February 12, 2020
Oklahoma City Museum of Art announces major exhibit of Op and Kinetic art, 'Moving Vision'
February 10, 2020
Brandy McDonnell

Oklahoma City Museum of Art announces major exhibit of Op and Kinetic art, 'Moving Vision'
February 10, 2020
Brandy McDonnell

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: the museum’s extensive, high-quality holdings in Op (optical) and Kinetic (movement) art.

The groundbreaking new exhibition, which also includes many historically significant loans from private collections, will open Oct. 24 and continue through Jan. 17, 2021, according to a news release.

“Op and Kinetic art feature movement, both real and perceived,” said Dr. Michael Anderson, president and CEO, in a statement. “Visitors will enjoy the dynamic experience that this exhibition provides. I encourage everyone to visit more than once as I think visitors will enjoy that their experience changes each time they see the exhibition. We are thankful to Randy, Sheila and the rest of the Ott family, Carl and Marilynn Thoma and our other private lenders for their generous contributions to this exhibition.”

“Moving Vision” will bring together about 40 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 the great names in Op and Kinetic Art — from Alexander Calder and Victor Vasarely to Richard Anuszkiewicz and Fletcher Benton — along with a host of lesser-known figures who also deserve to be household names.

“Beginning around the middle of the 20th century, two separate yet complementary art movements brought something new to plastic, two and three-dimensional forms,” said Roja Najafi, guest curator, in a statement. “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.”

The museum will produce an original catalog for the exhibition, contributing significantly to the scholarship surrounding these accessible and creative artistic movements, according to the news release.

The museum is spotlighting “Renewing the American Spirit: The Art of the Great Depression,” another exhibit drawing from its permanent collection augmented by key loans, through April 26. As previously reported, the downtown OKC museum will showcase more than 100 works on paper and 10 sculptures by the biggest names in Pop Art for its summer special exhibition, “POP Power from Warhol to Koons: Masterworks from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” from June 6 to Sept. 13.

Tadasky's (Tadasuke Kuwayama) (American, born Japan 1935) 1965 acrylic on canvas work "C-182" will be included in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's upcoming exhibition “Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art from the Sixties and Seventies."

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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