Welcome from the Director
From its position as one of the nation's premier collection of American art and archival material, Gilcrease Museum is uniquely suited to present exhibitions and programming that is as rich and diverse as the stories that make up our nation's history and culture.
During the 2013-14 season, visitors can experience the depth and breadth of Gilcrease's permanent collection, as well as view exhibitions of the extraordinary art of Gertrude Käsebier and Allan Houser.
Folio Editions: Art in the Service of Science continues its run through March 23, 2014. Showcasing these editions that were created during the 18th and 19th centuries, these folios from the "Age of Exploration," were valued for their artistry as well as the information they provided. The exhibit focuses primarily on the art of the folios but also explores the social context of the expeditions and the artists.
Opening in late November is Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier, organized by the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. Inspired by what she saw during a grand parade for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1898 in New York City, Käsebier began a special project photographing the Lakota (Sioux) traveling with the show in her studio on Fifth Avenue. The result was a set of prints that are among the most compelling of Käsebier's celebrated body of work.
In February 2014, Gilcrease Museum will join other institutions across Oklahoma to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser. The exhibition at Gilcrease will feature stone sculptures and finely finished charcoal drawings, revealing an artist extraordinarily adept at traversing media and physical dimensions.
In conjunction with these exhibits, our education staff also is preparing programming designed to engage museum attendees of all ages.
Whatever the reason or season, we hope you will visit us and discover the many treasures that Gilcrease has to offer.
Duane H. King
TU Vice President for Museum Affairs &
Executive Director of Gilcrease Museum