Transforming the Postal Plaza: midweek update!

I stopped by the Postal Plaza this afternoon to see the ongoing demolition for myself—including some remnants of “Genus Genius” student artwork. Even though it’s only the middle of the week, I couldn’t resist sharing some of the photos I took as soon as possible.

Odis Rinker, the site superintendent, was eager to help me find any remaining drawings from "Genus Genius," the student art installation we organized before demolition started.

The doors and walls are gone, but some of Paxton Maddox and Josh Murphy's fish just keep swimming.

Odis keeps going, too—he has just remembered that the door to "Just Keep Swimming" might be out back, headed for the dump.

Amidst all the doors that have been removed, we find the one we are looking for.

Odis flips it over to reveal a fish that prompts some speculation: is it a carp? Where's Zoology professor and curator of vertebrates Karen McBee when we need her? Odis and I decide to save the door from the dump, instead keeping it in the collection as a record of the exhibition.

Back inside, there was still more art to hunt... although these days the work by Angie Piehl's students is barely there.

The rest of that hallway is slowly being emptied of all but ceiling and floor.

Around the corner, only an owl surveys what is left of the rooms "Akela's Den," and "Fair Game."

There is one piece of art that we're working hard to protect during demolition, of course. The Grace Hamilton mural in the lobby has been carefully covered to keep dust and dirt out. The plaster wall beneath the mural is slated for demolition, and as we can see in this shot from the back, the first step was to remove the plaster, which was supported by a metal armature.


About osucurator

Louise Siddons is Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University and founding curator of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She maintains this blog as a record of her students' work with the Museum's permanent collection as well as more generally with topics related to museum studies.
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