We're Not Telling You Everything

Words and Images from the Wichita Mountains

August 3, 2017 · 3:00 PM – Aug 31, 2017 · 5:00 PM

We are excited to host northwest Arkansas photographers Don House and Sabine Schmidt's exhibition We’re Not Telling You Everything: Words and Images from the Wichita Mountains through the month of August. This exhibit will be on display in the Institute's Flagstone Foyer and Show Barn Hall from Friday, Aug. 4, to Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, with a special opening reception and artist talk from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3. Admission to the opening reception is free, but we ask that those interested preregister.

We’re Not Telling You Everything is the result of a three-year collaboration. Don House created 16 classic black-and-white portraits and is showing them as traditional silvergelatin prints. Sabine Schmidt’s 13 digital color images of human interactions with the landscape are presented as archival pigment prints. All were made during frequent visits to the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma. The seven poems by Sy Hoahwah offer a different perspective: A member of the Comanche Nation, Hoahwah has a connection to the Wichitas that spans generations.

The photographers were drawn to the area by its history, its landscape and its people. It is the place where some of the last Indian wars were fought. The first national wildlife refuge was created here to save the bison. It is the home of the U.S. Army’s Fort Sill training base, the location of a gold rush and the final resting place of Native American leaders Geronimo and Quanah Parker. It is a microcosm of the history of the nation and its westward expansion.

One of the oldest but least-known mountain ranges in North America, the Wichitas rise up from the plains around Lawton, near the Texas border. They stretch only about 40 miles from east to west, but they hold a central position in the history and lives of Apaches, Comanches, Kiowas and other plains tribes. Fort Sill shares a winding fence through the mountains with the wildlife refuge. Ranchers and wheat farmers, amusement park owners, retirees, soldiers, waitresses, preachers, rangers, locals and strangers all make their homes in the shadows of the ancient granite mountains.

Learn more about the artwork and the motivation behind it in our interview with both Don House and Sabine Schmidt.