We are looking forward to an exciting and busy fall here at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, and there are a number of exciting exhibitions and programs for the month of September.

The closing reception for Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma is scheduled for Sept. 7. From 2008 to 2017, OU School of Visual Arts Professor Todd Stewart explored the legacy of Picher, the former mining town that became the nation’s most toxic Superfund site. Following an F4 tornado in 2008, Picher was abandoned, and Stewart’s photoessay examines what remains of this community, from the abandoned buildings of the town to the massive piles of chat or mining waste. The closing reception will be accompanied by a lecture from Dr. Alison Fields, the Mary Lou Milner Carver Professor of Art of the American West and Assistant Professor of Art History, who collaborated with Stewart on the eponymous book, published by OU Press in 2016. The mistakes made in Picher offer a sobering reminder of the consequences of unchecked exploitation of natural resources, and Stewart’s essay is timely. Please join us for one last look at this important exhibition.

September also provides us with the opportunity to interact with two significant contemporary artists. On Sept. 22, the museum is hosting “An Afternoon with Kiki Smith,” a roundtable with the distinguished contemporary artist. Presented in conjunction with the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art exhibition,  Kiki Smith and Paper: The Body, the Muse, and the Spirit , this panel will offer an opportunity to learn more about Smith’s oeuvre. Speakers include the artist herself , as well as Jennifer Borland, associate professor of art history at Oklahoma State University, and independent curator Wendy Weitman. We would like to thank our colleagues at the Oklahoma State Museum of Art, especially Director Vicky Berry, as well as Bill Goldston, Director of Universal Limited Art Editions, for helping to make this program possible.

The following day, the museum will host a lecture by artist Larry McNeil. For the Native American photographer and printmaker, art is about the intersection of cultures, American mythology, irony, and satire. McNeil, who is a member of the Tlingit and Nishka tribes and professor at Boise State University, is scheduled to deliver a complimentary lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. We appreciate the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in making this lecture possible.

With all of the excitement in September, you can be assured that this will be a great season at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. I look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director
Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma
Through Sept. 10

Join us!
Closing Reception
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7

Join us for complimentary hors d'oeuvres and live music as we commemorate the closing of Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and 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.
Distinguished Visiting Artist:
Robert Taylor
Opening Reception
7-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5

Robert Taylor (U.S., b. 1951) is a self-taught artist known for his use of iconic symbols and manipulation of bodily proportions as a symbolic representation of human connections to the earth and sky.
Join us tomorrow!
Prompted: A Writing Workshop
2-4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1

Jumpstart your creativity during this drop-in writing workshop guided by creative writer and OU graduate student Matt Jacobson. Writing prompts will be drawn from images and artifacts in Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma .

Share your stories, poetry, and ideas over complimentary coffee and bagels. Admission is complimentary!
An Afternoon with Kiki Smith
3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22

Presented in conjunction with Kiki Smith and Paper: The Body, the Muse, and the Spirit at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, this panel explores Smith's body of work and emphasis on the female form. Speakers include artist Kiki Smith; Jennifer Borland, associate professor of art at Oklahoma State University; and independent curator Wendy Weitman.
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