Thursday, January 4, 2018


Guests can enjoy time with artists and curators in the galleries this month 
Visitors to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art this January can enjoy additional tours, conversations and community discussions surrounding two current special exhibitions: "Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age" and "The Question of Beauty." 

"The response to 'Master Strokes' has been excellent, and we felt it was important to offer additional curator led tours before the exhibition leaves the U.S.," said Dr. Michael J. Anderson, director of curatorial affairs. "These works rarely travel, and this is the first time they have traveled internationally. I encourage everyone to visit the Museum before the exhibition closes on Jan. 21." 

"The inspiration for 'The Question of Beauty' came from a desire to showcase our permanent collection, while addressing questions such as 'Why are some artists interested in creating aesthetically displeasing work?' and 'How did artists approach the question of beauty from the early 1960s on?'" said Francesca Giani, curator of modern and contemporary art. "The tour I will host on Jan. 25 will focus on exploring some of the historical reasons behind the artists' rejection of beauty and on discussing how those choices effected art. Discussing such issues in the galleries will allow visitors to better appreciate the work on display, and contemporary art in general."

The full schedule is below.
  • Sunday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m. - Conversation with Curator Dr. Roja Najafi about "Master Strokes"
  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m. - "One Work, Many Voices" in "The Question of Beauty"
  • Saturday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m. - Conversation with Curator Dr. Michael Anderson about "Master Strokes"
  • Thursday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m. - Curator's Tour of "The Question of Beauty"
"One Work, Many Voices" is an in-depth conversation inspired by a single work of art and was developed during the Museum's groundbreaking summer 2017 exhibition "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic." Artists Marilyn Artus and Nicole Emmons-Willis will kick off the dialogue during this special session inspired by "The Question of Beauty." Topics will include feminism, equality and power.

Pre-registration for all events is recommended. Events are free for Museum members and ticket prices vary for non-members. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased in person at the Museum, by calling (405) 236-3100 or online at 
Traveling outside Great Britain for the first time, "Master Strokes" presents some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert's outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings, one of the principle holdings in Britain. Including approximately 90 works from the 16th to the 20th centuries, it includes masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn. 

"The Question of Beauty" presents modern and contemporary art from the Museum's permanent collection that employs beauty as a mode of expression, together with work that either rejects or ignores beauty. This exhibition includes work by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and many others and offers visitors an invitation to be moved, repelled - or feel ambivalent. 
For a full list of January events, visit

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