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"Up from the Basement" designates exhibitions from the Museum's collection
/ A "Community Exhibition"
February 3, 2012
The Ice Age on the Southern Plains. A new long-term gallery featuring megafauna from the Pleistocene Period of prehistory like mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant camels, short-faced bears, and dire wolves. This exhibition is from the Museum's collections and reflects the local area's distant natural history past as revealed by ongoing research activities of the Museum of TTU at the Lubbock Lake Landmark. An "Up from the Basement" exhibition.
June 16, 2012
World War II on the Southern Plains, Lubbock Gallery. An "Up from the Basement" exhibition from the Museum's collections. Photographs from the WWII years of pertaining to the city of Lubbock.
September 30, 2012 - 2013
Sacred Places and Ancient Texts—The Rock Art of Cowhead Mesa, Balcony Gallery. Native American groups painted on or carved into rock images that record and tell stories about the past. Rock art often is located in areas of special spiritual significance and Native American groups returned to these locations to document events. Such sites provide an expanded humanistic aspect and are an enigmatic and powerful reminder of the aboriginal populations that once occupied the vast Great Plains landscape. Cowhead Mesa on the Macy Ranch is a region defined by the steep Southern High Plains Caprock escarpment, remnant mesas, and the rough terrain of the canyon breaks. The escarpment edge has provided predictable and abundant high-quality water sources, places of natural shelter, and rock panels for carving stories about the landscape. An "Up from the Basement" exhibition.
January 27- March 10
Little Black Dress, Gallery 1. An "Up from the Basement" exhibition.
The little black dress is considered to be an essential wardrobe staple by most women and fashion experts of Western European and American culture. As a rule, this versatile garment manifests as being simple and elegant, to be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, and is affordable and accessible. The exhibition explores this fashion icon's history from the 1840s through today, along with its role in women’s lives. The garments are from the Clothing and Textiles collection of the Museum of TTU.
April 5 -- Talkington Art Gallery Inaugural Exhibition
AZ<>NM<>TX — 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, Talkington Art Gallery. An "Up from the Basement" exhibition from the Museum's Art Collection. The Talkington Gallery features selections from 20th and 21st century art of the southwestern United States. This region ranges from scorching deserts, broad horizontal vistas, near bottomless canyons, rugged mountain ranges to rich but rare river valleys, in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and portions of Colorado and Utah. No one type of landscape represents the Southwest and, similarly, no singular art style defines it. The art works on exhibit sample many divergent paths that artists from the Southwest have followed, from realism to romanticism, from impressionism to expressionism, from minimalism to conceptualism, and more. All of the works on exhibit are from the collections of the Museum.
In Addition—Recently Acquired Artworks for the Museum’s Collections, Gallery 4. An “Up from the Basement” exhibition from the Art Division. During the last year over 1,000 artworks were added to the Museum's collections. The 14 on exhibit represent just a small fraction of the prints, drawings, and paintings recently acquired.
July 5 - October 2013
Masterson and Mooar Crossing Trails on the Texas Frontier, Gallery 5 (side-by-side exhibits).
Bat Masterson—Buffalo Hunter, Gambler, Journalist. A "Community Exhibition." An exhibit of genuine items used by Bat Masterson (photo right), a famous historical figure of the American West.
John Wesley Mooar and His Buffalo Gun. An “Up from the Basement” exhibit from the Museum’s History Division. The Sharps sporting rifle, caliber .40-90 on display, belonged to John Wesley Mooar, hunter, freighter, hide merchant, and well-educated businessman.
Gotta Catch ‘Em All—Collecting, Preserving, and Displaying Insects, Explorium Gallery. An “Up from the Basement” exhibit from the Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory Invertebrates Collection.
Beginning JULY 10
Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art - Closed for renovation. Scheduled to reopen in February 2014.
From Numerous to Non-existent—Common, Rare, Threatened, Endangered, and Extinct Species in the Collections of the Natural Science Research Laboratory, Gallery 6. This exhibition from the Museum's extensive collections was inspired by the past traveling exhibition RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species. The NSRL, a division of the Museum of TTU, maintains collections of preserved specimens for scientific research and education concerning the natural history of Texas, the United States, and many areas of the world. The exhibition affords a rare opportunity to see historical life-mounted specimens representing fauna that runs the gamut from common to extinct species the world over. All specimens in the exhibition represent historic methods of preservation no longer in common use by museums today.
November 1, 2013 - January 2014
The Season of Giving and the Joy of Play—Historic Toys from Holidays Past, Gallery 7. An "Up from the Basement" exhibition from the Museum's History collection, in celebration of "Joy of Play — A Season of Collaborative Exhibitions" with the Silent Wings Museum's exhibit Toys Go to War. The Museum's exhibition showcases toys from the collection made before and after the WWII years.
December 6, 2013 (First Friday event at 6pm) – February 24, 2014
Call of the Wild, Galleries 2&3. An exhibition of crayola sculptures and enamel panels created for the Museum of TTU by NEA award winning artist Herb Williams. The exhibition will be constructed in the galleries by the artist and will later be on tour with other pieces of the artist's work throughout China and Taiwan.
Short Documentary about the artist.
(exhibitions continuing from 2013)
February 3 - April 5
Up from the Basement—Stylizing the Body. In an agreement between the Museum of Texas Tech University and the TTU School of Art, the Museum will display objects from the collections of the Museum for the course Art History Survey I (ARTH 1301) offered by the TTU School of Art.
February 7... GRAND RE-OPENING!!!
William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art. The focus of this newly renovated gallery is on pottery, both traditional and contemporary. Gallery sections include educational programming, media centers, and one section highlighting the collectors—the Davies— who are responsible for the gallery and its collection.
Beyond Expressions in Clay. A new long term exhibition that focuses on works by Pueblo peoples of the Southwestern United States. It showcases both traditional and innovative pottery from a range of time periods. Long-time collectors Bill and Evelyn Davies have provided the Museum with this collection of Southwestern Native American works. Many of the pieces in the new exhibition were donated to the Museum forming the Davies Collection, and some are on loan from these veteran collectors.
April 27 - June 7
Frank Lloyd Wright's "Samara, A Mid-Century Dream Home." This exhibition tells the story of how a young couple from Indiana and a world famous architect worked together to build the Christian Family dream home, and how they continued to honor the architect's vision long after his death. The exhibition contains 117 works including furnishings, photographs, drawings, family memorabilia, videos, and interactives.
August 8 - November
Expressions of Arctic Tradition
Contemporary Inuit Art.
This exhibition narrates a way of life kept alive only through oral histories passed along by the last generations of the Inuit, a nomadic and deeply spiritual culture, before stepping into the modern world. The exhibition contains 80 works consisting of stone cut, stencil, and lithographic prints, and sculptures from the late 1950s to the present.