Through the Eyes of the Lynx: Galileo, Natural History and the AmericasAug. 1 – Jan. 18, 2016
Through the Eyes of the Lynx is the first of two Galileo’s World exhibitions developed in collaboration with the University Libraries and the History of Science Collections. This exhibit showcases the written works of The Academy of the Lynx, one of the world’s earliest scientific societies, stretching Europeans’ understanding of the life sciences, and its most well-known member, Galileo Galilei, who brought his expertise in mathematics, engineering, literature, art and medicine, expanding the Lynx's understanding of the physical sciences.
Founded by an Italian aristocrat Federico Cesi in 1603, the Accademia dei Lincei (The Academy of the Lynx) published the research of Francisco Hernandez, the court physician to King Philip II, who traveled across the ocean to explore the Americas in the 1500s. His works described hundreds of plants and animals — and, perhaps most importantly, the medicinal and daily uses of each.
This exhibition is in conjunction with Galileo's World: A Exhibition without Walls, a series of exhibits, events, and programs at the Bizzell Memorial Library, Sam Noble Museum, National Weather Center, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Headington Hall, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library and OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library in celebration of OU’s 125th anniversary. Beginning Aug. 2015 and running through Aug. 2016, Galileo’s World illustrates connections between science, art, literature, music, religion, philosophy, politics and culture.
Collision & Creation: Indigenous Arts of the Americas, 1890-2015Aug. 29 – Feb. 21, 2016
In celebration of the University of Oklahoma’s 125th anniversary, the Sam Noble Museum has developed Collision & Creation: Indigenous Arts of the Americas 1890-2015, an exhibit showcasing ethnographic arts created by Native peoples of the Americas between 1890 and 2015.
Collision & Creation examines the conquest and colonization of the Western Hemisphere by Europeans beginning in the 1500s and the subsequent era of oppression of indigenous peoples. The harsh realities of European conquest fostered new forms of artistic expression and brought together a unique mixture of people, materials and ideas that influenced the history and future of indigenous arts.
Some objects in Collision & Creation express traditional stability, while others directly result from the colonial exchange between Native peoples of the Americas and foreign nations. Europeans introduced new materials and tools that indigenous artists used to create innovative forms of art. Today, indigenous arts in the Americas reflect people’s efforts to balance traditions with contemporary community life.