Wayne White's cubist cowboy puppet exhibit extended at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The museum will celebrate White's ‘HALO AMOK' and the masterpiece-packed ‘Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting' with special activities and free admission Sunday during Family Day.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: September 8, 2013
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Along with free admission, special activities offered Sunday will include mask-making, mural-painting, gallery tours, story times, face painters, a balloon artist, a photo booth and a portrait riddle search, said Chandra Boyd, the museum's senior associate curator of education. A touch cart will allow visitors to touch cloth, flowers and other items from a painting.

In addition, OKC Improv will give a free performance at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, while players from the Tulsa Opera will sing at 2 and 4 p.m.

Rare opportunity

White first came to Oklahoma City last year when the deadCenter Film Festival showed the documentary “Beauty Is Embarrassing,” which writer/director Neil Berkley, a Moore native, created to chronicle White's eclectic artistic career.

The Tennessee native spent much of last year touring with the documentary, but he formed a special bond with Oklahoma, in part because of Berkeley's roots here. When the museum invited him build an installation there, White eagerly accepted.

“This was my best offer and I took it,” he said with a grin in a June interview. “These opportunities don't come along very often. I was lucky enough that the Oklahoma City Museum of Art gave me a chance to do this, and I jumped at it.”

During his live show, White howled triumphantly as he showed photos of his “cubist cowboy rodeo,” calling “HALO AMOK” “my crowning achievement.” Through his various projects over the years, “I made it into the View-Master,” he said.

“Artists are people who make beauty. I mean, that's the bottom line, and that's an embarrassing thing to admit,” he said, elaborating on the meaning of the documentary title, taken from one of his well-known word paintings.

“It's embarrassing to be an artist sometimes, especially if you're a male in this society. Beauty is a hard thing to handle, but I gotta do it.”

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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