Halo Amok at OKCMOA
Picasso at the rodeo.
Courtesy/Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Wayne White is best known as the creative butter behind the zany characters on the hit children’s show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, but the illustrator/cartoonist/animator/puppet designer has long since become known also for his esoteric vision and artwork. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, shares a bit of the eccentric and fascinating White with the exhibit Halo Amok, a cubist-inspired rodeo made of large-scale cowboy, pony and bovine-like puppets – moveable sculptures made from wood, cardboard, glue and other common materials. In White’s hands, the ordinary turns fun and stare-worthy. You won’t find any “do not touch” signs here: Visitors get to control the three puppet figures with a tug of the ropes. Halo Amok is the sixth installment of OKCMOA’s New Frontiers Series for Contemporary Art and remains on exhibit through Sept. 1. Visit www.okcmoa.com for a schedule of related programs booked for August (including a live performance by White titled Yer Supposed to Act All Impressed on Aug. 29). OKCMOA hours are 10-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (open until 9 p.m. Thursday) and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for museum members and $5-$12 for others.