Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition


This year marks the centennial of the birth of distinguished Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser. As part of a statewide celebration, the museum has organized Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition.

The new exhibition features 100 drawings, most of which are on loan from Houser’s estate in Santa Fe and have never been exhibited. Subjects of the drawings range from dancers and musicians to genre scenes of Native life.

You are invited to several educational programs that have been organized to celebrate the opening of the exhibition.

W. Jackson Rushing III, who serves as guest curator of the exhibition, will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7. Rushing will provide an overview of the themes of the works featured in the exhibition. Following Rushing’s lecture is a free, public opening reception at 8 p.m.

A symposium, Allan Houser at 100: Culture and Context, will explore Houser’s life and work 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8.

“Distinguished artists, anthropologists, art historians and curators will discuss the achievements and legacy of the Apache modern artist Allan Houser, recipient of the National Medal of the Arts,” said Rushing. “Considering culture and context, topics include Chiricahua Apache history in Oklahoma, Houser’s designs for book illustrations and his paintings and sculptures in the collection of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.”

Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition is on display March 8 – May 18.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the life and work of one of Oklahoma’s beloved artists!


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