The “Advancing American Art” exhibit is a collection of modernist paintings created by contemporary American artists.
Assembled in 1946 by the U.S. State Department, the exhibition’s intent was to show the world America’s artistic coming of age, highlighting the freedom of expression enjoyed by artists in the United States. It became politically controversial and the collection was sold to leading institutions, including the University of Oklahoma.
“Advancing American Art” is organized by the Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. It is made possible by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as part of “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.”
The exhibition will be displayed in the Nancy Johnston Records Gallery and the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. It will open to the public March 2 and will be displayed until June 9.
Limited seating at the dinner is available by reservation for OU students, faculty and staff, with overflow seating available to the public. For reservations, more information and accommodations on the basis of disability, call OU Public Affairs at 325-3784.