THE NEW ART: A MILESTONE COLLECTION FIFTY YEARS LATER
In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 154-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art (WGMA), the first art museum in the nation’s capital dedicated to the collection of contemporary art. That decision transformed Oklahoma City’s collection of contemporary art. Opening Feb. 17 on OKCMOA’s first floor, The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later honors this extraordinary collection on this major anniversary, presenting longstanding Museum highlights by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Grace Hartigan, Sam Gilliam, Robert Indiana, and Paul Reed, along with the rarely shown works by Morris Louis and Lee Bontecou. Their work, and the work of many other artists, forms the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s outstanding collection of postwar American art from the 1950s and 1960s.