Frontier Country Hosts Once-in-a-lifetime Summer Exhibitions
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – This summer several Frontier Country museums are hosting unique exhibitions that will give tourists world-broadening encounters.
With high gas prices, summer tourists are looking for affordable driving destinations and tourist activities. Stay in central Oklahoma and explore the world from the age of dinosaurs to Ancient Rome and the modern Far East.
Roman Art from the Louvre
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the final North American venue showing an impressive collection of Roman Art from the Musée du Louvre in Paris. From June 19 to Oct. 12, Oklahoma and Midwest audiences will have a rare and historic opportunity to view 184 Roman works, some weighing more than 6,000 pounds. Many of the art objects have not been seen by the public in decades and most have never traveled to the states.
“Hosting a monumental exhibit drawn from the collection of one of the world’s preeminent art museums is an unprecedented opportunity,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. “Not only does it carryout the museum’s goal of bringing great works of art to our city, which our citizens may otherwise not see, but it also showcases Oklahoma City as a destination of world-class stature.”
The exhibition is one of the finest collections of Ancient Rome outside of Italy and features statues, portraits, sculptures, sarcophagi, marble busts and reliefs, jewelry, fresco paintings, glass and metal cups and vessels, and a cache of more than 100 silver pieces from Pompeii.
The Science of SuperCroc featuring Nigersaurus
SuperCroc, the world’s largest crocodile that ever lived, is spending its summer at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Normann through Aug. 24. The special summer exhibition “The Science of SuperCroc featuring Nigersaurus” features a full-scale skeletal reproduction of SuperCroc, which weighed as much as 10 tons and measured 40 feet with a 6-foot skull. In 2000, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno found the enormous Sarcosuchus imperor remains in the Sahara desert.
In addition to the SuperCroc model, visitors can see the actual fossil skull of SuperCroc and learn to work a mechanical replica of a large crocodile. The exhibit also includes a full-scale replica of Nigersaurus tagueti, a strange-looking Saurpod with an elephant-sized body and a low-riding, 6-foot-long neck. It is the first public viewing of the dinosaur outside of the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
A special photography exhibition brings together the work of seven photographers from mainland China. Collectively, these photographers have numerous publications, exhibitions and awards to their credit, but little of their work has appeared outside mainland China. None of these projects have yet to be seen in the West and are on display through Aug. 17 at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman.
The photographs, which were taken between 1991 and 2006, show Chinese people in everyday life as the country experiences political and economic developments. Each photographer has undertaken long-term documentation of one or more aspects of Chinese culture that he or she feels reflects something vital about China now – whether that is something emerging or something vanishing.
Central Oklahoma’s Frontier Country is full of special exhibitions, festivals and tourist activities. Plan summer getaways, create itineraries, request free brochures and download money-saving “Trips on a Tank Full” summer coupons at www.oktourism.com or call 800-FUN-OKLA.
Note to media: Download art from the following Web site: Roman Art from the Louvre: http://okcmoa.com/romanartfromthelouvre/press/downloads
Contact: Emily Reagan, public relations director
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