Off the Wall: Tulsan Holiday

Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.

Written while trying to seize the day but instead only managing to seize the coffee. 



It’s that time of year again. Plants are coming back to life, little baby chicks are pecking their way out of eggs, and human toddlers are dressed up like enormous child-sized flowers. With springtime comes another Museum Association trip. Let’s just go ahead and get the disappointment out of the way and point out that we will not be going to Texas. Maybe next year. You’ll be ok. “Where are we going, then?” you may ask, your eyes wistfully gazing at the Kimbell brochure from two years ago. Let’s just say, you won’t be disappointed.


Imagine this for a second: start the day off with breakfast treats and coffee while taking a leisurely ride to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. When we arrive, we’ll enjoy a completely private luncheon at the Philbrook’s La Villa Restaurant…doesn’t that sound fancy? It is. During lunch, the museum’s Chief Curator, Dr. Catherine Whitney, will join us to share some information about her special exhibition. What is the exhibition, you may ask? I’m so glad you asked. It’s called From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation CollectionThis will be the FIRST TIME many of the masterworks permanently held with the Vilcek Foundation will be accessible to the public. If that doesn’t make you want to go, why are you even reading a blog on an art museum site right now? Go read a science-y journal or something, gosh. In the exhibition we’ll see a range of modern stylistic approaches in various media–i.e., painting, sculptures, and works on paper. There will be particular emphasis given to American cubism, the nature-based abstractions of the Stieglitz Circle, and the regional modernism of the American Southwest. If you’re a fan of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Oscar Bluemner, and Stuart Davis, this exhibition will *knock your socks off, because it features works by all of these artists.

*There will be time provided during the trip to gather your socks before we leave.


Still waffling? Waffle no more with the thought of docent-led tours of the gardens. Bark at the dogwood, gaze at the azaleas, and light up at the sight of spring bulbs–all while enjoying the flowers blooming all over the beautiful garden.


Spring trip to the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. Print and mail us your SIGNED form to save your spot on the trip. It’s $105 if you’re a member, $125 if you aren’t a member.


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