PPHM Exhibits and Events
AMERICAN INDIAN ART FROM THE SUSAN J. ALLEN COLLECTION
Bivins Gallery Since its inception in 1921, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society has preserved American Indian material cultural artifacts and art objects. While numerous donors added to the Society's Native American collection over the previous eighty-two years, Susan J. Allen deserves special recognition in light of both the sheer numbers of objects she gave and their overall high quality. Through the efforts of Harold D. Bugbee--whom she met at Taos--Susan Janney Allen of Haverford, Pennsylvania, gave her American Indian collection in memory of her parents, Samuel L. and Sarah H. Allen of Philadelphia. In 1934, Allen decided to lend some of her collection for exhibition at the Museum writing to Harold Bugbee in April: "[I] feel quite sure you can make a very attractive and worthwhile display, that will appeal to the average visitor, and also be of educational value, too." Later that year Allen began donating her collection to the Society, and after subsequent gifts, by 1941 the Susan J. Allen Collection came to number over 2,000 objects. This includes some 250 of the finest baskets in the Society's collection (and in any public collection in the United States), beadwork, pottery, paintings, silver, and katsina dolls.
Continuing through September 2014.
HIGH FASHION ON THE HIGH PLAINS
February 1, 2014 through January 10, 2015
Fashion is dictated not only by the time and place in which one lives, but on the events that one attends. High Fashion on the High Plains uses the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society’s permanent clothing and textile collection to explore the fashions that were worn during different periods in particular settings over the last two centuries. The clothing on exhibit demonstrates a variety of silhouettes, fabrics, trims and designs, all of which combine to give a sense of fashion at that time. In addition to displaying the styles indicative of high fashion, clothing created under noted designer labels like Charles Frederick Worth, Christian Dior and Chanel will be exhibited.
GEMS OF THE PLAINS
March 1, 2014 – February 7, 2015
As part of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s “Women of the West” series of five exhibitions that will celebrate women of the west through art, artifacts and stories of the past, Gems of the Plains will showcase the vital roles women have played in the settlement and ongoing development of the Panhandle-Plains region and the larger American West. Women faced many challenges as they moved to a wild territory, changed the homes and lifestyles they had known for so long, or fought to change their own lives with the times that moved upon them. Women of the West necessarily stand out from the stereotypical feminine figure in many ways. While they did not always take center stage, as this exhibition will show, women of the west often were and still are the driving force behind much of what drove/drives the West and the Panhandle-Plains region forward.
MADONNAS OF THE PRAIRIE: DEPICTIONS OF WOMEN IN THE AMERICAN WEST
Foran Art Gallery
April 12, 2014 - August 30, 2014
Traditionally women have been depicted as passive observers or merely passengers in the settlement of the American West. Some artists chose to portray Western women in the guise of a “Madonna” figure, based on Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary. Others described women in the West as beautiful objects to be admired, with no true role to play except to stand in the doorway or by the corral gate watching their men ride away. As part of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s “Women of the West” series of five exhibitions that will celebrate women of the west through art, artifacts and stories of the past, “Madonnas of the Prairie”
will examine these type depictions juxtaposed with images of Western women as protagonists: riding horses, herding cattle, shooting guns, even dragging the wounded to safety under fire. Using the PPHM permanent collection as the foundation, the exhibition will draw on public and private collections to flesh out the offerings of painters and sculptors across the spectrum. Artists represented will include Beulah Schiller Ayars, H. D. Bugbee, W. Herbert Dunton, Ben Carlton Mead, Gerald Cassidy, W. H. D. Koerner, Remington Schuyler, Gina Knee, Herbert Morton Stoops, Margaret Wright Tupper, Olin Travis, Jerry Bywaters, and others. This program was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
OLIVE VANDRUFF: ARTIST OF THE AMERICAN WEST
H.D. Bugbee Gallery
Saturday Mar 1, 2014 – February 7, 2015
Vandruff worked in several media, including pastel, watercolor, casein, and oil. The works of art presented in this exhibition are a testament to her skills with different subjects and in different media. The entire exhibition is drawn from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum’s permanent collection.
ANNA KEENER: SOUTHWESTERN REGIONALIST
September 13, 2014 thru February 15, 2015
Borrowing from both private and public collections, PPHM will present a retrospective of Keener’s work from her time in Texas to the conclusion of her career in Santa Fe. Approximately 70 works will be included in the exhibition to be presented in the Foran Family Galleries.
MOLLY GOODNIGHT DAY
September 13th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join PPHM for a joint collaborative program with Caprock Canyons State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as we celebrate the 175th birthday of Mary Ann (Molly) Goodnight. Museum guests will participate in a variety of fun, educational activities about the American Bison, hear a presentation by Todd Wilkinson – author of Last Stand, and enjoy a free bison burger lunch (quantities limited). Event is free with regular museum admission.
CONSTITUTION DAY September 19, 2014
Sponsored in part by West Texas A&M University. Celebrate the September 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution with activities relating to the document that formed our nation. This program will feature activities for children grades 3-7.
PANHANDLE-PLAINS HISTORICAL SOCIETY 93rd ANNUAL MEETING
Hazlewood Lecture Hall
September 23rd 2014 5:30pm
Annual Meeting of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society. This is a member’s only event.
REMEMBERING THE FIRST BATTLE OF ADOBE WALLS
October 4, 2014 Amarillo Civic Center (at 11am) and the Borger Phillips Building (at 1pm) by bus
Join the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and Hutchinson County Historical Museum as we celebrate the sesquicentennial of the First Battle of Adobe Walls with an event on OCTOBER 4, 2014. This historically significant battle occurred on November 25th, 1864 and was the only Civil War battle fought in the Texas Panhandle. The battle site is located in present-day Hutchinson County on the Turkey Track Ranch. The commemorative event will take place at the 1864 Adobe Walls Battle Site. Guests will be transported from the Amarillo Civic Center (at 11am) and the Borger Phillips Building (at 1pm) by bus. Participants will enjoy speeches from both sides of the battle including appearances by Kit Carson’s great-grandson and Kiowa and Comanche tribe members. Cost to attend the event is $50 per person and membership discounts to either institution do not apply. Reservations are closed at this time.
LLANO CEMETERY TOUR BY TWILIGHT
Llano Cemetery in Amarillo
October 18, 2014 3:30-7:00 pm
Tour Amarillo’s oldest cemetery on a hay ride or walking tour and learn about the fascinating stories of Amarillo’s past. The Llano Cemetery Tour by Twilight is a collaborative effort between PPHM and the Llano Cemetery Association. Cost is $5 per person. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
ALVIN LYNN BOOK SIGNING
Hazlewood Lecture Hall
November 8, 2014 10am to 12pm
Join PPHM for Alvin Lynn's lecture about and his new book, "Kit Carson and the First Battle of Adobe Walls: A Tale of Two Journeys." Alvin Lynn will sign books after the talk. Refreshments will be served. Members are free for this event and nonmembers will be charged $10 at the door.
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE DAY
Hazlewood Lecture Hall
November 15, 2014 10am to 12pm
Help us celebrate Georgia O’Keeffe’s birthday by making an art project and learning about her work. Event is free with regular museum admission.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Friday, December 5, 2014 6:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, December 6, 2014 1:00-5:00 pm
PPHM's annual free event celebrates the holiday season with music, role players, storytellers and kids crafts.