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Harold Stevenson's The Great Society

October 4-December 29, 2019


In April of 1966, artist Harold Stevenson began The Great Society, an ambitious series of portraits depicting residents of his hometown of Idabel, Oklahoma and the surrounding McCurtain County. Composed of 98 large portraits, Stevenson considered The Great Society a single work of art. This exhibition is the first time the work has been seen together since Stevenson gave the series in 2007.   

Exhibition Events


"Harold Stevenson & Dr. R. D. Williams The Great Society," 1967

October 24

Size Queen: Harold Stevenson and the Politics of Looking Lecture
7 p.m. in the Mary Eddy Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Sam Watson, Assistant Professor of Art & Design - Art History and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Watson will discuss Stevenson’s frequent use of enlargement, cropping, and fragmentation in his representations of the male body throughout the 1960s. This talk will explain how these practices relate to his experience as a gay man when homosexuality was criminalized and stigmatized. By investigating the sexual and artistic politics of the era, his work can be seen as an important bridge between queer artists before and after Stonewall.

 

November 14

About Face: Portrait Drawing
7-8:30 p.m.
Free, seating is limited to 20 people. Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw a portrait? Artist and Outreach Coordinator Amanda-Boehm Garcia will lead a fun and easy beginner’s class for adults inspired by the Great Society exhibition. Register before November 11th to secure your spot! Contact aboehmgarcia@ou.edu or call 405-325-2297 to sign up.