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Upcoming Exhibitions

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


In the Mind of a Collector
January 14, 2020 — July 18, 2020: This exhibition 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.

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