"Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier" at Gilcrease

Nov 22, 2013

On this edition of ST, we are discussing a soon-to-open exhibit at the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa, "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier," which will go on view Sunday, November 24th. Our guest is Michelle Delaney, director of the Consortium for Understanding the American Experience at the Smithsonian Institution. Delaney was formerly the associate curator of the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and she's the curator of "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors" --- see's also written a book in connection with this traveling exhibition. As Delaney explains on our program, Iowa-born Käsebier was an active and highly acclaimed painter-turned-photographer in New York City in the late 1800s and early 1900s; Alfred Stieglitz was an early champion of her work. In 1898, Käsebier wrote to "Buffalo Bill" Cody requesting permission to photograph certain American Indians who were performing in Cody's famous Wild West Show; she had seen these Indians pass by her studio one day, while they were participating in a parade en route to a performance at Madison Square Garden. Käsebier was indeed given the chance to make these photographs, and they are now preserved at the Smithsonian. They are also the basis for this excellent new show at Gilcrease, which you can learn more about here. Also, Delaney will be lecturing on the life and work of Käsebier at Gilcrease tomorrow afternoon (Saturday the 23rd) at 2pm --- and you'll find more about her talk at this link. (Please note: "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors" will actually run at Gilcrease through January 26th, 2014 --- this updated information came to us after our interview originally aired.)