Public lecture and opening reception Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
In spring 2014 the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma will celebrate the centennial of Allan Houser, the distinguished Chiricahua Apache artist, with a special exhibition featuring one hundred of his inimitable drawings. Ninety-nine percent of the drawings are being lent to the museum by the estate of the artist in Santa Fe and the vast majority of them have never been exhibited or published before. The subjects of the drawings are wide ranging: dancers and musicians; mounted hunters and warriors; Southwestern landscapes; portraits; and genres scenes of Native life. The exhibition, organized by guest curator W. Jackson Rushing III, emphasizes the creative process, connoisseurship, and aesthetic experience. Houser's work, including paintings, sculptures, and drawings for book illustrations, embodied history and ethnicity, even as it transcended such categories to speak with clarity, subtlety, and power to audiences around the world. Because of the intimacy and accessibility of the drawings, the exhibition will offer a fresh perspective on this renowned American Master.
This exhibition is presented as part of Celebrating Allan Houser: An Oklahoma Perspective. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Allan Houser's birth, a first-ever, statewide collaboration of Oklahoma museums and cultural institutions, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Museums Association, is honoring his memory, works and legacy. Special exhibitions, events and educational opportunities are available throughout the state August 2013 through December 2014.
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