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