I was surprised by the amount of Art in Tulsa
, Oklahoma! When I realized that we had a full day of free time before starting a work trip I immediately went for the phone book and looked up art museums!
I found at least four museums!
I decided that I had time to see at least two of the four and I was in luck because one of the museums was open late that day AND holding an event that was free with the purchase of a museum pass!!! HOLLA! :P
After studying a map of Tulsa I set off to begin my day with lunch at a local Indian restaurant that was located 1/2 mile from the Sherwin Miller Jewish art museum. I have never visited a museum that was dedicated to Jewish Artwork.
The museum was small but full of goodies!! I started my self guided tour with the Holocaust remembrance gallery. It was full of historical pictures, articles and memorabilia relating to the history of prejudice that often plague those who are different than others in a community. I will admit that I did shed some tears when I saw certain images that I won't describe in detail here. I'm glad I started my tour there!! I would have hated to have ended my visit on a sadder note!! From there I traveled upstairs to the exhibiting galleries! The main gallery had items dating back to ancient Israel. I'm assume that because of the Diaspora that most of the items of artwork by the jewish people were items of function. It makes sense that, like many other nomadic or traveling cultures, one can not have too many frivolous items to carry.
Instead items that were used or items of sacred importance were given artistic attention. At least that was my take on it. The last gallery was a temporary exhibit of recreated musical instruments based on the studies of ancient Israeli instruments. It was very very very interesting and it was extremely difficult to not touch the forbidden objects! LOL!! :P
After the Jewish art museum I drove to the Phil Brook Museum of Art!
The Philbrooks was a lot like the Fricks Museum in NYC. A wealthy family of the early 20th century donating their beautiful home after the death of the parents to the city for the purpose of being a cultural art museum! The mansion was beautiful beyond description! Mr and Mrs Philbrook had some impeccable taste! inside and outside was full of various colors and textures both playing with the beauty and excitement of the displayed artwork! I was allowed to take some photos and took as many as my dying camera would let me! Some of my favorites were the beautiful sheparddess, interior water fountain and several Durer prints upstairs! After strolling through the museum, I returned for the event held in junction with the traveling modern american art exhibit! The event was filled with cool jazz and several buckets of latex paint and various painting tools to recreate the essence of Jackson Pollack and his famous drip paintings!! It was a lot of fun!
by the end of the evening I was exhausted!!
I look forward to exploring more of Tulsa the next time I pass through.
I didn't expect to experience such a delicious art culture! I can only imagine what delectable artworks the other museums and local galleries hold within their unexplored walls!
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