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'Lion King' and Family Day offered at OU art museum in Norman

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman offers free weekend activities
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm •  Published: June 7, 2012
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— The hit 1994 animated Disney classic “The Lion King” will be screened for free as part of several family activities this weekend at The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the museum will show “The Lion King.” In the film, a young lion cub is tricked into thinking he is responsible for his father's death, and thus abdicates the throne.

The film is being shown in conjunction with the exhibition “A Century of Magic: The Animation of the Walt Disney Studios, Animation Cels from the Collection of Janis Scaramucci and Domer ‘Jay' Scaramucci.”

Seating for the film is limited, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, the museum will host hands-on art activities for families in conjunction with a new exhibition of 19th-century French master drawings from the National Gallery of Art. This Family Day will offer free admission and activities for all ages.

“We are happy to share not only this wonderful collection of Disney artwork, but also many films and other fun and educational programming to the community,” museum director Ghislain d'Humières said.

The theme for Sunday afternoon relates to the new exhibition “Vernet to Villon: Nineteenth-Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art.” That exhibition will open at 6 p.m. Friday with a guest lecture by exhibition co-curator Victor Koshkin-Youritzin.

The lecture will be followed by a free opening reception at 7 p.m. Artists represented include Ingres, Delacroix, Manet, Degas, Cezanne and Toulouse-Lautrec.