History of the Bowie Knife • Knife Gallery
Learn about the 175-year history of the bowie knife or Arkansas Toothpick, Arkansas’s most famous weapon. The story of Jim Bowie, as well as the history and art of bladesmithing are told in the museum’s Knife Gallery. The exhibit includes more than 100 historical and modern knives and is the official exhibit for the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame.
We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas
Learn the story of Arkansas's first people, in their own words. Those words and more than 150 objects tell teh history of the Caddo, Osage and Quapaw--their arrival, their lives here, their forced removal and how their traditions continue today.
Arkansas Made: Arkansas Made Gallery
For nearly 30 years, Historic Arkansas Museum has collected Arkansas Made. Now we are premiering an Arkansas Made gallery that will showcase those decades of researching and seeking out the art and everyday objects, made in Arkansas, that tell of our state’s creativity, artistry, craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibilities.
From a wardrobe made in 1850 by Izard County cabinetmaker John Lancaster to the late 20th century craft revival art baskets of Arkansas Living Treasure Leon Niehaus, this gallery will reflect the rich cultural heritage of Arkansas and its people.
Twelfth Annual Eclectic Collector: Heeding the Call: The Firefighter Collection of Johnny Reep
This fascinating collection of Little Rock’s firefighting history includes photographs of dramatic fires in the burgeoning city, with recognizable storefronts and locations, as well as images of firefighting training. Nozzles, trumpets, uniforms, badges and more show how equipment, and the job itself, has evolved since the first organized group of volunteer firefighters more than 170 years ago. Collector Johnny Reep served the community of Little Rock for many years as a member of the Little Rock Fire Department, following in the footsteps of his father, H.T. Reep, who fought fires in Warren, Arkansas.
The exhibit continues in The Study Gallery through June 8, 2014.
A Sure Defense: The Bowie Knife in America
The world’s largest and most comprehensive bowie knife exhibit ever assembled will feature more than 200 knives, including designs associated with Alamo martyr James Bowie, and bowie knives once owned by such historic figures as Davy Crockett, Theodore Roosevelt and John Fox “Bowie Knife”?Potter.
The role of the bowie knife in the Antebellum era will be explored along with the Civil War and the opening of the West, with a special focus on the role bowie knives played in the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
This exhibit continues in the Horace C. Cabe Gallery through June 22, 2014.
Chasing the Light: The Photography of Brian Chilson
Arkansas Times photographer Brian Chilson has had a front row seat to some of the most exciting, entertaining, eventful and sometimes poignant events in Arkansas, as well as those smaller moments of everyday life. This collection of photographs taken over the past decade, from 2003 to 2013, serves as a sort of retrospective of life in Arkansas in the arenas of fashion, sports, politics and human interest.
The exhibit continues in the Second Floor Gallery through March 10, 2014.
Mid-Southern Watercolorists 44th Annual Juried Exhibition
This exhibition includes 43 watercolors from members of the Mid-Southern Watercolorists (MSW), a group founded in Little Rock in 1970 with members in more than a dozen states. MSW was formed to elevate the stature of watercolor and educate the public to the significance of watercolor as an important creative, permanent painting medium. MSW offers workshops, programs and competitive exhibits throughout the year.
The exhibit continues in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas artists through April 6, 2014.
2nd Friday Art Night
5 pm - 8 pm
Opening reception for Ciara Long: A Different Perspective. Join us for an evening of art, history and live music.
Ciara Long: A Different Perspective
Ciara Long’s art reflects the itinerate life of a military child. Moving from place to place, Long ritualistically sketched the people she met and left behind. “The fragmented lifestyle of my past has directly influenced the way I observe the environment around me now,” says Long.
The body of work on exhibit illustrates Long’s ongoing process of elaborately encoding her observations and has been carefully organized according to place of occurrence, specific moments in time, or specific individuals. The language fragments and portraits are etched into acrylic or polycarbonate in efforts to permanently preserve those memories. Long also invites viewers to participate in future projects through an interactive web component.
Film Screening: The Cherokee Word for Water
5 pm reception; 6 pm screening -
Film Screening: The Cherokee Word for Water
5 pm reception; 6 pm screening
Followed by Q & A with Director/Producer Charlie Soap & Co-Writer/Producer Kristina Kiehl
Free; limited seating • RSVP 501-324-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cherokee Word For Water is a feature-length motion picture inspired by the true story of the struggle for, opposition to, and ultimate success of a rural Cherokee community to bring running water to their families by using the traditional concept of “gadugi “– working together to solve a problem.
Led by Wilma Mankiller, who went on to become the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, and Cherokee organizer Charlie Soap, the Bell Waterline Project engaged a community of volunteers to build nearly 20 miles of waterline. The successful completion of the waterline sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day...