Arts & Culture
The Man Who Electrified Music
Though he never sought the spotlight nor learned to play guitar, Leo Fender’s creations, including the Telecaster, Precision Bass, and Stratocaster, opened the door for countless young players—and for a revolution in music.
Zora Neale Hurston Put Nothing above Independence
“I do not share the gloomy thought that Negroes in America are doomed to be stomped out,” wrote Zora Neale Hurston. “We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else. It is up to the individual.”
Washington Crossing the Delaware: A Beacon of the American Spirit
“This is a picture,” reads one description of Emmanuel Leutze‘s masterpiece, “by the sight of which, in this weary and exhausted time, one can recover health and strength. . . . [It] has power to work upon the hearts, and inflame the spirits of all that behold it.”
Suffused with Sunlight: The Paintings of John White Alexander
John White Alexander’s paintings demonstrated refined romanticism and a sense of benevolent, sunlit tranquility.
Tulsa’s Art Deco Heritage
Art deco sought to reconcile industrial mass production with the fine arts in a way that was both inspirational and elegant: to replace the stately permanence of classical architecture with a vibrancy and dynamism appropriate to the new technological age.