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October 3, 2013

Fred Jones to host lectures, film series for new exhibit

NORMAN — Dance presentations, guest lectures, a film series and more will be at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.

The museum will premiere the “Libertad de Expresión: the Art Museum of the Americas and Cold War Politics,” an exhibition of Latin American artwork from the 1940s-90s.

The new exhibition, which opens to the public Saturday, will be preceded by a symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The symposium will explore the role that freedom of expression has played in Latin American and Caribbean culture, journalism and politics from post-World War II to the present. A private opening reception for Museum Association members will follow the symposium later that evening.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required to attend the public symposium and lunch by emailing the FJJMA at to register. A full symposium program is available on the museum’s website at

On Sunday, the public is invited to a community day celebrating Latin American culture at the museum.

Starting at 1:30 p.m., Algeriá Real will perform a live concert of Latin American folklore music traditions. At 2:30 p.m., visitors will be led through a walking tour of the exhibit, followed by a dance performance by Ballet Flamenco Español and Los Niños de España y Mexico at 3 p.m.

A feature length film mini-series will begin at 4 p.m. with “The Violin,” a 2005 film directed by Mexican filmmaker Francisco Vargas.

Co-presented by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the FJJMA, the spotlight on Latin American cinema will continue at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the OU art museum with “Clandestine Childhood” (2011), directed by Argentina filmmaker Benjamín Ávila.

On Wednesday, the museum will present “The Colors of the Mountain,” a 2010 film by Colombian filmmaker Carlos César Arbeláez. All films are presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

Admission is complementary; each event is open to the public.

More information about the exhibition and programs is available at

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