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FJJMA E-Newsletter
September 2014

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This Month

New Perspectives in Native American Art and Art of the American West
Thursday, September 4, 6 pm
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium
Emily Ballew Neff, FJJMA Director & Chief Curator
Friday, September 5, 9 am
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium
Eight visiting art history graduate students

Oil and Wood: Oklahoma Moderns George Bogart and James Henkle
Tuesday, September 9, 12:30 pm
Nancy Johnston Records Gallery 
James Henkle, Artist

Thursday, September 11, 7 pm
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

Tuesday, September 16, 12:30 pm
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011)
Head of the Meadow, 1967

Annual Membership Party
Friday, September 19, 7-9 pm 
Sandy Bell Gallery
Featuring live music, wine, food, art, silent auction, and more!

Sunday, September 21, 1-4pm 
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom 
Find inspiration in the wide variety of works in the Eugene B. Adkins Collection.

Student Opening Party
Macrocosm/Microcosm: Abstract Expressionism in the American Southwest
Tuesday, September 30, 6 pm
Sandy Bell Gallery 
Concert on the lawn at 7:30 pm by Poliça

For children ages 3-5. Generously supported by the Kimball Foundation.
Every Tuesday at 10:30 am

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. For detailed event information, visit the museum website.

Hours & Admission

Tues - Sat 10 am-5 pm
Thursdays 10 am-9 pm
Sundays 1-5 pm

Closed Mondays and University holidays.

Museum admission is always FREE, thanks to the generous support of the OU Office of the President and the OU Athletics Department!

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located in the OU Arts District.

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September means fall leaves, maple syrup, apple harvests, and, not least, Sooner football! I have yet to experience this phenomenon but I eagerly anticipate the chaos and fun this fall. My wardrobe is short on crimson and cream, an error I plan to correct by purchasing “Gogh Sooners” t-shirts from Muse, the museum’s store (available soon!). Like the posters announcing OU “has it all,” this t-shirt similarly brings together athletics and the arts in a way that is utterly unique among the Big Twelve and is already a proud heritage of OU. Gogh Sooners!


As you know, the FJJMA enjoys a special relationship with the OU Department of Athletics and the Office of the President, whose financial support means free admission to ALL visitors to the museum. Our friends in OU’s Housing and Food Services have joined those generous museum supporters by providing a “Gogh Sooners” free drink card, available during all OU home football games this fall. Come by the FJJMA on game days to pick up your card and receive a free drink at the game, one of many ways our friends across campus are supporting the arts. Thank you Dave Annis!


Please mark your calendars for the following highlights: Jim Henkle, beloved OU professor (retired) and one of the subjects of our current show, Oil and Wood: Oklahoma Moderns George Bogart and Jim Henkle, will speak at the FJJMA on September 9 at 12:30. Please join us for this rare opportunity to hear from the artist; the show closes September 14, so please come and see it while you can.


Also, Stephanie O’Hara, President of the FJJMA Museum Association, is hard at work organizing our annual Membership Party on Friday, September 19. This event is for members only (a great reason to join) and there are some truly amazing auction items for the event.


One of our most successful collaborations is with the OU School of Music, which kicks off its Tuesday Noon Concerts series at the FJJMA on September 9. This is by far the best way to spend your lunch hour and you will be introduced to the impressive scope and breadth of OU’s superlative musicians.


And Family Day, one of our most popular and well-attended events, is scheduled for September 21. Bring your family and celebrate creativity in your lives.

Upward with the arts!



Emily Ballew Neff 

Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

Exhibitions on Display Now

Oil and Wood: George Bogart and Jim Henkle

Closes September 14


This exhibition pairs the work of two distinguished emeriti of the OU School of Art & Art History: George Bogart and James Henkle. Bogart, who joined the faculty in 1970, experimented restlessly with oil paint, and the exhibition offers a retrospective of his career. The furniture designs of James Henkle offer a sculptural counterpoint to the paintings of Bogart. Henkle taught design at OU for nearly 40 years and, although he worked in a variety of media, he excelled in the artful design of modernist furniture.

Recent Acquisitions of Photography and Works on Paper

On display through fall 2014

Sternberg-Columbia Ice Field-s

This exhibition offers a sampling of the recent additions to the museum’s permanent collection. Important gifts to the permanent collection since 2012 have contributed significantly to the expansion and diversity of the collection, and works by artists Sam Francis, Laura Gilpin, and Andy Warhol are featured in this exhibition.

Helen Frankenthaler's Head of the Meadow

Through October 12, 2014

Museum visitors have the chance to view Helen Frankenthaler's Head of the Meadow, for a limited time, on loan from a private collector. Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was an influential American Abstract Expressionist painter. Head of the Meadow, painted in 1967, reflects a sense of impulsiveness with the vibrant colors of blue, yellow, green and orange and expresses Frankenthaler's desire to pursue her own path within the male-dominated realm of Abstract Expressionism.

Upcoming Exhibition

Macrocosm/Microcosm: Abstract Expressionism in the American Southwest

Opens October 3

In the 1950s, the American Southwest became apic1 crossroads for Abstract Expressionists from the New York School and the San Francisco Bay Area. Elaine de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, and others found inspiration in expansive land and sky of the region and used gestural brushwork and veils of color to depict the vast spaces and distinctive coloring of the landscape. They joined with local artists in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas to create a distinctly modern view of the Southwest that expressed the aesthetic and cultural concerns of postwar America.


The title for this exhibition is inspired by the following quote by photographer Ansel Adams regarding the American Southwest: "The skies and land are so enormous, and the detail so precise and exquisite, that wherever you are, you are isolated in a glowing world between the macro and the micro."


A public lecture and opening reception will be held 7-9 pm Thursday, October 2. Museum Association members and their guests are invited to a private preview at 6 p.m.

More Ways to Enjoy

Mark your calendars for Paint it Red! The annual membership party is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014. Featuring live music, food, drinks, auction items, raffle prizes, and more, you won't want to miss this celebration of our museum members!

GoghSoonersShirt 2

Show your support of art and athletics 
with our new "Gogh Sooners" shirts!
$13 for adult S-XL; $15 for 2X and 3X
Coming in early September,
thanks to the support of OU Housing and Food Services.

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