Greater OKC is happening for young artsy people (and I include myself in the young category) and that includes Norman, where Ghislain d’Humières has orchestrated a world-class MODERN art vibe. Don’t believe me? Then be at the FJJMA Saturday, June 4th, 2011 at 5 p.m. for the re-birth of the museum’s modern wing. There’s a guest lecturer, a cool collection of works you don’t have to go to Dallas or Chicago or a larger city to see (which I will preview here later this week), live music, dancing and of course, AFTER-PARTY!
Here’s their press release…
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is celebrating the
reinstallation of modern art with the help of some new friends. Austin band
White Denim and guest speaker Bill Goldston, director of Universal Limited Art
Editions New York, are just a few of the guests scheduled for the exhibition
opening, which starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Several events are planned for
the evening, which is free and open to the public.
As part of this fall’s upcoming
opening of the new Stuart Wing and
reopening of the newly renovated
original building, the University of
Oklahoma’s art museum is
reinstalling works of contemporary
and modern art from its permanent
collection. The Sandy Bell Gallery,
formerly the museum’s location for such works, has been utilized as a rotating
exhibition gallery since construction began in spring 2009.
“Our excitement for October’s grand opening of the Stuart Wing is so contagious,
we can’t wait to share it with the community,” said Ghislain d’Humières,
director of the museum. “We’ve packed so much into the June 4 weekend. If
you’ve never visited the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, this will be an
unforgettable event you will not want to miss.”
To celebrate, the museum kicks off a weekend of events Friday, June 3 with live
music from 5-9 p.m. by OU School of Music instructor Ricardo Coelho de Souza’s
ensemble, The Eighth Street Trio.
Saturday’s event begins at 5 p.m. with a guest lecture by Goldston, who will
speak about artist Robert Rauschenberg’s relationship with art collectors Sash
and Mary Spencer. Mary Spencer recently gave the museum a collection of
works by the same contemporary artist. Following the lecture, choreographers
Derrick Minter and Lieneke Mous will present a special dance inspired by works
in the exhibition and performed by OU School of Dance students during the
At 7:30 p.m., Austin, Texas indie rockers White
Denim start a live concert on the museum’s front
lawn, in collaboration with the Norman Music
Festival. The concert was made possible, in part, by
a grant from the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax
The opening weekend also serves as a sign-up
party for the Museum Association’s newest level,
the Metro Arts Circle (MAC). The MAC is geared towards 25-45-year-olds and
will host exclusive parties throughout the year featuring art, networking, special
guests and more.
After the concert, those are interested in joining the MAC invited to an after
party at 9 p.m. at Blackbird Gastropub on Campus Corner, just walking distance
from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The after party is open to ages 21 and up.
“The Oklahoma City metro has a flourishing arts community that is quickly
becoming Oklahoma’s cultural epicenter,” said Katie Parker, audience
development manager. “Several people may think of art museums as austere
fortresses, but in contrast, the FJJMA has created the Metro Arts Circle to foster a
community where the museum is a more tangible place. Our new museum
membership engages young professionals into action in the museum and arts
community, making Norman and the Oklahoma City metro leading examples for
enhancing lifestyles with art and culture.”
Anyone who signs up for a new Museum Association memberships or a
renewals at a MAC level or above on June 4 will be eligible to win raffle prizes
such as an iPad, courtesy of the OU IT Store; dinner for two at O Asian Fusion
restaurant; dinner for two at Local restaurant; and $100 gift certificate to the
Museum Store. Visitors may sign up for a membership level at the museum or at
The reinstallation of modern and contemporary art features works from the
museum’s permanent collection, as well as works on loan from a private
collector. The exhibition includes works by Leon Polk Smith and Roy
Lichtenstein, as well as a rare Edward Ruscha painting depicting Oklahoma,
No Man’s Land (1990), on loan courtesy of the artist.
“Contemporary art often engages complicated issues of personal history, race
and sex as a means of fostering dialogue on how personal and group identity
interact with society,” said Mark White, the Eugene B. Adkins Curator for the
museum. “For instance, Edward Ruscha’s
No Man’s Land recalls the artist’s youth
in Oklahoma, and his lack of knowledge of life outside the state. Leaving
Oklahoma in his late teens became a pivotal moment in his personal and artistic
maturity as he explored the country beyond his familiar haunts.”
The reinstallation also features a set of works by Rauschenberg called
, the last series of works by the artist before his death in 2008. The series is a
recent gift by Mary Spencer.
Friday’s free concert by The Eighth Street Trio presents Morton Feldman’s
a four-hour expressive composition for flute, percussion and piano
performed by OU musicians Jennifer Peck, Ricardo Coelho de Souza and Marc
The Saturday evening concert with White Denim begins at 7:30 p.m. on the
museum lawn. Over the past five years, the independent band has received
recognition from such outlets as
Rolling Stone, New York Times, Spin and Pitchfork.
The independent band’s newest album,
D, hits the shelves May 24.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located in the OU Arts District on the corner
of Elm Avenue and Boyd Street, at 555 Elm Ave., on the OU Norman campus.
Admission to the museum is free to OU students with a current student ID and
museum association members, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 6 to 17
years of age, $2 for OU faculty/staff and free for military veterans with proof
and children 5 and under. The museum is closed on Mondays and admission is
free on Tuesdays. The museum’s website is http://www.ou.edu/fjjma. Information and
accommodations on the basis of disability are available by calling (405) 325-4938.
Construction on a new wing is under way, but the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
is open and fully functional with exhibitions and programming throughout the
entire construction process.