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Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - University of Oklahoma

555 Elm Avenue
Norman, Oklahoma
Phone: 405-325-3272

Statement of Purpose:

One of the premier showcases for French Impressionism in the Great Plains states. Also, American, Native American, modern art; photography & more.

Family programs, concerts, lectures, films and a Museum Store. Group rates & tours available.


The recently opened Mary and Howard Lester Wing, designed by renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, showcases the Weitzenhoffer Collection of French Impressionism, with works by Degas, Gauguin, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and others. Other strengths of the permanent collection include 20th century American paintings, Southwestern art, American Indian art, ceramics, photography, Asian art, Persian miniatures, modern contemporary art, icons and more.


Leon Polk Smith: American Original

Currently on view through Sept 24

Oklahoma-born artist Leon Polk Smith (U.S. 1906-1996) was known for his minimalist, geometric abstractions. For this exhibition, works from the museum’s permanent collection are combined with loaned paintings from the Brooklyn Museum and the Leon Polk Smith Estate. Important paintings from various stages of Smith’s career provide a general survey of his work. On September 12, Robert T. Buck, former director of the Brooklyn Museum will visit the museum to present a lecture on Leon Polk Smith.


Photographs by Charles Henri Ford

Oct 14 through Dec 31

A retrospective of over 60 Charles Henri Ford photographs (1930s-1980s) – depicting primarily famous artists and writers, but also street scenes from New York, Rome, and Katmandu – in Ford’s first solo museum show in the United States. Simultaneously, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will present an exhibition of works by Ford’s longtime close friend, Harold Stevenson.


Harold Stevenson: The Great Society

Oct 14 through Dec 31

A two-year project commissioned in the mid-1960s by Alexandre Iolas and Brooks Jackson, The Great Society is a series of 100 paintings by Harold Stevenson. Stevenson, an Oklahoma-born artist who has never given up permanent residence in Idabel, moved to New York as a young man in the 1950s and has been a vital member of the art world for five decades. The paintings in this exhibition feature the faces of everyday people from the McClain County area. The series has not been exhibited since it appeared in Paris in 1968. The Guggenheim Museum recently acquired Stevenson’s famous 39-foot-long painting of a frontal male nude, The New Adam.


Opening Reception and Museum Association 2007 Membership Party

7 to 9 pm, Friday, Oct 13

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the exhibitions Photographs by Charles Henri Ford and Harold Stevenson: The Great Society during this Museum Association-sponsored event. In addition to live music and refreshments, the evening will feature valuable door prize drawings for all 2007 Museum Association members. Admission is free.


Wylodean Saxon Memorial Lecture

The Thrill of the Chase: Collecting for the Kimbell Art Museum

5:30 pm, Friday, Sept 1; Speaker: Edmund P. Pillsbury, PhD

Edmund P. Pillsbury, PhD, former director of Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum and renowned art historian, will discuss the formation of the collections of the Kimbell during his tenure, including the story of the rediscovery of a major painting by Caravaggio.


Leon Polk Smith: Personal Recollections and Some Observations on Selected Paintings

5:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept 12; Speaker: Robert T. Buck

Robert T. Buck, director of the Leon Polk Smith Foundation and former director of the Brooklyn Museum, will share his insights about Smith in a lecture held in conjunction with the exhibition Leon Polk Smith: American Original, on view at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art through September 24.


A Conversation with Harold Stevenson

5:30 pm, Thursday, Oct 26; Speaker: Harold Stevenson

The Oklahoma-born artist will discuss his career and the creation of The Great Society on view at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art from October 14 through December 31.


Tues-Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thurs: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun: 1 – 5 p.m.

Closed Mondays and University of Oklahoma holidays


$5 – Adults

$4 – Seniors (65+)

$3 – Children (6-17)

$2 – University of Oklahoma Faculty/Staff

FREE – Univ. of Oklahoma students w. valid OU ID, Museum Assoc. members, children under 6.

Group tours and rates available by calling (405) 325-5990


Vincent Van Gogh (Netherlands 1853 – 1890),
"Portrait of Alexander Reid", c. 1887,
Oil on canvas, 16-1/8” x 12-3/4”.
Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Bequest, 2000.

Key Personnel:

Eric M. Lee, PhD, Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director
Gail Kana Anderson, Assistant Director / Curator of Collections
Jane Aebersold, Curator of Ceramics
Susan Baley, Curator of Education
Brigid Brink, Customer Service
Joyce Cummins, Supervisor of Security
Anna Foret, Tour Coordinator
Sandra Milligan, Administrative Assistant
Kimberly Moinette, Registrar
Tim Ramsey, Museum Preparator
Stephanie Royse, Public Information / Media Relations
Mary Jane Rutherford, Community Relations Officer / Membership
Hetty Strong, Customer Service
Mary Jo Watson, PhD, Curator of Native American Art
Becky Zurcher, Manager of Administration & Operations
Kurt Johnston, Museum Store Day Manager.

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