Collision & Creation: Indigenous Arts of the Americas, 1890-2015

Aug. 29 – Feb. 21, 2016

In celebration of the University of Oklahoma’s 125th anniversary, the Sam Noble Museum has developed Collision & Creation: Indigenous Arts of the Americas 1890-2015, an exhibit showcasing ethnographic arts created by Native peoples of the Americas between 1890 and 2015.

Collision & Creation examines the conquest and colonization of the Western Hemisphere by Europeans beginning in the 1500s and the subsequent era of oppression of indigenous peoples. The harsh realities of European conquest fostered new forms of artistic expression and brought together a unique mixture of people, materials and ideas that influenced the history and future of indigenous arts.

Some objects in Collision & Creation express traditional stability, while others directly result from the colonial exchange between Native peoples of the Americas and foreign nations. Europeans introduced new materials and tools that indigenous artists used to create innovative forms of art. Today, indigenous arts in the Americas reflect people’s efforts to balance traditions with contemporary community life.




World Cultures Hall

Have you been looking for a way to sneak a peek at cultures from all around the world? Well, you’re in luck! Coming soon to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in 2015-2016 is the new and improved World Cultures Hall! Everything from ancient Chinese porcelain to Peruvian pots and African statues to Australian weapons will be on display on the first floor of the Museum just off of the Brown Gallery. Keep an eye out for these incredible world treasures!


Take a look at our Permanent Exhibits!

Have an idea for a temporary exhibit?

Send an e-mail to Dan Swan (dcswan@ou.edu) or Stephanie Allen (stephanie.allen@ou.edu)! 


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