Admission includes blockbuster summer exhibition
"Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic"
Kids 17 and under will get free admission to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on Saturdays and Sundays in July. Normally $10, admission includes the Museum's summer exhibition "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" on the first and third floors.
"We have a variety of kids' activities planned for July," said Tracy Truels, director of learning and engagement at OKCMOA. "Every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. we will have come-and-go art making in the Museum's classrooms, and every project will be inspired by 'A New Republic.' We also have a fun gallery detail search as well as our Discovery Packs available free anytime. These hands-on activities are great ways for kids to take what they are seeing in the galleries and translate that energy and inspiration into creative expression."
OKCMOA decided the Kehinde Wiley exhibit was important enough to the community for
the Museum of Art to fund this program, noted Becky Weintz, director of marketing and communications.
Free admission will be available in person only on Saturdays and Sundays from July 1 through 30. The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Adult admission is $12 with discounts available for seniors, students and retired military members. Active military and their families receive free admission all summer long through the Blue Star Museums program. Additionally, school and youth groups receive free admission and transportation reimbursement year-round thanks to Insamuch Foundation. These groups must book in advance by calling (405) 278-8213.
"Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" is a career retrospective of Kehinde Wiley's work, including his exploration of the European tradition of portraiture. Adopting the format used by old masters such as Titian, Van Dyke, Ingres and Manet, Wiley replaced historical subjects with young African-Americans sporting fashionable, urban gear: puffy down jackets, sneakers, hoodies, jerseys and baseball caps. The exhibition is open through September 10.
"Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" is organized by the Brooklyn Museum and made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.