From a special film series to holiday activities to festive food and drinks, OKCMOA has something for everyone this December
This holiday season, visitors to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art can be inspired by art from "Renewing the American Spirit," socialize at a mid-century holiday party, view an array of independent films, and watch the Arts Council Oklahoma City Opening Night fireworks from the Museum's Roof Terrace.
"The Museum is the perfect spot for people to gather this holiday season—whether that's loved ones looking to create memories together or individuals looking for inspiration," said Dr. Michael J. Anderson, Interim President and C.E.O. "In 'Renewing the American Spirit,' visitors can experience a unique, uplifting, and historical look into depression-era art, or they can head to the Theater and take in a 35mm screening during our Richard Linklater holiday retrospective. Our diverse selection of exhibitions and programming offers something for everyone to enjoy."
In addition to "Renewing the American Spirit," visitors will enjoy a new mini-exhibition, "One Must See Many Things," that features 20 lithographs from Ben Shahn's "Rilke Portfolio: For the Sake of a Single Verse," in which the artist illustrated German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s novel, "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge" (1910). Beginning Dec. 21, a gallery rotation in the exhibition "From the Golden Age to the Moving Image" will make way for 11 genre and history paintings by significant artists such as Jacob Jordaens the Elder and Jean-François Millet – bolstering the immaculate re-installation of the permanent collection that occurred earlier this year.
Love's Third Thursday: Art on Ice is Dec. 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. and features a mid-century cocktail lounge complete with drinks and light bites from Museum Cafe, and garnished with a live piano performance of the standard jazz fare and holiday classics. Guests to Love’s Third Thursday will receive one free drink ticket for our signature cocktail, 20% off in the Museum Store, and access to the Museum.
Opening during Art on Ice and screening Dec. 19 to 29, Museum Films will present “Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!" An eleven-film odyssey through the portfolio of one of the greatest American independent filmmakers, "Merry Christmas, Mr. Linklater!" celebrates the broad artistic scope and experimental spirit of Richard Linklater’s remarkable career, which encompasses Oscar winners, cult classics, family-friendly comedies, and groundbreaking animated features.
Following a special New Year's Eve three-course menu in the Museum Cafe, the Roof Terrace will be open 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to watch the Arts Council Oklahoma City Opening Night fireworks display. This ticketed event includes one glass of champagne. Reservations for dinner in the Museum Cafe can be made online or by calling (405) 235-6262 and include a ticket to the Roof Terrace event.
The Museum is open Wed. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sun. 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, college students and kids 5-18. Children 5 and under are free.
For a full list of events visit OKCMOA.com.