Art display to help students examine effects of 1946 exhibition
Donterio Ligons, The Oklahoma Daily
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host an event that reflects on the political, social and cultural consequences of a 1946 art exhibition.
The event, entitled “Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy,” will have a free opening seminar from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium.
Michael Bendure, Director of Communication for the museum, said in 1946, political leaders rejected the original exhibition, which was held by the U.S. State Department to display modernist American art as a means of diplomacy with other nations.
The rejected works promptly were auctioned off, and museums, including OU’s museum, quickly bought up the works as they were dispersed throughout the country, Bendure said.
OU’s Symposium will reconvene many of the original exhibition’s works for display, which have been tracked down by a number of organizations and people, including OU’s chief curator Mark White, Bendure said.
The symposium both will display works from pivotal American artists and include presentations from many art and history experts who have developed their own perspectives on the situation, Bendure said.
Reservations are required to attend both the opening seminar and the luncheon that will follow. For more information or to make reservations, please email Tanya Denton at email@example.com.