Temporary Exhibits

Arts of the Southwest 
June 12 to August 19

The Museum of the Red River has an extensive collection of prehistoric, historic and contemporary materials, including one of North America’s best collections of Southwest ceramics. Its collection of Southwest material also includes baskets, prints, jewelry, katsinas and more. Over 75 pieces from 15 different groups are represented in this exhibit.


Recent Acquisitions  
Closing Date TBD 

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. 


Damarau, 20th century, Iatmul (Papa New Guinea). Gift of Dr. David and Karina Rilling.

For the Love of Birds
April 24 to June 17

As a subject for art, birds are acknowledged for their majesty, beauty and utility, as well as being connections between the earth and the heavens. Their images and forms are used as decorative elements in virtually every human culture. In this exhibit, several objects have been selected from some of the artistic traditions represented in the collections of the Museum. 

[Pictured: Damarau, 20th century, Iatmul (Papa New Guinea). Gift of Dr. David and Karina Rilling.]