Allied Arts surpasses $3 million goal!  
Congratulations to Allied Arts, who announced that this year's fundraising campaign surpassed its $3-million dollar goal by raising $3.12 million to help support arts and cultural organizations. 
These funds support Allied Arts member agencies - 20 of central Oklahoma's top arts organizations, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art - as well as additional arts organizations to ensure arts education programing, high-quality performances and exhibits, and low-cost arts experiences for the entire community. 
This year's fundraising campaign was chaired by Tricia Everest and James Pickel. Everest and Pickel led a team of more than 130 volunteers who contributed to the success of the campaign. Thank you to everyone who participated! 
"From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean: New Galleries of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art"
Sheila Canby, Patti Cadby Birch Curator in charge of the Museum's Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wednesday, May 23, 6:30pm

Hear Dr. Canby speak on the grand reopening of a suite of 15 dramatic New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art last fall. The greatly enlarged, freshly conceived, and completely renovated galleries house the Metropolitan's renowned collection of Islamic art-one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of this material in the world. 


Friends' lectures are free to Museum members at the Friend, Friends, and Sustainer membership levels. Seating is limited to 250, and reservations are required. Prices are $5 for general membership levels and $10 for nonmembers per ticket. For more information, contact Jim Eastep at (405) 236-3100, ext. 215, or visit
Image: The Damascus Room (18th century). Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund. New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later. South Asia, opening November 1, 2011, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image � The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 


FILM Terence Davies x 2: 

The Long Day ClosesThe Long Day Closes
Thursday, 7:30pm
Following his prize-winning debut feature film Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Terence Davies made The Long Day Closes. This lyrical hymn to childhood revisits his own memories of growing up in a working-class Catholic family in Liverpool. Eleven-year-old Bud finds escape from the grayness of '50s Britain through trips to the cinema watching iconic figures on the movie screen, and in the warmth of family life. More online

The Deep Blue SeaThe Deep Blue Sea
Friday & Saturday, 5:30pm & 8pm
Sunday, 2pm
In this masterful film adaptation of British playwright Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, Rachel Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an upper-class judge (Simon Russell Beale) and a free spirit trapped in a passionless marriage. Her encounter with Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot, throws her life in turmoil, as their erotic relationship leaves her emotionally stranded and physically isolated. More online 
Dinner & A Movie is $28 per person and includes a film ticket & two-course meal. To make reservations, call the Museum Cafe, (405) 235-6262.

More films are now posted through June, including the deadCENTER Film Festival schedule for the Museum. Click here.


Julie Heffernan: Infinite Work in Progress is closing this Sunday, May 27. Don't miss the chance to see twenty-one incredibly beautiful and complex paintings by this talented contemporary artist. Julie's biography notes that akin to Magical Realism, Heffernan's lush self-portraiture utilizes a myriad of art historical references to present a sensual interior narrative, a self-allegory whose half-hidden political agenda is the literal background of the paintings. The dark, Grimm fairy tale-like undercurrent transforms her aristocratic, operatic portraits into a contemporary vanitas or memento mori, acting as both a stylized fantasy and a Bosch-like warning. More including a video with Julie Heffernan
Barry Anderson: Nightrover, Junk Yard, Lawn Ornaments, and Treebeasties (1) closes on Sunday, May 27, 2012! Don't miss the opportunity to see the Kansas City-based artist's quirky, humorous, and slightly unsettling video animations in the Museum's lobby as part of projectscreen.


June 5-8, 9 am-noon
Maximum enrollment in each session is 10 students.
Cost is $60 members/$65 nonmembers per session. 
Kelly Smith
Little artists will discover illustrators of favorite children's books. We'll read, study the type of art used to illustrate the books, and then create our own masterpieces, relating to each book's artistic style. Make sure your child wears clothes that can get messy and brings a snack to replenish his or her artistic mind and energy! Each four-day session is offered Tuesday through Friday (the Museum is closed on Mondays). Children must be at least 4 years of age to participate.
Sunday, June 10, 1-4 pm
Ability level: Novice/Beginner
$20 members/$25 nonmembers (materials provided)
Maximum enrollment is 12 students.
Patricia Morgan

Explore color theory, an element of art that forms the foundation of all works of art, in this class
designed for those with little to no art experience. Create a color wheel, while learning how color is
applied in different works of art.

