PPHM Exhibits and Events
U.S. MILITARY UNIFORMS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
Continuing through January 4, 2014
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum presents United States Military Uniform from the Permanent Collection opening January 26, 2013 in the Textile Gallery. All branches of service for which the museum has specimens will be represented including the U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard, incorporating both male and female U.S. service people.
Continuing through February 1, 2014
Although designated part of “The Great American Desert” by explorer Major Stephen H. Long in 1823, the Panhandle-Plains geographical region enjoys weather events unlike other places in the United States. Through the record-setting cold and blizzards in the winter of 1886-87 to the current drought, area residents have endured to carve out a living on the Llano Estacado. Using the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society’s vast photographic resources housed in the Research Center, this exhibition will supplement “Wild and Wacky Weather on the Panhandle Plains” with images recording floods, hailstorms and tornadoes, extreme cold and withering heat.
WILD AND WACKY WEATHER ON THE PANHANDLE PLAINS
Harrington Changing Gallery
Continuing through February 1, 2014
Wild and Wacky Weather on the Panhandle Plains will use specific historical weather events to explore the forces behind weather, the range of its impact from the trivial to the tragic, the history and science of weather forecasting and tracking, and more. Wild and Wacky Weather will be geared toward the younger set with a variety of weather-related objects, and an abundance of educational components and hands-on activities.
LUCIEN ABRAMS: AN IMPRESSIONIST FROM TEXAS
Continuing through February 15, 2014
Lucien Abrams (1870-1941) is the only Texas artist to be directly associated with American Impressionism. A native Kansan who moved to Texas as a child, Abrams lived and painted in France from 1894 to 1914. From 1914 until his death, Abrams maintained homes in Dallas, San Antonio, and Old Lyme, Connecticut, the latter village the center for American Impressionism. Abrams exhibited his paintings from France and Old Lyme in Texas art exhibitions in Fort Worth and Dallas. Guest-curated by PPHM staff, and organized by the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, the exhibition opens at Albany in June 2013, then travels to PPHM. The exhibition will include four Abrams paintings from the PPHM collection.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Friday, December 6,2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 7, 2013 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Celebrate the holiday season with PPHM at the annual Christmas Open House! Enjoy music, role players, storytellers, kid's crafts, cookie decorating and more. Admission is free with a canned food donation to the Highplains Food Bank.
AMERICAN INDIAN ART FROM THE SUSAN J. ALLEN COLLECTION
Bivins Gallery Since its inception in 1921, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society has preserved American Indian material cultural artifacts and art objects. While numerous donors added to the Society's Native American collection over the previous eighty-two years, Susan J. Allen deserves special recognition in light of both the sheer numbers of objects she gave and their overall high quality. Through the efforts of Harold D. Bugbee--whom she met at Taos--Susan Janney Allen of Haverford, Pennsylvania, gave her American Indian collection in memory of her parents, Samuel L. and Sarah H. Allen of Philadelphia. In 1934, Allen decided to lend some of her collection for exhibition at the Museum writing to Harold Bugbee in April: "[I] feel quite sure you can make a very attractive and worthwhile display, that will appeal to the average visitor, and also be of educational value, too." Later that year Allen began donating her collection to the Society, and after subsequent gifts, by 1941 the Susan J. Allen Collection came to number over 2,000 objects. This includes some 250 of the finest baskets in the Society's collection (and in any public collection in the United States), beadwork, pottery, paintings, silver, and katsina dolls.
Continuing through September 2014.
HIGH FASHION ON THE HIGH PLAINS
February 1, 2014 through January 10, 2015
Fashion is dictated not only by the time and place in which one lives, but on the events that one attends. High Fashion on the High Plains uses the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society’s permanent clothing and textile collection to explore the fashions that were worn during different periods in particular settings over the last two centuries. The clothing on exhibit demonstrates a variety of silhouettes, fabrics, trims and designs, all of which combine to give a sense of fashion at that time. In addition to displaying the styles indicative of high fashion, clothing created under noted designer labels like Charles Frederick Worth, Christian Dior and Chanel will be exhibited.
WOMEN OF THE WEST: GEMS OF THE PLAINS
March 1, 2014 – August 2, 2014
As part of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s “Women of the West” series of five exhibitions that will celebrate women of the west through art, artifacts and stories of the past, Gems of the Plains will showcase the vital roles women have played in the settlement and ongoing development of the Panhandle-Plains region and the larger American West. Women faced many challenges as they moved to a wild territory, changed the homes and lifestyles they had known for so long, or fought to change their own lives with the times that moved upon them. Women of the West necessarily stand out from the stereotypical feminine figure in many ways. While they did not always take center stage, as this exhibition will show, women of the west often were and still are the driving force behind much of what drove/drives the West and the Panhandle-Plains region forward.
PANHANDLE PLAINS INVITATIONAL WESTERN ART SHOW AND SALE
March 1-30, 2014
Contemporary Western Artists’ interpretations of the American West are sold for the benefit of the PPHM Art Department. Money raised is used to purchase and conserve works for the PPHM collection. Click here to learn more.
PANHANDLE PLAINS INVITATIONAL WESTERN ART SHOW AND SALE ARTISTS RECEPTION
Saturday, March 1, 2014 5:30 artists’ reception 6:00 sale
Preview the exhibit, meet the artists and purchase original artwork.
The PPI provides the only museum-quality venue for contemporary Western art in the Panhandle Plains region. This annual event will have paintings and sculpture by some 50 artists depicting the American West. Proceeds from sales will benefit the museum’s art department.
MADONNAS OF THE PRAIRIE: DEPICTIONS OF WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN WEST
Foran Art Gallery
April 12, 2014 - August 30, 2014
Traditionally women have been depicted as passive observers or merely passengers in the settlement of the American West. Some artists chose to portray Western women in the guise of a “Madonna” figure, based on Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary. Others described women in the West as beautiful objects to be admired, with no true role to play except to stand in the doorway or by the corral gate watching their men ride away. As part of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s “Women of the West” series of five exhibitions that will celebrate women of the west through art, artifacts and stories of the past, “Madonnas of the Prairie”
will examine these type depictions juxtaposed with images of Western women as protagonists: riding horses, herding cattle, shooting guns, even dragging the wounded to safety under fire. Using the PPHM permanent collection as the foundation, the exhibition will draw on public and private collections to flesh out the offerings of painters and sculptors across the spectrum. Artists represented will include Beulah Schiller Ayars, H. D. Bugbee, W. Herbert Dunton, Ben Carlton Mead, Gerald Cassidy, W. H. D. Koerner, Remington Schuyler, Gina Knee, Herbert Morton Stoops, Margaret Wright Tupper, Olin Travis, Jerry Bywaters, and others.
REGIONAL HISTORY DAY
Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:00am-4:00pm
FOSA ANNUAL LUNCHEON
Hazlewood Lecture Hall
Saturday, May 5, 2014
Friends of Southwestern Art (FOSA) Luncheon is slated for Saturday, May 4 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Hazlewood Lecture Hall at PPHM.