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Exceptional Exhibitions

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Exhibitions

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.

On View

Shan Goshorn tile

Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn

October 9, 2020 - March 28, 2021
There’s something about having a message in the vessel shape that makes people really curious … really engages them. They literally lean forward and look in and want to know more about it. It’s the perfect springboard for honest dialogue. I’ve never seen anything like it. Shan Goshorn Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy…
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;…
Mexican Modernism

Mexican Modernism: Revolution & Reckoning

August 29, 2019 - December 6, 2020
Mexican Modernism: Revolution & Reckoning features a rotation of works representing a pivotal time in Mexico’s history, from the end of the Mexican Revolution to the middle of the 20th century. Over the course of one year, this exhibition will display close to 80 rotating works by well-known artists such as Diego Rivera, José Clemente…
Aether and Earth

Aether and Earth

Ongoing
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!

Ongoing
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

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,…
Landscape

Enduring Spirit: Native American Art

Ongoing
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

Ongoing
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

Ongoing
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…

Upcoming Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

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…
Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence: Celebrating our Independence

July 2, 2019 - July 7, 2019
View the most treasured American document in Gilcrease Museum’s archival collection July 2-7. This special, one-week-only exhibition features the handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence (GM 4026.901) used in 1777 by Benjamin Franklin as part of his diplomatic communication with the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia. This copy of the Declaration is in…
Recall/Respond

Recall/Respond: Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Gilcrease Museum Collaboration

June 21, 2019 - October 13, 2019
Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Gilcrease Museum present 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 greater North America. The…
Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond

Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond

May 10, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond is the culmination of efforts by Gilcrease Museum in partnership with The Bob Dylan Center℠ to create a temporary home for the center's collection until its opening in the Tulsa Arts District in 2021. This exhibition offers an array of fresh avenues to explore the many facets of Bob Dylan’s…