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.
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.
Patterns from the Ozarks: Contemporary Ceramics, Quilts and Folk Art Painting in Arkansas
Arkansas quilter Karen Harmony returned to her Ozark roots several years ago, after living in the Pacific Northwest. Harmony’s quilts reflect the beauty of traditional patterns while reinterpreting those traditions with unique fabric and design choices.
Jo Smith is a native of Texas who settled with her husband in Marshall, Arkansas. Smith’s stoneware pottery is glazed in colors of rust, teal, blue, brown and turquoise that harken the natural colors of her Ozark surroundings.
Eureka Springs native Blakely Wilson grew up in a family of folk artists. Her father carved wooden decoys which her mother painted. Wilson continues the family tradition today with paintings that are cheerful interpretations of the bucolic mountainous region where she lives in the Ozarks.
The exhibit continues in the Trinity Gallery for Arkansas Artists through June 8, 2014.
Young Historians, Living Histories: A Digital Media Project
6 pm -
Screening at 6 pm, reception to follow
Free, limited seating • RSVP: 501-324-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where is Asia America? This question is posed at the beginning of one of five documentary short films produced by Little Rock Central High Memory Project students for Young Historians, Living Histories. The shorts take a bite out of this question as they explore the complexity of what being Asian American in Arkansas means to them, their families and others in the community.
The premiere event will include questions and answers with participating students and a reader’s theater of Memory Project essays that document Asian American experiences. The Memory Project is a program that involves student participation in gathering oral histories on civil rights. This particular film series is part of a project - Young Historians, Living Histories – created and funded by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center; and made possible by many working together.
Arkansas Literary Festival
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The museum will host author sessions on Saturday, April 26, 10 am – 5 pm. Southern Journeys, a panel discussion with two Arkansas authors, Mark W. Nichols (From Azaleas to Zydeco: My 4,600-Mile Journey through the South) and Akasha Hull (Neicy) is sponsored by the museum.