Special Exhibits

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Common Threads

On Display in the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery September 2-November 20, 2021

The works of these Oklahoma artists explore themes of nature & history, innovation & tradition, and interconnectedness. Julie Marks Blackstone paints with thread, using a French knot method to create small treasures with thought-provoking art history connections. Pamela Husky conveys light, patterns, space, and a sense of place in nature using silk, mohair, wool, ramie, and raffia. Stephanie Grubbs creates small, cotton-thread vessels that elevate the ordinary into a place of importance with intricate stitches and knotting. Click here to register for gallery events!

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Stanley Draper: The Civic Legend Behind The Scenes

Born and raised on a farm in Northampton County, North Carolina, as a child Stanley Carlisle Draper (1889-1976) dreamt of living in a big city. Little did he know he would grow up to build one. Draper became Oklahoma City's most renowned urban planner of the twentieth century. His exceptional pragmatism and foresight as a civic leader culminated into some of the city's most important developments, including Will Rogers World Airport, Tinker Air Force Base, Lake Hefner, the Federal Aeronautical Administration Center, and the Oklahoma Heritage Association. Not only did he help transform Oklahoma City into the sprawling metropolis it is today; he made significant contributions outside the city as well, leading land reclamation projects to teach new farming techniques that lifted thousands of Oklahoma farmers out of the Great Depression.

The exhibit presents a timeline of Stanley Draper's civic projects and tells Oklahoma City's incredible story through the lens of a man who spent forty-nine years building it. As you explore, consider some of the industries and institutions Draper brought to the city and how they shaped its growth.

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Changemakers: The Remarkable Women of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame believes there are no limits to what is possible. Every day we celebrate the legacy of inspiring Oklahomans with all generations, because Oklahomans are changing the world. Changemakers are those who inspire and enact change in their communities, and come from anywhere or be anyone. This gallery features seven women who have inspired meaningful change in Oklahoma and beyond: Rita Bly Aragon, Gloria Twine Chisum, Jerrie Cobb, Clara Luper, Wilma Mankiller, Shannon Miller, and Alfre Woodard. All are from vastly different backgrounds and have worked in a variety of fields, including aviation, education, civic leadership, civil rights, sports, health, philanthropy, science, and the performing arts.

The stories of these seven women define what a changemaker can be and the characteristics that the Oklahoma Hall of Fame celebrates: optimism, generosity, perseverance, individualism, and pioneer spirit. This exhibit seeks to inspire future Changemakers with the stories of these amazing women, an interactive activity, and a virtual exhibit for further enrichment.

For more information about our temporary exhibits or the Museum's Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery, contact Emma Leach, at 405.523.3211.