Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art of the Sixties and Seventies

   February 2 – May 16, 2021
   Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA), Oklahoma City, OK

Installation view of Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art of the Sixties and Seventies at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 2021. ©Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Artists Included:
Omar Rayo, Julio Le Parc, John Pearson, Victor Vasarely, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Josef Albers, Günther Uecker, Charles Hinman

Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Moving Vision: Op and Kinetic Art from the Sixties and Seventies highlights one of the great strengths of the Museum’s permanent collection–OKCMOA’s extensive, high-quality holdings in Op (optical) and Kinetic (movement) art. This groundbreaking new exhibition, which also includes many historically significant loans from private collections, features movement, both real and perceived.

Beginning around the middle of the twentieth century, two separate yet complementary art movements brought something new to plastic, two and three-dimensional forms. In the case of Op art, artists created the perception of movement on a two-dimensional surface; while with Kinetic art, artists experimented with moving three-dimensional forms. This exhibition brings together these two movements to tell the story of artists’ explorations of motion in the 1960s and 70s.

Moving Vision will bring together approximately forty works centered around the Museum’s own masterpieces of Op and Kinetic Art, alongside a series of loans from major private collections. The exhibition will feature all the great names in Op and Kinetic Art—from Alexander Calder and Victor Vasarely to Richard Anuszkiewicz and Fletcher Benton—to a host of lesser-known figures who also deserve to be household names.

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