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The Alexander Calder "Caracas" piece (1955) on display at OKCMOA's current "Off the Wall" exhibit.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Open since this past December, the amazing “Off the Wall: One Hundred Years of Sculpture” exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has some amazing, intricate and interesting pieces of art on display.

While I have been to this amazing museum before, I was really interested in the sculpture in these rooms on the museum’s first floor.

I like them because they are cool. Sculpture can be made of clay, metal, wood, marble, bronze, plastic, skulls, bones - pretty much anything. Even food.

In this exhibit, you will see more than 20 works of sculpture from the Oklahoma City Museum of Art permanent collection, with an emphasis on the unconventional pieces.

When I saw Henry Moore’s Divided head, from 1963, I thought it looked like something inspired by Picasso.

As for Barbara Hepworth’s 1969 sculpture Maquette for Divided Circle, I thought it looked like the Body of Christ with two holes in it. Or an alien.

A favorite of mine was the 1955 Caracas piece, a colorful, steel mobile that looked like a dragon with feathers. This one, I learned, introduced the element of movement.

The piece, Reflective Structure #4, by Texas artist Karl Umlauf, looks like we’re in a ship looking from above, down over the desert.

Another Umlauf – Charles Umlauf – had a fan favorite piece of the wax-winged mythological figure Icarus, in the eponymous sculpture that shows Icarus falling, having gotten too close to the sun. Icarus, like this sculpture demonstrates, like the famous Led Zeppelin logo of Icarus. Very compelling.

There was lots to look at with Alfonso Ossorio’s 1968 found-objects sculpture INxIT.

But one of my favorites was Oklahoma artist Lisa Hoke's assemblage piece, from 2015, titled Come On Down Oklahoma. Found packaging from various grocery products like wax paper and cereal boxes and other containers makes up the piece, a piece I thought, when looked at from a distance, looks like the profile of Elvis Presley.

I would love to come back soon to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. We are very lucky to have it.

Andrew W. Griffin contributed to this article.

Off the Wall
Thursday, March 28th, 2019 1:59pm to Sunday, May 12th, 2019 6:00pm
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Prices from: $10.00

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