‘Weaving History into Art’ honors late Native artist Shan Goshorn

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Tim Landes

In the final decade of her life, Shan Goshorn combined her photography talents with her self-taught weaving skills to create stunning Native art.

Gilcrease Museum is honoring her legacy with the powerful new show “Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn,” a Gilcrease Museum-curated exhibition that is now open and runs through March 28, 2021. The exhibit also includes art from four of Goshorn’s contemporaries who are all from Oklahoma. Advance tickets are required.

Goshorn (1957-2018) was a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a longtime Tulsa resident. She was internationally recognized for her artwork comprised of weaving archival documents and photographs into baskets using traditional Cherokee techniques. The resulting artwork provides a political and cultural commentary on Native American issues.

We checked in with Gilcrease Museum Curator of History Mark Dolph to learn more about the new exhibit that celebrates Goshorn’s work and legacy.

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