THE EXHIBIT: October 25, 2019 - August 2, 2020
Buffalo Bill Center of the West: 720 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY
Women in Wyoming, the multimedia exhibit, will make its worldwide debut at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming on October 25, 2019. The BBCW includes five museums and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The BBCW is the only Wyoming affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Annually, the BBCW welcomes over 175,000 visitors per year from all 50 states and around the world.
“The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is thrilled to host Lindsay Linton Buk’s exhibition, Women in Wyoming, and we are honored to be the show’s inaugural venue,” said Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art, Whitney Western Art Museum, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and Co-curator, Women in Wyoming.
A celebration of Wyoming’s incredible women, the exhibit is an immersive experience that will be on display from October 25, 2019, through August 2, 2020.
An artist, photographer and fifth-generation native born in Powell, Wyoming, Linton Buk created Women in Wyoming as a way to tell the stories of and celebrate the achievements, power and learned wisdom of contemporary Wyoming women through art and media. The project shares stories through portrait photography and a podcast, where Linton Buk sits down with women from Banner to Upton, the Wind River Reservation to sheep camp at the base of the Wind River mountains.
“To have my work at a place as prestigious and beautiful as the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a dream come true for me as a Wyoming artist,” said Linton Buk. “I’m thrilled to work with their talented team and bring the stories of Wyoming women to life for the world to see.”
The Women in Wyoming exhibit will feature large-scale portraits as well as an audio soundscape and interactive storytelling elements with profiles from Chapter I: Breaking Boundaries, Chapter II: Filling the Void, Chapter III: Power and Chapter IV: Rising, as well as a preview of Chapter V: The Cowgirl State.
“This project shines a light on heroines among us,” said McWhorter. “Women who have defied odds, fulfilled dreams, exceeded expectations and filled voids by invoking their own unique strengths and skills.”
Linton Buk is no stranger to what it means to be successful in today’s Wyoming.
An editorial and commercial photographer by trade, Women in Wyoming is a project that’s dear to her, so much so that she’s traveled more than 15,000 miles, developed 600 rolls of medium-format film, recorded 3,000 minutes of audio interview footage and met with amazing women throughout Wyoming, including artists, Supreme Court Justices, politicians, authors, linguists, pilots, outdoorswomen and more.
“Lindsay’s honest and striking portraits in Women in Wyoming show women shaping our state through exuberance, persistence, intelligence, grit and grace,” said Rebecca West, Curator of the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. “These aren’t the superstars or well-known media darlings—these are female superheroes in blue jeans and business suits taking on the challenge of careers, families and gender roles, not to mention the task of chipping away at stereotypes and inequality.”
The exhibit coincides with the 150th anniversary of women having the right to vote in Wyoming in 2019 and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in 2020.