Today in Smithsonian History: June 5, 1981
Shón-ka, The Dog, Chief of the Bad Arrow Points Band, 1832
Western Sioux/Lakota. George Catlin.
June 5, 1981 “George Catlin: The Artist and the American Indian” opens at the National Museum of American Art. On view through Sept. 13, the exhibition includes 104 of Catlin’s paintings from the museum’s collection. The exhibition is very popular and President Ronald Reagan makes a point of visiting.
President Ronald Reagan (right) meets with Harry Lowe, Acting Director, National Museum of American Art, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and John F. Jameson, Assistant Secretary for Administration, while at the NMAA exhibition, “George Catlin: The Artist and the American Indian.” (Photo by Kim Nielsen, as featured in The Torch, September, 1981)
Posted: 5 June 2017