At the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman: "OK/LA"

Nov 19, 2020

On this edition of ST, we profile a novel and interesting group exhibit now on view at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the OU campus in Norman; "OK/LA" is up through March 7th of 2021. As per the museum's website: "This exhibition features the work of six former Oklahomans who left the state in the late 1950s for Los Angeles: Patrick Blackwell, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, Ed Ruscha, Paul Ruscha, and Mason Williams. Blackwell, Goode, McMillan, and Ed Ruscha studied at the Chouinard Art Institute.... For a brief time, they identified themselves as the 'Students Five,' joined at various times by fellow students Wall Batterton and Don Moore, and they sought advertising commissions through a national ad. Each departed Chouinard and the house [that they all shared] in the early 1960s to pursue their respective careers.... Their respective contributions in various media suggest the friends held similar sensibilities. The group maintained close relationships that manifested in their work ­­ as collaborations, formal or conceptual parallels, and even 'inside jokes.' Although each of the artists took a different path, the intersections between their lives and work over the decades, from their youth in Oklahoma to their relocation to and life in Southern California, constitute a shared history evident in their work over six decades." Also on our program, commentator Connie Cronley offers "Mother Nature's Favorite Daughter," a piece that somehow seems inspired by both the beauty of autumn and the pleasure of revenge.