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Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma

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Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma

June 13-Sept. 10, 2017

Horseman Anadarko

On May 10, 2008, a tornado in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Picher struck the final blow to a onetime boomtown. The lead and zinc mining that had given birth to the town had also proven its undoing, earning Picher the distinction of being the nation’s most toxic Superfund site in 2006. Todd Stewart’s photoessay Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma explores the otherworldly ghost town and reveals how memory can be dislocated and reframed through both chronic and acute instances of environmental trauma. Click here to view the press release.


Prompted: A Writing Workshop
2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1
Nancy Johnston Records Gallery and Sandy Bell Gallery

Jumpstart your creativity during this drop-in writing workshop guided by creative writer and OU graduate student Matt Jacobson. Writing prompts will be drawn from images and artifacts in the Picher, Oklahoma exhibition, and photographer Todd Stewart will provide an overview as well as his inspiration for the show. After the event, share your stories, poetry, and ideas over complimentary coffee and bagels. For more information, view the press release here.

Public Closing Reception
Thursday, Sept. 7
7 p.m.: Public Closing Lecture
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium

Displaced Memories in Picher, Oklahoma
Join Alison Fields, the Mary Lou Milner Carver Professor of Art of the American West and Assistant Professor of Art History, as she leads a talk about Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma. Members at the Supporter level and higher may reserve seating in the auditorium for this public lecture by calling (405) 325-2297.
8 p.m.: Public Closing Reception
Sandy Bell Gallery

Following the lecture, stay for the public reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres from El Toro Chino, a cash bar, and live music.

For more information about the closing reception, please see the press release.


Image Credit
Todd Stewart (U.S., b. 1963)
Chat Pile, 2008
Inkjet print, 40x50 in.;
Image courtesy of the artist