Gilcrease Museum starting install of pop-up art around Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — If you’ve been missing all the beautiful art from inside the Gilcrease Museum, you’re in luck! New pop-up art exhibits are slated to debut around Tulsa this fall.

The decades-old museum was demolished in January and a new museum is now under construction with an expected completion date in late 2024.

Several years ago, ahead of this reconstruction, the Gilcrease Museum’s Director of Learning and Community Engagement Alison Rossi said her team anticipated a long gap in being able to share the museum’s art collection with the community, so her team sought community feedback of what people wanted to see in the meantime.

The result was pop-up art exhibits.

Earlier this summer, thousands of Tulsans voted on which three pieces will make up Gilcrease in your Neighborhood or large copied versions of museum art in framed exhibits scattered in and around Tulsa.

Each piece will take a turn popping up in 31 locations around our community including the Tulsa Central Library, the Equality Center, Oasis Fresh Market, Mother Road Market and Turkey Mountain.

Each piece will be on display for about 3 months before being switched to the next. You can also expect community events, augmented reality experiences, trivia nights and hikes alongside exhibits.

Rossi told FOX23, “we’re hoping to create lots of doors that people can walk through to be able to engage with this work of art in unexpected ways and lots of ways, whatever works for them.”

Gilcrease Museum posted pictures Thursday showing the display structures going up in Whittier Square, where the Tulsa Farmer’s Market is held, near Admiral and Lewis. A hint was also given about art possibly showing up at Keystone Forest in Sand Springs.

The first batch of exhibits are slated to debut in October. The three pieces of art selected for the exhibits are a surprise, and each will be revealed shortly before they debut.

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