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Oklahoma City Museum of Art Presents Works by Mexican-American Artist Luis Jimenez: Works on Paper

Oklahoma City, OK – Explore the bold works of Luis Jiménez with a one-of-a-kind exhibition held only at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, open through December 12, 2010. Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Luis Jiménez: Works on Paper will present more than 30 drawings and lithographs created over the course of the artist’s career. The exhibition will include examples from the Museum’s permanent collection in addition to loans from the collection of Joe A. Diaz, San Antonio. Known predominantly for his work in sculpture, Luis Jiménez: Works on Paper will explore the artist’s talent as a printmaker and draftsman.

Jiménez was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1940. He received a Bachelor of Science in art architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and completed additional studies at the Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City. He moved to New York in 1966 to pursue a career in art and had his first solo exhibition at Graham Gallery in 1969. Jiménez spent the majority of his career in the Southwest, establishing a studio in Hondo, New Mexico. Jiménez died in 2006 while working on an enlargement of a fiberglass sculpture commissioned by the Denver International Airport.

Jiménez’s works fuse his interests in popular culture and social commentary with his identity as a Mexican-American. He explores diverse themes in his work, from death to the American Southwest to illegal immigration and border crossings, utilizing bold colors and a highly expressive style. Jiménez also captures the gritty realities of urban life and culture, capturing a world filled with prostitutes, lowriders, and tattoos. This is the first exhibition of Jiménez’s work at the Museum. Highlights include American Dream (1972), Rose Tattoo (1983), Study for Southwest Pieta (1983), and Tan Lejos de Dios, Tan Cerca de Los Estados Unidos [So far from God, so near the United States] (2001).

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art serves over 135,000 visitors annually from all fifty states and over thirty foreign countries and presents exhibitions drawn from throughout the world. The Museum’s collection covers a period of five centuries with highlights in European and American art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and a growing collection of contemporary art as well as a comprehensive collection of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The Museum boasts the region’s premiere repertoire cinema, which presents the finest international, independent, and classic films. Amenities include the Museum School, which offers classes for students of all ages as well as fall, winter, and summer art camps for youths; a library; the Museum Store, a roof terrace, and the Museum Cafe, a full-service restaurant, offering lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, a full bar, and catering services.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s Arts District, at 415 Couch Drive. Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Monday and major holidays. (405) 236-3100. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors, and military and students with ID. Children five and under and Museum members receive free admission. Cafe hours are Sunday Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (405) 235-6262.

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