The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later

In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 154-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art (WGMA), the first art museum in the nation’s capital dedicated to the collection of contemporary art. That decision transformed Oklahoma City’s collection of contemporary art. Opening Feb. 17 on OKCMOA’s first floor, The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later honors this extraordinary collection on this major anniversary, presenting longstanding Museum highlights by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Grace Hartigan, Sam Gilliam, Robert Indiana, and Paul Reed, along with the rarely shown works by Morris Louis and Lee Bontecou. Their work, and the work of many other artists, forms the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s outstanding collection of postwar American art from the 1950s and 1960s.


THANK YOU to our exhibition sponsors!

Casey and Rainey Williams
Leslie and Clifford Hudson
Jon and Kim Shirley
Dr. Thomas and Carolyn Kupiec
Virginia W. and James C. Meade
Darryl and Kathy Smette
Denise and Howard K. Berry, Jr.


Exhibition Programming

The New Art Members’ Preview
Thursday, February 15, 5-9 pm
(members-only event)

The New Art Members’ Preview Lecture
Thursday, February 15, 6 pm
Milestone Collection in Context, presented by Roja Najafi, PhD, Curator
This lecture is open to Museum members only. For information on becoming a Museum member, please click here.

JAMES C. MEADE FRIENDS’ LECTURE
Wednesday, May 2, 6 pm
The Washington Color Painters and the Legacy of Paul Reed: A Panel Discussion with Jean Reed Roberts and Deedee Wigmore
Free for members; $5 for non-members. Call (405) 278-8207 for more details.

Public Exhibition Tours
These in-gallery guided tours will provide conversation-based insights and in-depth experiences. Pre-registration recommended. Free for members; $15 for non-members and includes admission to the Museum.
Sunday, March 18 | 2 pm
Sunday, April 22 | 2 pm
Thursday, May 17 | 6 pm 

SONIC FREE FAMILY DAY
Sunday, May 6 | 12-5 pm
Free admission for everyone. Family-friendly activities going on all day, including art-making areas, performances, and more.

GROUP EXHIBITION TOURS
Reservations required. Group rate and tour guides are available.
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GALLERY + STUDIO TOURS
Guided tour inside the exhibition followed by a related art-making experience. All ages.
Pre-registration required as programs are booked on an individual basis. Click here for more information.

MAKING MEMORIES
Monday, April 30 | 10:30 am and 2 pm
A special program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their caregivers or loved ones.
Free, registration required. Call (405) 278-8221 for more information or to sign up.

ADULT CLASS
Pre-registration required.
Stripes and Color Painting with Artist Patrick Riley | Saturdays, February 24 & March 3, 1-4 pm

FAMILY WORKSHOPS
Pre-registration required.
Lint Roller Print Patterns: Ages 15-36 months + adult | Saturday, March 10, 10-11 am
Lint Roller Print Patterns: Ages 3-5 + adult | Saturday, March 10, 11:15 am-12:30 pm

DROP-IN ART
Join our Teaching Artists every Saturday as they provide basic instruction and materials during these come-and-go art-making sessions. Free with admission. Click here for more details.
Josef Albers Squares Saturday, February 17, 1-4 pm
Staccato-Inspired 3-D Paintings | Saturday, March 3, 1-4 pm
Paul Reed-Inspired Collages | Saturday, March 10, 1-4 pm
Free-Form Watercolor Paintings | Saturday, March 24, 1-4 pm
Bubble Wrap Prints | Saturday, April 14, 1-4 pm
Monochromatic Paper Reliefs | Saturday, May 12. 1-4 pm

BABIES AT THE MUSEUM
Coffee, social time, and an interactive gallery experience. The theme for March is Rhythm and Pattern, inspired by The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later.
Pre-registration required. Click here for more details.

TINY TUESDAYS
This come-and-go, open-ended art-making experience is geared toward children ages 5 and below and their parents or caregivers.
Styro Print PatternsTuesday, March 27, 10 am-12 pm
Free with admission. Click here for more details.


Gene Davis (American, 1920–1985). Cool Staccato, 1964. Acrylic on canvas. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Museum purchase, Washington Gallery of Modern ArtCollection, 1968.134. ©Estate of Gene Davis

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