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Exhibitions Abound

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Jewelry, photography and sculptures are part of this month’s art exhibitions in Oklahoma. Jewelry created from construction materials are featured in Building on the Body through Sept. 22 at Tulsa’s 108 Contemporary. At Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Dorthea Lange’s America, a photography exhibition about the Great Depression, debuts Sept. 13. It showcases images by many talented photographers of the era. The...

A State Not Tilting at Windmills

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Before gargantuan, high-tech turbines dotted Oklahoma’s plains, pioneers harnessed wind energy with wooden-and-metal contraptions that allowed them to survive. Many are still in use today. That slice of history is chronicled with real-life and functional exhibits at the Shattuck Windmill Museum. Opened in 1996, the project was the dream of Phillis Ballew and her husband, Dan, who showed how windmills...

At the Museums

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When he’s not performing, singer/songwriter Bob Dylan spends his time sketching, drawing and painting. Tulsa’s Gilcrease Museum, in conjunction with the Bob Dylan Center, presents Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond through Sept. 15. The exhibit showcases writings, drawings and personal effects from the performer. Visit gilcrease.org for details. The Philbrook Museum in Tulsa commissioned Jason Lee (photographer, actor and...

A Town Using Its Noodle

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Pauls Valley might consider a slight change in its nickname – from Queen of the Washita River to Queen of Quirkiness. The town presents itself that way. Take the Toy and Action Figure Museum. In 2000, city leaders and residents formed a committee to find ways to lure visitors. “At a meeting, I joked that my studio, which already had several...

Star Power

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Reopening the second-floor galleries of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is exciting, but the headline, no doubt, is the museum’s recent acquisition of Kehinde Wiley’s new, large-scale portrait, Jacob de Graeff, from the artist’s St. Louis exhibition. “Jacob de Graeff not only adds an important work by one of the most exciting contemporary artists creating today, but also builds...

Photos That Move You

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A comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs comes to Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa from March 29 to July 14. The exhibition presents images of every prize-winning entry since the award’s inception in 1942 – ranging from moments of political unrest (Protest in Ferguson, 2015) and global tragedy (Oklahoma City Bombing, 1996) to childhood innocence (Journey of Hope, 2003). The...

On the Road to Tipperary

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The Creek County community of Shamrock, some say, is nothing more than a ghost town, yet every Wednesday 50 or more kids show up for youth night at the Baptist Church. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration no longer attracts 5,000 people as the first parade did in 1916, when Shamrock was an oil boomtown. But it remains a lively day...