NORMAN — by Caitlin Schudalla
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is an ideal place to spend a relaxing, introspective lunch hour on any weekday, but museum faculty and staff have added an extra incentive with Art After Noon.
Scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month, Art After Noon is a casual discussion of a particular piece or artist in the museum’s collection, hosted by FJJMA Director of Education Susan Baley.
“We have a lot of events during the noon hour on Tuesdays, namely Tuesday Noon Concerts. With Art After Noon we’re trying to allow visitors to attend both if they like and build an audience for both programs,” Baley said. “The summer and fall Art After Noon discussions focus on Latin American artists in the collection because our fall exhibition opening in October will be of Latin American art.”
The next Art After Noon session takes place Aug. 20 at the museum, 555 Elm Ave. Visitors are encouraged to bring a sack lunch, and the museum will provide cookies and beverages.
Most recently, the inaugural Art After Noon examined Luis Jiménez’ “Mesteño,” the distinctive 8-foot fiberglass sculpture of a mustang with red eyes that was formerly displayed on the north lawn of the museum facing Boyd Street.
Due to strain on the sculpture from extreme temperatures and precipitation, the wiring in the sculpture’s hollow interior was compromised and Baley said the decision was made to restore it and move it indoors.
“People were really interested in the restoration that had been done on the sculpture and glad to see it back at the museum,” Baley said. “When we first moved the piece indoors to expand the Lester Wing years ago, someone put a little child’s stick horse in its vacated spot, which Luis loved — the mustang has become a very identifiable landmark associated with the museum.”