Art with Purpose: The Works of E.W. Deming

"Moose Hunt" by Edwin Willard Deming. Image courtesy Gilcrease Museum.

“Moose Hunt” by Edwin Willard Deming. Image courtesy Gilcrease Museum.

Opens Sunday, July 27

A brief New York Times article published in May 1914 tells of a small exhibition in the home of “Mrs. Harriman” and describes paintings and portraits of everything from wildlife subjects (a family of bears) to history’s highlights (Lewis & Clark’s encounters). “In the more realistic paintings,” it states, “Mr. Deming misses vitality.” That perceived absence of life will not be so evident for viewers of Gilcrease Museum’s next exhibit, Art with Purpose: The Works of E.W. Deming, opening Sunday, July 27. Edwin Willard Deming was a young boy when he set out to become a “painter of Indians,” and in his long career, he made it his mission to capture the culture, spirituality and ordinary lives of American Indians during his lifetime (1860-1942). About 30 paintings pulled from the museum’s permanent collection make up this show that demonstrates Deming’s goal o broaden public perception of the diversity and depth of native cultures. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 12. For more, see www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu.