Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pic Today 10/27/11










LARGEST COLLECTION OF AMERICAN INDIAN ART:
ONE MAN'S LIFE-LONG OBSESSION

With Creek Indian in his blood,
Thomas Gilcrease was entitled to 160-acres of land in 1900
in a settlement between the U.S. and other native Americans.

As fate and good luck would have it,
his land (near Tulsa, Oklahoma) was situated
on one of the richest sites of crude oil,
discovered by drillers in 1905.
This made Gilcrease a multi-millionaire by age 20.

He invested his money in more land
and began buying and collecting American Indian art.
By the 1950s, Gilcrease had accumulated the
largest collection of native American art and artifacts,
along with important paintings of the American west.

That collection is now owned by the city of Tulsa,
and housed in the fabulous Gilcrease Museum.
Virtually every important Indian and Western artist
is represented at the museum, along with priceless
historical manuscripts and documents.

(More art on tomorrow's blog,
including fabulous Navajo rugs!)

7 comments:

  1. Hello Rick,
    This is wonderful. So interesting to see what I missed seeing when we were living in upstate NY.and I am so looking forward to your Navajo weaving post tomorrow. I adore their style and simplicity of technique, including the home vegetable dyeing and backstrap looms. So basic and so effective. Please don't stint on images tomorrow: I will drink them all in :-).

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  2. This is wonderful Rick!
    How fortunate you were to be able to capture these images.
    Thank you for sharing them here!

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  3. Hola Rick, muy bonitas las imagenes.
    feliz semana.
    un abrazo.

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  4. Fantásticas imágenes de ese museo amigo, toda una aventura a través del tiempo…

    Un placer, siempre, pasar a visitarte ;-)

    Muackss!!

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  5. I've always really liked Indian crafts his work with beads and the colors are amazing, thank you for this post

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  6. Oh woah this post is amazing, so as your whole blog. You're a great source of inspirations !

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  7. Rick, beautiful scenery gave us. I love to visit museums, learn about the history of a people.

    Mount Fuji is covered with snow until mid-August when it is still allowed to climb, and the maximum temperature reaches 22 degrees, this year made a lot of heat reaching 37 degrees - as you said cap melted snow on the top right.

    Hugs
    Giovanna

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