NORMAN — In May, 20 University of Oklahoma students took an educational road trip recreating pop artist Ed Ruscha's own 1962 trip — the inspiration for a photography book titled “Twentysix Gasoline Stations.” The student trip culminated in a visit with the artist at his studio in Los Angeles. Faculty and students who took the trip will discuss the trip during a complimentary public event set for 7 p.m. Friday.
Friday's event is titled Journey and is presented by Todd Stewart, art, technology and culture associate professor and interim co-director of the OU School of Art and Art History. Stewart will be joined by Pete Froslie, art, technology and culture assistant professor in the OU School of Art and Art History; Gary Gress, a lecturer at the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability; Jessica Farling, the curator of academic programs at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; and Angela Rodriguez, a student in the OU School of Art and Art History.
The trip was scheduled to coincide with the museum's spring fundraising efforts to acquire Ruscha's 1990 painting, No Man's Land, which prominently features Oklahoma. On Sept. 20, the museum staff announced the acquisition of the painting, according to a news release.
The event will be in the museum's Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom. The presentations are being offered as part of FREDTalks, a new program at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the OU Norman campus.