january, 2018


Event Details

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Public guided tours of the Museum’s galleries are available for free at 3:30pm most Fridays. Please check in for your tour by 3:20pm at the kiosk in the front lobby. For additional information please call 806.742.2456 or email [email protected]


Reflections Made of Memories: James C. Watkins
January 18, 2020 – through April 2020

James C. Watkins, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Emeritus at the Texas Tech University School of Architecture will be opening an exhibition featuring works from his 35 years as a world renowned ceramicist.

Reflections Made of Memories will open at the museum on January 18 and run through April. A book he authored of the same title will be available for purchase.

The Holy Quran Pursuit
Open through February 2020

An artist with an obsession for Islamic ornamentation, Arabesque design, and Arabic calligraphy, Marwan Aridi innovated a modern interpretation of the Quran while preserving the integrity of its historical traditions.

Aridi singularly developed a different design for each Sourah, or chapter, of the Quran. Together, these 114 individual designs create an encyclopedia of Islamic decorations and design traditions originating with the Umayyad and continuing to the present, embracing North African, Moorish, Andalusian, Persian, and Turkish influences. Extending this feat, Aridi customized an original Arabic calligraphy typestyle; 114 distinctive typestyles created to pay homage to the headers “In the name of God the Merciful, the Compassionate” of each Sourah. Aridi meticulously crafted and assembled 78,000 different words for the body of the text.

Over one decade of artistic immersion, Aridi’s created 376 unique pages with a natural leather cover embossed and debossed, embellished with 24-carat gold stamping in 3-D finishing.

About the Artist

Marwan Aridi, a Lebanese American artist and calligrapher with world-renowned acclaim, embraced Arabic calligraphy as a lifelong passion. Aridi’s immersion in history’s path of knowledge and craftsmanship culminated in a singular style reflective of his lifetime devotion. Today, more than 1 million users worldwide enjoy more than 50 celebrated software releases with thousands of art images. His art transcends cultural and historical barriers blending traditional Arabic & Islamic calligraphy in inimitable, creative artistry.

Aridi has exhibited his work in Dubai, London, Paris, Beirut and major U.S. cities. Prominent public, private and global awards authenticate Marwan Aridi’s uniqueness, influence, and creative expression.

The Original Game of Thrones
Open through March 2020

Just as the popular television show centers on the struggle for the Iron Throne, the goal of chess is to capture the opposing king.

While the battles on the chess board are not quite as bloody as in the fantasy world of the Game of Thrones, chess does require tactics, planning, cunning, and courage.

In the exhibition Chess: The Original Game of Thrones, the Museum of Texas Tech University gives you a look at the centuries-long history of the game, as well as descriptions of the chess pieces and the popularity of the game from its beginnings through today.

While the exact origin of the game is not known, historians believe it began in the 6th century in India. From there it moved to Persia, and by the 10th century had spread across Eurasia and North Africa.

The strategy needed to win a bloodless battle over an opponent has appealed to nobility and the masses since its inception. The game was so popular that King Louis IX of France banned gambling to curtail betting on chess games. In England, Kings Henry I, Henry II and Richard the Lionhearted and Ivan the Terrible of Russia were all patrons of the game.

Chess: the Original Game of Thrones showcases numerous elegant and unique chess sets courtesy of the OS Museum in Post, Tx and looks at chess in the popular media, from Alice through the Looking-Glass to Star Trek and Harry Potter.Texas Tech has a world-class chess team lead by a grand master player, the highest ranking available in the game. The exhibition profiles the successes of the team and its members over the years.

Visit the exhibit. Learn the history of the original war game. Test your skill at capturing the King.

Narratives of Genocide
Open through February 2020

Narratives of Modern Genocide, an exhibit curated by the Texas Tech University Honors College and the Museum of Texas Tech University with the generous support of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission.

At a moment when violence, fear, xenophobia, ethnic conflict, and inhumanity seem to invade the front page of every newspaper, website, and blog, stories that remind us of our fragility, of our ‘unbreakability’, of our innate strength and our inherent weaknesses, help us to remember that hope, faith, and compassion are weapons in these troubled times.  The narratives of the survivors of modern genocide, in their complexity and simplicity, offer us a unique opportunity to dialogue with a wider public about the privileges we enjoy, the possibilities we overlook, and the promises we make to one another.

