The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is hosting opening reception for its new exhibit “Allan Houser & His Students” from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. The event is free.
The installation presents a look at the Oklahoma native as teacher and mentor. Houser, who was Chiricahua Apache, is considered one of the most renowned American Indian painters and Modernist sculptors of the 20th century.
The new exhibit includes works of Houser (1914-94) from the museum’s permanent collection, along with those by his students and protégés.
Among the artists and colleagues he taught, influenced and exhibited with whose work is showcased areBob Haozous, Kevin Red Star, Pop Chalee, Gerald Nailor, Robert Chee, Earl Biss, T.C. Cannon, Parker Boyiddle and John Hoover.
Additionally, the exhibit will address Houser’s time spent attending and teaching at Indian schools, passing on his unique talent and vision for pushing the boundaries of American Indian art to countless students and friends. The exhibit will be on display until May 11, 2014.
In conjunction with the exhibit the museum will host a special activity day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Programming will include performances by Riverside Indian School Apache Club of Anadarko, curator-led tours and a children’s activity. Local artist Annalisa Campbell will lead children through the creating of a sculpted face molded out of clay. Children’s activity times will begin at 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with activities taking about one hour to complete. Participants leave with a memento to commemorate the opening of the exhibit. The event is free with museum admission.
Also, The Museum Store will stock Allan Houser related merchandise and other specialty items. Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. For more information, go to www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
Funding for the program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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