Special Exhibits

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Beatriz. Behnaz. Brummell.

  • Beatriz Mayorca: Between Play and Function
  • Depths and Roots of Behnaz Sohrabian
  • Tammy Brummell: Open to Interpretation

Beatriz Mayorca combines modern materials and techniques with traditional influences, producing unique utilitarian designs with sculptural aesthetics. Behnaz Sohrabian paints bold strokes of color, generating rhythm and texture in her expressionistic portraits, landscapes, and non-objective paintings. Tammy Brummell layers collage and paint, revealing and obscuring, to create her playful mixed-media art.

Register for free exhibit events here!

Virtual Artist Talks via Zoom :

  • Behnaz Sohrabian, 10:00 AM Feb 19
  • Beatriz Mayorca , 3:00 PM March 19
  • Tammy Brummell, 10:00 AM March 26

In-Person Meet & Greet the Artists:

  • 5:00-7:00 PM, April 8
  • Timed tickets | Limited Capacity | Masks Required
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Culture on the Prairie

The portraits featured in this exhibit reveal ten patrons who helped establish Oklahoma's museums during the twentieth century. Drawn from several cultural institutions, these stories reveal many contributions made by these patrons-contributions that defined Oklahoma's early cultural community and continue to have an impact today.

Though these patrons come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, they share connections and their stories reveal similarities. The exhibit highlights artists who cultivated successful visual arts careers while helping establish arts institutions that continue to support artists today. Also featured are collectors, whose donations of precious art and artifacts served as the founding collections for museums. Finally, the exhibit explores the impact of philanthropists, many connected to the oil and gas industry, on Oklahoma's early cultural institutions.

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The Life of Clara Luper: A Pioneer of the American Civil Rights Movement

Clara Luper (1923-2011) was born and raised in Jim Crow era-Oklahoma and felt firsthand the racial discrimination and injustice that pervaded society. Through her activism with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and her work as a history educator she spent her life combatting racism and segregation in Oklahoma and the United States. Her tireless efforts helped not only to desegregate public accommodations in Oklahoma, but to improve cooperation and understanding between all Oklahomans, Black and White alike, and her legacy lives on today.

The museum exhibit utilizes archival material to present a timeline of Luper's life and accomplishments, while the virtual exhibit provides more historical information. As you explore, consider her impact on the Civil Rights movement both in Oklahoma and the United States.

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Bellamy. Mercer.

Coming to the Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery:

On Display May 20 - August 21, 2021

Jessica Bellamy creates visual journeys in encaustic and mixed media, embellished with natural elements foraged from the Oklahoma landscape. Sunni Mercer's sculptural torsos radiate feminine elemental power and whisper forgotten mythologies.

For more information about our temporary exhibits or the Museum's Tulsa World | Lorton Family Gallery, contact Donna Merkt, director of museum experience, at 405.523.3231.