The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is celebrating the opening this week of its new special exhibition “American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell,” and NewsOK host Angi Bruss takes a look at the traveling exhibit in this NewsOK video.
“American Moderns” includes work from Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses and other U.S. artists who have become household names.
“In keeping with the title, there’s four works by O’Keeffe in the exhibition, so you can really get a sense of her work in a way that you can’t with just one painting. They’re all very different, from the aerial view that’s very abstracted … to this painting (of a fishhook) that she did in Hawaii, which is really fascinating,” Alison Amick, the museum’s curator of collections, told me. “And it’s a typical Rockwell in terms of using humor as a way to make a really serious comment about society.”
“American Moderns” showcases works representing a wide range of artistic styles, media and influences. The traveling exhibit features 53 paintings and four sculptures from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection.
“While all the works are from Brooklyn’s collection, it’s not really a linear survey of everything that was happening in American art from 1910 to 1960. It’s really a nice thematic exploration, taking different themes the artists would have been looking at — the influence of cubism, still life, nature, different personalities or characters as they call them, urban life — and really looking just broadly at how during this period artists were addressing these themes artistically,” Amick said of “American Moderns.” “That explains why each section that you have in this exhibition is so broad and so diverse.”
To read more of my feature on “American Moderns” and the busy fall the museum is planning, click here.