The Museum of the Red River

The Museum of the Red River A Museum of art and archaeology from around the world and the home of the Oklahoma State Dinosaur, Acrocanthosaurus atokensis. Admission is free!

The Museum is looking for a new Head of Programs. The ideal candidate is creative, organized, and has strong interperson...
05/15/2019

The Museum is looking for a new Head of Programs. The ideal candidate is creative, organized, and has strong interpersonal skills. Related professional or academic experience is preferred. Learn more at www.museumoftheredriver.org/about/careers/.

05/14/2019
Oklahoma Museums Association

This week is #MuseumWeek! Did you know that the total, direct economic activity of Oklahoma’s museums was over $480 million in 2017?

We are talking secrets today for #MuseumWeek! Museums give insights into influential points in history, art and more! Use #SecretsMW and share your museum’s secrets and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks!

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Thank you to everyone who helped or attended the Museum’s Open House. Over five hundred people showed up, making it ou...
05/09/2019

Thank you to everyone who helped or attended the Museum’s Open House. Over five hundred people showed up, making it our most popular event to date.

Here’s some of our favorite photos from the day. We’ve also got a video of the morning’s festivities, courtesy of Zach Wallis. Visit https://youtu.be/SbhFoZwBuNA?t=55 to see the video.

The Lakota are master woodworkers. Traditionally, each work held some sort of symbolic meaning for its owner. Lakota men...
05/03/2019

The Lakota are master woodworkers. Traditionally, each work held some sort of symbolic meaning for its owner. Lakota men carried dance sticks like this during powwows and other ceremonies.

Dance sticks were often carved in the shape of a horse. In some cases, the entire horse is portrayed. These sticks are meant to honor a favored companion—perhaps one that served its owner well in hunting or in battle.

Pictured: Dance stick, ca. 1890. Lakota (Great Plains). Bequest of the Quintus H. Herron Trust. Now on display in the Founder’s Gallery.

04/27/2019
She's back.
04/25/2019

She's back.

NOW OPEN: Founder's GalleryThe Founder’s Gallery celebrates the generosity of the Herron family and other major donors...
04/18/2019

NOW OPEN: Founder's Gallery

The Founder’s Gallery celebrates the generosity of the Herron family and other major donors to the collections. It features some of the finest examples of material culture available for public study. Visit https://www.museumoftheredriver.org/exhibits/founders-gallery/ to learn more.

Pictured: Twilight Song, ca. 1990 by Allan Houser. (Chiricahua Apache, 1914 – 1994). Gift of John and Dr. Meryl Lavine.

All public spaces—including the Acrocanthosaurus Gallery—will reopen at the end of April. Visit our website to learn...
04/11/2019
Dinosaur Gallery Reopens | Museum of the Red River

All public spaces—including the Acrocanthosaurus Gallery—will reopen at the end of April. Visit our website to learn about the Open House Party, on Saturday, April 27.

The Museum will hold an open house on Saturday, April 27, to commemorate the event.

04/09/2019
Preview: 3D Virtual Tour

Our friends at 3D Capture, Home Tours & Virtual Images are building something cool for us (and you)!

Idabel has a new junior t-ball team: The Acros! According to Dr. Charles Palmer, the team came up with the name on their...
04/04/2019

Idabel has a new junior t-ball team: The Acros! According to Dr. Charles Palmer, the team came up with the name on their own. Their first game is this Friday, at 7:15, in Idabel. Go Acros!⁣

⁣[Pictured: Dr. Charles Palmer presenting the Museum's Brian Hendershot with the official team t-shirt.]

"Native American Cradles" will be closed from April 9 to April 15. The exhibit will reopen on April 16, in the new Mary ...
04/02/2019

"Native American Cradles" will be closed from April 9 to April 15. The exhibit will reopen on April 16, in the new Mary Bratton Curtis Gallery. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Pictured: Cradle, ca. 1897. Mesquakie (Woodlands/Great Lakes region). Gift of Quintus H. Herron.

RECENT ACQUISITIONS SPOTLIGHT: “End of Times”, 1985 by Joyce Lee “Doc” Tate Nevaquaya. (Comanche, 1932 – 1996)...
03/28/2019

RECENT ACQUISITIONS SPOTLIGHT: “End of Times”, 1985 by Joyce Lee “Doc” Tate Nevaquaya. (Comanche, 1932 – 1996). Gift of Peter and Ginny Carl.

