Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art from the Sixties and Seventies highlights one of the great strengths of the Museum’s permanent collection–OKCMOA’s extensive, high-quality holdings in Op (optical) and Kinetic (movement) art. This groundbreaking new exhibition, which also includes many historically significant loans from private collections, features movement, both real and perceived.
Beginning around the middle of the twentieth century, two separate yet complementary art movements brought something new to plastic, two and three-dimensional forms. In the case of Op art, artists created the perception of movement on a two-dimensional surface; while with Kinetic art, artists experimented with moving three-dimensional forms. This exhibition brings together these two movements to tell the story of artists’ explorations of motion in the 1960s and 70s.
Moving Vision will bring together approximately forty works centered around the Museum’s own masterpieces of Op and Kinetic Art, alongside a series of loans from major private collections. The exhibition will feature all the great names in Op and Kinetic Art—from Alexander Calder and Victor Vasarely to Richard Anuszkiewicz and Fletcher Benton—to a host of lesser-known figures who also deserve to be household names.
The Museum will produce an original catalogue for the exhibition, contributing significantly to the scholarship surrounding these highly accessible and deeply creative artistic movements.
Thank you to our generous exhibition sponsors!
Devon Energy Corporation
Dean McGee Eye Institute
Virginia W. and James C. Meade
Marty O’Brien and Lisa Gordon
Nancy and Jim Seely, In Honor of Cynda Ottaway
Credit: Tadasky (Tadasuke Kuwayama) (American, born Japan 1935). C-182 (detail), 1965. Acrylic on canvas. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Museum purchase with funds from the Beaux Arts Society Fund for Acquisitions and the Pauline Morrison Ledbetter Collections Endowment, 2016.064, © Tadasuke Kuwayama