Over the past five years, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art has added significantly to its important collection of photography. The collection first developed in 1937 with the acquisition of several photographs by Edward Weston, and it now numbers over 2,000 individual works. Many of the major photographers of the 20th century are represented in the collection, and recent gifts, acquisitions, and loans have expanded the depth to include representations by established and emerging photographers from across the globe. The support of patrons such as Dr. Kevin M. Cahill, Prof. Carol Beesley Hennagin, Ruth and Harold Newman, and Dr. Richard L. and Ellen Sandor has been invaluable in the growth of this important segment of the museum’s collection.
This exhibition offers a sampling of the recent additions to the museum’s permanent collection, as well as a selection of loans. Works by celebrated American photographers such as Aaron Siskind and Frederick Sommer are displayed next to important Chinese photographers such as Wang Gongxin and Lin Tianmiao. Recent acquisitions also include work produced by OU students for the Annual School of Art and Art History Students’ Exhibition and purchased through funds supplied by the T.G. Mays Purchase Award. Gifts, acquisitions, and loans help the museum to continue its important mission as an educational and cultural resource.