Showdown in Yellowstone 

click to enlarge Albert Bierstadts The Domes of the Yosemite
  • Albert Bierstadts The Domes of the Yosemite

Nothing like a little feud to spice up a lecture on landscape painting.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Peter Hassrick -- director of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N. M. -- will elucidate the history of the competitive relationship between Alfred Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, two of the prominent painters featured in the Fine Arts Center's current exhibition, Discovering America: Art of the American West. Hassrick is the author of Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America's First National Park, a book that looks at the history of Yellowstone Park as it was seen through the eyes of the artists who visited and depicted it.

In his lecture and slide show at the Fine Arts Center Auditorium, Hassrick will talk not only about ways Bierstadt and Moran squabbled over patronage and critical favor, but also how their efforts ultimately helped shape public sentiments for the founding of the first national parks.

The talk is being co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Center and Colorado College's Landscape and the Built Environment lecture series.

-- Noel Black

capsule "Duel (or Dual) in Yellowstone: Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran"

Fine Arts Center Auditorium

30 W. Dale St.

Thurs., Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Free; 634-5583 or 389-6606


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