The arts are meant to inspire, entertain and awe, but more importantly, they offer an opportunity for us to reevaluate our perspectives and challenge the status quo. Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum offers a mirror to America’s past and a window to our future, challenging our thoughts on the American experience.
Join us as we work to bring people together through art. Whether you visit, give or become a member, your support of Gilcrease and the Tulsa arts community matters.
Expand your view of American identity with our current and upcoming exhibitions.
Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo
Experience the grit, determination and community of the national gay rodeo circuit in classic black-and-white photographs. Since its founding in 1949, Gilcrease has led the way for artwork showcasing the American West, including depictions of the iconic cowboy. Photographer Blake Little provides an expansive redefinition of what a cowboy can be in his images capturing scenes of camaraderie, identity and sport in one of America’s most time-honored traditions. Learn More
Opens September 21, 2018
Drawn from the permanent collection, Gilcrease Museum’s latest exhibition showcases the many positive contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to American life and culture. Americans All! includes more than 50 paintings and works of sculpture celebrating over 200 years of American art by 26 immigrant artists.
Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West
Opens November 3, 2018
While Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) is best known as one of America’s premier western landscape artists, this exhibition examines him as a painter of history and how his work approached the conservation issues of his day. This exhibition will address Bierstadt’s depictions of Native American cultures of the Great Plains and American bison, which he approached as key subjects for his art. Partnering with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, this groundbreaking exhibition features 75 artworks from more than 30 private and institutional lenders.
The Chisholm Kid: Lone Fighter for Justice for All
Opens December 15, 2018
The first African American cowboy to be featured in a comic strip, The Chisholm Kid appeared from 1950 – 1954 in the Pittsburgh Courier’s comic insert. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail – and to pay homage to the 5,000-9,000 black cowboys who drove cattle along the trail from Texas to Kansas following the Civil War – this exhibition features panels from the original comic strip. Known as the “Lone Fighter for Justice for All,” the namesake hero of The Chisholm Kid was portrayed as a positive black character equal to contemporaries like Hopalong Cassidy, Dick Tracy, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon a full decade before the Civil Rights Movement in America.
Pulitzer Prize Photographs
Opens March 29, 2019
This exhibition features every Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph since 1942 — the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled. Recording the defining moments of our world and our time, this exhibition will make you cry, smile and reflect on the moments that changed history.
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