Doc Tate is best known for his contributions to, and revival of, traditional native American music. However, he was also an equally accomplished painter. Like many of his contemporaries, he emphasized the shape and boundaries of his subject matter. He received numerous awards and accolades throughout his life. Most notably, he was the first Oklahoman to win the National Heritage Fellowship Award.

Museum lobby and dinosaur gallery, March 2019.
03/21/2019

Museum lobby and dinosaur gallery, March 2019.

Say hi to Hannah McNutt, the new Learning Center Coordinator. Hannah, pictured left, is a recent graduate of the Univers...
03/19/2019

Say hi to Hannah McNutt, the new Learning Center Coordinator. Hannah, pictured left, is a recent graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma’s museum studies program. She's interned at the Edmond Historical Society and the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve.

Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/y2no3k36.

NOW OPEN: Asian Enameled WorksThis demitasse set was made using an enameling technique known as plique-à-jour. It's an ...
03/14/2019

NOW OPEN: Asian Enameled Works

This demitasse set was made using an enameling technique known as plique-à-jour. It's an extremely time- consuming method with a high failure rate. However, the end result is stunning. The lack of backing material allows light to shine through, much like a stained glass window.

[Pictured: Floating Cloisonné Demitasse set, ca. 1920. Japanese. Gift of Nathaniel and Lana Grey.]

"I don't know of any collection [of cradles] this good in Oklahoma. Any of these pieces could be in the Met and it would...
03/12/2019

"I don't know of any collection [of cradles] this good in Oklahoma. Any of these pieces could be in the Met and it would be a pivotal piece. I don't know of any other institution that could put on an exhibit like this without borrowing [from other museums]."

-Eric Singleton, Ph.D., Curator of Ethnology at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Learn more about the exhibit at https://www.museumoftheredriver.org/exhibits/.

Museum exterior, March 2019.
03/06/2019

Museum exterior, March 2019.

Congratulations to all the Expressions of Youth (2019) contestants! This was one of the most competitive contests to dat...
02/21/2019

Congratulations to all the Expressions of Youth (2019) contestants! This was one of the most competitive contests to date. Visit https://www.museumoftheredriver.org/exhibits/expressions-of-youth-2019/ to see the winners. The exhibit closes with an Awards Ceremony on March 3, at 1:00 pm.

[Pictured: Wendigo Sculpture by Quaed Cox. Best of show, three-dimensional art, ages 16 to 19. NFS.]

Due to a labeling disparity, the list of winners from the "Expressions of Youth" competition is unavailable. Contestants...
02/20/2019

Due to a labeling disparity, the list of winners from the "Expressions of Youth" competition is unavailable. Contestants contacted by Museum staff are unaffected. The exhibit remains open to the public.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We’re trying to resolve the issue as fairly and quickly as possible.

[Pictured: "Mona Pieca" by Sloan Hickerson.]

"Native American Cradles” is open now through April 14. According to Museum curator Daniel Vick, “cradles are one of...
02/13/2019

"Native American Cradles” is open now through April 14. According to Museum curator Daniel Vick, “cradles are one of the most striking symbols of native American childhood. They were made only by the most accomplished and skilled artisans." Visit https://www.museumoftheredriver.org/exhibits/north-american-cradles/ to learn more.

Pictured: Board Cradle, ca. 1900. Ojibwe (Northeast). Gift of Drs. Nira and Leonard Levine.

🐷 Happy Lunar New Year! 🐷The year of the pig is finally here! According to one legend, the order of the animals in...
02/05/2019

🐷 Happy Lunar New Year! 🐷

The year of the pig is finally here! According to one legend, the order of the animals in the zodiac was dictated by the order in which they arrived to the Jade Emperor's party. Pig slept too long and was the last to arrive! Therefore, he became the last animal in the zodiac cycle.

The Caddo lived in what is now Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. They developed a rich and varied pott...
02/01/2019

The Caddo lived in what is now Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. They developed a rich and varied pottery tradition over the course of a 1,000 years. This ceramic features the hallmarks of a Belcher Engraved Type vessel (ca. 1200 – 1500, From the Collection of Robert and Mary Kirkey). However, its characteristically elongated neck was broken at some point.

The ceramic is part of the Museum’s winter exhibit, “Recent Acquisitions”. The show closes on February 3. More highlights from the exhibit are available at https://www.museumoftheredriver.org/exhibits/recent-acquisitions-2018/.

