“The Unsettled Lens” and “After the Floating World” on view at OKCMOA

Works from “The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection.” Photo provided.

The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection and After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints are now on display at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. These two new, original exhibitions feature artwork from the Museum's permanent collection and many works that have not been on view at the Museum before.  

E. Michael Whittington, OKCMOA’s President and CEO, said, "Special exhibitions like these give us not only an opportunity to showcase these works of art but to provide new scholarship. After the Floating World includes two remarkable, early 20th century artists whose work was thoroughly grounded in the Japanese tradition yet open to the dynamic influences of Impressionism and modern art."

“Approach to Agra.” From “After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints.” Photo provided.

Woodblock prints, popular in Japan from the 17th through the 19th centuries, are known as ukiyo-e, which translates as "pictures from the floating world." Ukiyo-e artists produced prints in a variety of subject matter including actors in the Kabuki theater, folktales, mythology and landscapes.

After the Floating World focuses on two printmakers: Torii Kiyotada VII (1875-1941) and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950). They were at the forefront of the early 20th century evolution of the ukiyo-e tradition into a style known as shin hanga that incorporated stylistic elements from the West.

The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection builds subtle tensions based on the idea of the uncanny as a sense of displacement, as a difficulty in reconciling the familiar with the unknown. By converting nature into unrecognizable abstract impressions of reality, by intruding on moments of intimacy, by weaving enigmatic narratives and by challenging notions of time and memory these images may elicit unsettling sensations and challenge our intellectual mastery of the new.

The Unsettled Lens showcases new acquisitions in photography and photographs from the permanent collection stretching from the early 20th century to the year 2000. The exhibition features artists such as Brett Weston, Ralph Gibson, Stan Douglas, Wynn Bullock, Angela Grauerholz and many more. The two exhibitions will be open until May 14.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.okcmoa.com, in person at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art or by calling the Museum at (405) 236-3100. Adult tickets are $12 and include admission to the entire Museum.

Discounted tickets are available for active military members, seniors, students and children. Student and military tickets can be purchased only in person. Members of the Museum receive free admission to the exhibitions. Special rates are available for group tours for 15 or more, and Oklahoma K-12 school tours. Tour reservations must be made in advance at (405) 278-8213.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

TheOklahoma City Museum of Art serves over 125,000 visitors annually from all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries and presents exhibitions from throughout the world. The Museum's collection covers a period of five centuries and one of the world's largest public collections of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The Museum boasts the region's premier repertory cinema and is home to the Museum School. For more information, visit okcmoa.com. 

Copyright 2017 The Gayly – March 6, 2017 @ 7:45 a.m.