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November Events at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The following is a list of highlights at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) during November 2009.

Friends’ Lecture: “Gustave Courbet Revisited”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
By Kathryn Calley Galitz, Ph.D., assistant curator, Dept. of 19th-century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

This lecture offers an overview of the work of the Realist painter, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877), a pioneering figure in the history of modernism and the subject of a 2008 retrospective at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Courbet, the self-proclaimed “most arrogant man in France,” launched his career with a series of paintings of his native Ornans, whose subject matter and emphatically realistic style shocked the Paris art world in the early 1850s. Throughout his career, he courted controversy, challenging the artistic establishment with works that flouted accepted standards. His art profoundly influenced the next generation of artists, notably Cézanne.

Friends’ lectures are free to Museum members at the Friend, Friends, and Sustainer membership levels. Seating is limited to 250, and reservations are recommended. Prices are $15 for general membership levels and $20 for nonmembers per ticket. For more information, contact Jim Eastep at 236-3100, ext. 215 or e-mail

Così Fan Tutte, Opera in HD from Salzburg
Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Noble Theater

Performed at the Salzburg Festival 2009, Così fan tutte is an experiment designed to reveal the truth about women’s supposed lack of faithfulness. This stage work – in some ways Mozart’s most radical – is not so much a “School for Lovers” as a continuous dissection of hearts. In the tension between love and passion, security and self-negation, faithfulness and betrayal, couples get lost in emotional chaos. Mozart’s music traces the inner contradictions of his figures, without ever betraying them, and suddenly makes us doubt our confident belief that we can separate playfulness from earnestness, dream from reality. Conducted by Adam Fischer, Directed by Claus Guth, Starring Miah Persson, Isabel Leonard, Topi Lehtipuu, Florian Boesch.

SPECIAL PRICE: $20 Adults/ $18 Members, Students, Seniors. Call 405-278-8237, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Purchase online

Coco Before Chanel
Friday & Saturday, November 20 – 21, 5:30 & 8 p.m.

Coco Before Chanel is the story of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel (Audrey Tatou), who began her life as a headstrong orphan and, through an extraordinary journey, became the legendary couturier who embodied the modern woman and became a timeless symbol of success, freedom, and style. The film portrays the formative years of Chanel’s life, and the years Chanel spent discovering and inventing herself. The production was given the support of the Maison CHANEL, who opened their archives and collections. In French with English subtitles. Director: Anne Fontaine 2009 France 105min. PG-13 HDdigital

Fall Family Festival featuring
The Dutch Italiantes!
Sunday, November 22, Noon-4 p.m.

In celebration of The Dutch Italianates, OKCMOA invites you to spend a day with the Dutch at their fall festival Family Day on Sunday, November 22 from noon-4pm. Families can visit the Museum of Art to view the exhibitions and enjoy fun-filled activities for all ages, including hands-on art, face painting, mini-tours, a family activity guide, door prizes, and live performances featuring the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. In addition, the Metropolitan Library will present story times throughout the afternoon.

All activities are included in the price of Museum admission: $12 adults, $10 students/seniors, $10 military and free to members and children ages 5 and under.

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