Art By Gene Davis courtesy OKCMOA

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrates the golden anniversary of a collection’s acquisition during The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later. This groundbreaking purchase from the Washington Gallery of Modern Art put Oklahoma City on the map as a leading collector of abstract expressionism, post-painterly abstraction, color field painting, minimalism and pop art.

The exhibition offers examples of the nation’s early contemporary American art. Anthony Triana, a representative for the museum, says this collection still positively affects the museum.

“The acquisition … is still impacting the OKCMOA today in the form of recent gifts, like the 125 paintings, sculptures, drawings, pastels and screen prints by Washington Color School artist Paul Reed,” he says, “a gift that instantly transformed the OKCMOA into the definitive collection of Reed’s work.”

The exhibition runs until May 13.

March also welcomes Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness to the museum. Weerasethakul, a pioneer in realist-surrealist style, depicts the everyday and the supernatural together in his photography, sketches and archival materials. Triana says this may be the only time you’ll get to see it.

“OKCMOA is one of only two locations in the United States to see the exhibition, and is the last opportunity to see it in the U.S.,” he says.

The exhibition runs from March 31 to June 10. For details, visit

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