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FJJMA to Celebrate 100th Student Exhibition Jan. 17

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NORMAN, OKLA. — January 2014 marks the 100th celebration of the annual University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History Student Exhibition. The student show will go on display at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Tuesday, Jan. 14. A complimentary, public opening reception is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, followed by an awards ceremony at 8 p.m.

 

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FJJMA Announces December Store Sale, Holiday Hours

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NORMAN – An annual shopping sale returns to Muse, the museum store, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Friday, Dec. 13. The Holiday Grab Bag Sale offers 15 to 40 percent discounts on total purchases from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 

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FJJMA Association to Visit Picasso, Matisse Exhibit Dec. 10

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The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association is sponsoring a one-day bus trip to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, to view The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Kimbell’s latest expansion, the Renzo Piano Pavilion. The Dec. 10 trip is open to museum Association members and the public.

 

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OU Art Museum to Host Day of the Dead Street Festival

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NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is partnering with University of Oklahoma Student Life to present a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Street Festival. The festival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, outside the museum, on the southeast corner of Boyd Street and Elm Avenue. Admission to the event is complimentary and open to the public, though some activities will have a small fee.

 

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Emily Ballew Neff to Serve as Director of Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at OU

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Emily Ballew Neff, a distinguished curator of American art and the art of the American West, and the founding Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will be appointed Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, pending approval by the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents.

 

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Depression, Postwar Photos Displayed in New FJJMA Exhibit

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Depression-era Oklahoma migrants, World War II combat and postwar Japan are subjects of a new photography exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The museum at the University of Oklahoma opens On Assignment: the Photojournalism of Horace Bristol to the public Saturday, Nov. 16.

 

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FREDTalks to Examine Blasphemy Nov. 22 at FJJMA

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NORMAN, OKLA. – FREDTalks returns to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art with an examination of blasphemy through a panel discussion and musical performance. Panelists will discuss how blasphemy relates to both art and religion. The complimentary talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and is open to the public.

 

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New Ceramics Gift on Display at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Works from a recent gift of one of the finest private collections of contemporary antiquities, ceramics and glass from the Mark Landrum Estate are now on display at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Paired with works from the museum’s existing ceramics collection, the installation of works from the Landrum gift showcases some of the most influential ceramicists from the past 70 years.

 

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Weekend Events Accompany Exhibition Opening at FJJMA

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Dance presentations, guest lectures, a film series and more are in store this weekend as the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art premieres Libertad de Expresión: the Art Museum of the Americas and Cold War Politics, an exhibition of Latin American artwork from the 1940s-90s.

 

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FREDTalks Features Road Trip Participants Sept. 27 at FJJMA

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NORMAN, OKLA. – In May, 20 University of Oklahoma students took an educational road trip recreating Pop artist Ed Ruscha’s own 1962 trip – the inspiration for a photography book titled Twentysix Gasoline Stations. The student trip culminated in a rare visit with the artist himself at his studio in Los Angeles. Faculty and students who took the trip will be reliving their thoughts and memories of the trip during a complimentary public event set for 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. The presentations are being offered as part of FREDTalks, a new program at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the OU Norman campus.

 

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New FJJMA Exhibition Examines Cold War Latin American Art

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Following World War II, artists across South America and the Caribbean enjoyed a period of international and cosmopolitan development that rivaled their North American and European counterparts. A new exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art explores the advancement of Latin American art from the 1940s to the 1990s. Libertad de Expresión: the Art of the Americas and Cold War Politics is on display Oct. 5 through Jan. 5, 2014, at the museum, located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

 

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New Mexican Sculptor Featured in Fall Exhibition at the FJJMA

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Sculptor Christine Nofchissey McHorse seems full of contradictions. The Navajo artist uses traditional methods to create ceramics that challenge the notion of traditional Native American art. As a resident of New Mexico, her works are being scooped up by non-Southwest art aficionados across the nation. And her new series, Dark Light, utilizes blackened clay that actually sparkles. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma opens Dark Light: the Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse Saturday, Sept. 14.

 

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Museum Association Membership Party to Feature Prizes Sept. 20

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NORMAN, OKLA. — Live music, auction items and grand prizes will be featured during the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s membership party, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

 

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International Art Historian and Author to Speak at Saxon Lecture Sept. 12

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NORMAN, OKLA. – International art historian and author Garth Clark will give the keynote address at a dinner and lecture presented in conjunction with the opening of Dark Light: the Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. The exhibition opens to the public Saturday, Sept. 14.

 

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Concert Series Restarts Tuesdays at FJJMA

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NORMAN – Tuesday Noon Concerts return for the lunch hour at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. The complimentary weekly concert series begins at noon Sept. 10 in the museum’s Sandy Bell Gallery.

