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 get over allergies.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” -Leonardo da Vinci
I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BIALAC
We’ve done it again. There is yet another fantastic exhibition on display for your viewing pleasure at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Here’s a riddle for you: in the past year, what has contained an entire unconquered world, a universe apart, and now the entire expanse of the cosmos–or at least, an artful observation of it? No, it’s not an episode from Doctor Who; it’s the Records Gallery located in the basement of the FJJMA! We’ve just opened Galileo’s World: An Artful Observation of the Cosmos, an exhibition that is presented in conjunction with a bunch of other exhibitions across the University of Oklahoma’s three campuses.
SO WHAT’S IN THE EXHIBITION?
We’ve got some very old, very cool books. Do the names Johann Kepler, Nicolaus Copernicus, or Leonardo da Vinci sound familiar? (I know, he really deserves an Oscar already.) You can see the actual handwriting of some of these guys cluttering up the margins of these books! You are cordially invited to relive the hell of 10th grade with Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, 1570 and Albrecht Dürer’s Principles of Geometry (Paris, 1535). If you’re trying to send subtle hints to your boyfriend that you know he’s been lying, park him in front of Leon Battista Alberti’s Moral Essays and have a quick discussion about morality–hopefully you won’t find out he tends more toward Machiavellian thinking. The exhibition includes books by many more individuals, including, of course, the Starry Messenger by the great Galileo himself. It is on display, along with a beautiful replica of his original telescope.
IS IT JUST BOOKS?
It’s not! Hanging on the walls around these incredible books you will find works from the FJJMA’s permanent collection. Enjoy the shimmery lithographs of Lowell Nesbitt that depict the various textures of the Earth’s moon. If you’re looking for that perfect man in your life, check out Cherubino Alberti’s Seated Nude After Michaelangelo. Not only does he have a great body, he’s also an amazing listener. His personality’s a little two-dimensional, though. Or, if you’re into the ladies, check out Albrecht Dürer’s Studies on the Proportions of the Female Body, a woodcut from 1528. Now that’s a realistic body image we can live up to! If your sci-fi side is needing some nourishment, check out The Enterprise from Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-74)! There is truly something for everyone in An Artful Observation of the Cosmos.
Galileo’s World: An Artful Observation of the Cosmos is NOW OPEN at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art! Admission to the exhibition is COMPLETELY FREE, so you’ll have plenty of money to spend at Muse, the museum store. The exhibition closes on April 3, so unless you have a Time And Relative Dimension In Space machine, we suggest you get over to the FJJMA as soon as possible.
REPEAT AFTER ME…
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU JUST ATE THE BEST BARBECUE OF YOUR LIFE:
I want more. If you’re saying that about An Artful Observation of the Cosmos, you need to head over to the other Galileo’s World exhibition locations! The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History has a large selection of Galileo-related books and artifacts in their Through the Eyes of the Lynx exhibition (opening February 6). There are also locations at the National Weather Center, Bizzell Memorial Library, and Headington Hall–check this out for a full list of exhibitions!
artists born several years ago this week:
1/17 A.B. Frost, Eugene Carriere, Laurent Delvaux, Peeter Van Bloemen, Robert De Niro Senior 1/18 Antoine Pevsner, Kiki Smith 1/19 Cindy Sherman, Paul Cezanne, Sophie Taeuber-Arp 1/20 Clarice Cliff, Hippolyte Bayard, Mark Ryden, 1/21 Adriaen van der Werff, Jeff Koons, Rene Iche 1/22 Francis Picabia, Joseph Wolf, Moise Kisling, Nicolas Lancret 1/23 Edouard Manet, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Atlan