Renewing the American Spirit:

The Art of the Great Depression

Renewing the American Spirit: The Art of the Great Depression explores the physical and social landscape of the United States during the Great Depression through paintings, prints, photographs, and other media. The original exhibition includes a selection of works from the Museum’s excellent collection of WPA art, a recently acquired monumental mural by Gardner Hale, which has not been exhibited publicly since the First President’s bicentennial exhibition in 1932, and several loans from regional institutions.

The exhibition examines the diverse responses of artists to the social upheaval and economic distress that characterized American life in the 1930s. Together, the aesthetically and politically varied works produced in the 1930s paint a revealing portrait of the nation’s evolving psyche as it sought to move ahead through one of the country’s most challenging periods.

Exhibition Programming:

Members’ Day
Friday, November 1 | 10 am-8 pm

Public Exhibition Tours
These in-gallery guided tours will provide conversation-based insights and close-looking experiences. Pre-registration recommended. Purchase tickets by clicking on the links below.
$15 for members; $25 for non-members.

Thursday, November 21 | 6pm

Sunday, November 24 | 2 pm
Wednesday, December 11 | 2pm
Sunday, December 15 | 2pm
Thursday, December 19 | 6pm
Thursday, January 16 | 6 pm
Wednesday, January 22 | 2pm
Saturday, February 2 | 2pm
Thursday, February 20 | 6 pm

Group Exhibition Tours
Reservations required in order to receive discounted admission. Tour guides are available with a notice three weeks in advance.
Call (405) 278-8213 or email for more information.

Drop-In Art
Drop-In Art focuses on a specific theme or media each month, all inspired by the Museum’s special exhibitions and permanent collection. Stop by and stay for as long as you want! These come-and-go activities are suitable for all visitors of all ages and abilites, and do not require pre-registration.

November | Land and Home

Saturday, November 2, 2019 ǀ 1-4 pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 ǀ 1-4 pm
December | Winter Printing
Saturday, December 7 | 1-4 pm

Saturday, December 21 | 1-4 pm

SONIC Free Family Day
SONIC Free Family Days feature free admission, art-making activities, gallery experiences and special guests. Free admission and all activities for the day are made possible by SONIC, America’s Drive-In.

Sunday, December 1, 2019 ǀ 12-5 pm
Sunday, March 15, 2020 ǀ 12-5 pm

Thank you to our generous exhibition sponsors!

Frank and Bette Jo Hill

Credit: Gardner Hale (American, 1894–1931). Triumph of Washington, 1931. Oil on canvas. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Gift of D. Wigmore Fine Art, 2017.070

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