Arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast
April 5 to June 3
The Northwest Coast Cultural Area of North America stretches from the Yakutat Bay in Alaska to the Columbia River in Oregon. The densely forested area is over 1,000 miles long but only extends about 200 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The region is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and a relatively mild temperate climate. As a result, it has been inhabited for thousands of years.
Jan. 23 to March 25
The Museum of the Red River opened in 1975 with a focus on regional archaeology. It supported local field research, often collaborating with agencies like the Oklahoma Archeological Survey or the U.S. Forest Service. At the same time, the Museum collected complementary material for educational purposes. In the 1980s, it ceased all field operations and returned any materials recovered under government contract to the appropriate agencies. It expanded its collecting interest to include art from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Pacific Islands.
Small Worlds: Miniature Masterworks
Feb. 6 to April 8
The creation of miniatures, smaller versions of “regular-sized” objects, figures, or entire scenes, is a creative activity found throughout the world. They can be commemorative or evocative, and give vision to an idea, concept, or event. They are generally portable—or at least more manageable—than the “real thing.” Artists and craftsmen who make these objects are master technicians within their trade. They have the sufficient experience and have developed the necessary talents to create such works. But they must also be perceptive artists, to capture and present the items’ innate “charms.”
[Pictured: Miniature Instruments, 20th century (China). Gift of Nathaniel and Lana Grey]