Visitors to the Jiménez Art After Noon had the opportunity to learn about the controversy surrounding the mustang’s materials — painted fiberglass — considered cheap and garish in the classical sculpture community.
“Jiménez was wanting to make art that was ‘working class.’ He was trying to take away the distinction between high art and low art and used a material you’d find in a carnival,” Baley said. “This is so different from what people expect with sculpture and when artists use new things or ask us to look at things differently, people aren’t comfortable with it.
“French Impressionism is widely revered now, but at the time of its introduction it was very shocking and women were advised against seeing it because it was considered too upsetting.”
In keeping with this examination of Latin American artists whose work is often misunderstood or even reviled, the next Art After Noon will focus on Fernando Botero’s “Sphinx,” displayed in front of the museum’s main entrance.
“We want to address what our visitors find interesting about works in the collection,” Baley said. “With Botero, people want to know why his figures are so enormous and inflated, so that will definitely be something we address. These discussions aren’t so much scholarly lectures as tours or conversations that address common questions.”
To find out more about Art After Noon and other museum programs, visit ou.ed/fjjma or call 405-325-3272. Admission to the museum is always free.