$4 Seniors (65 and over)
$3 for children 6-17
Free for children under 6,
Museum Association members and OU students with valid ID.
Admission is free for everyone on Tuesdays.
Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and university holidays.
February 8, 2007
Since 1998, Mustang (Mesteño), a gift to the University of Oklahoma’s
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art by Wanda Otey and Jerome M. Westheimer,
Sr., has been a striking image on the University of Oklahoma campus.
The blue fiberglass sculpture of a horse with glowing red eyes was
created by prominent contemporary Latino artist, Luis Jiménez, who died
unexpectedly in June 2006 when he was fatally injured in an accident in
his Hondo, NM studio.
On Thursday, February 22, the community is invited to attend Luis Jiménez
Remembered a tribute to Jiménez and his association with the
University of Oklahoma, presented by OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,
Student Life, Latino Student Life, Office of the Vice President for
Student Affairs, Honors College, World Literature Today and College of
Arts & Sciences.
Events will be held at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Avenue
in Norman, including video screenings and a symposium with a reception
between the two presentations.
At 5 p.m. a 1999 video interview with Jiménez from The Power of Ideas
television program will be shown in the museum’s Mary Eddy and Fred
Jones Auditorium, followed immediately at 5:30 p.m. by a 30-minute
documentary about the artist made in 1996 and titled De Colores: Luis
Jiménez. Visitors are invited to a celebration of Jimenez’s life
during a reception at the museum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with live Latin
music by the band Raíces and refreshments. The evening’s events will
conclude with a symposium from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the museum. Artist
Benito Huerta, colleague and friend of the late sculptor and curator of
the exhibition Luis Jiménez: Working Class Heroes: Images From the
Popular Culture, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address and will
be joined in a discussion panel by OU Honors College Dean Robert Con
Davis-Undiano and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Interim Director Gail
“It was Luis’s desire to create art that would encourage a public
dialogue about historical truth and myths,” said Gail Kana Anderson,
interim director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “This desire was
overwhelmingly achieved when ‘Mustang’ was installed at OU. Everyone
had an opinion about it and people were talking. They still talk about
it. More than almost any work in the museum’s permanent collection,
‘Mustang’ causes the most passionate reaction. This tribute is one way
of honoring the man who contributed to enduring lively debate and
discussion about art to our community ”
Jimenez’s gift as an artist was also felt in other parts of the state.
He had been a visiting artist and teacher at the Oklahoma Summer Arts
Institute and a full-size drawing of the “Mustang,” acquired by OSAI,
now hangs at Quartz Mountain.
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