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Centering Modernism: J. Jay McVicker and Postwar American Art

This exhibition recovers the artistry of Jesse Jay McVicker (1911-2004), a mid-twentieth-century painter, printmaker, and sculptor on faculty at Oklahoma State University. Over six decades, McVicker exhibited internationally, creating work in a wide range of modernist styles. But as New York and Los Angeles increasingly claimed the avant-garde in the 1950s and 1960s, McVicker — and many of his colleagues — all but disappeared from history. Centering Modernism fills this gap in reintroducing McVicker's contributions to international modernism. 

Curated by Louise Siddons, OSU Associate Professor of Art History. This exhibition is on view at the OSU Museum of Art from Sept. 25, 2018 - Jan. 19, 2019.


About the Curator

Louise Siddons

Associate Professor of Art History,           Oklahoma State University




Related Programs

Book Signing
Sept. 19, 7-9 pm | Exhibition curator Louise Siddons will sign copies of her monograph Centering Modernism: J. Jay McVicker and Postwar American Art (2018) at Bliss Books & Bindery

Artists Panel Discussion: Oklahoma Modern
Sept. 26 at 6 pm | Moderated by exhibition curator Louise Siddons, this discussion brings together Oklahoma artist colleagues of J. Jay McVicker to discuss their experiences in the American art world.

Sept. 27, 5-7 pm | Join us for a reception to celebrate the exhibition. RSVP to Kelly Bradshaw, or 405.744.2779. 

Show & Tell
Nov. 1, 5:30 - 7 pm | Know J. Jay McVicker or have an artwork by him? Share with the exhibition curator Louise Siddons and other museum visitors. Throughout the exhibition, visitors can also record stories for the museum archives and share photographs in the artLAB. RSVP.


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from Malinda and Dick Fischer, Mary Ann and Ken Fergeson, the OSU Museum of Art Advocates, the Raymond & Bessie Kravis Foundation, and the OSU Museum of Art Founding Patrons and Charter Members.


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