My World – Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art

Last week Sweetie and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary. One thing we did to celebrate was spend an afternoon at the Philbrook Museum of Art. We started with lunch in their restaurant, la Villa. It’s a very nice little lunch spot with a light menu. We each had the Grilled Chicken Salad. It was very nice. It was almost too pretty to eat. Sorry for the blurry photograph.


We then toured the museum. They had an exhibition titled “Auspicious Vision – Edward Wales Root and American Modernism.” It was pretty interesting in that it showed how American artists moved from Early Modernism (like Impressionism) to Total Abstraction like Jackson Pollack. I’m not going to pretend that I “get it” or even halfway understand it but I enjoyed the exhibit.

Then we toured the rest of the museum. I had enquired about the rules for photography. They said that the use of personal cameras was allowed, without a flash, in the entire exhibit except for the Auspicious Vision exhibit. So I took some photographs.

This is my favorite. I call it the “little arms” statue. There is nothing quite like little arms around your neck!


Those of you with little ones, especially little boys, enjoy this phase. When they get to be 11 and think that passing gas is funny, you still love’em, but things are not quite the same.

They had a Thomas Moran work or two. (uh, he’s a lot better painter than I am a photographer.)


They have a collection of objects entitled “Better Living by Design” from the George R. Kravis II Collection. Lots of everyday items, including a couple of ipods.


Some art from the Southwest.


Just as nice as the Museum gallerys are the grounds of Philbrook.

They have extensive plantings and very nice landscaping including water features.


One area had quite a collection of vegetables planted. Okra, squash, eggplant, and tomato. It turns out that they could not afford to plant about 3600 square feet of beds because of the economic downturn. So they turned the space over to a local food bank who was growing the vegetables. Man what a guilt trip for the donors! Really, I think that it is a nice program


Anyway, we had to leave to go pick SuperPizzaBoy from school.

Visiting Philbrook is a great way to spend an afternoon.

For other sights from around the world check out That’s My World.

17 thoughts on “My World – Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art

  1. eileeninmd

    It does look like you a fun day and a Happy Anniversary. I have a 16 yr old boy and I know what your mean.
    Thanks for sharing your photos they are wonderful.

  2. Sylvia K

    Happy Anniversary, Yogi, to you and your wife! What a fun way to celebrate! The food looks yummy! And I love your photos, as always! What a lovely, interesting place!

    Thanks for sharing your day and your world!


  3. ♥georgie♥

    we havent been to the Philbrook in years…Eric and I use to go and spend the afternoon adiring all the beautiful art….i am thinking a date may be in order…great pics

  4. Baloney

    That salad is making my leftover pizza look a little less appetizing.
    I love how you guys spend time together. Doc thinks quality time is watching golf on our tv. 🙂
    Ok, he’s not that bad – but close.

  5. Alyssa:

    Philbrook is a Tulsa jewel. I used to work at Philbrook (PR coordinator, so I could tell you about Philbrook all day long), and it truly is a wonderful, wonderful place that more people need to visit. Thanks for reminding everyone to visit this beautiful place!

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