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!

Gilcrease Museum’s 2018 exhibition season is sponsored by an anonymous donor in fond memory of Sam Miller.

Generous support is also provided by the Maurice DeVinna Charitable Trust, Robin F. Ballenger, Merkel Family Foundation and The Gilcrease Council.

On View

T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America

T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America

July 12, 2018 - October 7, 2018
Gilcrease Museum presents an exhibition celebrating one of the most influential and inventive Native American artists of the 20th-century, T.C. Cannon (1946-1978, Caddo/Kiowa). T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America is the first major traveling exhibition of Cannon's work since 1990 and explores the dynamic creative range and legacy of an artist whose life was…
Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

June 22, 2018 - November 25, 2018
Experience the grit, determination and community of the national gay rodeo circuit in classic black-and-white photographs in Gilcrease Museum’s new exhibition, Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo, on view June 22 – November 25, 2018. Since its founding in 1949, Gilcrease has led the way for artwork showcasing the American West, including depictions of…
Hidden in Plain Sight II

Hidden in Plain Sight II: Unexpected Views of Gilcrease Museum

May 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018
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…
Exploring The Big Trail

Exploring The Big Trail

April 22, 2018 - December 31, 2018
What to do with a recent donation of one-of-a-kind photographs? How about turning them into an exhibition? That’s exactly what guests will see in Exploring The Big Trail. The exhibition showcases stereoscopic photographs taken during the filming of the 1930 motion picture The Big Trail, starring John Wayne. Many, if not all, of these photographs…
To Endure in Bronze

To Endure in Bronze

December 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018
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…

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

Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West

Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West

November 3, 2018 - February 10, 2019
Gilcrease Museum and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, have partnered to present the groundbreaking exhibition Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West. Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) is best known as one of America’s premier western landscape artists. But he was also a renowned history painter, a rarely discussed element of his…

Past Exhibitions

Seasons of the Desert: Landscapes of the American Southwest

March 16, 2018 - June 10, 2018
In popular imagination, desert climates are often stark — dusty, barren wastelands of lifeless, parched earth. Over the years, writers, artists and filmmakers have portrayed the desert as a metaphor for emptiness and death. All too often, deserts are defined only by what they lack. But there is another side to the story. For millennia,…

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

February 17, 2018 - June 10, 2018
This landmark exhibition sheds new light on Norman Rockwell’s art and artistry. Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is the first exhibition to explore in depth Rockwell’s richly detailed study photographs, created by the artist as references for his iconic paintings. Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum and author and…
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…
Hidden in Plain Sight

Hidden in Plain Sight: Unexpected Views of Gilcrease Museum

August 28, 2017 - April 22, 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…
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.…
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…