Gilcrease Museum Opens Enduring Spirit Exhibition

After more than two years of planning and construction, Gilcrease Museum will open a new and innovative exhibition featuring some of the finest works from its Native American art collections. Enduring Spirit: Native American Artistic Traditions open to the public as of Jan. 22.

The exhibition will allow Gilcrease to showcase some of the major strengths of the permanent collection as well as provide a more comprehensive and integrated presentation of the museum’s Native American art collections, according to Gilcrease Curator of Exhibitions, Kevin Smith.

Perhaps the most innovative aspect of the exhibition regards its relationship to the community. “This exhibition will change after the curators are finished installing it,” said Smith. “We are inviting Native American tribes, organizations and individuals to help update our databases, video presentations and programming for the next several years. This is unusual as most museum community involvement consists of focus group research and exhibit consultation that ends once the exhibition is installed.”

Renowned museum designers Quenroe Associates of Boulder, Colorado worked with Gilcrease Museum on the exhibition.

Quenroe has previously worked with the museum on the design of the “Thomas Moran” retrospective and “Down from the Shimmering Sky.”

The exhibition was organized through the support of the Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation. Additional support provided by the Sam Viersen Family Foundation, the Grace and Franklin Bersen Foundation, the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust, and the Boeing Company.

For more information call 918-596-2700 or visit the museum’s web site at

Updated 01-14-2005

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