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OSU Library Teams with OKCMOA

Oral histories add context to New Deal art exhibition

May 27, 2011

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -The Oklahoma Oral History Research Program (OOHRP) at the Oklahoma State University Library has paired interview excerpts from their collections with selections from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s (OKCMOA) latest exhibition, 1934: A New Deal for Artists.

The oral history excerpts used in the exhibit relate to scenes in the paintings and will be used in the audio guide of the exhibit. The exhibit is organized and circulated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It will be on display at the OKCMOA, 415 Couch Drive, until August 21.

“These excerpts give a voice to the paintings, as well as an Oklahoma focus, even though the paintings are scenes from around the United States,” said Latasha Wilson, a researcher with the OOHRP.

On July 16, the OKCMOA will host Community Day. The OOHRP invites those who wish to record their memories of the 1930s to schedule an interview at the museum that day. Anyone interested in participating can contact Wilson at 405-744-7792 or latasha.wilson@okstate.edu.

“The artwork in the exhibit depicts scenes from everyday life during this time period. Interviews will provide an opportunity for people whose memories are triggered to tell their stories, and we will capture firsthand accounts of this history,” said Wilson.

At the museum’s Resource Day on June 2, Wilson also will present to teachers about how oral histories were used in this exhibit and how educators can incorporate oral history material into their classrooms. 

Formally established in 2007, the OOHRP at the OSU Library has collected and preserved firsthand accounts from individuals who have played a part in Oklahoma’s history. The Program explores the lives and contributions of Oklahomans from all walks of life. To learn more about the OOHRP call 405-744-7685, email liboh@okstate.edu, or visit www.library.okstate.edu/oralhistory/.

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/summer11/okcmoa.htm
Last Updated: 1 June 2011

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