In the spring of 2019, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art reopened their second-floor galleries with an exciting new presentation of their permanent collection. Headlining this reinstallation is the Museum’s latest acquisition, Kehinde Wiley’s monumental new portrait Jacob de Graeff (2018) from the artist’s Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibition. Wiley’s extraordinary painting anchors a new portrait gallery that also features works by Anthony van Dyck, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and George Bellows, as well as the Museum’s extraordinary George Washington painting. Other galleries focus on a variety of topics such as the still life, animal paintings, landscapes, seascapes, and genre and history painting. Featured artists include Georgia O’Keeffe, George Inness, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Thomas Moran, Charles Willson Peale, Robert Henri, Jack Levine, and Richard Diebenkorn.
In 2019, OKCMOA also acquired “An Italian Autumn” by renowned American artist Thomas Cole. This major work by an American master adds to the Museum’s strong collection of American art prior to 1945. Cole’s painting headlines our landscape and animal painting gallery that also features works by George Inness, Gustave Courbet, Thomas Moran, Jasper Cropsey, John Sloan, Oscar Brousse Jacobson, Doel Reed, and Alexandre Hogue, among others.