NORMAN — The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is celebrating the opening of its new Stuart Wing with various events for visitors from Thursday through Sunday, culminating with a free community celebration with live entertainment, artist demonstrations and more from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The $13 million, four-year project added 18,000 square feet to the University of Oklahoma’s art museum. The Stuart Wing includes a new gallery to house the Eugene B. Adkins Collection, regarded as one of the nation’s most important private collections of Taos and Native American artists.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa were awarded joint stewardship of the Adkins Collection in 2007.
“We are so excited to share this unique opportunity to experience and learn so much about the art in the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and works from other collections,” museum Director Ghislain d’Humières said. “From the academic presentations of the Adkins Symposium through the community celebration, visitors are in for a number of educational and exciting opportunities leading up to the unveiling of the new Stuart Wing.”
The celebration is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday with the symposium, “Cross-cultural Influences in the Art of the American Southwest explores the confluence of Euro-American and Native American cultures in the American Southwest.”
The morning session runs from 10 to noon with a break for lunch, followed by an afternoon session from 1 to 3 p.m. Due to limited seating, reservations for the symposium are required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adkins Scholars’ Choice presentation will follow at 11 a.m. Friday, when faculty members from the OU School of Art and Art History and the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West will select their favorite works from the Adkins collection and will give short presentations about their significance.