The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Twenty University of Oklahoma students took a road trip in May recreating pop artist Ed Ruscha’s own 1962 trip — the inspiration for a photography book titled “Twentysix Gasoline Stations.” The student trip culminated in a rare visit with the artist at his studio in Los Angeles.
Faculty and students who took the trip will relive their thoughts and memories of the trip during a complimentary public event at 7 p.m. Friday. The presentations are being offered as part of FREDTalks, a new program at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the OU Norman campus.
Light refreshments will be served at the event in the museum’s Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom. Seating is limited to 40 people, so visitors are encouraged to arrive early.
FREDTalks are planned to engage visitors with panel speakers on different subjects related to art.
Friday’s event is titled “Journey” and is presented by Todd Stewart, art, technology and culture associate professor and interim co-director of the OU School of Art and Art History.
Stewart will be joined by Pete Froslie, art, technology and culture assistant professor in the OU School of Art and Art History; Gary Gress, a lecturer at the OU Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability; Jessica Farling, the curator of academic programs at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; and Angela Rodriguez, a student in the OU School of Art and Art History.
The panel will discuss the 10-day trip. Participating students’ academic disciplines included art and art history, geography and meteorology, geology, film and media studies, and advertising.
The trip was scheduled to coincide with the museum’s spring fundraising efforts to acquire Ruscha’s 1990 painting, “No Man’s Land.” The work features the territory of Oklahoma prominently and has been on loan from the artist and on display at the museum since June 2011.
At a Museum Association event Friday, museum staff announced that the museum had successfully acquired the painting.
Admission to the museum, at 555 Elm Ave., is complimentary to all visitors. Information and accommodations on the basis of disability are available by calling 325-4938 or visiting ou.edu/fjjma.