NORMAN — Three events have been planned for visitors to the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art during the next several days.
Art After Noon premieres 12:30 p.m. today, with a discussion about the museum’s iconic sculpture Mesteño (Mustang) by Luis Jiménez.
A guest lecture by Hopi artist James Lambertus at 6 p.m. Friday will explore the Arizona tribal community of the Hopi Nation, in conjunction with the new exhibition “Hopituy: Hopi Art from the Permanent Collections.”
And the museum will offer hands-on art activities for all ages during Family Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Each event is offered at no cost and is open to the public. The museum is at 555 Elm Ave.
Art After Noon is a new monthly, 30-minute program hosted in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom. Formerly named Art After Hours and offered on Friday evenings, the new series offers a time more convenient for lunch breaks. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lunches and enjoy the provided drinks and desserts.
This summer and fall, the Art After Noon series will focus on Latin American artists, including those whose works will be part of the upcoming exhibition “Libertad de Expresión,” which opens in October.
This month, Susan Baley, director of education, will explore Jiménez’s famous sculpture of a wild mustang that recently was displayed inside the museum after undergoing more than a year of conservation.
The presentation will be followed by a discussion in the Cy and Lissa Wagner Gallery with OU sculpture graduate student Christopher Fleming, an artist with auto body and fiberglass experience who completed the recent conservation work on Mesteño.
The museum recently opened “Hopituy,” an exhibition dedicated to the depiction of six Hopi katsina figures through 170 objects, including woodcarvings, basketry and painting.
On Friday, Hopi (Tewa)/Mojave artist James Lambertus will give a slide presentation on the landscape and people of the Hopi Nation while sharing personal stories and incorporating historical and contemporary images of the northeastern Arizona tribal community. His lecture, “Hopituskwa: Home of the Hopi,” will be presented in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium.
Families are invited to experience the art of illusions found in the exhibition “Into the Void” during Family Day on Sunday. Children and adults of all ages can experiment with optical art and make their own art during the afternoon program in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom.
“Into the Void” opened this spring in the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery and is on display through July 28.
Additional information about these exhibitions and programs is available on the museum’s website, ou.edu/fjjma.
Admission to the museum is complimentary to all visitors, thanks to the generosity of the OU Office of the President and the OU Athletics Department. The museum is closed on Mondays. Information and accommodations on the basis of disability are available by calling 325-4938 or visiting ou.edu/fjjma.