Norman’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art offering free admission Friday-Sunday to mark closing of Disney animation and French drawing exhibits
NORMAN – Two major spring exhibitions are coming to a close at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art during Labor Day weekend.
To help celebrate these exhibitions, featuring Walt Disney animation cels and French Master drawings, the museum on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus is offering free admission Friday-Sunday.
Sunday will be the last day for visitors to view “A Century of Magic: The Animation of the Walt Disney Studios, Animation Cels from the Collection of Janis Scaramucci and Domer “Jay” Scaramucci” and “Vernet to Villon: Nineteenth-Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art.”
“We have had an amazing spring and summer at the museum,” said Ghislain d’Humières, the Wylodean and Bill Saxon director of the museum, in a news release. “The generosity of Janis Scaramucci, the National Gallery of Art and the Stuart Family Foundation has been reflected in the great joy our visitors have experienced over the past few months. Although we are a little sad to bring these exhibitions to a close, we are excited about what the fall has in store for our visitors.”
“Vernet to Villon: Nineteenth-Century French Master Drawings from the National Gallery of Art,” which opened in June, features drawings and watercolors by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Eugène Delacroix, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The works represent such major 19th-century movements as Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
“Vernet to Villon” marks the first time that the National Gallery of Art of Washington, D.C., has ever lent a complete exhibition to any institution in Oklahoma and has been made possible by the generous support of the Stuart Family Foundation, according to the release.
Children may be saddened to hear of the closing of “A Century of Magic,” a popular exhibition of original animation cels from the Walt Disney Studios that opened in March. The exhibition surveys many of the major animated films, beginning with the first feature, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937), and concluding with “Fantasia/2000″ (1999). This exhibition, from a private collection, includes more than 80 cels used in the original production of the animated films and offers visitors the opportunity to view the artistry of the animators’ work.
“A Century of Magic” features cels from Disney films including “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Lady and the Tramp” and “Pinocchio,” as well as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy shorts. Additionally, a digital animation station for children is available in the middle of the gallery using iPod Touch technology to create original drawings and animations.
Two other new exhibitions will remain on display. “Oklahoma Clay: Frankoma Pottery,” an exhibition of dinnerware, figures and other sculptures by Oklahoma potter John Frank and Frankoma Pottery, is on view through Oct. 7.
Additionally, a new exhibition of works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, including a painting on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum, will remain on display through early August 2013.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located in the OU Arts District on the corner of Elm Avenue and Boyd Street, at 555 Elm Ave., on the OU Norman campus. Regular admission to the museum is free to OU students with a current student ID and museum association members, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 6 to 17 years of age, $2 for OU faculty/staff, and free for military veterans with proof of ID and children 5 and younger. The museum is closed on Mondays and admission is free on Tuesdays.
For more information, go to www.ou.edu/fjjma.