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Upcoming Exhibitions

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The museum always has something new to see when you come, form art to artifacts, we strive to showcase the history of the Panhandle-Plains. Here is what is coming up at PPHM.

Robert Lougheed: Horses of the World
Recent Acquisitions Gallery
March 10- August 15, 2018

The widow of an anonymous donor from Santa Fe has given thirteen works of art by important Western artist Robert Lougheed to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. PPHM’s newest acquisitions join Lougheed’s Capturing the Medicine Hat, a 20 x 30 inch oil on board, donated in 2013. Best known for his paintings of horses, Robert Lougheed (1910-1982) was born in central Ontario, Canada, and reared on a farm. Elected to the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) in 1968 and the National Academy of Western Art (NAWA) in 1973, Lougheed received numerous awards, including the Western Heritage Award, the Colt Firearms Award, the Jasper Crospey Award, and many gold and silver medals from the CAA and NAWA exhibitions. Selections from this newest gift and PPHM collection will be featured in an exhibition in the Museum’s Alcove Gallery in “Robert Lougheed: Horses of the World.”

Bivins Gallery
May 26, 2018 (Closing date TBD)
This temporary exhibit is scheduled to open May 26,2018 and be on exhibition until May 2019. The exhibition draws principally from the museum’s ethnology collection to showcase the material culture of the indigenous people of the Great Plains. Among the key artifacts featured are Quanah Parker’s headdress and lance, the Kiowa calendar, and a recently conserved Comanche headdress dating circa 1860. Select pieces from the museum’s art and photographic collections are included to help contextualize the objects within the scope of traditional lifeways.

Harrington Gallery
February 23, 2019 – December 2019
Opening will be the PPHM annual meeting.
The connection between Kansas City and the Texas Panhandle began when Kansas City merchants supplied buffalo hunters at Adobe Walls in 1874. Texas Panhandle cattlemen began shipping cattle directly to Kansas City via railroads by 1888. Cowboys delivering cattle to Kansas City bought new gear and supplies there. By 1900, Amarillo was the largest cattle shipping point in the world and Kansas City had cornered the Western cattle market. Kansas City became the model for Amarillo. The exhibition will include material objects and artifacts, art and decorative art objects, photographs, and architectural renderings in the PPHM collections that cover all aspects of this story.

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