Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.
Written while trying to figure out where the summer went.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You know you make me want to (SHOUT)
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah (x4)
All-All right (x4).” -Excerpt from the intricate lyrics of Animal House’s, “Shout!” as it was performed during the film’s infamous Toga Party scene.
FRIENDS, ROMANS, COLLEGE STUDENTS
So here’s the deal: we have this incredible new exhibition at the FJJMA called Immortales: The Hall of Emperors of the Capitoline Museums, Rome. What’s so great about this exhibition, you ask? Well, for one thing, this collection of busts is on display in the United States for the FIRST TIME EVER. When the exhibition closes on December 6 (ugly cry face), the busts will return to their home at the Capitoline Museums in Rome…and they probably won’t travel again in our lifetime. We’re having a special student opening party for this amazing exhibition. Spoiler: it’s a toga party. Just imagine: if you and your date went to this, you would be able to say you shared in a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If this whole thing doesn’t scream, “This is my opportunity to ask the pretty little redheaded girl in my statistics class on a date,” then I think we all know why you’re still single, Charlie Brown.
WHY SHOULD I GO?
TOGA PARTY. It doesn’t matter if you had plans, or if you have weird, chubby, baby arms and hate going sleeveless; you are in college, and there is a toga party taking place next week. Aside from that, you should show up to this shindig because we are providing you with FREE food. The Constitution of the College Students of America clearly states that, “…no college student shall reject food that is offered when the price of said food is waived in its entirety.” You can’t argue with it. There will also be live music, provided by cover band The Royal Dukes, hosted by the OU Campus Activities Council. The band will perform on the museum lawn.
WHY IS THE NAME SO LONG?
I know, I know. Immortales: The Hall of Emperors of the Capitoline Museums, Rome is a really a long name; but what did you expect from the museum that brought you Macrocosm/Microcosm: Abstract Expressionism in the American Southwest, Libertad de Expresión: the Art Museum of the Americas and Cold War Politics, and Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy? I like to think of it as a character-count challenge to people who want to tweet about the exhibition.
Toga Party. Immortales: The Hall of Emperors of the Capitoline Museums, Rome at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.
REPEAT AFTER ME…
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR ROOMMATE INSISTS ON LISTENING TO HIS POP-COUNTRY ALBUM 24/7:
Seriously, get some headphones. Students who view the exhibition will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a pair of BeatsSolo2 headphones, provided by the One University Store. In case you didn’t catch that, you do actually have to go inside and see the exhibition in order to enter the raffle. See what we did there? Free fancy headphones are the cheese in our cultural student mousetrap.
THINGS TO KNOW
This is not Sparta: When your friend puts on the Roman Centurion helmet he purchased in Muse, the museum store, there is a 100% chance the side effects will include him emphatically kicking the air and shouting, “THIS IS SPARTA.” Unfortunately, you will be obligated to point out that this is not Sparta, it is Rome. Gently suggest that he try a quote from Gladiator instead.
artists born several years ago this week:
8/31 Helen Levitt, Roger Dean | 9/1 Ludwig Merwart, Taddeo Zuccari, Yasuo Kuniyoshi | 9/2 Romare Bearden | 9/3 Joseph Wright, Louis Sullivan, Paul Kane | 9/4 Kenzo Tange, Oskar Schlemmer | 9/5 Casper David Friedrich, Maurice Quentin de La Tour | 9/6 Horatio Greenough