March 5 – May 15
In the late 19th century, the American tourist picked up wanderlust for locales considered far more exotic than the European destinations frequented before the American Civil War. That trend carried into the early part of the 20th century. Artists, too, skipped France, Germany and Italy for Spain, the Near East and North Africa and returned to the U.S. with a palette of new spices, light, languages and landscapes on the canvas. Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection, which opens at Norman’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in March, brings a collection of work interpreting the cultures and monuments built on influences from Greco-Roman and Persian traditions as well as Christian and Islamic thought. It’s a look at another world from another time. Admission is $2-$5, free for children under 6. For more, go online to www.ou.edu/fjjma.