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Get up close and personal with our world-class collection.

The Gilcrease collection provides avenues to experience a wide variety of American cultures, histories and artist expressions. The Enduring Spirit exhibition shows distinct cultures of many Indigenous peoples from ancient times to the present, with an emphasis on Oklahoma’s tribal nations. Interdisciplinary highlights from the Gilcrease collection in the Masterworks exhibition reveal changing attitudes toward national identity, land use and conflict across the American Continent. While 19th-century artists often celebrated American exceptionalism and westward expansion, artists today confront complicated, chaotic histories. The historical impact of immigration is explored in Americans All!, an exhibition of artists who immigrated to the United States and shaped American art and culture for generations.

In addition, guests can experience a year-round schedule of temporary exhibitions that complement and expand upon the stories in the permanent collection.

Gilcrease Museum’s 2020 exhibition season is made possible by C.W. Titus Foundation, Arts Alliance Tulsa, Oklahoma Humanities and the Gilcrease Council.

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Assignment Tulsa

Assignment Tulsa

March 5, 2021 - July 4, 2021
Gilcrease Museum, in partnership with the Photographers of Tulsa Group (PHOTOG), is pleased to present Assignment Tulsa. This exhibition, through the art of photography, showcases the many things that make Tulsa such a special place to live. Assignment Tulsa is also visual evidence of the skills and creativity of the PHOTOG members who participated. Last…

Enslavement to Emancipation: Toward a More Perfect Union

June 17, 2021 - July 4, 2021
Gilcrease Museum is committed to presenting works from our collections that illustrate how long-past events continue to impact and influence our lives in the 21st century. The latest endeavor in this effort is the special exhibition Enslavement to Emancipation: Toward a More Perfect Union, a display of three foundational documents from the museum’s archival collection…
Aether and Earth

Aether and Earth

Aether and Earth is the the description that Mazen Abufadil uses to describe his feelings behind the innovative photo-fresco process he developed combining the ancient art of fresco with 21st century digital photography. For Mazen, Aether represents the fleeting, the wild, or the restless; Earth denotes the materials tamed and the light harnessed in the…
Americans All!

Americans All!

Americans All!, drawn from the Gilcrease Museum permanent collection, showcases the many positive contributions immigrants have made, and continue to make, to American life and culture. Regardless of origin, once in the United States, these newest Americans have consistently contributed indispensable ingredients to the ongoing evolution of America’s cultural identity. Please support Gilcrease Museum Become…

Masterworks from the Gilcrease Collection

Beauty, fame, craftsmanship, historic significance—there are many qualities to consider when defining a masterwork in a museum collection. The works on display in this exhibition include objects from ancient cultures of the Americas, documents from our nation’s founding, and more than 200 years of American painting and sculpture. While these objects represent disparate time periods,…

Enduring Spirit: Native American Art

For millennia, Indigenous people shaped the Americas from the Arctic to the southern tip of South America. Before the arrival of European colonizers in 1492, every part of the present-day United States was governed by Native American nations. Across the continent, a wide range of cultures flourished with hundreds of languages and distinct forms of…
To Endure in Bronze

To Endure in Bronze

The permanence of bronze, from antiquity to the present, has long promised artistic immortality. As Frederic Remington declared in 1895, “My oils will all get old and watery – that is they will look like stale molasses in time – my watercolors will fade – but I am to endure in bronze ... I am…
Hidden in Plain Sight II

Hidden in Plain Sight II: Unexpected Views of Gilcrease Museum

During the first weekend of November, 2017, twelve Tulsa-area photographers participated in a masterclass with David Halpern. The ultimate objective of the class was to help these already skilled photographers reduce the distractions and chaos that 21st century digital technology often presents, and to focus on making stronger, more compelling images. This exhibition, Hidden in…

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Past Exhibitions

Shan Goshorn tile

Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn

January 15, 2021 - March 28, 2021
Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn features the art of Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, 1957-2018) and her legacy of influence carried forward through the works of four contemporary Native American women artists. Shan Goshorn was internationally recognized for weaving archival documents and photographs into baskets using traditional Cherokee techniques to create…
Michael Scott

Landscapes on Fire: Paintings by Michael Scott

August 7, 2020 - February 21, 2021
At the beginning of this new decade, fires and flames never seem to be far from the headlines. An elemental force of nature, fire contains immense power to create and destroy. As humans contribute to increasing changes in the global climate, fire seasons and cycles produce ever more extreme events from Australia to the Amazon…
Buffalo Dancers Study Tile

I-Witness Culture: Frank Buffalo Hyde

February 8, 2020 - January 17, 2021
Artist Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce) believes it is the artist’s responsibility to represent the times in which they live. Transforming street art techniques into fine art practices, his humorous and biting narrative artworks do exactly that. In I-Witness Culture, Hyde investigates the space where Native Americans exist today: between the ancient and the new;…
Mickey Dees

Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art

January 24, 2020 - August 2, 2020
How are memories and cultural expressions preserved over time? Inspired by previous generations of African American art collectors, Kerry and Betty Davis began gathering a wide variety of works by African American artists. Today, their collection presents nearly 100 years of art, amassed over 35 years. The exhibition Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C.…
Recall_Respond II

Recall/Respond: Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Gilcrease Museum Collaboration (Phase II)

November 15, 2019 - March 15, 2020
Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Gilcrease Museum present the second iteration of Recall/Respond, a multi-phased contemporary arts exhibition that includes works by both current Tulsa Artist Fellows, as well as Fellowship alum. By engaging in conversation with contemporary artists, this exhibition confronts complex histories within the interdisciplinary Gilcrease collections of the art, history, and culture of…
Dorothea Lange Exhibition

Dorothea Lange’s America

September 13, 2019 - January 5, 2020
If it is a cliché to suggest that art and suffering are often closely connected, it is nonetheless true that the Great Depression was a catalyst for a tremendous outburst of creative energy from America's photographic community. The devastation wrought upon the country by the Depression inspired a host of socially conscious photographers to capture…