Langdon Kihn: An American Story
March 22 - May 11, 2014
Langdon Kihn, (American, 1898–1957), was a an internationally acclaimed painter and illustrator, known primarily for his Native American portraits. Motivated by a desire to document the disappearing aboriginal culture, Kihn spent many years visiting and living with Indian tribes, across the United States and Canada. From the 1920s through 1940s he executed major commissions for the Cunard Line, two Canadian railroads, the National Works and the National Geographic magazine and his works were featured in exhibitions in over 100 museums and galleries within the U.S., Canada, England and France.
Langdon Kihn: An American Story presents over 80 objects from Kihn’s prolific career. A majority of the works are from the private collection of Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Bragdon, including rare portraits, landscapes and sketches as well as Native American artifacts given to Kihn by the peoples he depicted. Complementary paintings are on loan from Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Geographic Society.
Image credits: Left: Chief Oskomon posing for W. Langdon Kihn, ca. 1930 / Wide World Photos: The New York Times, S.A., photographer, W. Langdon Kihn papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.Right: Langdon Kihn, Andalusian Gypsy, Milagro, Seville, Spain. 1931. 19 inches x 14 inches, polycolor crayon on poster board. Courtesy of Dr. and Mrs. Clifford Bragdon.