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Oklahoma City Museum of Art offers free admission Sunday for Family Day

An array of complementary activities are planned to celebrate the special exhibit “American Moderns, 1910—1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell,” closing Jan. 6.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 30, 2012
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“There is a lot of variety,” she said. “It really does give a sense of the number of different approaches artists had and how they were all influenced by the same things but in their own different ways.”

With the diverse artworks in “American Moderns,” museum staffers are planning a wide range of hands-on art activities for Family Day. Adults, teens and children can create cubist collages, mixed-media cityscapes, zany hats and O'Keeffe-style flowers.

“Really, all ages can do them. You know, a teenager's not going to get bored with them. But a little kid's not going to struggle too much; they may need a little bit of help from Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa,” Boyd said.

Local artist Clarissa Sharp will not only paint faces — always the most popular Family Day activity — she also has been researching Rockwell's 1944 painting “The Tattoo Artist” and has prepared some retro-style temporary tattoos just for Sunday's event.

O'Keeffe's work will be well-represented, too. Four of her paintings are featured in “American Moderns.”

Along with her famed flower studies, the traveling show includes the distinctive “Fishhook from Hawaii — No 1,” which the artist painted in 1939 while living in the islands and working on a series of never-used illustrations for Dole Pineapple, Boyd said.

In addition, Family Day visitors can see the museum's own O'Keeffe painting, 1927's “Calla Lily (Lily-Yellow No. 2),” which is back on view in the second-floor galleries after touring Europe as part of a prestigious traveling exhibit.

“They can see the whole museum. They can check out ‘American Moderns,' they can go up to the third floor and see the way the galleries have been newly reinstalled and see more of our permanent collection, plus Chihuly,” Boyd said, referring to the museum's vast collection of Dale Chihuly glass art.

“There have been a lot of changes in the galleries, so it's fun to see what all we have coming out from the vault.”

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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