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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Jan 03, 2013)

This weekend two special art exhibits close, and a local organization continues its program about Oklahomans.

A variety of artistic styles from the first half of the 20th century including cubism, expressionism, and precisionism are represented at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The exhibit “American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell” includes work from Georgia O’Keefe and Norman Rockwell, of course, but also from Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, and Elie Nadelman. The set of 53 paintings and 4 sculptures are on display until next Sunday, January 6th, making this the last weekend to catch this show until it goes back to the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

The Oklahoma Heritage Association describes its Versus Series as “interactive presentations that pits a historic Oklahoman against a modern day figure.” The next presentation takes place at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum in Oklahoma City on January 8th at 6:00 p.m. The two Oklahoma natives begin compared and contrasted are Jim Thorpe and Bart Conner. Jim Thorpe was called the “greatest athlete of the half century” in 1950 by the Associated Press sportswriters. Robert Manchester, IV portrays Thorpe. Bart Conner is an Olympic gymnast and has won medals at nearly every level of competition. Bob Burke mediates the event.

Last year, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City was chosen as one of ten museums to display a portion of a collection of images from National Geographic. The exhibit “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” is open to the public through January 6th and features photographs from 125 years of history. The exhibit was organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West. The collection of 175 images is the work of 75 photographers and features landscapes, portraits, and depictions of the life of cowboys and those living in the American West.

Other events of interest:

Participants of the Arcadia Lake Eagle Watch have the opportunity to see bald eagles along the 26 miles of shoreline of the lake. The Arcadia Lake Park Office hosts the eagle watches from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 4th, 5th, and 6th. Each session begins in the office, and the staff discusses where participants can see the eagles and gives biological information about them.

Brass Bell Studios in Oklahoma City celebrates its 2nd anniversary with an event called “Bring Your Own Bicycle.” This bike themed group show on Sunday, January 6th features work from local artists and designers. This all ages event is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Find more events in your area on our calendar page.

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