Office Toys

Not all of the Museum’s treasures are locked safely in the art storage vaults. There are other “wonderful things,” to use the famous words of Egyptologist Howard Carter, that our team curates for their offices. Bryon Chambers, Manager of Tours and Adult Learning, keeps his toys hidden, but will gladly bring them out upon request…. Learn More

Our Window to the World

To experience the growing international flavor of Oklahoma City, one doesn’t need to look further than the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Collectively, our staff hails from ten countries scattered over three continents. We’ve made our way to Oklahoma City for the usual reasons: education, career, and—my favorite—love. Since my immigration from California almost four… Learn More

The Gift

Never underestimate the power of museums to transform young lives. My favorite example of this phenomenon is also the story of my late colleague and best friend. Some twenty-five years ago at a conference, I met William Siegmann. I was a curator at a smallish museum with a respectable collection of African art. Bill was… Learn More

The Art of Planning

Art museums operate much like ducks on a pond—effortlessly gliding along on the surface while paddling furiously underneath. Most visitors to art museums see only tranquil galleries that are the end result of behind-the-scenes, unglamorous work. But to reach that Zen-like external state requires years of thoughtful planning and careful allocation of resources. The OKCMOA… Learn More

You’re All Artists, Right?

The revelation that I work in an art museum can be a great icebreaker. I’ve had riveting conversations about museums and the art world with seatmates on planes, fellow shoppers in the checkout line, and the guys in the locker room at the gym. After the initial amusement of encountering someone who does something against… Read More

An Amazing Year of Art Experiences

As we welcome a new year, now is the ideal time for me to reflect on some of my most memorable art experiences of 2014. It was a year in which I saw exciting exhibitions and memorable works of art, magnificent architecture, and evocative—sometimes disturbing—places. Many of the artworks I encountered felt like old friends… Read More

Our Many Generations: Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Artists

During my recent trip to China, I had the opportunity to see a staggering diversity of art and meet quite a few artists in addition to museum colleagues. To say that its contemporary art scene is exciting is an understatement. During my two week stay, I went to openings, met galleriests and paid studio visits… Read More

Coming to You from China

As promised, this blog post is coming to you from China—the bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing, to be exact. I’m a seasoned world traveller, but this was little preparation for China. It’s vast scale and the mixture of ancient with state of the art and the blend of communism with capitalism are mind-boggling. So,… Read More

Talking About “My Generation”: Thoughts On China’s Young Artists

About a year ago, I was chatting with my friend and colleague, Todd Smith, who mentioned he was organizing an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art. He told me the artists selected for this exhibition were young—all having come of age in the post-cultural revolution era, are products of the “one-child” policy, and during the economic,… Read More

The Moderns and the OKCMOA: The Moderns and the OKCMOA

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is becoming more modern! I’m not referring to our great collection of modern and contemporary art, but a dynamic group of young patrons who are committed to supporting the Museum. For over a year, we’ve had an outstanding group of young professionals and Museum staff working on the plan… Read More