This exhibition is drawn from a recent gift of works on paper to the museum from the Leon Polk Smith Foundation. A native of Oklahoma, Leon Polk Smith (1906-1996) moved to New York in 1945 where he pioneered a style of geometric abstraction that laid the foundation for Minimalism in the 1960s. Better known for his paintings, Smith created approximately 2,000 unique works on paper throughout his career. Their sheer number testifies to their significance to him.
to watch an episode of Explore Ada
about the life of Leon Polk Smith (produced by DustBowl Films and the City of Ada).
Leon Polk Smith: Back to Oklahoma
will showcase a selection of Polk's paintings and drawings that were created throughout his career. Opening reception:
Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 pm.
NOTE: Due to Labor Day weekend and the museum's holiday closure, the last day to view this exhibition will be Friday, Sept. 2.