Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.
Written while brainstorming ideas over Indian food.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The Silver Soirée is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness about the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art while having a fabulous time with new friends. From stunning live performances to silent auctions and more, this magical event is not to be missed.” -Melissa Scaramucci, event committee chair
JOIN THE LEGACY
People usually don’t like change. People like to say they like change, but when it comes down to it, we’re all a bunch of grumpy curmudgeons who don’t want the music in our church to change, or the format of our student newspaper to look different, or the puff pastries at the opening reception to be replaced with stuffed mushrooms. So when I say, “This year’s membership party is going to be completely different,” I can imagine the look of startled confusion in your eyes. What? What do you mean different? Walk with me.
EXPLAIN YOURSELF, I’M STARTING TO PANIC
The first thing you should know, is that we aren’t coming up with a completely new, crazy, uppity party; we’re actually returning to our roots. See, we were digging through some old files we have at the museum, and we came across this old, dusty scrapbook from the 1975 Association party. When we opened it, we were greeted by festive lettering announcing The Silver Ball. We quickly realized that in the past 40 years, the membership association has really forgotten how to party. Last year, our membership party was from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guess what the hours were in 1975? 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. That’s right. When we were all headed home to bed, the folks in 1975 were just getting started. Not only that, but they got dressed up–not just in Sunday best, but in swanky, chic (ultra 70s) styles!
WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS?
Because this year…change is happening. For one thing, I want you to say “Membership Party” out loud. Say it. Okay, now I want you to never, ever say that again. Membership Party was so last year. This year, it’s Silver Soirée: Join the Legacy, and it’s pretty much going to blow your mind.
WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT SILVER SOIRÉE
I’m so glad you asked. Picture this: beautiful moonlit night at Norman’s newly-opened Legacy Park. We’ll have a massive tent (for those concerned about precipitation), and a bunch of cozy outdoor heaters to chase away the chill. You and the other attendees will be decked out in trendy, chic, silver attire, with a complimentary cocktail in hand. Upon arrival, have your photo taken Red Carpet-style (step and repeat) in front of our Legacy backdrop. Your ticket will provide you with admission into this fantastic party, as well as two complimentary signature cocktails from the soirée bar. Don’t worry about getting bored, or making uncomfortable small talk with that one woman who never leaves you alone at these things–there will be a plethora of entertainment provided for your enjoyment. Gaze in wonder at aerialists, tease the Silver Statue impersonator, get out your lighter and sway to the music of the band SquadLive. Then go for another drink at the cash bar! Slip a bid into our silent auction for the chance to acquire one (or more!) of the original works of art by a local artists, or a carefully crafted auction bundle. Best of all, the entire night of festivities is funding the arts. Specifically, the proceeds will go toward a new acquisition of contemporary art for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. In addition to the acquisition, it will allow us to treat a work from our permanent collection to some much needed conservation.
Silver Soirée: Join the Legacy will not be at the FJJMA this year. It will take place at Legacy Park, located off of I-35 near Target, at 1898 Legacy Park Drive in Norman. The event is November 13, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $75 for members, and $100 for non-members.
REPEAT AFTER ME…
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU’VE BEEN TRAVELING FOR 2 DAYS WITHOUT SLEEP AND YOU’RE ABOUT TO BOARD A PLANE TO CAIRO:
Rest on the Flight to Egypt. This is also the name of the work in dire need of conservation that your ticket purchase will help preserve for future generations! It’s a work from the school of Anthony van Dyck, and according to our records, it has been in storage at the FJJMA since 1943. In its current condition, it can’t be put on public display. Help it see the light of day!
THINGS TO KNOW
Silver Cocktail: It’s not actually made of silver–we can’t afford that, and I don’t think it’s very edible. Think, classic martini with a cherry twist. The Silver Cocktail is a Prohibition-era drink made from gin, dry vermouth, maraschino, and orange bitters.
BUY SOME TICKETS: Are you ready to party?? Click here to purchase your tickets before we sell out!
artists born several years ago this week:
10/5 Francesco Guardi, Maya Lin | 10/6 Adolf von Hildebrand, Frank M. Sutcliffe | 10/7 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Rosalba Carriera | 10/8 Cornelis Troost, Faith Ringgold, Hans Heyson, Max Slevogt | 10/9 Frank Duveneck, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Louis-Simon Boizot, Nicholas Roerich, Simeon Solomon | 10/10 Alberto Giacometti, Antoine Watteau, Daido Moriyama, Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, Nicolas de Largilliere | George Ault, James Barry