NORMAN — Live music, dance performances and hands-on art activities are all part of a celebration scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.
Family Day, a bimonthly series at the museum, will spotlight fundraising efforts to acquire a painting by Oklahoma-born artist Ed Ruscha for the museum's permanent collection.
Students from the University of Oklahoma's School of Music and the School of Dance have created an original composition and choreography inspired by Ruscha's painting “No Man's Land.” Performances of each will begin at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Hands-on art activities for all ages will include drawings, airbrush paintings and postcards inspired by Ruscha.
“We are very excited to offer visitors so many ways to experience the art of Ed Ruscha and promote the importance of contemporary art in Oklahoma,” said Ghislain d'Humieres, museum director.
Last fall, the museum began raising funds to acquire “No Man's Land,” a large work painted by Ruscha in 1990.
Ruscha, who lived in Oklahoma City during his youth, has become one of America's foremost living artists. He has been credited by art critics and collectors as one of the most important living artists of the Pop art movement.
“No Man's Land” recalls the artist's youth in Oklahoma and his perceptions of the world outside of the state.
The work is being offered to the museum for purchase and is currently on loan and on display at the museum.
If acquired, “No Man's Land” will be the first major Ruscha work held in a public collection in Oklahoma.
In December, museum officials announced that an anonymous supporter of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art pledged to match up to $215,000 toward the purchase of the painting. This benefactor has extended the pledge to July 1.