Carol Beesley Hennagin has been a friend of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art for decades and our latest exhibition, Still Looking , surveys her history as a collector of photography. In 1988, Beesley and her late husband, Michael Hennagin, began donating portions of their collection to museum. During Beesley’s graduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the early 1970s, she studied with photographer Robert Heinecken and began collecting photography in earnest in the 1980s.

For more than 35 years, she has collected works by many of the best-known
photographers of the twentieth century, and Still Looking includes photographs from her previous gifts as well as those promised to the museum. Works by Edward Weston, Frederick Sommer, faculty and students from the University of Oklahoma, and others are featured in the exhibition. She has explained that, “I’ve never really been terribly concerned with whether or not I’m acquiring a work by a famous photographer. I’ve always been much more interested in whether or not it was a good photograph. The camera augments our experience of the world, and what we see is not more true, but we see it more clearly, more deeply, more precisely. And if you look hard enough, you can find your own truths in that experience of the photograph.”

Beesley has described herself as a caretaker of the images she has collected, and Still Looking represents the legacy of her long interest in photography. Save the date for Carol’s 1 p.m. gallery talk on Tuesday, Sept. 18, to learn more about her collection.

Mark White
Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director

June 8-September 9, 2018

Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art offers celebratory and mysterious, thought-provoking, and critical two-dimensional and three-dimensional works, including abstract and experimental contemporary Chickasaw art.

For more than 35 years, Carol Beesley Hennagin has collected works by many of the best known photographers of the 20th century. Still Looking offers a survey of Beesley’s collecting practices and includes photographs by established artists such as Edward Weston and Frederick Sommer.
June 12-December 30, 2018

Seeds of Being examines various ways artistic seeds benefit Indigenous groups in North America through the artists’ abilities to nurture, adapt, and envision their communities’ ongoing well-being. Curated by OU School of Visual Arts students enrolled in The Native American Art & Museum Studies Seminar, made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Through Sept. 2, 2018

Space Burial , created by California artist Jesse Small, is modeled from 86-foot diameter satellite dishes of the Very Large Array in New Mexico. The sculptures intersect the gallery space, forming pattern-infused canopies. Click the image to enjoy an interview with Small and museum director Mark White.
Art Adventures
Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
July 10 - Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
July 17 - Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter
July 24 - Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
July 31 - Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

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Fall Association Trip: Deep in the Art of Texas
Austin, Texas
November 7-10, 2018
Japanese Garden
Blanton Museum of Art
Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum
James Turrell's Skypace,  The Color Inside
The Contemporary Austin

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