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"Up from the Basement" designates exhibitions from the Museum's collection
/ A Traveling Exhibit / 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 - 2014
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.
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
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.
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.
(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 4 - September 17 Time Exposures: Picturing Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century, Gallery 2&3. An exhibition telling the story of the Isleta Pueblo, a Native American community in New Mexico, and the yearly cycle of traditional events that dominate their lives and the history of their struggle to maintain those traditions in the face of American expansion in the mid 1800s.
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.