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Upcoming Exhibitions

The museum always has something new to see when you come. From art to artifacts, we strive to showcase the history of the Panhandle-Plains. Discover what's on its way to the PPHM galleries.


The Roaring 1920s Flapper Fashion
December 17, 2020- November 13, 2021, Textiles Gallery

The “Flapper Era” along with women’s suffrage and prohibition was one of the major social movements that emerged in the United States shortly after the end of World War I. The term flapper refers to young women who were rebelling against more conservative social norms while celebrating their independence and economic freedoms gained by the passage of the 19th Amendment that granted women’s suffrage. They smoked cigarettes, enjoyed the nightlife of the “Roaring Twenties”, frequented jazz clubs and flaunted authority by drinking liquor in speakeasies despite passage of the 18th Amendment mandating Prohibition. This exhibition will be drawn exclusively from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society collection and consist of approximately 20 mannequins clothed in various dresses from the Flapper Era along with textile and costumes artifacts.
SOUTHWEST ABSTRACTIONS of Emil Bisttram
January 21, 2021 – April 10, 2021 Harrington Changing Gallery

Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) was one of the leading painters in the Southwest during the twentieth century. Bisttram’s artistic talents were evident at an early age and he studied at the National Academy of Art and Design, Cooper Union, Parson’s, and the Art Student’s League during the period when New York was emerging as the center of the art world and modernism was reaching its ascendency. In Raymond Jonson, an abstract painter living and working in Albuquerque, Bistrram found a cohort and in 1938 they founded the Transcendental Painting Group. Bisttram, Jonson, Agnes Pelton and fellow members believed that color and abstract forms had a universal essence which they explored in their work.

Although Bisttram periodically continued to produce public murals and some figurative paintings until his death in 1975, the vast majority of his work after World War II was non-objective abstraction that was inspired by his spiritual practices of meditation, theosophy, and the hope of reaching higher planes of existence. Bisttram was so respected for his lifetime of work that his birthday in 1975 was declared a state holiday in New Mexico.

This exhibition will be drawn exclusively from an extensive collection of approximately 65 Bisttram paintings from Tom Ladd and his family, including his brother Richard Ladd and his sister, Susan Ladd Willis of Amarillo.
Rocks of the Ages
Showing off the brilliance of earth's designs!
February 13, 2021 – approx. February 2022 Bivins Gallery

75 rocks, minerals, and gems highlighting the dynamic and intense geologic history of this region and beyond. This exhibition features specimens, both common and uncommon, that dazzle by the richness of their color, texture, shape, and intricate patterns. Forged long ago from extreme heat and pressure and then subject to the effects of time and natural processes, these specimens tell the story of a constantly changing planet, the powerful forces that have sculpted our landscape, and the very materials that make life possible. They illustrate some of the treasures beneath our feet and the brilliance of earth’s designs.

The exhibition draws almost exclusively from the eclectic geology collection of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum with the addition of a couple of loaned pieces. Each specimen has been carefully selected, mounted, and displayed to accentuate its physical properties and characteristics.


Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas
May 6, 2021- September 4, 2021
Harrington Changing Gallery

An engaging exhibition that will reveal a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like. This exhibition introduces how current thinking about dinosaur biology has changed over the past two decades and highlights current research by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and other leading paleontologists around the world. Using a combination of major fossil finds, captivating computer simulations, and provocative models,Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas introduces a dynamic vision of dinosaurs and the scientists who study them.

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco;The Field Museum, Chicago; the Houston Museum of Natural Science; and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.
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