 

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Hopi Artist Leads Tour of Exhibit at FJJMA Sept. 5

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Visitors to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art are invited to attend a gallery talk exploring the museum’s summer exhibition. Hopi artist Neil David will lead a walking tour through Hopituy: Hopi Art from the Permanent Collections in the Nancy Johnston Records Gallery at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. The gallery talk is complimentary and open to the public.

 

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University Libraries Feature FJJMA Works

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NORMAN – Visitors to University Libraries at the University of Oklahoma can now enjoy little
fine art along with their literature, thanks to a new collaboration with the university’s Fred Jones
Jr. Museum of Art.

 

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FJJMA Chief Curator Named Interim Museum Director

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NORMAN, OKLA. – University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced today that Mark A. White, chief curator of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, will serve as interim director of the museum, pending approval of the OU Board of Regents. White, whose interim appointment will be effective Sept. 3, will serve while a national search is conducted to fill the post being vacated by Ghislain d’Humières, who has resigned to become director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky.

 

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OU Art Museum Announces Complimentary Art Events July 16-21

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NORMAN – Three special events have been planned for visitors to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art during the next several days. At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, Art After Noon will premiere with a discussion about the museum’s iconic sculpture Mesteño (Mustang) by Luis Jiménez. A guest lecture by Hopi artist James Lambertus at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 19, will explore the Arizona tribal community of the Hopi Nation, in conjunction with the new exhibition Hopituy: Hopi Art from the Permanent Collections. And the museum will offer hands-on art activities for all ages during Family Day, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21.

 

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FJJMA Director Ghislain d'Humieres Named Director of Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Ghislain d’Humieres, director and chief curator of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, has announced his resignation, effective Sept. 3, to become director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky.

 

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Hopi Art Exhibition Opens June 28 at OU Art Museum

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Belief in spiritual beings who help balance an earthly existence is deep rooted in
humanity’s past. For the Hopi people of the Southwest United States, katsinam are guiding examples of cultural practices, the physical representations of which have become an integral part of the Southwest’s artistic signature. A new exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art explores the art and culture of Hopi katsina figures in Hopituy: Hopi Art from the Permanent Collections, which opens to the public Friday, June 28.

 

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Luncheon on the Grass Combines Art Activities, Live Entertainment June 2 at Lions Park

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Luncheon on the Grass, Norman’s annual arts picnic in the park, is scheduled from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in Lions Park. Art activities, live entertainment and free snow cones are just a few of this year’s offerings. At 7 p.m., Austin band The Gourds takes center stage to kick off the Summer Breeze series.

 

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Iconic Mustang Sculpture Returns to OU Art Museum

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NORMAN, OKLA. – He’s back! After more than a year’s absence from his post on Boyd Street, the University of Oklahoma’s 8-foot mustang sculpture has returned to his stomping grounds. Mesteño (Mustang), a fiberglass sculpture created by New Mexico artist Luis Jiménez (1940-2006) in 1997, now is on display inside the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

 

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OU Students Relive Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations Road Trip – 50 Years Later

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NORMAN, OKLA. – In 1963, contemporary American pop artist Ed Ruscha published Twentysix Gasoline Stations, a visual documentary of a road trip from his home in Los Angeles to the stomping grounds of his youth, Oklahoma City. Fifty years later, 20 University of Oklahoma students are reenacting the journey in reverse order – and meeting the artist himself. Twentysix Gasoline Stations is considered by many to be among the first modern artist’s books. The book was published in small numbers and is one of Ruscha’s highly collectible works.

 

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FJJMA Screens Films as Part of 1946 Art Exhibition May 3, 17

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NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art celebrates American art by screening two classic films that premiered in 1946, the year the exhibition Art Interrupted also premiered. The public is invited to view these films in conjunction with the exhibition, which closes June 9.

 

The museum will show the first film, Notorious, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3. Following the conviction of her German father for treason against the United States, a woman is approached by a government agent who asks her to spy on a group of her father’s Nazi friends operating out of Rio de Janeiro.

 

The second film, screening at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, is The Stranger, directed by Orson Welles. An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

 

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Winners Announced at Inaugural National Weather Center Biennale

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NORMAN, OKLA. – As the National Weather Center Biennale opens for the first time, guests will have the opportunity to view all pieces of art on display and pick their favorites and also see the pieces the jurors deemed best in their respective categories.

 

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International Artists Shine at National Weather Center Biennale

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Late spring and early summer typically reveal active weather patterns in Oklahoma, and this year will establish a new precedent. However, this particular weather can only be found indoors. The National Weather Center and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma have teamed up with the Norman Arts Council to present the first international biennale to be held at the National Weather Center Atrium beginning Earth Day, April 22. The National Weather Center Biennale showcases art’s window on the impact of weather on the human experience through three media – painting, works on paper and photography.

 

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O’Keeffe Lecture Highlights ‘Kachina Pictures’ April 23 at FJJMA

NORMAN, OKLA. – In the 20th century, Georgia O’Keeffe and other Southwestern modern artists, Native and non-Native alike, made paintings and drawings of “kachinas” and “kachina dolls.” In doing so, they participated in a complex cross-cultural process and signaled a tradition whose roots lie deep in the bedrock of antiquity.

 

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Photography Exhibition Spotlights Global Women’s Issues at FJJMA

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NORMAN, OKLA. – A new exhibition of photography by Phil Borges at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art sheds light on gender issues worldwide. Stirring the Fire: A Global Movement to Empower Women and Girls opens to the public Saturday, April 13.

 

The photographs featured in the exhibition depict the stories and lives of women across the world, highlighting the common themes among the very different environments in which they live. Stirring the Fire is sponsored by World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the magazine’s 2013 Puterbaugh Festival, April 9 through 12.

 

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Art Museum Offers Free 1930s Drama Performance April 5

NORMAN, OKLA. – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s second inaugural address of January, 1937, is one of several period pieces receiving a dramatic treatment during a free performance at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at 6 p.m., Friday, April 5. The museum on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus is the stage for One-Third of a Nation and Other Works Inspired by Living Newspapers, a dramatic, live performance by OU students.

 

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Art After Hours Spotlights 1930s Politics, Art at OU Art Museum

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NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art invites the public to Art After Hours, a short program designed to acquaint visitors with works from the new exhibition, Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy, at 6 p.m., Friday, March 29. Art After Hours features a 45-minute discussion with light refreshments.

 

“Join us for a lively discussion about how art responds to politics and social issues,” said Susan Baley, director of education at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. “We will consider how President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1937 ‘One Third of a Nation’ speech inspired a Federal Theatre Project play, a 1939 film and Louis Guglielmi’s 1939 painting Tenements.”

 

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Free Museum Family Day Features Live Performances, Art Activities March 10

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Live music, dance performances and hands-on art activities are all part of a celebration scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Family Day, a bimonthly series at the museum, will spotlight ongoing fundraising efforts to acquire a painting by Oklahoma-born artist Ed Ruscha for the museum’s permanent collection.

 

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Art Interrupted Explores 1940s Art and Politics at FJJMA March 2

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NORMAN, OKLA. – A controversial exhibition of modern American art, once shut down by the U.S. government in the late 1940s, has been reassembled for a new, two-year national tour. Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy opens to the public Saturday, March 2 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma.

 

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Student-Curated Op Art Show Opens Feb. 9 at FJJMA

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NORMAN, OKLA. — A new exhibition explores optical illusions, three- dimensional art and abstraction at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Into the Void, a new exhibition of 1960s Op art curated by University of Oklahoma students, opens to the public Saturday, Feb. 9.


A guest lecture by the student curators at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, will precede an opening reception for Museum Association members at 7 p.m. The exhibition opens to the public Feb. 9.

 

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University Art Museum Offers Tuesday Noon Concerts

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Live music is back for Tuesday lunch hours at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. The museum’s free weekly Tuesday Noon Concerts series returns Feb. 5 in the museum’s Sandy Bell Gallery.


A collaboration of the OU School of Music and the FJJMA, Tuesday Noon Concerts offer a 30-minute concert each Tuesday through April 23 featuring OU music students and faculty.

 

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Student Art Show Returns to FJJMA for 99th Year

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NORMAN, OKLA. – One year short of its centennial celebration, the 99th Annual School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition returns to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma with a free, public opening reception Friday, Jan. 18. The reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 8.

 

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OU Art Museum Seeks Oscar Jacobson Works for 2015 Exhibition

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NORMAN, OKLA. – The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma is announcing plans for a retrospective exhibition of works by Oscar Brousse Jacobson to commemorate the centennial of his appointment at the university. Scheduled for 2015, the retrospective will be the most comprehensive exhibition of his work and career to date. To make the exhibition and catalog as complete as possible, the museum is asking the public for help tracking down works by Jacobson currently in private hands.

 

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Benefactor Pledges $200,000 Challenge Gift to Help FJJMA Raise Money for Ruscha Painting

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NORMAN, OKLA. – A supporter of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art has made a pledge to match up to $200,000 toward the purchase of a painting by contemporary artist Ed Ruscha, museum officials announced Tuesday. Ruscha has been credited by art critics and collectors as one of the most important living artists of the Pop art movement. His painting, No Man’s Land, recollects the artist’s youth in Oklahoma and his perceptions of the world outside of the state.

 

Fundraising efforts to acquire the painting began this fall, but the pledge announced today provides major momentum for the fundraising effort. The benefactor has initially agreed to match donations made Dec. 1-31.

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