Welcome to theSkimmseum. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.
Skimm’d while feeling kind of sick from eating too much cookie butter.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It was a dark and stormy night.” –Snoopy
SUMMER BREEZE, MAKES ME FEEL FINE ARTS
Okay, artsy person reading this blog…I’m going to need you to brace yourself. This post somewhat involves *tries not to gag* science. I know, I know. This is an obscure blog posted by an art museum, why are we doing this to you?? YOU THOUGHT WE WERE FRIENDS. Okay, calm down, breathe, re-bury those horrible memories of Mr. Tyson’s biology class (why did the cadaver cat have to be pregnant? Why? This is why I joined band). We might be talking about science a little, but it’s a FUN science: weather! And there isn’t a test at the end!
WILL YOU JUST TELL US WHAT’S HAPPENING
So what the Van Gogh does weather have to do with art? I’m so glad you asked. Journey back in time with us to the year two thousand and eleven, when we were under the leadership of Ghislain d’Humières (a name every journalist would love to come across on the teleprompter). The Stuart Wing was under construction that year, and the School of Art and Art History (whose annual student exhibition is usually housed in the FJJMA) had to look elsewhere for a temporary gallery space. They found one in an unlikely spot–the atrium of the National Weather Center. During the student exhibition opening reception, an art history faculty member pitched the idea that it would be very interesting to put on an exhibition that celebrated both weather and art. Two years later, in 2013, the first National Weather Center Biennale became a reality. This year, we’re doing it again. The guest juror is Houston conceptual artist Mel Chin. He’s pretty incredible, and if you haven’t seen his stuff, you definitely should take a look.
SO WHAT IS IT?
Artists from around the world submit their works to be considered for the exhibition. The ones who are selected are displayed in a temporary gallery at the National Weather Center. Judges then select winners from the art that is on display in the gallery. Need some incentive to get involved in 2017’s biennale? The prize for Best in Show is $10,000. No, I didn’t accidentally put too many zeros on there. Even if you aren’t the best out of everyone, Best of Painting, Photography, or Works on Paper can get you a $5,000 prize. I know what you’re thinking: *dollar signs in eyes* we should work with science people more often!
SO HOW CAN I SEE IT?
The official opening event is on Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m. The opening reception will feature biennale guest judge Mel Chin, announcement of prize winners at 3:30 p.m., and a come-and-go reception. Although this seems kind of ridiculous to point out, it should be noted that the National Weather Center Biennale exhibition opening is at the National Weather Center. We’re expecting many people to show up at the Fred Jones, assuming the National Weather Center Biennale is here, instead of at the National Weather Center. The whole thing is a cooperative exhibition between the National Weather Center, the Norman Arts Council, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.
REPEAT AFTER ME…
WHAT TO SAY IF YOUR FRIEND WON’T GO TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER BIENNALE WITH YOU…
It’s raining in my heart. But after you say that, you should find new friends and come anyway–no one needs that kind of negativity in their lives.
THINGS TO KNOW
Biennale: Nope, not that; you’re thinking of ‘bidet.’ A Biennale is a large art exhibition or music festival that is held biennially. So first of all, I want to help you avoid sounding like a moron (cough, how I sounded until someone corrected my pronunciation). It is not pronounced “Bye-Anne-all.” It is only pronounced that way if it is translated into Texan. The correct way to say it is “Be-in-al.” As in, “Al Gore looked over at his frenemies and thought to himself, ‘Ya know, it’s tough bein’ Al.” Now, Google says that it’s ACTUALLY pronounced ‘bē-enˈälā,’ but we’re already using a weird French word and we’re only allowed eleven overly-pretentious things a day.
So now, everyone put your books away, and get out a No. 2 pencil and your scantron. (Just kidding, there’s really not a test)
artists born several years ago this week:
4/13 James Ensor, Louis-Ernest Barrias, Thomas Lawrence | 4/14 Gabriel Jacques de Saint Aubin, Victor Borisov-Mustov | 4/15 Arshile Gorky, Elizabeth Catlett Mora, Leonardo da Vinci | 4/16 Elisabeth-Louise-Vigee-Le Brun, Ford Madox Brown | 4/18 Max Weber | 4/19 Fernando Botero