No single style encapsulates the 57 pieces of American Moderns, the Oklahoma City Museum of Arts latest exhibition.
Its not a linear, chronological survey, but a nice sampling in a 50-year span, said Alison Amick, curator of collections. We have a number of different artists addressing ideas of what it means to be modern.
Among the talents weighing in are Norman Rockwell, depicting his opinion of tattooists; Grandma Moses,
with a postcard-perfect winter wonderland; N.C. Wyeth, whose Vision of New York looks positively Tolkien-esque; and Georgia OKeeffe, represented with four stylistically different works.
Grouped into six thematic sections, from character-focused to Cubist experiments, the exhibition explores an evolving American identity through two World Wars and one Great Depression a revolutionary time of change reflected in the paintings and sculptures that marks a new approach to an old medium, said Bryon Chambers, assistant curator of education.