The Narratives of Modern Genocide exhibit shares the lessons these people have brought to Texas, how they are accessing opportunity, how they are telling their tales, and how their tragic past histories are lighting new paths for their communities.

Selected Writings of Thomas Paine: The Remnant Trust, Inc.
September 8, 2019 – August, 2020

In continuation of our partnership with The Remnant Trust, Inc., a selection of the influential writings of Thomas Paine are presented. A famous political theorist, revolutionary, and a Founding Father, Paine’s notable pamphlets, Common Sense and The American Crisis, were widely influential in crystalizing American attitudes and action towards independence from Britain. This display includes early editions and printings of Common Sense, The American Crisis, The Age of Reason and other selected works, as well as, critiques and rebuttals by John Quincy Adams, James Chalmers, and Richard Watson.

Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The Guitar
February 9 – May 9, 2020

The guitar is the single most enduring icon in American history. Yet it evolved from European and Middle Eastern instruments (such as the oud and lute) during the Middle Ages.These instruments are displayed in the exhibit side by side with the guitar as we know it and recognize it today, distinguished by its signature hourglass shape. Ever since the guitar’s inception, though, guitar makers have experimented with hundreds of different forms looking for the perfect blend of beauty and sound–whether it be bowls, flat surfaces, slightly curved lines, or dagger sharp angles.

The historical and notable objects within the exhibit detail this design evolution. They include instruments such as the intricately inlaid Moorish oud, the six-foot long Renaissance the orbo, the modern Italian design of the EKO, the transparent acrylic body of California’s B.C. Rich guitars, and many more. Each is an exploration of the iterations of the musical instrument that has become one of the most recognizable man-made objects on the planet.

Feb 6               Emily & Brent Wheeler

Mar 5              Cary Banks & Steve Williams

Apr 2               The Square Waves

Apr 30             John Sprott (Buddy Holly Center)

May 7              Darren Welch & Mark Wallney


Land Arts 2019 Exhibition
February 21 – April 19, 2020

Texas Tech University College of Architecture and Museum of Texas Tech University announce the
LAND ARTS 2019 EXHIBITION marking ten years of the program operating from Lubbock.

The opening reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020, in Leonardo’s Kitchen at the Museum of Texas Tech University at 3301 4th Street in Lubbock, Texas.

The exhibition culminates the semester-long transdisciplinary field program Land Arts of the American West presenting documents and constructions by students Isaac ArzateRomina Cardiello CereijoAshley CondinaLia ForslundDaisy LimonMaggie MittsBarbara PearsallSkylar PerezAdrian Reyna, and Franek Wardynski. Within the Texas Tech University College of Architecture, Land Arts is a “semester abroad in our own backyard” where architects, artists, historians, and writers camp for fifty-one nights while traveling 6,128 miles overland to experience major land art monuments—Double Negative, Spiral Jetty, Sun Tunnels—while also visiting sites expanding our understanding of what land art might be such as pre-contact archeology of Chaco Canyon, scientific exploration at the Very Large Array, and military-industrial operations in the Great Salt Lake Desert. To negotiate the multivalent meaning of these places and shed light on strategies to aid their comprehension we invite the wisdom of field guests—writers, artists, and interpreters—to join specific portions of our journey. 2019 field guests included Center for Land Use Interpretation director Matt Coolidge, artist-filmmaker Deborah Stratman, Holt-Smithson Foundation director Lisa Le Feuvre, and writer Barry Lopez among many others. Land Arts hinges on the primacy of first-person experience and the realization that human-land relationships are rarely singular. The Land Arts 2019 Exhibition will continue through April 19, 2020.

Gallery Hours and Events
The exhibition is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10am – 5pm and Sundays 1-5pm. Admission is free.




Opens Spring 2020

A new permanent exhibit will open at the museum in early 2020. Biodiversity of the Llano Estacado features an in depth look at this living landscape and explores the importance of biodiversity and the seven major habitats which supports a variety of wildlife. Join us in 2020 for this fascinating and significant addition to the museum.

The Diamond M Galleries showcase the collection of the late Clarence Thurston and Evelyn Claire Littleton McLaughlin.

One of the Diamond M galleries focuses on a large collection of leading western artists. A second gallery focuses on the works of N.C. Wyeth, a leading illustrator of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Wyeth created the illustrations for the classic books Treasure Island, Last of the Mohicans, and dozens of others. Copies of these books are also available in the gallery. He also did illustrations for major magazines of the time.

