Thursday, January 20, 2005

Week 1

Webpage: Gilcrease Museum & National Gallery of Art


West Tulsa is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Oklahoma, in my opinion. My fiancé, Raymond, and I decided that we wanted to get married in Tulsa we had to find a location to have a reception. We did some driving through west Tulsa and found a Lodge that perfectly suited our needs. The West Tulsa landscape makes for beautiful sunsets. One of the best parts of west Tulsa is the Gilcrease Museum located near the Post Oak Lodge. Gilcrease Museum holds anthropological data, artifacts, as well as amazing art. I decided to go visit Gilcrease near the end of the summer. I spent the most my summer studying Spanish in Puebla, Mexico at La Universidad de las Americas. Going to Gilcrease after returning from Puebla held special significance in itself because of the amount of Mexican art and anthropological data on Mexican history. The journals of Hernan Cortez as well as other historical figures in the history of Mexico are kept at Gilcrease. Gilcrease Museum has pieces of art that pre-date statehood in Oklahoma.
Among my favorite artifacts at Gilcrease are those artifacts dealing with the Native American history in Oklahoma. I think that the Native American population and the Ancestry of the land inspired a lot of the art at Gilcrease. Many artifacts such as clothing and tools can be found at Gilcrease. Some of these tools are spears and arrowheads. One of my favorite artists is Thomas Moran. Thomas Moran has many featured peieces at Gilcrease Museum. I like Moran’s art because the colors remind me of Oklahoma soil and they remind me of how I see the Earth in Oklahoma as well as Wyoming and the other areas he illustrates with his landscapes. Among my favorite Moran art peieces is entitled “Acoma.” (This can be found at the website above) I think I love this piece because I reminded how pure and innocent the land was at one time. I love landscape pictures that I can associate with and this piece reminds me of the drive through Wyoming.
Another piece of art which inspires my love of the Oklahoma and Southwest landscape is by Remmington. The piece is called “The Hunters Supper”. I like this piece one because it is in Oklahoma City and I have access to it, but also because I am reminded of the cruel reality of the idea that individuals had to live off the land at one time. These pieces demonstrate for me how important the Earth is and how beautiful this area is.

I am taking a Forestry class here at OSU and our professor uses a lot of photography from his travels to discuss different trees and different forests. He takes a group of students to Hondurus every year to see a different view of forest that of what we see here in the U.S. http://www.copanhonduras.org/subsites/hotels/Casa%20Castejon/Fotos/forest.jpg(Honduran Forest) One fascinating thing is that some of the same Broad Leaf trees found in Honduras are found in S.E. Oklahoma. http://www.uark.edu/misc/xtimber/pic2.JPG
I think the art in many Southern peices is inspired by our beautiful forests.

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