Bloody Sand Creek Massacre Shown in Sculpture and Film at Booth Western Art Museum

On January 21, 2010, the Booth Western Art Museum, in Cartersville, Georgia, will host a sculpture unveiling and film screening featuring sculptor Craig Bergsgaard and award-winning writer/filmmaker Don Vasicek. These two prominent Colorado artists independently portrayed the tragic events of an 1864 skirmish between the United States and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes on Sand Creek near Eads, Colorado.


Bergsgaard and Vasicek will be on hand at the Booth Museum for a screening of an abridged version of Vasicek’s film, followed by an unveiling of Bergsgaard’s sculpture “Memorare, Sand Creek 1864.” The unique bronze sculpture is being donated to the Booth Museum permanent collection by an anonymous donor. Afterward, museum director Seth Hopkins will moderate a panel discussion with the two artists.


The confrontation, now known as the Sand Creek Massacre, resulted in the loss of life for over 400 Native Americans, mostly women, small children, physically-challenged, and tribal elders. Accounts of the incident reveal that the Cheyenne and Arapaho were unprovoked and virtually unarmed at the time of the attack.

Even today, a discussion of the Sand Creek Massacre yields as many questions as answers. One topic commonly encountered is the controversy inherent in characterizing a United States military battle as a “massacre.” Both artists will discuss their artistic interpretation of the tragedy.


Booth Museum Sculpture Unveiling, Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Craig Bergsgaard and Donald Vasicek

Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:00 – 8:00 pm Admission: $10; free to museum members
Museum Info

The Booth Western Art Museum, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is located in Cartersville, Georgia, 40 miles north of Atlanta. This 120,000 square foot Museum opened in August 2003 with main galleries featuring contemporary Western American art. The Booth houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in America.

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