(We previously identified this piece as a Hodges Engraved ceramic. That was incorrect. Please see the comment section for more information.)

Dogs were an important part of ancient Chinese society. During the Han dynasty, models of dogs were often placed inside ...
01/25/2019

Dogs were an important part of ancient Chinese society. During the Han dynasty, models of dogs were often placed inside their owner's tomb. Anthropologists believe they were supposed to keep their owner company in the afterlife.

This effigy is one of the earliest figurative sculptures in the Museum’s collections and displays the dynamic qualities of Han funerary sculpture (ca. 200 BC – AD 220, Gift of R. Weiss). It is not readily identifiable with any of the breeds found in China. However, it is typical of the abstracted, recumbent forms favored during this time.

01/18/2019

Our programs department is growing, and we need your help! We’ve created a short, anonymous survey based on last year’s events. Let us know what we did right and what we did wrong. Your input will decide what types of programs the Museum provides in 2019.

Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2KZSC8W to take the survey. One randomly selected participant will receive a copy of the Museum’s latest book!

SHERDS, the Museum of the Red River's quarterly newsletter is now out! Visit https://tinyurl.com/y7xz43yw to learn about...
01/15/2019

SHERDS, the Museum of the Red River's quarterly newsletter is now out! Visit https://tinyurl.com/y7xz43yw to learn about upcoming programs, exhibits, and the Museum's anticipated "Grand Opening" date.

Collections Spotlight: Portrait Head Bottle, ca. 100 BC – AD 700. Moche (Peru). Gift of Quintus H. and Mary H. Herron....
01/11/2019

Collections Spotlight: Portrait Head Bottle, ca. 100 BC – AD 700. Moche (Peru). Gift of Quintus H. and Mary H. Herron.

The Moche civilization dominated what is now northern Peru for 500 years. Moche art included elaborately detailed ceramics, gold work, weaving, and feather-work. Vessels like this were common and are some of the few, realistic portrayals of humans found in the Precolumbian Americas.

This vessel probably represents a warrior, as evidenced by the painted helmet and chin strap. Many of these vessels were used as burial offerings. As such, they may have been intended to symbolically guard and protect their lord in the afterlife.

Join us for our annual study program, lead by director Henry Moy. This year, the Museum travels to Brazil, one of the wo...
01/08/2019
Travel Study: Brazil | Museum of the Red River

Join us for our annual study program, lead by director Henry Moy. This year, the Museum travels to Brazil, one of the world's most environmentally and ethnically diverse countries. According to Moy, the program will "combine culture, history, and natural history" and is "the trip of a lifetime". Call (580) 286 - 3616 or visit https://www.museumoftheredriver.org/brazil-2019/ to learn more.

Museum of the Red River director Henry Moy will lead a short-term study program in Brazil in May.

The Museum's Sunday hours are changing! Starting January 6, the Museum will be open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Its re...
01/02/2019

The Museum's Sunday hours are changing! Starting January 6, the Museum will be open from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday. Its remaining hours are unaffected.

Pictured: Bowl, ca. 900 – 1200. Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloans; Southwest United States). Gift of R. Weiss.

The Museum’s collection of Caddo ceramics was recently featured in a chapter of "Ceramics of Ancient America, Multidis...
12/20/2018

The Museum’s collection of Caddo ceramics was recently featured in a chapter of "Ceramics of Ancient America, Multidisciplinary Approaches" (2018, University Press of Florida). The chapter, entitled “The Importance of Symmetry in Defining Caddo Relationships: A Synthesis of Perspectives" was written by Johanna Minich and Jeff Price. Dr. Munich is a curator of native American art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She gathered most of the information during a visit to the Museum in 2013.

[Pictured: Jar, ca. 1000 – 1400, Caddo (Haley Complicated Incised). Gift of Quintus H. Herron. 9″ H x 6.25″ Dia.]

The Museum is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Festival of Trees contest. The competition is a celebration ...
12/14/2018

The Museum is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Festival of Trees contest. The competition is a celebration of community involvement and Christmas spirit. Submissions were judged on their creativity, aesthetic qualities and how well they represented their organization.

This year's winners are as follows: Kidz Kottage Child Advocacy Center (Overall Winner), Idabel Walmart (Business), Idabel Special Olympics Team (School; Pictured), Rotary Club of Idabel (Civic Group) and Judy’s Wholesale Furniture (People’s Choice).

Thanks to everyone who entered. We hope to see you again next year!

