Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.
Written while planning a stay at the new 21c Museum Hotel in OKC.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” -Pablo Picasso
I’VE GOT A BLANK SPACE BABY, AND I’LL PENCIL THAT EVENT IN
At the FJJMA, we are huge fans of our wonderful visitors. Not only do they give us the opportunity to make colorful pie charts about our outstanding attendance numbers from last fall, they let us share an incredible collection of artwork with them! We love the students who stumble through the front door for the first time with a panicked look on their face, peering frantically into the eyes of our front desk staff and announcing, “I have to write a paper…about…the art.” We also adore the art students who stroll in nonchalantly, waving casually to the security guards like old friends, and settling down to gaze blissfully at the work of their choice. And, of course, we love the boyfriends who bring their partners here for a classy date (I suggest a dinner to follow at Benvenuti’s to really go for the gold). On Tuesday mornings, one of our favorite audiences shows up in the classroom for story time and an art project–the college students, artists, and adults of the future getting their first glimpse of the wonderful world that is an art museum! Whether you’re a student, a family, a local, an out-of-town visitor, or anyone else walking through our doors this year, we sincerely hope that all of you find a program, event, or fundraiser that is exactly your style!
SO WHAT’S COMING UP THIS YEAR?
You don’t have to wait long for this first event! Media Mixer is tonight at 7 p.m. You can read all about how great it’s going to be in last week’s blog post–but don’t take my word for it! Join us tonight to see for yourself–FJJMA association members get in free (!!!!), and all other attendees can join in for the low price of $15. That’s like, three combo meals at Taco Bell. Buy your tickets here, or at the door.
Vision | Revision: School of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition is having its soft opening on June 14. Or, you know, earlier than that if we get it put together in time. For this summer exhibition, we’re not having the usual reception and lecture fanfare that usually accompanies our exhibition openings. Our affiliation with the University of Oklahoma means our galleries tend to be a little quieter during the summer. Since all of the work in this particular show was created by SoAAH faculty, we wanted to wait to have the celebration when students and faculty were both back from their summer vacations. Mark your calendars for September 1 for the exhibition’s closing reception!
Also softly opening on June 14 is a photography installation in our mezzanine. Visage: Photography from the Permanent Collection will be on display until December 2016. Until the 1900s, photography and portraiture were only accessible through professional studios. Kodak changed that with their inexpensive Brownie camera that hit the market as an instant hit. Although we’re all capable of snapping pictures nowadays, professional photographers still take pride in the medium by creating aesthetically complicated and insightful investigations of personality and psychology. By depicting mostly public figures and celebrities, the photographs selected for this exhibition are unique in portraying an awareness of the camera’s role in crafting public image.
Mark your calendars now for the next Silver Soirée, an annual fundraiser for new acquisitions to bolster the museum’s permanent collection. The Association Board’s event planning committee is currently hard at work on the final details for this remarkable event. Members can expect to enjoy live music and entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and open bar, silent auction, raffles, and valet parking. Save the date and watch for your invitation in late August. Ticketing information will be available soon.
A sense of his soul is an eye-catching (see what I did there?) installation that depicts a singular facial feature: the eyes. According to the artist, Dennis Hodges, the eyes, “express the truth of what a person feels, thinks, or believes…the eyes interpret what the soul believes.” Hodges removes smiles, smirks, and body language, leaving only the eyes to look out from his work. This particular installation will feature the eyes of gubernatorial candidate portraits from around the United States. These works will be installed in the passageway between the museum’s Lester and Stuart Wings (that sunny hallway that you have to walk through to get to the back of the museum) from September 27 through December 30, 2016.
Picturing Indian Territory, 1819-1907 provides the first scholarly examination of the visual history of Oklahoma (including its previous forms as Indian and Oklahoma territories) in existence. This exhibition will provide a critical exploration of the art and visual culture of Oklahoma, in the hopes that it will spark future study in this area. The opening reception will be on Thursday, October 6, with an opening lecture at 7 p.m. followed by light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and an opportunity to check out the exhibition itself.
November 3 and 5
Other dates related to this exhibition include a symposium on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m., and Building Guthrie: A Museum Meet-Up on Nov. 5. During the meet-up, attendees will explore the eastern-European influenced architecture of Oklahoma Territory’s historic capital with Ron Frantz, Associate Professor, OU School of Architecture. This event will take place in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Transportation will not be provided (which seems pretty obvious since it’s called a meet-up), and the group will meet at the northwest corner of Harrison Avenue and Division Street at 1 p.m.
We’re leaving Oklahoma in the dust as we head down to west Texas to explore the contemporary art destination of Marfa, Texas. This five-day journey will also take us through the McDonald Observatory, Big Bend National Park, and innumerable Tex-Mex restaurants. Spots are filling up very quickly, so sign up today!
I HAVE SMALL HUMANS, WHAT CAN THEY DO AT THE MUSEUM?
Art Adventures is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from May 31 through December 13. Ideal for kids around 3 to 5 years of age, this program will introduce your child to various fun art projects that come straight out of our weekly story time! You can get the full list of dates and correlating story books here.
Family Days are offered once a semester on a Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. This program helps kids to connect with our current exhibitions through hands-on art activities. On June 26, join us for a fun activity uniquely related to Vision | Revision: School of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition. Families will explore a range of artist’s materials, demonstrating the multimedia nature of the faculty show. Later this fall, join us November 20 for our next Family Day to travel back in time to the century before Oklahoma statehood through the special exhibition Picturing Indian Territory.
Night at the Museum
Join us Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. for Night at the Museum! Watch Picturing Indian Territory come to life during this family-friendly event featuring crafts, rope-twirling, and historic re-enactment! Expect to see a blog post about it closer to the event. This will be the perfect event for families, kids, adults, friends, and people who are all alone and just really need to pet a mini donkey to find joy. Watch our website for more information about all of these events, and to hear about other exciting events that we don’t even know about yet!