This weekend will be the final weekend to see two original OKCMOA exhibitions, “After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints” and “The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection”. Since the exhibitions opened on Feb. 18, over 3,300 students from across the state have visited OKCMOA on free school tours funded by Inasmuch Foundation.
“Arts education is critical to student growth and creativity,” said Bob Ross, president and CEO of Inasmuch Foundation. “We are happy to partner with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to offer free tours and transportation reimbursement to all K-12 Oklahoma students. Without this opportunity, many students would not be exposed to the incredible art collection we have here in Oklahoma City.”
“We are thankful to Inasmuch Foundation for their generosity in funding free school tours,” added Tracy Truels, director of learning and engagement at OKCMOA. “Not only are we able to offer free admission, but we can also offer transportation reimbursement, which is incredibly important as school budgets are tightened. For many students, this is their first visit to an art museum. Through this grant, we can help foster a life-long love for the arts.”
“After the Floating World” features two Japanese woodblock print artists, Torii Kiyotada VII (1875-1941) and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950). Kiyotada VII was born into a family with a long tradition of producing theatrical images, and his prints of Kabuki actors illustrate the rich tradition of Japanese theater. Yoshida (1876-1950) was a popular artist both in Japan and in the United States whose extensive world travels resulted in evocative prints of familiar landmarks such as Mt. Fuji, the Taj Mahal, the Acropolis and Niagara Falls.
“The Unsettled Lens” showcases new acquisitions in photography and photographs from the permanent collection, stretching from the early 20th century to the year 2000. The exhibition features artists such as Brett Weston, Ralph Gibson, Stan Douglas, Wynn Bullock, Angela Grauerholz and many more. Many of the photographs included in this exhibition have never been on view at the Museum.
Visitors can see these two exhibitions through Sunday, May 14. The Museum is offering free or reduced admission on select dates:
- Thursday night, May 11, the Museum is open late as part of Art After 5 and admission is only $5 after 5 p.m. The Museum’s Roof Terrace will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. with live music starting at 6 p.m. by the Broke Brothers.
- On Sunday, May 14, OKCMOA will offer free admission for moms in honor of Mother’s Day.