The Gilcrease Museum Presents "Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley"

Oct 6, 2015

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we learn about a newly opened exhibit at Gilcrease, "Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley," which will be on view through January 3rd. As is noted of this show at the Gilcrease Museum website: "More than 150 years after his Smithsonian gallery burned to the ground, John Mix Stanley is receiving a long overdue retrospective exhibition. Considered the premier painter of the American West and a prolific artist, Stanley traveled thousands of miles criss-crossing the western territories and the kingdom of Hawaii in the mid-19th century, painting portraits of Indians for his North American Indian Gallery.... This groundbreaking exhibition will feature 60 key works from his oeuvre, depicting portraits and painted scenes from his encounters with American Indians and expeditionary figures on his numerous journeys west." Our guest, who tells us about the life and work of Stanley, is one of the curators of this exhibit: Mindy Besaw is a curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the former curator of the Whitney Western Art Museum (which is located at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming).