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OSU Museum of Art presents student-curated exhibition Constructing Identity | Perceiving Humanity

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Media Contact: Kristen Duncan | OSU Museum of Art communications | 405-744-2783 | kristen. duncan@okstate.edu

The Oklahoma State University Museum of Art presents Constructing Identity | Perceiving Humanity, an exhibition featuring the museum’s permanent collection with curatorial work by OSU students. Running from April 20 to July 14, this exhibition explores the age-old interest in depicting the human face. The exhibition showcases works by such  artists as Keith Haring, Emma Amos, Misch Kohn and more.

Constructing Identity | Perceiving Humanity is curated by OSU students in assistant professor Karen Greenwalt’s museum exhibition course (ART 4813/5813), which introduces curatorial methods, educational programming and marketing plans used in museums.

“The excitement of this group of students is contagious. Guiding them through the process and letting them explore their own creativity when curating and planning for this exhibition was a delight. This show is a great opportunity for visitors to view works from our permanent collection that have never been put on display before,” said Christina Elliott, associate curator of education for academic initiatives.

This exhibition delves into how portraiture can be explored through considering the way identity can be defined. Not only can these works define the identity for those who are featured, but they can also break down stereotypes and invite viewers to connect with the artists and their subjects.

Constructing Identity | Perceiving Humanity and its programs at the OSU Museum of Art is supported by: Malinda and Dick Fischer, the OSU Museum of Art Advocates, and through multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Left to right: Roger Shimomura (American, b. 1939), Kansas Samurai, 2004, lithograph, 38 ¾ x 25 ¾ inches, Gift of the artist, 10-0016. | Greece, Hellenistic, Drachma, Alexander the Great, 336-323 BCE, silver, 1 1/16 inch, Gift of Svetlana Salerno, 2011.008.001. | John Gutmann (American, German born, 1905-1998), China's Faces: Beauty in the twenties, ca. 1942, silver gelatin print, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Gift of Robert Fynn Johnson, 2016.012.008.

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