Happy New Year from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art!
With a new year come new temporary exhibitions and gallery rotations at the museum. It only seems fitting that we share a look at some of the upcoming exhibitions for 2015 here on our “behind-the-scenes” blog!
Beyond the Battlefield: Depictions of War
On display through May 10
Art has been used throughout history to valorize and memorialize military leaders and soldiers alike for their heroism and sacrifice, yet art also has served as a critique of the carnage, horror, and absurdity of war, especially in the modern period. Beyond the Battlefield examines war and conflict as depicted by artists of the modern world, with a focus on the wars of the 20th century: World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War or Conflict.
This installation is presented in conjunction with the OU School of Drama’s performance of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ one-act play Eliot, a Soldier’s Fugue. The play explores the legacy of war through three generations of a Puerto Rican family with a focus on Eliot, recently wounded in Iraq. The Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery will serve as the theater for three performances of Eliot, a Soldier’s Fugue in April 2015.
101st Annual School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition
Jan. 20 – Feb. 15
This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by art and art history students from the University of Oklahoma. Multiple awards with cash prizes are presented to students, including the top award, the T.G. Mays Purchase Award, which is offered to a student whose artwork becomes a part of the museum’s permanent collection.
The guest juror for the 101st Annual School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition is Chad Alligood, curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Alligood recently co-curated State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, an exhibition that features 102 artists from every region of the country. In November, Alligood filtered through hundreds of student submissions to choose the best works for inclusion in the student exhibition. Fifty-three works will be exhibited in the show.
A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson
Feb. 27 – Sept. 6
Artist Oscar Brousse Jacobson arrived at the University of Oklahoma in 1915, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art commemorates the centennial of his appointment at OU with a retrospective of his influential career. Jacobson completed in excess of 600 works of art during his fifty-year career and looked to the landscapes of Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma for inspiration. During his tenure at OU, he oversaw tremendous growth in the School of Art, helped to create the first art museum on campus in 1936, and promoted the visual arts in the Southwest, especially the work of Native American fine artists. The exhibition will include over fifty works by Jacobson and explore the vital role he played in encouraging the visual arts in the region.
Visit our website for more information on these temporary exhibitions and related programming. From gallery talks and lectures to concerts and plays, there is something for everyone at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
We hope to see you many times throughout 2015!
William Gropper (1897-1977)
Watercolor on paper
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman; Purchase, U.S. State Department Collection, 1948
Logo design by Katie Garrison
Oscar Brousse Jacobson (U.S., b. Sweden, 1882-1966)
In the Navajo Country, 1938
Oil on canvas, 20 x 26 in.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman; 1987