Art Abstracts: May We Have Peace by Allan C. Houser

Looking for the answer to Art Abstracts? It’s Allan Houser’s May We Have Peace.

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IMAGE CREDIT | Allan Houser, U.S., Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994 | May We Have Peace, 1992 | Bronze, 11 x 5 x 3 ft. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma; Gift of the student body and donors, 1995

Happy Birthday to the beloved artist Allan Houser! Houser came into the world 101 years ago on June 30, 1914, as the first Chiricahua child to be born after his people were released following 30 years of captivity.

May We Have Peace is located at the entrance to Parrington Oval, next to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
The Native American figure is holding up a peace pipe with both hands, and there is a single feather on his head. A plaque on the left of the base reads, “Human dignity is very important to me. I feel that way toward all people, not just Indians.” On the front of the base, there is a plaque with the words, “A university is a place where we should learn how to challenge and argue with each other without ceasing to love and respect each other.”

The FJJMA is fortunate to have several works by Allan Houser in our permanent collection. These works can be found around campus, and inside the museum.

Homeward Bound

IMAGE CREDIT | Allan Houser, U.S., Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994 | Homeward Bound, 1988 | Bronze, 11 x 5 x 3 ft. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma; Gift of Alumni Earl and Fran Ziegler, 1994

 

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IMAGE CREDIT | Allan Houser, U.S., Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994 | Corn Grinder, 1982 | Bronze, 11 x 5 x 3 ft. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma; Purchase, Richard H. and Adeline J. Fleischaker Collection, 1996

Although not in our collection, another familiar work by Allan Houser is the Sacred Rain Arrow sculpture found guarding the entrance of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. This work appears on standard-issue Oklahoma license plates.

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