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November 7, 2013

OU art exhibit highlights Latin American art



The collection gained institutional status in 1976 as the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America and assumed the building that had been the official residence of the OAS secretary general. In 1991, the name was changed to the Art Museum of the Americas.

The exhibition features such modernist styles as constructivism, surrealism, art informel and abstract expressionism by more than 60 artists, including Joaquín Torres García, Roberto Matta and Jesús Rafael Soto.

White said the included styles helped to break stereotypes about Latin artists, effectively highlighting the cultural production of other countries and thereby decreasing international divisions.

While many Latin American art exhibits emphasize muralism and the politically-charged themes found in Latin American art, White said this exhibit shows just how cosmopolitan Latin American artists were in the middle part of the century.

“Ironically, Gómez Sicre’s support for freedom of expression did not include artists of a socialist or communist bent, and he shied away from overtly political artists,” he said.

A gallery talk with White is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29, and a fashion show, dance performance and OU student Halloween party are scheduled 7-9 p.m. Oct. 31. A Family Day also is scheduled 1-4 p.m. Nov. 17.

Admission to the museum is complimentary to all visitors. More information about the exhibition and programs is available on the museum’s website at


Celebrate cultural diversity and past lives during the University of Oklahoma’s Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Street Festival 6-10 p.m. Nov. 1 on the southeast corner of Boyd Street and Elm Avenue.

Hosted by OU’s Student Life in conjunction with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Student Life Assistant Director Crystal Garcia said the second annual event is a light-hearted way to both have fun and learn.

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