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Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition

Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Houser Apache Gans Dancer

Public lecture and opening reception Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.


In spring 2014 the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma will celebrate the centennial of Allan Houser, the distinguished Chiricahua Apache artist, with a special exhibition featuring one hundred of his inimitable drawings. Ninety-nine percent of the drawings are being lent to the museum by the estate of the artist in Santa Fe and the vast majority of them have never been exhibited or published before. The subjects of the drawings are wide ranging: dancers and musicians; mounted hunters and warriors; Southwestern landscapes; portraits; and genres scenes of Native life. The exhibition, organized by guest curator W. Jackson Rushing III, emphasizes the creative process, connoisseurship, and aesthetic experience. Houser's work, including paintings, sculptures, and drawings for book illustrations, embodied history and ethnicity, even as it transcended such categories to speak with clarity, subtlety, and power to audiences around the world. Because of the intimacy and accessibility of the drawings, the exhibition will offer a fresh perspective on this renowned American Master.

This exhibition is presented as part of Celebrating Allan Houser: An Oklahoma Perspective. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Allan Houser's birth, a first-ever, statewide collaboration of Oklahoma museums and cultural institutions, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Museums Association, is honoring his memory, works and legacy. Special exhibitions, events and educational opportunities are available throughout the state August 2013 through December 2014.


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Student Opening Party

Thursday March 6, 7 pm

Sandy Bell Gallery

Each semester, OU students are invited to the museum for a sneak peek of a special exhibition. Students can expect to enjoy food, live performances, a photobooth and DJ music. The event is free and exclusively for OU students. Sponsored in part by OU Housing & Food Services.


Members Preview of the Exhibition

Friday March 7, 6 pm

Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Members enjoy food and wine by Blu Restaurant and music by James Slaw in this exclusive preview of the exhibition. For more information or to become a member, click here.



Friday March 7, 7 pm

Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition

W. Jackson Rushing III, Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art, OU School of Art & Art History

The Chiricahua Apache painter and sculptor Allan Houser was always a prolific draftsman, but from 1979 until his death in 1994 he focused intensely on drawing. This lecture provides an overview of the themes of the exhibition, including portraits and abstractions; animals, land and nature; hunters and performers; and images and symbols of Apache resistance and survival. The lecture will be followed by a public opening reception at 8 p.m.



Saturday March 8, 10 am–4 pm

Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

Speakers at the symposium are W. Jackson Rushing III, Daniel C. Swan, David Rettig, Heather Ahtone, Hadley Jerman and Douglas Miles. Read more about the symposium here.


Film Screening

Saturday March 29, 1–4 pm

Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

Apache filmmaker Dustinn Craig will introduce his short films A Snapshot in Time (2009, 10 min.), Home (2005, 7 min.) and I Belong to This (2003, 15 min.), and his feature film We Shall Remain: Geronimo (2008, 84 min.).



Thursday April 3, 6 pm

Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

Apache Arts: Varied Mediums, Many Masterworks

Cécile Ganteaume, Curator, National Museum of the American Indian, NY

Although they have a distinct and well-defined aesthetic, Apache arts have not received the attention of those of the Navajo and Pueblo peoples. This talk presents a 150-year survey of an incredibly rich and ever-evolving artistic tradition.


Gallery Talk: Students’ Choice

Tuesday April 8, 12:30 pm

Nancy Johnston Records Gallery

Featuring students from the OU School of Art & Art History

Five students from the OU School of Art & Art History have each selected a favorite drawing from the Allan Houser exhibition. Each student will give a short presentation about the significance of the selected work in the gallery.


Houser Birthday Celebration

Saturday June 28, 2–4 pm

Join us for refreshments and a 2 p.m. tour of works by Allan Houser in the museum’s permanent collection. A self-guided tour of the Houser sculptures on the OU campus also will be available.

Allan Houser (U.S., Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994)
Apache Gans Dancer, 1939
Pen and ink, 13 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.
Courtesy of Allan Houser, Inc.