The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later

In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 154-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art (WGMA), the first art museum in the nation’s capital dedicated to the collection of contemporary art. That decision transformed Oklahoma City’s collection of contemporary art. Opening Feb. 17 on OKCMOA’s first floor, The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later honors this extraordinary collection on this major anniversary, presenting longstanding Museum highlights by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Grace Hartigan, Sam Gilliam, Robert Indiana, and Paul Reed, along with the rarely shown works by Morris Louis and Lee Bontecou. Their work, and the work of many other artists, forms the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s outstanding collection of postwar American art from the 1950s and 1960s.

THANK YOU to our exhibition sponsors!

Casey and Rainey Williams
Leslie and Clifford Hudson
Jon and Kim Shirley
Dr. Thomas and Carolyn Kupiec
Virginia W. and James C. Meade
Darryl and Kathy Smette
Denise and Howard K. Berry, Jr.

Exhibition Programming

Reservations required. Group rate and tour guides are available.
Click here for more information.

Coffee, social time, and an interactive gallery experience. The theme for September is Blocks & Building, inspired by The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later.
Pre-registration required. Click here for more details.


Gene Davis (American, 1920–1985). Cool Staccato, 1964. Acrylic on canvas. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Museum purchase, Washington Gallery of Modern ArtCollection, 1968.134. ©Estate of Gene Davis

Buy Tickets