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Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950

19 Feb

Hans Hofmann

Circa 1950
February 21 – May 9, 2010

Hans Hofmann created an extraordinary body of work for architect Josep Sert’s 1950 Peruvian city plan called the Chimbote Project. The nine painting studies Hofmann produced for a series of murals form a concise and inspired example of the depth of Hofmann’s strengths as an abstract painter and modernist visionary and form the core of this exhibition, along with other major works from this important year in Hofmann’s career.

The opening will be accompanied by a lecture:

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010
Times: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Free with Museum Admission
Room: Patti Johnson Wilson Hall

1950 was a pivotal year in the history of art – and Hans Hofmann was at the center of the action. With exhibition curator Catherine Morris, explore the influence, experience, and expression of abstract artist and visionary Hans Hofmann.

Hope to see you there.


Living by Design Video Recap

30 Sep

It was a great time everyone! Thank you Philbrook and Pohlenz for the great venues, George Kravis for the presentation, The McIntosh Group for the Wine and Winston Media for the great video!

Living by Design with Modern Tulsa-Sept. 10th-Philbrook Museum

7 Sep


Better Living by Design, with Modern Tulsa
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Philbrook 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Pohlenz Cucine Moderne 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Admission is free with an RSVP.

Modern Tulsa in conjunction with the Philbrook Museum teams up to offer a free evening of modern design Thursday ,September 10th. Join us from 5:30 to 7:00 as we view the selected works from the George R. Kravis II Collection of modern design.  The collection features items from 1900 to the present designed by iconic names like Dreyfuss, Eames, Frankl, Geddes, Teague, Vassos and Noguchi. Attendees will also have access to the show in the main gallery, Auspicious Vision (Aug, 23-Nov. 29), a showcase of American Modernism paintings from the Edward Wales Root collection.

The evening starts at Philbrook, to enjoy the exhibits from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Then we’ll make the short drive up Peoria to visit Cucine Moderne from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm for a taste of modern kitchen design and beverages. The highlight of the evening will be a presentation by collection donor George Kravis at 7:30 pm.

Auspicious Vision Edward Wales Root and American Modernism – Philbrook

24 Aug

Auspicious Vision

Edward Wales Root and American Modernism
August 23 – November 29, 2009, Philbrook

From 1902 and 1953, Edward Wales Root amassed a spectacular collection of contemporary American art which became the cornerstone of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute collection with his bequest of 227 works in 1957. This exhibition surveys Root’s wide ranging interests in such artists as Maurice Prendergast, Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and more.

This traveling exhibition was organized by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York. The national tour sponsor for the exhibition is the MetLife Foundation. The Henry Luce Foundation provided funding for the conservation of artworks in the exhibition.



11 Aug


Nice mention over at the Philbrook blog entitled Mad for Modern. Linking our HiFi modern home tour in with the craze for modern design attributed to Mad Me, Philbrook is announcing a selected works showing of Tulsa Foundation for Architecure board member George R. Kravis’ modern and contemporary design objects. Kravis recently donated 100 objects to the Philbrook Museum and the first official showing of the objects will open September 8th. Be sure to make it to the opening and stay tuned for more information to come.

Modern Design Collection to Philbrook

12 Jan

Wow, it looks that George Kravis has donated a fantastic collection here. Thanks George! Can’t wait to see all this great stuff. Hopefully we can get a sneak peak or something.

Story below from Artdaily.org

TULSA, OK.- The Philbrook Museum of Art is pleased to announce a gift of nearly 100 works of twentieth- and twenty-first-century design from the George R. kravis II Collection. The promised gift will immediately provide Philbrook with a core collection of exceptional design material and establish a vital new collecting area for the Museum.

From American Art Deco and Streamline to mid-century modern and contemporary, the collection includes objects reflecting the evolution and breadth of modern industrial design. Randall Suffolk, Philbrook’s director said: “This important gift will add a completely new dimension to the visitor’s experience and provide an exceptional new platform for exhibitions, programming, and research. We’re thrilled that this collection will ultimately reside at Philbrook and remain in Tulsa for generations to come.”

To that end, Philbrook is planning a special gallery to open in 2009 which will incorporate works from this collection and be displayed within the permanent collection galleries. The installation will be on view for two years.

Mr. kravis stated: “This collection has been a personal joy for me to acquire and build, as well as a privilege to live with. I’m delighted that through this gift it will be shared for the benefit, enjoyment, and education of all those that visit the Museum.” He added, “Philbrook has been an important part of my life and I’m pleased that this collection will find a permanent home there.”

The gift includes objects designed by many iconic figures in the history of international industrial design from 1900 to the present. From the 1930s and ‘40s the collection includes work by such designers as Norman Bel Geddes, Henry Dreyfuss, Paul Frankl, Peter Müller-Munk, Gilbert Rhode, Walter Dorwin Teague, John Vassos and Walter Van Nessan. Among the collection’s highlights from these American modernists is a short wave radio transmitter called Radio Nurse designed in 1937 by the American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Noguchi designed the receiver shaped like a head in a nurse’s cap. Its status as a superb sculpture is indicated by the fact that it was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1939.

There are mid-century works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Herbert Krenchel, and Russel Wright, as well as contemporary pieces by Shiro Kuramata, Marc Newson, Eliot Noyes, Philippe Starck, and Ettore Sottsass. Among the outstanding examples of contemporary design is a group of acrylic pieces designed by the Japanese architect Kuramata. Combining a sensuous beauty with technical virtuosity, these pieces covey a peaceful simplicity characteristic of some of the best late 20th Century design.

In light of the kravis gift, Philbrook has used acquisition funds to purchase Walter Dorwin Teague’s Sparton Nocturne (1934) radio. Introduced as “revolutionary” in its design, the Nocturne was also described as “a daring and brilliant ensemble in glass and metal.” The radio is exceedingly large (45×43x15’’) and was designed primarily for commercial use in hotel lobbies or other large scale public spaces. The Nocturne promises to be a signature piece among Philbrook’s emerging design collection.

Mr. kravis and his family have a long history of generosity with Philbrook. In addition to ongoing program support in numerous areas from the Raymond and Bessie kravis Foundation, Mr. kravis has donated more than twenty works – primarily contemporary art – to the Museum.

This is the second major acquisition announcement in as many years for Philbrook. Last year the Museum announced that it had received the Adkins Collection of Native American and Southwestern Art – some 1700 objects. Plans are currently being developed for the Eugene B. Adkins Collection & Study Center, a 15,000 sq. ft. satellite facility in downtown Tulsa.

Philbrook is the premier cultural institution in the city of Tulsa and a state-wide leader in the cultural life of Oklahoma. Set within a twenty-three acre site three miles from downtown Tulsa, Philbrook is a unique combination of historic house, major gardens, and permanent collections.