Opening Saturday, March 2
Advancing American Art was a collection of paintings by American artists of the mid-20th century assembled to show the world the freedom artists enjoyed in this country and spotlight the U.S. as a cultural rival. Instead of being celebrated, the collection along with some of the artists whose work was included found themselves labeled “un-American” by President Truman and Congress. Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy back the modernist exhibit and looks at its history at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave., on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. The museum presents Art Interrupted March 2-June 9. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (open until 9 p.m. Friday) and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is always free. For more on the exhibit and to see related scheduled events, go to www.ou.edu/fjjma.