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01/10/17

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Contact: Jennie Buchanan
Museum of the Western Prairie, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 580-482-1044
muswestpr@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org/sites/westernprairie

"Did You See That?" Exhibit Opening at Museum of the Western Prairie

ALTUS, Okla. — On Thursday, February 2, at 7 p.m. the Museum of the Western Prairie will host a special program for the opening of its newest exhibit entitled “Did You See That?”

“Did You See That?” is a photography exhibit showcasing the work of Jim Jordan, a lifelong resident of the Texas Panhandle and an avocational photographer for the past 45 years. Jordan specializes in the landscape and architecture of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Jordan’s work is held in many private collections and the permanent collections of the Amarillo Museum of Art and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

“Many alert road trip fans looking from the edge of the highway see brightly-colored, quirky examples of signage, sculpture and architecture, and reflexively classify these objects as kitsch. A closer look will often reveal heartfelt expressions of patriotism, loss and memory, spirituality or just sheer expressions of individuality,” said Jordan. “For creators of road art, no museum can possibly provide a venue like a busy highway where these efforts can be seen by countless motorists and passengers. Though no road warrior, I make frequent trips to Oklahoma, New Mexico and through the Texas Panhandle with a camera and color film and continue to mine a rich source of images.”

The premiere program on February 2 is free, open to the public and will feature an interview with Jordan and explore the subjects, locations and creators of the images Jordan has captured on film. “Did You See That?” will remain on exhibition in the First Gallery of the museum through the end of March.

The Museum of the Western Prairie, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is located at 1100 Memorial Drive in Altus. For more information please contact Director Jennie Buchanan at 580-482-1044.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.





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