The Unsettled Lens

Since the early twentieth-century, photographers have crafted images that hinge on the idea of the uncanny, a psychological phenomenon existing, according to psychoanalysis, at the intersection between the reassuring and the threatening, the familiar and the new. The photographs in this exhibition build subtle tensions based on the idea of the uncanny as a sense of displacement, as a difficulty in reconciling the familiar with the unknown. By converting nature into unrecognizable abstract impressions of reality, by intruding on moments of intimacy, by weaving enigmatic narratives, and by challenging notions of time and memory, these images elicit unsettling sensations and challenge our intellectual mastery of the new. This exhibition showcases new acquisitions in photography and photographs from the permanent collection, stretching from the early twentieth-century to the year 2000.

Programming and Events:

An Evening of Art and Performance
Friday, February 17 | 5:30-10 pm
Join us for An Evening of Art and Performance as we celebrate the opening of After the Floating World and The Unsettled Lens with printmaking demonstrations, in-gallery performances, poetry, and much more!

MAKING MEMORIES
Monday, February 27 | 10:30 am and 2 pm
Designed 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.

CURATOR’S TOUR OF THE UNSETTLED LENS
Thursday, March 23 | 6 pm
Join Francesca Giani, curator of modern and contemporary art, for an in-gallery tour of the exhibition.
Pre-registration recommended. Free for Members | $10 for Non-Members includes Museum admission. 

SONIC FREE FAMILY DAY: VISUAL ARTS AND PERFORMANCE
Sunday, April 9 | 12-5 pm
Enjoy free admission and a host of hands-on art activities and experiences throughout the entire Museum. Featuring kid-friendly performances throughout the galleries and in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater.

GROUP EXHIBITION TOURS
Reservations required. Group rates and tour guides are available.
Call (405) 278-8213 for more information.


Ralph Gibson (American, b. 1939). Untitled (Woman with statue), 1974, printed 1981. Gelatin silver print. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Gift of Carol and Ray Merritt, 2014.012

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