"Master Strokes" Opens Oct. 28 in its U.S. Premiere

The public is invited to "Think Like an Artist" at SONIC Free Family Day on Dec. 3


OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) will open special exhibition, "Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age," organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. This marks the first time this collection, featuring 90 masterpieces by artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt van Rijn, has been exhibited outside Europe.


"This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see this collection in the U.S.," said director of curatorial affairs Dr. Michael J. Anderson. "The exhibition is organized by period and genre and showcases works of a great variety of subject matter. This is exciting for us, as we recently reinstalled our permanent collection on our second floor around the concept of genre. I encourage everyone who visits 'Master Strokes' to also spend time in our second-floor galleries; the exhibition will help illuminate and contextualize these galleries for guests."


"The theme for SONIC Free Family Day on Dec. 3 is 'Think Like an Artist,' inspired by 'Master Strokes,'" added Tracy Truels, director of learning and engagement. "We will have artist demonstrations, hands-on activities in our classrooms and a space to sketch within the 'Master Strokes' exhibition. SONIC Free Family Day is a great opportunity to spend time with family in this wonderful exhibition."


Organized into five sections, the exhibition is grouped thematically and chronologically to demonstrate contrasts and similarities between the artistic style and practice in the Northern and Southern Netherlands. The exhibition begins with pre-Golden Age works and is followed by three sections focused on the Golden Age separated by genre: people, religion and mythology and landscapes and nature. The exhibition concludes with post-Golden Age Works. Approximately 60 artists are represented in the exhibition, and the work spans 400 years.


OKCMOA members will have the opportunity to exclusively preview the exhibition during the Members' Day on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, tours will be available throughout the day and will be first-come, first-served. More information about Museum membership can be found at www.okcmoa.com/membership.


The exhibition includes designs for stained glass, tapestries and prints, alongside portraits, figure studies, genre scenes, landscapes and botanical studies. Drawings range from sketches and sketchbooks to working studies and finished "pictured drawings," using a variety of mediums and techniques including watercolors, "trois crayons" (a traditional drawing technique using three colors of chalk) and pastels.


As part of this exhibition, OKCMOA is collaborating with the Conservatory for Classical Art in Edmond, Oklahoma. The conservatory will work with OKCMOA to offer drawing classes throughout the fall including "Drawing in the Style of the Old Masters," "Introduction to Portrait Drawing" and more. A full class schedule can be found on the Museum's website. Additionally, the Conservatory will offer drawing demonstrations during the Museum's Members' Day (open to Museum members only) and SONIC Free Family Day on Dec. 3 (free and open to the public).


The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day but will be open the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.


The exhibition will be open through Jan. 21, 2018.