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Current Exhibitions

Today's Quilts: Art in Stitch

The exhibition Today's Quilts: Art in Stitch showcases recent work by the members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates from Texas will be exhibited at the Museum from November 22, 2017 thru February 18, 2018. More than 30 pieces by 22 quilt artists are included. The exhibit was curated by Gay Young and juried by Brenda Wyatt both members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQS) whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation and publications.

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art quilt of an angel

How Weather Works: Our Place Between the Sun and a Storm

Do you ever wonder where weather comes from? All weather, including tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, can be traced back to two things: the Sun and Earth's spin. As the Sun heats a spinning Earth, the winds begin to blow, leading to all weather as we know it!

In this exciting interactive exhibit you will journey through the phenomena creating weather. The journey starts with the Sun and ends with things we can see and feel like wind, clouds, and rain.

Can things like irrigation and wind farms actually influence the weather? A research team led by Brian Ancell from the Atmospheric Sciences Group at Texas Tech helps to answer this question and explain our place in the weather. This exhibition is funded by the National Science Foundation. 

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lightning in midland texas

Andy Warhol in Lubbock

October 14, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Even after sales, thousands of artworks still remained in the Foundation's collections. On the 20th anniversary of the Warhol Foundation, these artworks were gifted to various American museums. The Museum of Texas Tech received an initial gift in 2007-08 of 160 Polaroid and black and white photographs, followed in 2013 by a donation of seven screen prints. Selections from these two gifts are on exhibit here.



Marcando el relámpago

September 30, 2017 - January 28, 2018

Marcando el relámpago is a collaborative exhibition, marking exchanges between an atmospheric scientist, Eric Bruning, and a visual artist, Tina Fuentes. The science and the art combine to present insights into lightning—a dynamic, powerful, and spectacular component of our planet's weather systems. The language and practice of science often takes the form of rigorous logic and precise experiments. Technical analyses result in charts and graphs that compare theories to experiments. These processes seek to provide clear rationales for phenomena observed in the world. Art encourages understanding through expressive means: manipulation of color, shape, movement, composition, texture and more. In this exhibition, science and art combine to advance our understanding of lightning.

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Wallace Shoe Collection

August 25, 2017 - January 7, 2018

The recent gift of L. Jean and Rebecca Wallace significantly moved forward the earliest date for shoes in the collection of the Museum from 1850 to 1750. In celebration of this donation of 101 pair of shoes, more than 50 from the collection have been selected for an exhibit August 25, 2017-January 7, 2018.

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Child’s Black Leather Flat Shoes with White Leather in Cut Out Areas on Upper that ties with Red Leather, c 1870-80, Gift of L. Jean and     Rebecca Wallace, TTU-H2017-030-077

Leonardo's Kitchen: Causal Contemplations

Through January 2018

This participatory installation incites consideration of how words and actions are chosen by showing how voices and bodies simultaneously affect three different spaces. Changes in material surfaces and sound are made apparent based on the energy produced by participants' voices and movements through space. Still, words disappear once they are uttered and physical actions dematerialize in fleeting moments. Despite the ephemeral nature of our words and actions, our expressions can induce consequences that manifest profound changes in the world. In this way, this installation renders awareness that our words and actions constitute our footprints in the world, which are carved in the memory of the people we impact directly or indirectly.