Opening Programs: Past Forward


Sunday June 2

Time (ET)

2:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

About the Programs

Our newest exhibition, Past Forward: Native American Art from Gilcrease Museum, illuminates the extensive collection built by Native philanthropist and arts patron Thomas Gilcrease (Muscogee Nation; 1890–1962).

Enjoy a talk in the auditorium at 2 pm with the co-curators of the exhibition and music and performances in the Vanden Brul Pavilion at 3 pm!

Opening Talk

Join co-curators Chelsea M. Herr (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Jack and Maxine Zarrow Curator for Indigenous Art and Culture at Gilcrease Museum, and Janet Catherine Berlo, Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Rochester, for a conversation as they offer deeper insights into Past Forward.

Music and Performances

Celebrate the work of Indigenous artists in our area with music by Curtis Waterman (Onondaga) and Brian Francis, art creating with Belinda Patterson (Tuscarora), and a performance by Eva Nielsen (Tonawanda Onondowaga).

Registration Details

Members, log in to get the first four* tickets in your order free! (Discount applied at checkout.) Not yet a member? Join today!

For questions about the opening talk, please contact Chiyo Ueyama at For questions about the music and performances, please contact MAG Marketing & Engagement at

Online registration ends on Sunday, June 2, at 2 pm, but tickets will be available in-person at the Admissions Desk until 4 pm. Ticket includes museum admission.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to your tickets. All visitors must present their tickets to be scanned upon arrival. For general visitor information, visit

In the event that MAG needs to cancel your ticket, we will attempt to contact you by email. We advise all visitors to check our website before visiting. View MAG’s refund policy here.

*Director's Circle members get the first ten tickets in their order free. For groups larger than ten, please contact Guest Services.

The lecture is made possible, in part, by the Arnold and Barbara Mackintosh Lecture Fund.

Image credit: Detail of Pablita Velarde (Santa Clara Pueblo, 1918–2006), Abstract Rainbird, mid-20th century, Acrylic on illustration board, 12 1/6 x 9 15/16 in. Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa; Gift of Maxine Zarrow (02.2102) Courtesy Gilcrease Museum and American Federation of Arts.