Stephen Hannock’s Free Talk, stories behind the flooded waterfall

Thursday, August 11ethe Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Whitney Western Art Museum will host the artist stephen hanock. Mr. Hannock’s free lecture explores his work flooded waterfalla recent gift to the Whitney Museum.

“Flooded Cascade, Yellowstone Dawn” by Stephen Hannock, 2010. Gift of the artist in honor of Senator Alan and Ann Simpson. 5.21

There will be a pre-conference reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The reception will begin in the Center Hub at 6:30 p.m. and Hannock’s discussion will follow from 7-8 p.m.

Hannock’s flooded waterfall, like many of his large landscapes, includes diary entries about his family and friends. In his talk, Hannock will share stories about the log he incorporated into this painting, which depicts the magnificent view of lower Yellowstone Falls.

Those wishing to attend the event can RSVP by clicking here.

This event is made possible by the Peter Hassrick Public Program Fund, which continues Hassrick’s passion for innovative and creative public programming through the Whitney Western Art Museum. Hassrick, former executive director and director emeritus of the Center of the West, was one of America’s foremost author-scholars on American Western art.

About the artist

Hannock’s formal art training began at Bowdoin and led him to participate in the Twelve College Exchange. At Smith College, he was mentored by Leonard Baskin, the famous sculptor, illustrator, printmaker and graphic designer. He is deeply influenced by the great American landscape painters of the 19th century, especially Thomas Cole whose panoramic views of the rugged terrain of the East were imbued with a sense of the romantic and the sublime.

The luminous effect of Hannock’s work is created by building up layers of paint on the canvas and polishing them, often repeating the process multiple times in a painting. His works have been featured in numerous national publications and museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.

This lecture is the second of three in the series of Peter Hassrick public programs for 2022. The September installment is this year’s Buffalo Bill Art Show Lunch & Lecture program (September 22n/a). It features Byron Price with Playing Cowboy: Charlie Russell and the Big Screen.

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