The new galleries look architecturally wierd, but they work surprisingly well. Inside, you get an intimate view of an extraordinary collection of paintings:
The exhibit of Clara Weitzenhoffer's French impressionist paintings set in a replica of her Oklahoma City home is easily the most unique thing about the museum. How many of us would get invited to the home of a wealthy, private collector? This is the closest that we can get (that's a Monet right above the backgammon table):
S1 really got a kick when we explained what it was that Native American woman was holding. I explained what a paddle was used for, but he didn't quite believe me. He went to grammy to confirm it, and she had to own up to being old enough that it was used quite frequently in Western Oklahoma when she was a kid. Not on her, she was careful to explain. Um-hum.
A Western painting of Mexican men standing outside a home reminded S1 of Indian temples. It's mostly the paint work on the steps:
And his new favorite painting at the museum is one of mares in a circle. Their rider are taking part in a prayer:
It barely beats out the ones of the football players in Heisman park.