The William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art displays an extensive collection of Southwest Native American pottery and textile. The collection is owned by the Davies and represents about 20 different Native American tribes. The rugs represent specific patterns and styles of the individual tribes. Each rug is hand woven.

The pottery of the Native American tribes includes a variety of utilitarian as well as ceremonial and trade vessels. A number of Storytellers, such as the one at right, are included in the collection.

Opens Spring 2020
Changing Worlds looks at dinosaurs of different types, offers theories about how the earth was formed, how dinosaurs developed and eventually disappeared.

The exhibit features the work of the Museum’s own internationally known paleontologist Dr. Sankar Chatterjee – whose work seems to establish that today’s birds were likely yesterday’s dinosaurs. Most scientists believe birds evolved during the Jurassic time. But Dr. Chatterjee has discovered Protoavis – it’s about a 210 million-year-old – much older than other scientists think birds developed.

The Talkington Gallery of Art combines works from the Museum’s collection with a significant donation from Margaret and J.T. Talkington, long-time Lubbock business and civic leaders. The gallery features selections from 20th and 21st Century art of the Southwestern United States. This art reflects the people and landscapes of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and portions of Colorado and Utah.

No particular landscape represents the Southwest, and no singular art style defines it. The art works on exhibit sample many divergent paths that artists from the Southwest have followed, from realism to romanticism, from impressionism to expressionism, from minimalism to conceptualism, and more.

Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, and William Lester.

This gallery features prehistoric megafauna from the Pleistocene Period including mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant camels, short-faced bears, and dire wolves. This exhibition is from the Museum’s collections and reflects the local area’s distant natural history as revealed by ongoing research activities of the Museum and the Lubbock Lake Landmark.

A new partnership between Texas Tech University and The Remnant Trust, Inc. brings a collection of original, first edition, and rare early written works to display at the Museum. These works are intended to inspire an elevated public understanding of individual liberty and human dignity through hands-on availability of the world’s great ideas in original form. The Remnant Trust, Inc. will maintain a permanent presence in the Museum.

A new display will open February 29 with works that explore the relationship between economics and political freedom. The main collection of The Remnant Trust, Inc. is housed on the Texas Tech campus in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library.

The Museum of Texas Tech University houses a diverse range of collections including: anthropology, fine arts, clothing and textiles, history, natural sciences and paleontology. As an educational and research component of Texas Tech University, the Museum is committed to serving our diverse community, through a range of exhibitions and public programming. The Museum is a non-profit institution with free admission.

The Museum was founded in 1929 as the West Texas Museum, just four years after the creation of what was then known as Texas Technological College.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1990, the Museum is home to more than 7 million objects. Only 3% of the nation’s nearly 35,000 museums hold this accreditation. It also is a teaching and research facility offering a master’s degree in museum science.

The Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory maintains major natural history collections of mammals, birds, invertebrates and genetic resources. These collections are available to researchers at academic, scientific, and government institutions around the world for scientific investigation, discovery and problem-solving in the natural sciences.

Lubbock Lake Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, is an internationally known archeological and natural history preserve containing an extensive cultural record of life on the Southern Plains dating back 12,000 years.

The Museum is a participant in Lubbock First Friday Art Trail and a member of Blue Star Museums and the Green Museums Initiative.

Mission Statement

Through its collections and programs, the Museum of Texas Tech University engages campus and community to enhance understanding of self- and community identity, society, and the world; to empower people to be informed citizens of the 21st century; and to enrich lives.

Statement of Purpose

Established in 1929, the Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of Texas Tech University. It is a not-for-profit institution by virtue of being a part of Texas Tech University. The Museum’s purpose is to support the academic and intellectual mission of Texas Tech University through the collection, preservation, documentation, and research of scientific and cultural material and to disseminate information about those collections and their scientific and cultural topics through exhibition, interpretation, and publication for primary, secondary, and higher education students, the scholarly community, and the general public. The Museum aspires to provide the highest standard of excellence in museological ethics and practices, while pursuing continuous improvement, stimulating the greatest quantity of quality research, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, and education, and providing support for faculty, staff, and students. The Museum is a multi-faceted institution that includes the main building, the Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, and Lubbock Lake Landmark, an archaeological and natural history preserve.


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