Members’ Preview Celebration Schedule
Friday, June 16
- 5 pm | Celebration Begins | Entertainment, light bites, and cash bar on Roof Terrace
In the case of inclement weather or extreme heat, activities will be moved indoors to the Museum Lobby.
- 6 pm | Rodin Revisited Lecture in Noble Theater | Leah Lehmbeck, PhD, Curator and Department Head, European Paintings & Sculpture and American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Seating for the lecture in the Noble Theater is first-come, first-served.
- 8 pm | All Galleries Close
Gather with OKCMOA members to celebrate the opening of True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism with an exclusive preview opportunity, entertainment, drinks, light bites, and a lecture by Leah Lehmbeck, PhD, exhibition curator from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Don’t miss your chance to be among the very first to experience this extraordinary exhibition showcasing numerous large-scale masterworks by French sculptor Auguste Rodin and outstanding paintings by his Impressionist contemporaries, including Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir! Click here or call (405) 278-8237 to reserve tickets to this exciting preview event.
Prefer to skip the celebration? OKCMOA members are also welcome to preview the new exhibition between 10 am-5 pm on Friday, June 16. Click here to reserve members-only daytime preview tickets. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, June 17.
Not a member?
Guests can attend the Members’ Preview Celebration for $39.95 per person (plus tax; admission passes are not valid). If you decide to join on-site, Admissions Desk staff will apply the cost of this event ticket towards your new membership! Click here to learn more about OKCMOA membership levels and benefits.
About the Exhibition
Recognized as one of the greatest sculptors since the Renaissance, Auguste Rodin pioneered an approach to his art that aimed not only to capture the physicality of his subjects but also their psychology. Featuring over 100 works of art, True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism delves into the Classical influences on Rodin’s marble and bronze sculptures, the artist’s focus on portraiture, and his exploration of movement and the human body. Additionally, this exhibition contextualizes Rodin’s works by showcasing them alongside sculptures and paintings by his contemporary Impressionists, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne.
True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition is on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art June 17-October 22, 2023. Click here to learn more about the exhibition and explore related programming.
About the Speaker
Leah Lehmbeck joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2014 and currently serves as Curator and Department Head of European Painting & Sculpture and American Art. After receiving her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts in 2007, she served as curator of 19th- and 20th-century art at the Norton Simon Museum where she was responsible for a complete rehang of the 19th-century galleries, and presented several exhibitions including Gaze: Portraiture After Ingres (2009); Plants, Flowers, Fruits: Ellsworth Kelly Lithographs (2010); Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California (2011); and Beyond Brancusi (2013).
Since joining LACMA, Dr. Lehmbeck curated several exhibitions, including Delacroix’s Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi (2014), A Visionary Bequest: Selections from The A. Jerrold Perenchio Collection in 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary (2015), To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800 (2018) and City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907 (2022), co-curated with Britt Salvesen. She has lectured and written widely across her field, serving as editor and/or author for several publications including most recently: Goya in the Norton Simon Museum (2016); Impressionist and Modern Art: The A. Jerrold Perenchio Collection (2016); Manet and Modern Beauty: The Artist’s Last Years (2019); the three-volume catalogue Gifts of European Art from The Ahmanson Foundation (2019); Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carter Collection of Dutch Paintings (2019); and City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907 (2022).
She has represented the curatorial team in planning discussions for the museum’s new building for the permanent collection and has led efforts to secure display solutions for LACMA’s sculpture collections around Los Angeles County, working towards partnerships with each of the five County districts.