Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.
Written while getting the most out of a leftover bagel.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It may be considered old fashioned, but I seem to prefer to paint the world unconquered by man, unviolated by human greed, a world untouched by misery and despair. Every summer for 30 years or more, I have wandered over the south-western States attempting as best I may, by means of paint, to interpret their dramatic beauty, not neglecting the lyrical melancholy charm of Oklahoma’s winters.” – Oscar B. Jacobson
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO
The art of Oscar B. Jacobson is in town, and you’re invited to the housewarming party next week. It’s okay to be inexplicably excited. We are, too.
Here’s what’s going to happen: you (our favorite people) will show up Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. If you can push past the psychological trauma of finding a parking spot (sorry), you’ll be home free and ready to enjoy a lecture by the one-and-only Mark White, Interim Director and Eugene B. Adkins Curator. Receiving knowledge from brilliant minds inevitably builds up an appetite, so following the lecture you’re invited to feast on delicious bite-sized treats while trying to impress your friends and family with artistic trivia.
Let’s not forget the real reason you’ll be there, though. If the food and bragging opportunities aren’t enough for you, come for the unusual perspective that Jacobson splashes into his artwork. He had a passion for painting parts of the world that were ‘untouched by humanity.’
SO WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?
If there were just too many words up there for you to read them all, that’s okay. We know you’re busy. All you have to remember is Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Fred Jones Jr., Jacobson. Also free. It’s completely free—you’re literally (improper use of literally) LOSING money if you don’t go.
REPEAT AFTER ME…
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU KNOW MORE ABOUT THE STUFFED MUSHROOMS THAN THE ART…
Early Kiowa artists. Don’t worry; if you follow the instructions in this paragraph you’ll eventually know who they are. Going to an art museum can be intimidating, especially if you’ve been spending the last two years raising children instead of working on your Ph.D. in art history. Visit our Facebook page every afternoon through Thursday—you’ll learn some obscure facts about Jacobson, and see some previews of his art! Then, when your friend starts to pontificate about his art knowledge, you can whip out some impressive Oscar-files and hair flip all the way back to the refreshments table.
WHAT TO SAY IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE OPENING BUT CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT SEEING THE ART…
I’ll see you there in June. Or April. Or August. Long story short, the exhibition will be open until early September, so if your marksmanship is a little shoddy, never fear—this target is hard to miss.
THINGS TO KNOW
Docent: Not a type of doughnut. A docent is a person who acts as a type of tour guide for museums, art galleries, zoos, or other types of exhibitions. Just like here at the FJJMA, most docents work on a purely volunteer basis. (But we think our docents are better than everyone else’s docents.)
Members: We want you to be one of us. When you’re a member, you get earlier invitations to special museum programs, a subscription to our calendar/monthly newsletter, admission for you/a guest to fancy exclusive receptions, recognition at the membership party, discounts on Association trips/programming, AND (as if that wasn’t enough) you even get a discount in our awesome museum store… but it’s even more exciting than that. Become a member today, because in less than a week you’ll have an opportunity to take advantage of one of those fancy exclusive receptions! Shh, don’t tell the ordinary visitors–you, member (of our FJJMA family) get something everyone loves: perks. – You do get a complimentary glass of wine, as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres prior to the opening lecture. – You do get to explore and enjoy the exhibit before ANYONE else does. And that’s just the proverbial tip of the proverbial iceberg. Don’t you love the smell of exclusivity in the evening?