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Exceptional Exhibitions

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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.

Past Exhibitions

Masterworks from the Gilcrease Collection

September 1, 2016 - July 4, 2021
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,…
Americans All!

Americans All!

September 28, 2018 - July 4, 2021
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…
Landscape

Enduring Spirit: Native American Art

January 22, 2005 - July 4, 2021
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

December 1, 2017 - July 4, 2021
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…
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…

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…