Thomas Hart Benton, “Fisherman’s Camp, Buffalo River”
Buffalo’s ongoing National River Celebration heads to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for a full program tomorrow, Saturday, August 6, with “Picture a River: The Buffalo National River in Art, Photography and Film.”
From 11 a.m. to noon, a conversation with experts will explore the ways in which artists have understood, represented and defended the river. Speakers will include:
Steve Sitton, Historic Site Supervisor of TH Benton Home State Historic Site in Kansas City, Missouri, will present Benton’s relationship with the Ozarks and Buffaloes, including a 15-minute screening of the film A man and a river. The film, produced by the Environmental Protection Agency, explores Benton’s love for the Buffalo and its effect on his works.
Angie Albright, director of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, will talk about how photography has been used in the defense of the river. The museum is currently hosting an exhibit of photographs by Ken Smith, primarily using photographs taken during his exploration of the Buffalo in 1965. The exhibit brings a different perspective on the relationship of artist and landscape mediated through another art form.
Immediately following the panel, the Crystal Bridges team organized a screening of First River: How Arkansas saved a national treasure. The film, created by the Ozark Society, is a story of the river and its preservation from the 1960s through today with a particular focus on the Ozark Society’s conservation efforts.
The panel and screening will be free and open to the public, but you must reserve your free seat online or with Crystal Bridges Customer Services at (479) 657-2335 or through the museum’s ticketing link.
If you cannot make it to the event in person, please check out the live stream online on the University Libraries YouTube channel.
This panel is part of The Digital Buffalo project, which was sponsored by the U of A Chancellor’s Fund and is under the direction of the U of A Humanities Center and University Libraries. News about upcoming events, as well as videos of past events and a library of digital materials in development, are available on the project website.