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

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"The Students Five" by Blackwell, Courtesy Hiromi Katayama & Joe Goode (This photo also appeared in the OU Daily.)
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Aired on Tuesday, November 17th.

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.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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