Happy Summer!     

We have so many great things happening at the museum this summer, I hope you will include us in your summer plans.  

Our director, Mark White, has offered me this opportunity to share with you about a project that has recently opened in the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery on our Mezzanine floor – of course, I jumped at the chance to tell you about Body!  

Body is collaborative project resulting from two and a half years of working with Dr. Sherri Irvin, Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy and Women's and Gender Studies, and Co-Director of the Center for Social Justice. Like many good projects, the concept emerged from an interest to cultivate our collegial relationship and a shared appreciation for art. Sherri asked a simple question – What do you have in the collection? My response was an invitation to explore our collections database. We began just looking, and started identifying works that might have potential long-term interest. It became clear that the “body” as a subject recurred often enough to become a focus. We opened our imaginations to a co-curated project without having a predetermined goal. Through many visits, often lasting an hour or two, we surveyed the entire collection and had identified more than 250 works for potential use. This checklist became the foundation from which Body emerged.  
Sherri’s interest in aesthetics and gender studies guided our final selection. Once the gallery and exhibition dates had been determined, we worked to edit our project to a core of ideas. The themes upon which we settled are found in images that broadly show the beauty of the body. These images include fragmented body parts, the body in motion and as geometry, nudity as a human condition, and a brief survey of historical images of the body. We shared a disinterest in images that were exploitive or masochistic, choosing to focus on the pure beauty of the human form. The installation is loosely guided by these themes, though the installation has been planned to give visitors freedom to explore and discover on their own.  

I hope you know that any collaboration is incomplete without our FJJMA guests to engage in the exhibition. As we continue working to develop thoughtful and compelling projects, we know that without your interest these are unfinished works.  

So, come visit. Body and Picher, Oklahoma are both up through the summer, as well as our ongoing permanent collection galleries. Enjoy the cool air conditioning as the summer heats up. And, you’ll want to see what’s on the first floor of the Stuart Wing before it gets rotated in August.  

Hope to see you here,     

heather ahtone
James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American & Non-Western Art
Museum Closed
July 2-4 

Due to scheduled local utilities maintenance, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will be closed Sunday, July 2 as well as Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day, and will reopen on Wednesday, July 5.

Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma
Through Sept. 10, 2017

Todd Stewart’s photoessay Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma explores the otherworldly ghost town and reveals how memory can be dislocated and reframed through both chronic and acute instances of environmental trauma.
Through Dec. 30, 2017

Works from the museum’s permanent collection have been curated to examine how the body has been used to address the themes of movement, fragmentation and mechanization, geometry, and identity, with a brief survey of historical images of the body.

Joe Andoe: Horizons
Through Sept. 10, 2017

Contemporary artist Joe Andoe served as guest juror for the 103rd Annual School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition.

His own work is on display in the museum's Sandy Bell Gallery throughout the summer.

Closing Soon!
Education Gallery:
Journey Toward an Open Mind
On display through July 9, 2017

Adapting themes from the PHOTO/SYNTHESIS exhibition, including the way we identify and represent ourselves, several students from Mission Academy High School created their own mixed-media collage self-portraits.
Art Adventures
July 11, 18, 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Young artists are invited to experience art through books and related art projects for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. This program is made possible by generous support from the Kimball Foundation. There will be no Art Adventures on July 4.

Save the Date!
Members Meet-Up
4-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4
21c Museum Hotel, OKC
Please join us at 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City for the next Members Meet-Up! Transportation will not be provided. Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling us today at (405) 325-2297.
Muse Item of the Month
If summer is getting a little too warm, recall fond memories of crisp fall leaves and snowy mornings with these Buddha Groove snow globes!

Depicting a different scene for each season of the year, this set of four miniature Zen snow globes shows us the unique beauty to be found in every stage of life.
Show this coupon on your phone or a printed copy for a 15% discount on July's Muse Item of the Month!

Offer Expires 07/31/2017. Coupon Code: JULY15
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