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 remember how to transfer a call–apologies to whoever was just on the line.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Woe is me, I think I am becoming a god.” -Vespasian, just having one of those days.
THEY CAME, THEY SAW, THEY MADE EDUCATIONAL CRAFTS
You’ve probably made your way over to see our incredible new exhibition–Immortales: The Hall of Emperors of the Capitoline Museums, Rome. As you examined the exhibition, it probably made you wish there was some additional information or programming at the museum so you could learn more about it. GUESS WHAT? THERE IS.
I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING
If you’re looking for as much information as possible delivered to you by brilliant people, you should really consider attending our Immortales symposium. This symposium explores the history and art history of imperial Rome. Speakers include Susan B. Matheson, the Molly and Walter Bareiss Curator of Ancient Art at the Yale University Art Gallery; Dr. Noel Lenski, Professor of Classics and History at Yale University; and Dr. Christopher Celenza, Co-director of the Singleton Center and Charles Homer Haskins Professor of Classics and German and Romance Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University. You can tell from their super long titles that they’re important and really smart. It’s going to take place on October 22 from 1:30-5 p.m. It’s completely free to attend, but space is limited, so if you want to attend, you MUST RSVP. Just call (405) 325-0843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how many spots you want to reserve. The symposium is a joint organization of the University of Oklahoma Office of the Provost; the Department of Classics and Letters; the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (I hope you read that last part really fast like the legal message at the end of a commercial.)
IS THERE A PROGRAM FOR KIDS?
Wait, bringing your 2-, 4-, and 6-year-old to a three-and-a-half hour historical panel discussion doesn’t sound like fun to you?! Nah, it’s okay, we get it. We have a special program that’s designed to make learning fun for your kids! Family Day is THIS SUNDAY, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. What is Family Day, you ask? It’s a great opportunity to explore art and enjoy a variety of hands-on art activities for the entire family. This week, your kids will learn about Immortales, and to make it more fun, our education staff has come up with a bunch of kid-friendly art projects! I’ve heard rumor that attendees will be making some Roman-style mosaic tiles and laurel wreath crowns. Can you think of a better way to spend your Sunday than by having fun with your kids and secretly teaching them about history and art at the same time?? I can’t. If my house plants played better with others, I’d definitely be bringing them over.
I WANT TO KNOW MORE, BUT I DON’T HAVE KIDS AND THE SYMPOSIUM SOUNDS TOO LONG
For the record, I’m pretty sure they’ll let you attend Family Day even if you’re a 30-year-old child, but if that’s not your cup of tea, you should consider joining us for our next Gallery Talk. It’s happening on Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m. Francesca Giani, the curator behind Immortales, will lead the discussion and tour. The exhibition and material are incredibly fascinating, plus Francesca has an Italian accent that would make a gallery talk about lint sound brilliant.
REPEAT AFTER ME…
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR FRIEND HAS BEEN SINGLE TOO LONG:
You should look online. This is where you should also look to find our upcoming Immortales interview series! We got a bunch of smart people to talk about the various busts for about a minute, and throughout the semester we’ll post those for your enjoyment. So, keep a close watch on our Twitter, Facebook, and website so you don’t miss any.
THINGS TO KNOW
OklaRoma: It’s catchy, right? One of our education staff’s husbands came up with it and we think it makes a pretty fantastic #hashtag. One of the best parts of planning Immortales was coming up with all the fun marketing and PR slogans we could use. As you know, we eventually settled on “2,000 years in Rome; 3 months in Norman; 1 chance to see them.” We think that’s pretty great, if we do say so ourselves. Some other contenders include a brilliant fluke that we discovered: ‘Roman’ and ‘Norman’ have THE SAME LETTERS. It’s a really cool coincidence but it’s kind of hard to use for a marketing strategy, since people don’t usually respond well to a billboard that says, “SLOGAN—get it??? Do you get it??” Anyway, we considered “when in Norman,” “All roads lead to Norman,” “Friends, Norman, Countrymen.” You get the point. Speaking of points, there really isn’t one to this ‘Things to Know’ section besides the fact that I thought our brainstormed ideas were brilliant and wanted to share them with the world. If you come up with some other funny, pun-y or catchy slogans for Rome in Norman, tweet us @fjjma and tell us!
artists born several years ago this week:
9/14 Charles Dana Gibson, Peter Lely | 9/15 Silpa Bhirasi | 9/16 Jean Arp | 9/17 Francois Marius Granet, Samiel Prout | 9/18 Anton Mauve, Jose de Rivera, Mark di Suvero | 9/19 Arthur Rackham, Augustin Pajou | 9/20 Dale Chihuly, Theodore Chasseriau