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 2016 exhibition season is the Sherman E. Smith Family Charitable Foundation.

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

On View

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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…
Following the Grain: A Centennial Celebration of Willard Stone

Following the Grain: A Centennial Celebration of Willard Stone

February 20, 2016 - January 22, 2017
One hundred years ago, Oklahoma sculptor Willard Stone was born February 29, 1916 — a Leap Day birthday. To mark the occasion, Gilcrease Museum presents Following the Grain: A Centennial Celebration of Willard Stone.  Opening February 20, this exhibition highlights Stone's unique artwork and the legacy of his collaborations with the museum. In 1945, recognizing…
Masterworks from the Gilcrease Collection

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

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,…
Creating the Modern Southwest

Creating the Modern Southwest

October 16, 2016 - May 14, 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…
Looking West: The Rumley Family Collection

Looking West: The Rumley Family Collection

December 10, 2016 - March 26, 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…

Past Exhibitions

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,…
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,…
Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

January 23, 2016 - April 24, 2016
Rick Bartow is one of Oregon's best-known artists. For more than 40 years, he has created a powerful body of work, influenced by his Native American heritage, life experiences, physical environment, international travels and fine art training. In 2012, two of his monumental sculptures were permanently installed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., outside…
Birds in Art

Birds in Art

November 22, 2015 - February 7, 2016
Birds in Art, an exhibition that features innovative perspectives throughout diverse artwork by some of the world's most talented artists, will land in Tulsa in late November 2015 for a showing at Gilcrease Museum. Birds inspire artists worldwide as these avian marvels signal seasonal and environmental change, mesmerize with their flight, dazzle with their colors…
Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry

Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry

October 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Explore the world of bolo ties, the uniquely Western sartorial adornment's history and revival, in a fun new exhibition traveling to Gilcrease Museum this fall. Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry opens October 18, 2015 and runs through January 3, 2016. The distinctive tie, named Arizona's official state neckwear in 1971, originated in…
Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley

Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley

October 4, 2015 - January 3, 2016
More than 150 years after his Smithsonian gallery burned to the ground, John Mix Stanley is receiving a long overdue retrospective exhibition. Considered the premier painter of the American West and a prolific artist, Stanley traveled thousands of miles crisscrossing the western territories and the kingdom of Hawaii in the mid-19th century, painting portraits of…
On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb

On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb

July 25, 2015 - October 11, 2015
Tulsa and Oklahoma have a rich history and tradition of jazz music, so it's only fitting that Gilcrease should celebrate this uniquely American form of music with a special exhibition that opens summer of 2015. On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb opens July 25 and runs through October 11, 2015. In…
California Impressionism: Selections from The Irvine Museum

California Impressionism: Selections from The Irvine Museum

May 3, 2015 - September 6, 2015
In the early years of the 20th century, California produced a unique artistic style which combined several distinctive aspects of American and European art.  This style, which is often called California Impressionism or California Plein Air painting, concerned itself with light and color. As a variant of the American Impressionist style, it focused directly on…
Private Collections to Public Treasures: New Acquisitions at Gilcrease Museum

Private Collections to Public Treasures: New Acquisitions at Gilcrease Museum

November 20, 2014 - March 29, 2015
Museums never stop collecting. A dynamic museum like Gilcrease continually strives to build on its strengths and to fill gaps in its collection. Strong collections provide more depth to exhibitions and more opportunities for research. Since 2008, more than 13,500 items have been added to Gilcrease Museum. Thanks to generous donors and judicious purchases, the Gilcrease…