NORMAN — Live music, dance performances and hands-on art activities will be part of a family celebration scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm. This bimonthly series will spotlight ongoing 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 are scheduled at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Hands-on art activities include drawing, airbrush painting 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 museum director Ghislain d'Humieres.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the university students who have worked hard to create their own artwork inspired by ‘No Man's Land.' Family Day will be great fun and I hope the community will join us for a cultural afternoon for the family.”
In 2012, the museum began raising funds to acquire “No Man's Land,” a large work by Ruscha that recalls the artist's youth in Oklahoma and his perceptions of the world outside of the state. The 1990 work 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 museum supporter pledged to match up to $215,000 toward the purchase of the painting. This benefactor has extended that pledge to July 1.
Sunday's celebration will feature live performances of “Over Every Open Field,” a work by OU School of Music graduate student Kyle Vanderburg. Also scheduled is a performance of “Fly Over State,” a work featuring choreography by Austin Hartel.
For more information, call 325-4938 or go to www.ou.edu/fjjma.