus other now rare sources. Notable frontier artists whose derivative prints (creations evolving from their paintings) are in the exhibit include; Frederic Remington, George Catlin, Karl Bodmer, and William M. Cary. Five images are hand-tinted, and seven images were originally produced in color.
The four-week rental fee for these 41 engravings is $475 with $12,000 insurance coverage and approximately 150 running feet required. It will ship in nine boxes weighing a total of 405 pounds, and it is available January 1 to March 1, 2018; and November 15, 2018 to May 1, 2019.
November 1 – November 29, 2017: Carbon County Arts Guild, Red Lodge
April 1 – June 15, 2018: Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell
July 1 – August 1, 2018: Carle Gallery of the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library, Butte
August 16 – October 14, 2018: Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings
June 1 – September 1, 2019: MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney