From authentic red dirt music by the Red Dirt Rangers to five paintings by legendary artist Georgia O'Keeffe, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is offering a thoroughly diverse sampling of American culture at its next Family Day.
The museum will celebrate Family Day in honor of the special exhibition “American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell” from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by Sonic, the event will offer free admission to the museum as well as an array of free family friendly activities.
“It's to celebrate the exhibition, but it's also to really open the doors to our community and welcome everyone in to really experience all that the museum has to offer. So there's something for kids, there's something for adults, and they don't have to be burdened by the admission charge. So that's a blessing,” said Chandra Boyd, senior associate curator of education.
Venerable Payne County band the Red Dirt Rangers will give its debut performances at the museum at 3 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Since the Family Day goes with “American Moderns,” Boyd wanted a band known for making “real traditional American music” with instruments like the guitar, mandolin and fiddle.
“I went to Stillwater, so I've heard them play since I was a lot younger,” said Boyd, an Oklahoma State University graduate, with a laugh. “I love them, and they do such good kids' music.”
Magician Jim Green, a returning favorite, will perform at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
“He is such a huge hit. I mean, the kids love him, the parents love him,” Boyd said. “He puts on a great show.”
Hourly prize drawings and giveaways, scavenger hunts and story times provided by the Metropolitan Library System will be included in festivities. Docents and staffers will offer guided family tours of “American Moderns” every hour from 1 to 4 p.m.
The traveling exhibit, which closes Jan. 6, features 53 paintings and four sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum. “American Moderns” includes artworks by Georgia O'Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses and many others.
Alison Amick, the Oklahoma City museum's curator of collections, said “American Moderns” explores how several 20th-century U.S. artists addressed questions like “what is really America, what is unique (about it) and what is our artistic heritage” in their work.