Science Museum Oklahoma will celebrate the debut of its art exhibition “Echoes and Rituals: the Artwork of Robert Taylor and Harvey Pratt,” with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Satellite Galleries.
The evening reception is free and open to the public. The show will be on view until Feb. 9.
Two renowned American Indian artists from Oklahoma show their work in “Echoes and Rituals.” The exhibition will showcase the symbolic and allegoric commentary of master painter Robert Taylor, who delights in hidden meanings using a vocabulary that taps into the Plains Indian culture.
Neighboring Taylor’s eloquent surrealism will be the works of accomplished master American Indian artist Harvey Pratt. Pratt’s detailed pen-and-ink drawings, paintings and bronzes express in narrative form the personal and historical condition of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes. History, truthfulness, tribulation and humanity’s essence are all themes that resonate throughout Pratt’s artwork.
“My art reflects my own spiritual journey and it gives me the ability to make peace with the physical world,” said Taylor in a news release. “We all have that feeling that something is missing, a part of the puzzle we haven’t yet found, and so we make our place in this world by adding art to express our inner being.”
Taylor has exhibited extensively and won numerous awards at the Trail of Tears Art Show at the Cherokee National Museum, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials and the Trail of Tears State Park Gallery. His artwork is featured in numerous private and public art collections, including the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Pratt is a Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member and has won numerous awards for his art, including the designation as the Red Earth 2005 Honored One. Considered one of the leading forensic artists in the United States, Pratt has spent more than 42 years in law enforcement, completing thousands of witness descriptions drawings and hundreds of soft tissue reconstructions. His work has assisted in thousands of arrests and hundreds of identifications of unidentified human remains throughout America.
“This is a very important show, one that needs to be seen by all people,” said Scott Henderson, galleries director for Science Museum Oklahoma. “The brilliant imagery and symbolism of Robert Taylors and the creative expression and artistry of Harvey Pratt will install in the viewer the importance to understand Native American art/culture, not only in ourselves but our place in it.”
For more information, call 602-3760 or go to www.sciencemuseumok.org.