“During this time, American artists traveled abroad where they were exposed to new artistic trends,” Amick said. “When the political climate began to change overseas, many European artists came to the U.S. That's reflected in the diversity of styles and themes in this exhibit.”
Instead of being arranged chronologically, the exhibit is organized by theme, from cubist works and modern structures to views of nature and the portrayal of human encounters. And while the collection is not large, it provides viewers with a sampling of the changes occurring in art during that 50-year span.
“The Oklahoma City Museum of Art also has works by many of the same artists featured in this exhibit,” Amick said. “So this ‘American Moderns' exhibit really expands on our own collection. Together, they offer a nice sampling of what was occurring in American art.
“We've also planned some musical performances inspired by the ‘American Moderns' exhibit. They're part of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's Art Moves program that is presented by Devon Energy. And September is college month so students will be offered free admission.”