Art from the Gilcrease Museum is coming to the neighborhood

Since Tulsans cannot travel to the Gilcrease Museum, as it does not currently exist physically, select pieces from Gilcrease’s unrivaled collection of North American art will be shared with the community.

“Gilcrease in Your Neighborhood” is a new public art experience in which Gilcrease art reproductions will be installed in public spaces around the city. The works of art will remain on display for three months, and the museum will offer special public programs and interactive opportunities to help viewers interact with the art and with the Gilcrease Museum.

“This project was born out of community discussions,” said Alison Rossi, Director of Learning and Community Engagement at Gilcrease. “We asked people from all over Tulsa what they wanted to see from Gilcrease while the museum was closed, and the first thing we heard was that people wanted to see pop-up exhibits.

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“It took us about a year to create a model that we thought would work for us,” she said. “We also asked people to vote for which of a select group of works from the collection they would like to see in these exhibitions. It was really interesting that the images that got the most votes all had a very strong connection to the natural world.

The first work chosen for the “Gilcrease in Your Neighborhood” is “Forest Scene” by Taos Pueblo Pop artist Chalee, a stylized landscape done in tempera from the early 1950s.

Reproductions of Chalee’s painting are installed in 31 locations around the city, including libraries, public spaces such as Gathering Place and Guthrie Green, city parks, doctors’ offices and grocery stores.

Rossi said the museum has developed an extensive program to augment and extend the viewer’s experience, including QR codes that will provide access to an information page about the project and artwork, and to activate an augmented reality experience that brings the artwork to life through animation. A webpage dedicated to “Gilcrease in Your Neighborhood” is scheduled to go live on Wednesday, October 21.

The first free public event for “Gilcrease in Your Neighborhood” will be “Forest Festival,” from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Central Library, Fifth Street and Denver Avenue.

“It’s going to be a fun, multi-generational event with art making, yoga, and all kinds of things that people will enjoy,” Rossi said. “We will also be working with several of our partner venues to feature programs specific to these locations, such as hikes along Turkey Mountain, several events at Gathering Place that will be offered as part of their holiday programs, even a screening of the film ‘Bambi’, which some believe was partly inspired by Chalee’s painting.

Rossi said that in addition to keeping the Gilcrease Museum in the public eye as its new facility is under construction, the “Gilcrease in Your Neighborhood” program hopes to accomplish a few other goals.

“We want to connect people not just with art, but with each other and with the natural world,” she said. “A lot of places are places where people wouldn’t expect to encounter a work of art, especially outdoor places. seasons.

“The other focus is on welfare,” Rossi said. “Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of talk about how to improve people’s lives, and there has been a lot of great research that proves how mindfully looking at art can heal. . I read about doctors prescribing visits to museums for their patients as a means of healing. Much of the programming we have planned speaks to this idea of ​​mindfulness.

The Gilcrease Museum closed to the public on July 5, 2021, and the original structure was subsequently razed. The new Gilcrease Museum is expected to be completed in early 2025.

“Gilcrease in Your Neighborhood” is made possible throughout the Tulsa community through support provided by the Atkinson Family Foundation, the Dan E. and Neva L. Brannin Charitable Foundation, the Geffen Family Charitable Foundation Fund at Tulsa Community Foundation, Frank and Carol Mulhern, ONEOK, the William S. Smith Charitable Trust, the Charles and Marion Weber Foundation, the Kathleen P. Westby Foundation and the Windgate Charitable Foundation Endowment.

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