Opening Reception: Thursday, March 26th, 5:30 – 8 pm
Presented by the Tulsa Artists Guild & Tulsa Historical Society.
The 6th annual “Tulsa Sights & Sounds” will showcase original works of Art by members of the Tulsa Artists Guild with partial proceeds to benefit the Tulsa Historical Society. This exhibit will feature Guild members’ paintings in oil, pastel, watercolor, and collage; photography; drawings in silverpoint and pencil; as well as hand-crafted wood turnings and fine jewelry.
The Exhibit will be held at the Tulsa Historical Society from March 26 – 28, 2015, and will be open during museum hours (10-4).
Opening Reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine accompanied by the musical stylings of Pianist Donna Richey will be held Thursday, March 26th 5:30pm- 8pm.
The Tulsa Artists Guild is composed of professional artists who are juried for membership. The award-winning members’ fine art is in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad. The group was organized in 1933 with the mission to promote art and promote the members work in special exhibitions each year. Tulsa Artists Guild also donates revenue yearly to charity through the sale of art. Visit the Tulsa Artist Guild Website for more information.
“An Indigenous People’s History of the United States”
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Thursday, March 26th, 6:00 PM
About the book
The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.
Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Now, for the first time, acclaimed historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire.
In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Shockingly, as the genocidal policy reached its zenith under President Andrew Jackson, its ruthlessness was best articulated by US Army general Thomas S. Jesup, who, in 1836, wrote of the Seminoles: “The country can be rid of them only by exterminating them.”
Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.
About the author
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues.
After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies.
Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.
Presented by Scott Kirby, an internationally known pianist.
A multi-media stage performance featuring live piano music, a spoken narrative, and a video presentation. This visual “projected” dimension of the program will accompany both the narrative and the music throughout, and will consist of Kirby’s original artwork, his video footage, his photography, and archival photos. The narrative, also written by Kirby, reflects a thematic progression, weaving different concepts about small town American life together with musical, visual and literary examples which illustrate these themes.
The music in the first half will span 150 years of Americana, including Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster and John Philip Sousa, and continuing up to the present. The second half will feature Kirby’s original compositions, paintings, photography, literary excerpts and a narrative all exploring historical and visionary dimensions of the American Great Plains and Prairies.
Admission is $5/adults, $3/seniors, and FREE for members and students.
See a preview of the presentation here:
About Scott Kirby
A native of Ohio, Scott Kirby began his study of music at the age of six, and continued formal piano instruction for seventeen years. He worked under Robert Howat of Wittenberg University of Ohio, and Sylvia Zaremba at the Ohio State University. After obtaining an English degree from Ohio State University, Kirby moved to New Orleans and began his professional music career, as a street performer. In the following four years, he recorded thecomplete rags of Scott Joplin, and made his debut at all of the major ragtime festivals in the United States, as well as festivals in Belgium, France, Norway, New Zealand, and Hungary.
Kirby has served as Musical Director of the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Sedalia, MO, and of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime and American Music Festival in Boulder, CO, as well as director of the San Juan Islands Ragtime Institute. His appearances include a segment on CBS News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood in 1998, and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Kirby co-founded a record company (Viridiana Productions, L.L.C.), has made 25 recordings, and has composed over 150 original works for piano and other instruments. Admired by fellow pianists including George Winston, and hailed by Time Magazine as an “ace pianist,” CBS News’ Charles Osgood agreed that “…Critics call Scott Kirby one of the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today.”
Kirby’s artistic passion grew to include to visual art, and in 2005, while living in France, he completed 75 paintings and 28 piano compositions, including “The Prairie Devotionals,” The paintings (belonging to a set entitled “Visions of the Great Plains”) and the new musical works set the groundwork for his new multi-media project “Main Street Souvenirs.” Kirby now lives in Boulder, Colorado and divides his time between composing, painting, performing and teaching.
Writers featured at the Tulsa Historical Society will be non-Oklahomans like Edna Ferber, who’ve written about the state, and historians, such as Michael Wallis, who have penned the definitive history of Oklahoma.
Please join us for the free kickoff reception honoring Michael, First Friday, 6:30-7:30, at the Tulsa Historical Society.
Some of Michael’s artifacts that will be on display will include Pretty Boy Floyd’s death mask and a branding iron from the 101 Ranch.
This exhibit is brought to you by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers and the Oklahoma History Center.