Wah-zha-zhi Spirit: A Celebration of Osage History and Culture
Wah-zha-zhi Spirit: A Celebration of Osage History and Culture tells the story of Osage history and culture through objects from the permanent collection and interpretive text. The exhibit showcases themes including but not limited to pre-history, government, warfare and traditional arts. This exhibit also highlights Osage artists with an "Artist Spotlight" display case dedicated to contemporary Osage Artists.
Enduring Images: Osage Photographic Portraiture
February 23, 2017 – August 26, 2017
Since its inception, photography was used to capture a moment in time. A place, gesture, facial expression, or time period is frozen for future generations to look upon. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Native Americans were considered a “vanishing race”. Photographic images show an important and sometimes romanticized version of Native American life. During this time, the Osage people were also photographed prolifically. Photographers and publishers distributed real photo post cards of Osage Indian culture and people, making these images available for worldwide consumption.
The ONM has chosen to display these century old photographs from the permanent collection in the hopes that viewers may glimpse what life was like for the Osage during this time period and draw their own contemporary reactions to these images. In the age of the selfie, where a camera is never far away, and our lives are well documented, we thought it was important to showcase early photography of the Osage and how our people were depicted. We want to ask the viewer to think about the reactions they might have from seeing these images and if this is how they would like to be portrayed today.
Tradition and Harmony; Works by Gina Gray
September 28th 2017 – March 31st 2018
October 8, 2016 – January 21, 2017
Carl Ponca encapsulated the word Artist: Osage, Painter, Sculptor, Sketch Artist, Glass Blower, Arts Advocate & Educator, Museum Curator and Inventor; Carl Ponca was all of these things and more. Ponca dedicated his life to the arts. Ponca is being honored posthumously by the ONM for his lifetime dedication to the arts. In the course of his life, Ponca created numerous works of art in a variety of mediums. The ONM is proud to present the work of a talented Osage artist, educator and one-time previous director of the ONM.
To accompany this incredible exhibition of Ponca’s work, the ONM together with Ponca’s granddaughter, Alex Ponca Stock, produced an exhibition catalog with generous funding from the Osage Nation Foundation. Catalogs can be purchased at the ONM for a suggested donation of $15.
Highlights of the Collection: Treasures of the Osage Nation Museum
May 20, 2016 – September 17, 2016
For the ONM’s first temporary exhibition, staff decided to showcase many of the beautiful, amazing, and fascinating objects in the museum’s permanent collection. These highlights included contemporary paintings and sculpture, traditional art, historical artifacts, and cultural representations of the Osage people.