Richard Glazer Danay
The Masked Man and his Faithful Companion Get Their Signals Crossed
Rennard Strickland Collection
Strickland, an Oklahoma citizen of Osage and Cherokee heritage, served as curator of Native American art at the FJJMA in the early 1990s. In 2007, he announced that he wished to give his remarkable collection to the museum in memory of his mother Adell Tucker Strickland. The collection includes paintings, baskets, pottery, textiles and sculpture, representing some of the most acclaimed artists of the 20th century.
Growing up in Muskogee, Okla., Strickland purchased his first piece of art as a young boy from Creek/Pawnee painter and educator Acee Blue Eagle. Today, Strickland’s collection spans 20th- and 21st-century Native artists, from Julian and Maria Martinez and Tonita Pena to Fritz Scholder, Cecil Dick and Harry Fonseca.
Strickland’s adventures as an art collector are reflected in many of the themes of his collected works, from the humorous approaches of Richard Glazer-Danay and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, to a recent acquisition of a painted gourd by Joseph Erb reflecting a traditionally dressed Cherokee warrior listening to an iPod.
In addition to his passion for Native artwork, Strickland is an internationally renowned law professor and legal historian, especially for his introduction of Indian law as a subject of study at major universities. He is currently Senior Scholar in Residence in the OU College of Law and Philip H. Knight Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Oregon School of Law.