Exceptional Exhibitions

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

Exhibitions

Experience the breadth and depth of Gilcrease Museum’s permanent collection in a variety of inspiring exhibitions featuring the fine art, anthropology and archival items from our collection. The American West comes alive at Gilcrease through the eyes of Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Charles Schreyvogel and Frank Tenney Johnson. Here you’ll find the breathtaking landscape paintings of Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt, and noteworthy works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler and William Merritt Chase. Contrast those with works by Taos Society artists Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Phillips and Joseph Henry Sharp. Our anthropology collection features the spectacular Beaver Effigy Pipe (Hopewell Platform Pipe), ca. 200 CE from Pike County, Illinois which has been called one of the greatest artworks to emerge from the great Hopewell cultural complex of the Americas. In addition, the only known surviving handwritten copies of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation are part of our archival collection. It is clear why Gilcrease Museum’s collection is world-renowned. A robust temporary exhibition schedule is yet another reason to visit us!

Title sponsor of the Gilcrease Museum 2017 exhibition season is the Sherman E. Smith Family Charitable Foundation.

Generous support also provided by:
Mervin Bovaird Foundation
C.W. Titus Foundation
and
The Gilcrease Council and The University of Tulsa

On View

After Removal: Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation

After Removal: Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation

August 25, 2017 - January 21, 2018
The exhibition, After Removal: Rebuilding the Cherokee Nation, tells the story of the Cherokee Nation in the 19th century through the stark contrasts of the human experience — discord and harmony, war and peace, success and failure — and in the end, the creation of a solid foundation for the future of the Cherokee people.…

The Essence of Place: Celebrating the Photography of David Halpern

November 22, 2016 - December 31, 2017
David Halpern (1936 - ) has been making photographs for more than 65 years. For most of that time, Halpern’s work has been inspired by his love of nature and the American landscape. His favorite subjects are found in nature — landforms, water, rocks, trees, clouds — and the variables that alter our reactions to…
Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight: Unexpected Views of Gilcrease Museum

August 28, 2017 - March 26, 2018
Over the first weekend of June, 2017, 14 Tulsa-area photographers participated in a masterclass with David Halpern, whose own work is presented in the current Gilcrease exhibition The Essence of Place: Celebrating the Photography of David Halpern. The ultimate objective of the class was to help these already skilled photographers reduce the distractions and chaos…
Creating the Modern Southwest

Creating the Modern Southwest

October 16, 2016 - December 31, 2017
By any historic measure, the American Southwest is an ancient place. A crossroads of cultures and languages for centuries, the region stretching from western Texas to southern California contains the oldest continually inhabited communities in the United States. In rounded adobe architecture and weathered Spanish churches, layers of stone and earth plaster mark the deep…

Masterworks from the Gilcrease Collection

Ongoing
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,…

Upcoming Exhibitions

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist surveys the career of one of today’s most accomplished Native American artists and a leading practitioner of contemporary landscape painting. Over the course of four decades, WalkingStick has tirelessly explored her own complex cultural identity, engaging Native history along with feminism, Minimalism and other key art historical movements. She is…

Past Exhibitions

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster

Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster

April 7, 2017 - July 16, 2017
Why would African Americans fight for the freedom of others when they themselves were treated as second-class citizens? Why would Africans fight for democracy in Europe, when as the colonial subjects of European powers, they were denied full participation in European and African societies alike? These thought-provoking questions are explored in the exhibition Black Bodies…
The Power of Posters: Mobilizing the Home Front to Win The Great War

The Power of Posters: Mobilizing the Home Front to Win The Great War

April 7, 2017 - July 16, 2017
In conjunction with Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster, Gilcrease Museum will draw on the extensive collection of World War I material in McFarlin Library’s Special Collections at The University of Tulsa, to present The Power of Posters: Mobilizing the Home Front to Win The Great War. This exhibition will commemorate…
Textured Portraits: The Ken Blackbird Collection

Textured Portraits: The Ken Blackbird Collection

February 26, 2017 - August 27, 2017
Textured Portraits: The Ken Blackbird Collection; Photography from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, is a traveling exhibition of the work of Ken Blackbird, a photojournalist with 30 years of experience photographing Native life on reservations in Montana and Wyoming. The 30 photographs selected for Textured Portraits reflect Mr. Blackbird’s exceptional visual artistry. His…

Plains Indian Art: Created in Community

February 26, 2017 - August 27, 2017
The exhibition, Plains Indian Art: Created in Community, will explore the unparalleled talent of certain individuals and the special role of Plains artists in their communities. This exhibition will highlight Plains art as an expression of cultural tradition and community vibrancy, focusing specifically on generational change in style and function and the innovative techniques used…
Looking West: The Rumley Family Collection

Looking West: The Rumley Family Collection

December 10, 2016 - March 19, 2017
How do artists shape our sense of place? For generations, communities of artists in the American West have merged the past with the present, blending new techniques with long-standing traditions. In the late 19th century, new trading posts in the West helped generate new audiences for artworks created by Native American communities, from San Ildefonso…
Chocolate: The Exhibition

Chocolate: The Exhibition

October 9, 2016 - January 8, 2017
A unique tree in a lush tropical environment. A seed so precious it was used as money. A spicy drink and a sweet snack. A heavenly craving and a sublime pleasure.  Chocolate is all this ... and much more. Explore the relationship between human culture and this rainforest treasure in Chocolate: The Exhibition, Oct. 9,…
Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

July 10, 2016 - September 11, 2016
Gilcrease Museum presents Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray, an exhibition of photographs of Frida Kahlo, on display beginning July 10 and running through September 11, 2016. This exhibition provides an intimate look at Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s most prolific and well-known female artist, through the photographic lens of her long-time friend and lover,…

West Mexico: Ritual and Identity

June 26, 2016 - November 6, 2016
West Mexico: Ritual and Identity, organized by Gilcrease Museum, will feature a spectacular selection of ceramic figures and vessels from the Gilcrease collection, augmented by items from public and private collections. Better known today as a sunny vacation destination and the home of tequila, West Mexico's past is a fascinating story that dates back more…
William R. Leigh Sketches

Showing the Hand of the Artist: The Sketches of William R. Leigh

March 6, 2016 - June 26, 2016
William R. Leigh was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia in 1866. Deciding upon a career in art quite early, Leigh enrolled in classes at the Maryland Institute, Baltimore, in 1880, spending three years there before moving to Munich shortly before his 17th birthday. He studied at the Royal Academy for more than a decade,…