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Kudos of the Month: Philbrook



Philbrook Museum of Art, located at 2727 S. Rockford Rd. in the heart of Midtown Tulsa, celebrates the 80th anniversary of its donation to the people of Tulsa this year.

Originally built as an Italian villa-style home for oil magnate Waite Phillips, his wife Genevieve, and their two children in 1927, the lavish 72-room mansion was donated to the Southwestern Art Association in 1938. The family hoped that Philbrook would become a cultural institution “housing, preserving, and displaying works of art, literature, relics and curios, including those representative of the native North American peoples.”

Since that time, Philbrook has served Tulsa as a world-class art museum and art collection, holding historical American, European, African, and Egyptian art, modern and contemporary art, and a comprehensive Native American collection. Philbrook also hosts and creates traveling exhibitions featuring fine art from all over the country and the world.

Philbrook attracts statewide, national, and international attention for its innovative and fun exhibitions and programming, its 25 acres of breathtaking gardens, and its three garden cats: Acer, Cleome, and Perilla.

This fall, Philbrook will celebrate 80 years with a celebration of all things 80s (the 1980s, that is): movie nights, trivia, karaoke, an arcade, and a record shop. Learn more about Philbrook Museum of Art at www.philbrook.org.

Updated 09-14-2018

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