Construction Update: Over half of the Museum's exterior glass walls are up. (The remaining glass will be delivered this ...
12/12/2018

Construction Update: Over half of the Museum's exterior glass walls are up. (The remaining glass will be delivered this week.) As a result, work on the remaining interior spaces—including the Acrocanthosaurus Gallery—should "speed up" in the near future.

Tadashi Hirakawa (b. 1955) is one of Japan’s foremost contemporary ceramists. He has spent decades working with archae...
12/06/2018

Tadashi Hirakawa (b. 1955) is one of Japan’s foremost contemporary ceramists. He has spent decades working with archaeologists, curators, and artists to recreate "tsuchigama" kilns, which were used during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. They are among the earliest “climbing” kilns. A single tsuchigama kiln can produce different levels of heat, which in turn affects the finished product.

Mr. Hirakawa made this vase in a tsuchigama kiln in nearby Arkansas. The kiln is the first of many that he plans to build around the world. The vase is currently on display as part of the Museum's annual exhibit, Recent Acquisitions. More highlights from the show are available at https://www.museumoftheredriver.org/exhibits/recent-acquisitions-2018/.

Aerial(ish) view of construction, December 2018. Photo by Brian Hendershot.
12/04/2018

Aerial(ish) view of construction, December 2018. Photo by Brian Hendershot.

The Museum's knitting workshop with Pat Owens has been rescheduled for January 19, 2019. More details will be available ...
11/29/2018

The Museum's knitting workshop with Pat Owens has been rescheduled for January 19, 2019. More details will be available in the coming weeks. We hope to see you then!

The Museum will be closed the following days: November 22, December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1.Pictured...
11/20/2018

The Museum will be closed the following days: November 22, December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1.

Pictured: Masked Dancer Figure, 20th century. Tilcajete, Oaxaca (Mexico). Gift of Sally Gettys. Part of the Museum's winter exhibit, "Recent Acquisitions".

Are you interested in Museum programming but can't make it to the Museum? If you're a teacher or libarian working in McC...
11/15/2018

Are you interested in Museum programming but can't make it to the Museum? If you're a teacher or libarian working in McCurtain County, we'll bring the program to you! Contact Christina Eastep ([email protected]) to learn more!

[Pictured: Weaving class, Idabel Head Start. Image courtesy of Christina Eastep.]

[Recent Acquisitions Spotlight] Toshiko Takaezu (1922 to 2011) was one of the United States' foremost ceramic artists. S...
11/09/2018

[Recent Acquisitions Spotlight] Toshiko Takaezu (1922 to 2011) was one of the United States' foremost ceramic artists. She often incorporated elements of traditional Japanese pottery and thought into her work—particularly those associated with tea ceremonies.

She is best known for her closed form ceramics, like the one on the right (ca. 1970, Gift of Ron and Lynne Wetherell). As the name suggests, these objects lack any functional opening. Many times, Tazkaezu would drop a small bead of clay inside the ceramic before closing it, causing it to rattle when moved.

Toshiko often took a spontaneous, experimental approach to glazing. As such, much her work looks more like a three-dimensional canvas than bowl or jar.

[Collections Spotlight] The Pomo are universally recognized for their intricately designed baskets, which are made using...
11/06/2018

[Collections Spotlight] The Pomo are universally recognized for their intricately designed baskets, which are made using a range of weaving techniques. The most distinctive one are coiled and decorated with feathers. This basket (ca. 1985, by Rose Anderson, born ca. 1919) also features abalone shells, glass beads, and handcrafted clamshell beads.

Extensively decorated baskets like this would be given as gifts during various ceremonies. Recipients would use the attached string to hang the baskets at eye level, making it easier to see the decorations and to allow the pendants to hang freely and glimmer in the light.

Closing November 11: Andean Textiles Textile manufacturing was the dominant industry in the prehistoric Andean highlands...
10/31/2018

Closing November 11: Andean Textiles

Textile manufacturing was the dominant industry in the prehistoric Andean highlands. By 1,000 B.C. the area had independently developed virtually every known weaving technique. Textiles were used for a variety of purposes including record keeping, barter, and of course, clothing. Many featured elaborate designs that were spun in. Others, like this relatively simple mask, were decorated with painted designs.

[Pictured: Textile Fragment, ca. 1000 to 1400. Chancay (Central Coast Peru). Gift of John and Dr. Meryl Levine.]

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