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Benita Eisler, The Red Man's Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman

OCT 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
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9100: Skylight Room


October 15, 2013: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM




Leon Levy Center for Biography


   Benita Eisler, the biographer of artists and their worlds, in conversation with Gary Giddins about her pathbreaking new life of George Catlin, the virtually-forgotten artist who was the first to paint Native Americans and their rituals while living among them in the early decades of the 19th century. Eisler has written biographies of the Romantics, Lord Byron (Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame), Frédéric Chopin (Chopin's Funeral), George Sand (Naked in the Marketplace: The Lives of George Sand), and the romance of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. In The Red Man's Bones: George Catlin, Artist and Showman, which the Wall Street Journal calls "far and away the best biography of Catlin in existence," Eisler describes a figure of the American West "so far ahead of his time that he disappeared beyond its horizons, like a rocket fired into the future."