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In the Mind of a Collector

January 14 – July 18, 2020

VIRTUAL TOUR - In the Mind of a Collector

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January 22, 2020 at 5 pm  |  Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture Building

​January 31, 2020 from 5-7 pm  |  OSU Museum of Art

February 8, 2020 from 11 am to 3 pm  |  OSU Museum of Art

February 28, 2020 from 5 to 7 pm  |  OSU Museum of Art

March 14, 2020 from 11 am to 3 pm  |  OSU Museum of Art

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April 11, 2020 from 11 am to 3 pm  |  OSU Museum of Art

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May 9, 2020 from 11 am to 3 pm  |  OSU Museum of Art

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION: In the Mind of a Collector explores the inner workings of an art collector’s mind through a selection of 82 works from George R. Kravis II Collection, which was gifted to the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in 2018. Numbering more than 700 works, the Kravis gift includes an area of the visual arts new to the museum—industrial design—as well as fine art.

 A series of thematic sections mirror the progression of Kravis’s collecting interests: It Started Here; Radio Days; Pop Goes the Art; The Art of Architecture; and A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That. Beginning with the purchase of a 45-rpm record player at the age of twelve, Kravis’s passion grew from initial acquisitions of fine art for his home to a strategic pursuit that became a nationally recognized collection.

Selections range 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 Tulsa-based businessman was one of the earliest and youngest founders of an FM radio station in the United States, KRAV, and went on to become a philanthropist focusing on art education.

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This exhibition is supported by the OSU Museum of Art Advocates. 

Image credit: Designer Unknown, Motorola Aero-Vane Radio, Model 51x15, ca. 1941, catalin, electronic components, paperboard and fabric, 6 1/2 x 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches. Made by Motorola, Chicago, Illinois. Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, George R. Kravis II Collection, 2018.016.102. Photo by Phil Shockley.