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March 8, 2013

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art set to host Family Day

NORMAN — Live music, dance performances and hands-on art activities are part of a celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Family Day, a bi-monthly series at the museum, will spotlight ongoing fundraising efforts to acquire a painting by Oklahoma-born artist Ed Ruscha for the museum’s permanent collection.

Students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Music and the School of Dance have created an original composition and choreography inspired by Ruscha’s painting, “No Man’s Land.”

Sunday’s live performances of each begin at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Activities for all ages will include drawings, airbrush paintings and postcards inspired by Ruscha.

Admission to the FJJMA and Family Day is complimentary and open to the public. Family Days are made possible by generous support from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

Last fall, the museum began raising funds to acquire ”No Man’s Land,” a large work painted by Ruscha in 1990. Ruscha, who lived in Oklahoma City during his youth, has become one of America’s foremost living artists. He has been credited by art critics and collectors as one of the most important living artists of the Pop art movement. “No Man’s Land,” recollects the artist’s youth in Oklahoma and his perceptions of the world outside of the state.

The museum on the OU Norman campus is seeking to add the painting by Ruscha to its permanent collection. The work is being offered to the museum for purchase and is currently on loan and display at the museum. If acquired, “No Man’s Land” will be the first major Ruscha work held in a public collection in Oklahoma. 

In December, museum officials announced that an anonymous supporter of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art pledged to match up to $215,000 toward the purchase of the painting. This benefactor has extended the pledge to July 1.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is at 555 Elm Ave. The museum is closed on Mondays. Information and accommodations on the basis of disability are available by calling 325-4938 or visiting www.ou.edu/fjjma.

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