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A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson

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A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson

Feb 26 – Sept 6, 2015


Artist Oscar Brousse Jacobson arrived at the University of Oklahoma in 1915, and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art commemorates the centennial of his appointment at OU with a retrospective of his influential career. Jacobson completed in excess of 600 works of art during his fifty-year career and looked to the landscapes of Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma for inspiration. During his tenure at OU, he oversaw tremendous growth in the School of Art, helped to create the first art museum on campus in 1936, and promoted the visual arts in the Southwest, especially the work of Native American fine artists. The exhibition will include over 50 works by Jacobson and explore the vital role he played in encouraging the visual arts in the region.

Read the press release here.

 

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Opening Lecture and Reception
Thu Feb 26, 7 pm
Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium
Mark White, Interim Director and Eugene B. Adkins Curator, FJJMA

Jacobson's World Unconquered
Oscar Brousse Jacobson devoted much of his long career to the artistic treatment of the uninviting, and even inhospitable, spaces of the American West. His interest in the wilderness speaks not only to an enthusiasm for the bygone, boundless West, but also to his concern for the environmental preservation of national parks, monuments, and reserves.

The opening lecture will be followed by an opening reception for A World Unconquered. Both events are free and open to the public.

 

Evening for Educators
Thu Mar 5, 5-6:30 pm
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

The Evening for Educators will offer teachers an opportunity to get ideas for related art projects, visit the Jacobson exhibition, watch a video about Oscar Jacobson, and enjoy food and drink. Curriculum materials will be provided and there will be a drawing for door prizes.

 

College Night
Thu Mar 26, 7 pm
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

Come explore A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson with a hands-on art activity, gallery tours, and more. This program is free and open to all college students or recent graduates.

Faculty Focus
Thu April 2, 5:30 pm
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

This new public program will use the special exhibition as a stage for interdisciplinary dialogue. Faculty members from Environmental History, Geology, and Native American Studies will present their reflections of A World Unconquered: the Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson as it relates to their field.

Participating faculty members include:

  • Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Director and Professor, OU Department of Native American Studies
  • Sterling Evans, Louise Welsh Chair in Borderlands and Southern Plans History, OU Department of History
  • Gerilyn Soreghan, James Roy Maxey Professor, OU School of Geology and Geophysics
     

Art After Noon
Tues April 21, 12:30 pm
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

B.J.O. Nordfeldt (1878-1955), Thunder Dance, 1928
Nordfeldt, like Jacobson, was influenced by the planar style of Cézanne. Jacobson and Nordfeldt also were fellow Swedes. This painting, which depicts a dance at the Taos Pueblo, was given to the museum in 1966, shortly before Jacobson’s death. Learn more here.
 

Family Day
Sunday May 17, 1-4 pm
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

Experience A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson and create landscapes of your own. Following Family Day, visit the Jacobson House for a special event starting at 4:30. Learn more here.
 

Art After Noon
Tues May 19, 12:30 pm
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

Jozef Bakos (1878-1955), Cienega, 1942
Bakos helped to found the Santa Fe artist group Los Cinco Pintores (The Five Painters) in 1921. Cienega was created while Bakos was working for the national relief program, the Works Progress Administration. Jacobson was instrumental in acquiring WPA works for the collection through his advisement of the WPA’s Federal Art Project for Oklahoma. Learn more here.
 

Art After Noon
Tues June 16, 12:30 pm
Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom

Birger Sandzén (1871-1954), In the Painted Desert, Arizona, n.d.
Sandzén served as Jacobson’s mentor when the younger artist studied at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. Known primarily for his landscapes, Sandzén admired modern French painters, including Paul Cézanne. Learn more here.

 

Oscar Brousse Jacobson (U.S., b. Sweden, 1882-1966)
In the Navajo Country
, 1938
Oil on canvas, 20 x 26 in.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, The University of Oklahoma, Norman; 1987