On Thursday evening, Jan. 25, the museum opens Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting: The Art of Tonita Peña and Joe Herrera , which documents and celebrates the art of the influential mother and son, both of whom were key figures in the development of both modern art and Native American art in the United States. The exhibit is the first museum retrospective for either artist, and it continues the strong record the museum has established on the study of Native American art. It is little surprise, perhaps, that the core of the exhibition is drawn from the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, which has astounding depth in the works by Peña and Herrera. James T. Bialac’s interest in an encyclopedic survey of Native American art led him to collect multiple examples by both artists throughout their respective careers. It would be safe to say that, without the gift of this collection in 2010, it would have been difficult to organize this exhibition.

Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting also provides the museum another opportunity to work with Dr. W. Jackson Rushing III, the Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art. Rushing collaborated with the museum on Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition in 2014, and it is always a pleasure to work closely with one of our colleagues at the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts. This exhibition is the product of decades of primary research Rushing conducted prior to the passing of Joe Herrera and an extension of earlier projects such as Native American Art and the New York Avant-Garde: A History of Cultural Primitivism (1995). Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting will delight enthusiasts of Native American art, while also contributing substantially to the critical discourse on Native American art. Please join us for the opening on January 25 for what will be a great exhibition.

During the month of January, the museum also will open an installation, Space Burial , by artist Jesse Small in the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery, as well as a selection of posters from the permanent collection titled Fine Print in the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery. Look for more information about these exhibitions in future newsletters.

It is the start of another great calendar year at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. As always, we appreciate your ongoing support of the museum, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Mark White
Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director

January 26-April 8, 2018

Generations in Modern Pueblo Painting: The Art of Tonita Peña and Joe Herrera is the first of its kind: a large-scale, high-quality, scholarly exhibition of three generations of modern Pueblo painting.
Public Opening Lecture & Reception
7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25

Join us for a public opening lecture with exhibition curator W. Jackson Rushing III, the Eugene B. Adkins Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art, OU School of Visual Arts. Members at the Supporter level and higher may reserve seats for the lecture. Seating in the auditorium and overflow is expected to fill up quickly, so please call us at (405) 325-2297 to reserve your spot today.

Following the lecture, please join us for a public reception with hors d'oeuvres from Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, a cash bar, live music from Oklahoma Gazette's top-performing artist Edgar Cruz, as well as valet parking.
January 26-May 27, 2018

On the surface, these posters promote entertainers, the arts, products, international events, patriotism, and utopian ideals of cross-cultural harmony. Beneath the surface, they reflect the twentieth century’s conflicting values: militarization, world peace, consumerism, religion, individuality, and mass culture.
Jan. 26-April 8, 2018

"This installation evokes the use of satellite dishes as a burial object for a space-faring culture. Placed within a satellite dish and buried, the dead's afterlife journey to the stars is facilitated." - Jesse Small

I Heart Design
6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8
Sandy Bell Gallery

Join us for a celebration of all things design while enjoying free snacks, a custom photo booth, and rad party favors. Check out the Fine Print! show, featuring posters from the permanent collection, then make your own! Bonus points if you come dressed as your favorite icon of design. #iheartdesign
Art Adventures returns on Jan. 16 at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday Noon Concerts will resume on Jan. 23!
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Spring Association Trip
February 17, 2018
Join us for our Spring Association Trip to Dallas, Texas! The trip includes an exclusive opportunity to experience the Dallas Museum of Art's Yayoi Kusama infinity room, as well as a theatrical performance at Frank Lloyd Wright's Kalita Humphreys theater.
Association Member: $125
Non-members: $150
Trip cost is all inclusive!
To pay via check or credit card through the mail, click here to download and print the trip brochure.
Muse Item of the Month
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With a stunning floral design inspired by Leon Gaspard's  Falconry in Central Asia, these unique pieces will be a perfect complement to your home.
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Offer Expires 01/31/2018. Coupon Code: JAN18
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