Exhibitions Greet Oklahoma Travelers - 405 Magazine

Exhibitions Greet Oklahoma Travelers

A glimpse of OK history goes on display at Will Rogers Airport


Visitors to Oklahoma can enjoy pieces from two art exhibitions at Will Rogers Airport, thanks to a new project from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 

For the first time, the museum has installed selections from two of its exhibitions – Power & Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains and We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma – in areas of the airport.

The museum’s Curator of Ethnology Eric Singleton says, “These temporary exhibitions offer nationwide travelers a unique opportunity to experience the diversity of the American West before leaving the airport.

“It’s vital to display an assorted selection of art in an impressive institution such as the Will Rogers World Airport so visitors are intrigued by the region’s history from the moment they arrive.”

Power & Prestige includes historical photographs from the Northern and Southern Great Plains and ledger art depicting Indian warriors, and works from We the People present a selection of Henry Wantland’s photography from his family’s arrival to Stillwater in 1891.

Senior marketing manager Kirsten Holder said a display at the airport was a first for the museum, and the project had been a long time in the planning.

“The American West is not one demographic, one location, one idea … it is so much more vivid, rich, vast, and diverse. The future of the West is ever-evolving,” she adds.

The pieces, located on the north and east sides of the airport, will be on display until January 2018.

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