Cocktails on the Skyline   
More than 500 people were in attendance last Thursday on the Roof Terrace. Thank you everyone. Born in November will be the entertainment this week. Open 5-10:30pm. Last call at 10pm. For the summer band line-up, click here.

Museum Seeking High School Juniors and Seniors for Next Year's Teen Council
OKCMOA is looking for high school juniors and seniors to serve on its teen council, Youth Arts Advocates, a program to engage high school students with OKCMOA and to foster a passion for the visual arts. YAA members meet at the Museum twice a month throughout the school year and have the opportunity to learn about various careers in the arts, participate in service learning, and plan programming for teens at OKCMOA. Visit our website for more information. 



Keith Haring Stacking Game
See how you and your kids would fare at this
 new balancing Keith Haring Stacking Game! The 18-piece vertical puzzle is to be stacked and balanced and is made by the artisans of Vilac, a French company that's been creating unique and educational toys out of wood since 1911. The age requirements are 3+, so it offers loads of fun for th

e whole family! Stop by The Store to check out the other wonderful toys dedicated to Vilac's Keith Haring collection. $35.95 
Museum Store hours are Monday, 10am-3pm (Closed Memorial Day); Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. Let one of our store assistants help you! Call (405) 278-8233.
Quick Links 
towerWED., MAY 23
James C. Meade Friends Lecture Series, "From the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean: New Galleries of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art," Noble Theater, 6:30pm
Cocktails on the Skyline with Born In November, Roof Terrace, 5-10:30pm



TERENCE DAVIES X 2: The Deep Blue Sea, Noble Theater, 5:30pm & 8pm 


SAT., MAY 26  

Drop-in Art: Clay Creatures with Debbie Langston, Education Center, 1-4pm


TERENCE DAVIES X2: The Deep Blue Sea, Noble Theater, 5:30pm & 8pm

SUN., MAY 27
MON., MAY 28  
HAVE A SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! The Museum Cafe & Museum Store will be closed. 

Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Thursday, 10am-9pm
Sunday, Noon-5pm
Closed Monday 
Three extended months for FREE! That's 15 months of outstanding special exhibitions, education and film programming, events, and MORE! Join now and DOUBLE your roof-going season!  Memberships start at $20 for students. To join or renew, click here.

Project 180 
Street construction along Couch Drive continues. Visitors can see the new concrete streets and parking
taking shape. The project was delayed a few days due to some unforeseen utility work in front of the
Museum last week. However, work continues, and we are looking forward to the reopening of Couch Drive. Visit Project 180 for more information.
The events and activities in today's Connect Weekly would not be possible without your generous support! Please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to the Museum's Annual Fund. A gift to the Annual Fund is an investment in OKCMOA and in the role the Museum plays in inspiring and enriching our community. To make a donation, click
here or call 236-3100, ext. 215

Join the Museum's Docent Program. Many service opportunities are available, such as leading group tours, assisting with outreaches, and helping with family and educational programming. New Docent Training begins Monday, June 4. For more information, contact Bryon Chambers, assistant curator of education, at 
(405) 236-3100 ext. 212
This week's
lunch special

Sandwich Special $11
Pulled pork, cole slaw and Head Country BBQ sauce on ciabatta bread with baked beans
 Click here for the menu 
The Museum Cafe will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend! 
deadCENTER Film Festival is June 6-10. The best way to experience the films & events is with the All Access Pass. Learn more online 
Blue Star Museums to
begins Memorial Day! 

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the Blue Star Families, National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,480 museums across the country. The program offers free admission to active-duty military and their family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


If you are active duty military personnel and/or an immediate family member, all you need to do is show either a Geneva Conventions CAC Card, a DD Form 1173, or a DD Form 1173-1 at the museum admissions desk. Immediate family members under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an appropriate ID holder.


We encourage you and your family will explore as many museums as possible. Please note the the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is closed on Memorial Day but Blue Star Museums is good all summer long.