The Culturist: Where to see art in Tulsa this month.
Andy Warhol’s “The Marx Brothers” from “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century,” 1980
For the first time in Tulsa, Andy Warhol’s 1980 tribute to his favorite “Jewish geniuses,” “Andy Warhol: Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century,” is on display. The works will be available for viewing through Dec. 19 at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art.
Growing up in Tulsa, I never experienced Warhol first hand. It wasn’t until last year that I saw a Warhol exhibit in person at the Tate Modern in London. Honestly, I wasn’t really a Warhol fan until I laid eyes on his blue and red self-portrait. I thought he was kind of cute and decided to give him a chance.
He surprised me with floor-to-ceiling yellow and pink cow’s head wallpaper covering the walls of a room within the exhibit, on which large prints of pink revolvers and blue, red, green and pink camouflage were hung. The clash of colors was threatening and inspiring — I felt giddy.
I expect that “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century” won’t be as loud but will be equally impressive.
The exhibit depicts renowned luminaries of Jewish culture: Sarah Bernhardt, Louis Brandeis, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, George Gershwin, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Golda Meir and Gertrude Stein.
The portraits are created in the same colorful style as Warhol’s celebrity portraits, such as his now-famous multicolored silk-screen depiction of Marilyn Monroe.
Sherwin Miller Curator Dr. Karen York says the 40-inch-by-32-inch portraits in the exhibit are complex in that “they are silkscreen with nine screens and up to 12 colors that form layers.”
She adds, “They have brilliant color and are based on original photos of each subject. These are going to be something Tulsa has never seen before.”
Another November exhibit at Sherwin Miller is “Marc Chagall: Drawings for the Bible,” on display through January 2012.
Russian-born painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was one of the 20th century’s eminent modern artists.
York says the museum is borrowing 31 Chagalls from the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, including one recently acquired drawing. The series includes color lithographs.
“You can see the change from etching to color lithography in the series,” York says. “Chagall was inspired by King David and Moses as leaders, so there are many drawings of them. But it’s not all Moses or Adam and Eve. There are also views of Ruth, Esther, angels and the prophets.”
Also this month
Stanley Lewis, “Painting and Drawings”
The University of Tulsa’s school of art presents the 2011 Ruth Mayo Distinguished Visiting Artist, Stanley Lewis. Lewis’ exhibition, “Painting and Drawings,” will be on display in the Alexandre Hogue Gallery in Phillips Hall from Nov. 10 through Dec. 15.
Lewis reveals the common New England landscape through a process of inspection and tactile construction. His abstract studio improvisations will also be on display.
Lewis will lecture about his art from 4-5 p.m., Nov. 10, in the Jerri Jones Lecture Hall in Phillips Hall. A reception will follow in the Hogue Gallery until 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Nov. 3 is the last day to view visiting assistant professor Aaron M. Higgins’ exhibit “Naga” at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery. Higgins uses a combination of video and digital processes to create video animations that explore abstraction in the context of new media.
Visit www.utulsa.edu for more information.
Living Arts’ Champagne & Chocolate Gala
Living Arts of Tulsa presents the 2011 Champagne and Chocolate Gala and Holiday Art Sale from 7-10 p.m., Nov. 19, at Living ArtSpace, 307 E. Brady St., featuring the works of 100 artists from Oklahoma and beyond. Everything from paintings to pewter vessels, jewelry to turned wood, photography to pottery, will be offered, all of which will be priced for the holidays.
In addition, the event will include complimentary champagne and chocolate, a display of ceramic corset models by Nicole Moan of Oklahoma City, a wearable art fashion show on the red carpet and music.
Tickets are available online at www.livingarts.org.