February 20 – May 16, 2021
Leonard Baskin was a renowned American sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, writer and teacher. Throughout his career, he was committed to figurative art and the theme of human mortality. In the 1960s, Baskin was commissioned by the National Park Service to illustrate a handbook about Custer Battlefield, now known as Little Big-Horn Battlefield. To better understand the rich and complex history of the American Indians, Baskin drew inspiration from the past and present to create a series of raw and expressive portraits for the project. Many of his portraits are based on Frank A. Rinehart’s photographs taken in 1898 at the Indian Congress and Trans-Mississippi International Exposition. Baskin’s timeless portraits serve as a powerful reminder of the dignity, strength, and perseverance of human nature.