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March 2, 2014

Symposium to explore life, art of Allan Houser

NORMAN — In conjunction with the new exhibition Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition, a symposium is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.

Allan Houser at 100: Culture and Context will explore the life and work of Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser. The event is complimentary and open to the public.

The symposium will be preceded by a public lecture and an opening reception for the exhibition at 7 p.m. Friday. Both events are complimentary and open to the public.

W. Jackson Rushing III, the Adkins Presidential Professor of Art History and Mary Lou Milner Carver Chair in Native American Art at the OU School of Art and Art History, serves as guest curator of the exhibition and will open the symposium with introductory remarks, followed by Apache Odyssey: Diaspora and the Power of Place by Daniel C. Swan of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

Other presenters include Daniel Rettig, curator of Collections, Allan Houser Inc., who will provide a personal perspective on the life of Houser. Heather Ahtone, assistant curator of Native American and non-Western art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, will discuss Houser’s art at the museum. A discussion of Houser’s illustrations for children’s books will be given by OU doctoral student Hadley Jerman.

The final topic, The Art of Apache Resistance: Allan Houser Drawings, will be presented by Apache artist and writer Douglas Miles.

A break for lunch is scheduled after the first two speakers; however, lunch will not be provided.

Allan Houser Drawings: The Centennial Exhibition is on display from March 8 to May 18 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Additional information about these events are available on the museum’s website at www.ou.edu/fjjma.

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