Ramping Up: Are you ready for the Postal Plaza Gallery?

If you’ve been following the OSUMA on Facebook, you know that we’ve moved the collection into the Postal Plaza Gallery and we are working at full steam for the soft opening just a few weeks away.

Moving the collection into our new state-of-the-art study center at the Postal Plaza Gallery took our incredible staff about a week. This photo, from our Facebook page, shows the move in progress.

Moving the collection into our new state-of-the-art study center at the Postal Plaza Gallery took our incredible staff about a week. This photo, from our Facebook page, shows the move in progress.

When the Postal Plaza Gallery opens in October, our main gallery will have an exhibition of sketches, photos, and plans that describe the renovation process. Elliott + Associates’ design emphasizes the history of the building, and this display will give visitors additional insight into how that concept translated into its final appearance.

My curatorial notes for the small exhibition of highlights from "Sharing a Journey." While the rest of the museum staff moved the collection in physical space, I was moving it around on paper, trying to create a mini-exhibition that will showcase some of our collection's strongest pieces while not giving away all the secrets of the show itself, which will open in January 2014.

Some of my curatorial notes for the small exhibition of highlights from “Sharing a Journey.” While the rest of the museum staff moves the collection in physical space, I am moving it around on paper, trying to create a mini-exhibition that will showcase some of our collection’s strongest pieces while not giving away all the secrets of the show itself, which will open in January 2014.

The second gallery will have a preview of our opening exhibition, “Sharing a Journey,” which surveys the permanent collection. “Sharing a Journey,” which is scheduled to open in January 2014, will include over 200 works of art from the collection and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue. The highlights that we have chosen for our soft opening next month introduce some of the stories in the full exhibition and catalogue.

As you can imagine, the weeks ahead are going to be very busy for us! As we ramp up our presence in the physical world, I’m going to be scaling back here in the virtual one. In other words, for now, the blog is going to update every two weeks rather than weekly.

Want to stay on top of breaking news at the OSUMA? In addition to our Facebook page, you can follow us on Twitter, check out the beautiful new Museum website.

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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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