NORMAN — When Ghislain d’Humières, Wylodean and Bill Saxton director for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, came to Oklahoma three years ago, one of the few things he knew about the state was Bruce Goff.
Since arriving and serendipitously moving into a home designed by Goff, d’Humières knew he wanted to pay homage to what he describes as one of the century’s most internationally respected architects.
“I want to show all the creativity of Bruce Goff,” d’Humières said.
Beginning Saturday, d’Humières will have that chance with the opening of the exhibit “Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind.”
d’Humières, who also serves as co-curator of the exhibit, said the exhibit features nearly 30 original drawings, some of unbuilt designs, four paintings by Goff and three-dimensional virtual reality tours of several of Goff’s projects. The videos were created by Skyline Ink Animation Studios and OU alumnus Brian Eyerman based on Goff’s renderings. To enhance the visual appeal of the videos, a 180-degree, full-peripheral “pod” was constructed in the center of the exhibit where up to 12 guests can become immersed in the world of Goff’s designs.
Four three-dimensional models of Goff structures, produced by the OU School of Engineering using cutting-edge printing technology, also will be on display during the exhibit.
Although d’Humières said he was skeptical of using modern techniques to visualize Goff’s works at first, through interviews with students and clients of Goff’s, d’Humières came to the conclusion that if Goff were alive today, he would be working with the newest of technology. d’Humières then made it his goal “to celebrate Mr. Goff’s creative mind with 21st century technology.”
The exhibit also features a portrayal of the Crystal Chapel done by fellow artist, FJJMA board member and Goff fan Ellen Sandor. The work is titled “Perfect Prisms: Crystal Chapel.”