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In the Mind of a Collector

January 14, 2020 — July 18, 2020: In the Mind of a Collector celebrates a major gift from the George R. Kravis II Collection to the Museum. The exhibition explores the inner workings of the Tulsan art collector’s mind through 82 examples selected from more than 700 works. Along with fine art, the Kravis gift represents an area of the visual arts new to the Museum—design, which includes every human-made object associated with the home, office, manufacturing, travel, entertainment, and communication.

A variety of works will be on view—ranging from the colorful, energized brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann to the comic-book-inspired Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein and from a 1950s Frank Lloyd Wright chair to Streamline Style radios from the 1930s and 1940s.

The museum will host an ongoing community project called “Cherished Possessions” where people of all ages and backgrounds cans bring in an object they cherish and share why it is meaningful to them. Cherished objects will be photographed, documented, and then those photographs will be put on display for visitors to view.



Image: Kenneth Armitage, Daydream, 1973, polyester resin and screenprint

Celebrating 5 Years

September 24, 2019 — January 25, 2020: This exhibition of approximately 30 artworks provides the opportunity for us to celebrate our first five years by offering a unique view of our collection. From OSU President Hargis and the First Cowgirl to members of our Art Advisory Council, Art Advocates and the Museum Advisory Board, this exhibition welcomes more than 23 guest curators to select pieces from the permanent collection. Since the inception of the Museum in 2010, the collection has grown from approximately 800 works of art already collected through the Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History to almost 5,000 objects in the collection. Major gifts from many private collectors and artist foundations have found their way into our collection. The exhibition spans the breadth and depth of all these gifts. The selected works will feature a brief paragraph about the artwork, why it was selected and the guest curator’s take on the importance of the OSU Museum of Art and the work of art.

Image: Joan Miro, Sculptures, 1974, lithograph on paper



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