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Philbrook Bares All for “Museum Confidential”

Unseen. Unheard. Until now.

October 5, 2017 (Tulsa, Okla.) Philbrook Museum of Art opens Museum Confidential to the public Saturday, October 14, 2017. This groundbreaking exhibition turns Philbrook inside out, revealing practices, stories, and an unprecedented number of never-before-seen works of art. This innovative exhibition format allows Philbrook Director (and Museum Confidential curator) Scott Stulen the opportunity to present a unique, behind-the-scenes experience that illuminates the inner workings of museums, collections and their workers. Exclusive to Philbrook, this show will run through May 6, 2018.

This Philbrook-originated exhibition explores how museums work from the inside out through four participatory sections.

•Museum Mysteries (research and investigate)
•The Other 95% (look closer)
•DIY Exhibition (curate a show)
•Locally inspired installation by artist-in-residence Andy DuCett (work with an artist)

Every work of art has a story. Often that story that extends beyond the subject of the work itself. Through Museum Mysteries, visitors join Team Philbrook to investigate and discover the stories, history, and complicated issues behind works from the collection.

The average museum typically shows 5% or less of its collection at any given time. The Other 95% reveals hundreds of rarely or never-before-seen items from Philbrook storage through a large-scale, salon-style presentation, including pieces from the Phillips family, design objects, and dozens of paintings and prints.

Curating is about making choices. In DIY Exhibition, you will learn the considerations curators weigh and make your own choices to create a unique exhibition. See what it takes to be a museum curator.

There is no art without artists. Resident artist Andy DuCett takes over a section of the gallery with a site-specific installation titled, At the Intersection of Everywhere, playfully illustrating the ongoing relationship between museums and artists. The installation features a working motel lobby, research library, and installations focused on the everyday objects we collect and cherish. A nearby portion of the gallery will offer insight into the artist’s process by presenting preparatory sketches, photographs, and ephemera from DuCett’s Minneapolis studio.

Museum Confidential will also feature dozens of scheduled and pop-up programs throughout the run of the show, from an evening with hit NPR show, Invisibilia to Tattoo Roulette when guests can get an artist-designed tattoo. Visitors can chat via Skype with museums around the world, take irreverent gallery tours and learn about the ongoing care of the collection and Villa. Every guest will receive an experience punch card, which can unlock access to exclusive experiences, based on frequent visitation. And with the new Philbrook Fridays platform, every weekend starts with late night events and programs at the Museum.

“Museums are much more than places to store beautiful objects,” said Philbrook Director Scott Stulen. “They’re alive and constantly changing, full of stories, history, and collective community experience. They’re also a lot of fun.”

Title: Museum Confidential

Dates: October 14, 2017 – May 6, 2018

Location: Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Okla., U.S.A.

Press Preview: 9 a.m. Thursday, October 12, 2017
RSVP to or call 918.748.5711
Available for interviews:
Scott Stulen, Director, Philbrook Museum of Art
Rachel Keith, Director of Collections and Exhibitions

Jeff Martin, Communications Manager
O (918) 748-5352

Rooted in the beauty and architecture of an historic home gifted by the Phillips family in 1938, Philbrook Museum of Art has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums across the central United States. Highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection include Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Kress Foundation, one of the greatest surveys of Native American art anywhere, American and Southwestern art, photography, and growing modern and contemporary collections. The Philbrook main campus spans 25 acres of grounds and formal gardens, and features an historic home, as well as a modern museum complex. The satellite location in downtown Tulsa showcases the Philbrook modern, contemporary, and Native American art collections, as well as the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and Study Center of Native American art.

Philbrook Museum of Art is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Philbrook Downtown, 116 E. M.B. Brady St., is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday. Philbrook admission runs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Members and youth 17 and younger are always free. Philbrook Downtown admission runs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Members and youth 17 and younger are always free.