Alexandre Hogue to be topic of Susie Kalil Lecture

Thursday, September 01, 2011

This event is free and open to the public.

Susie Kalil , curator of  "Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary," will speak on  Hogue, renowned painter of the Southwest and former Director of the School of Art, on Thursday,  September 8th, in the Chapman Lecture Hall, at 7:00 pm. 

Alexander_Hogue_and_BarrowsHer lecture will anticipate the opening of a retrospective exhibition at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which opens on September 24th.    It includes Hogue’s art works from Tulsa collections, including the School of Art’s Howdy Neighbor, and paintings, drawings and prints lent by Special Collections of  McFarlin Library, the Gilcrease Museum of American Art, and the Philbrook  Museum

The retrospective  documents works from the entirety of Hogue’s career, from the early 1920s until his death in 1994.  It includes paintings created during his the early years in Dallas, Glen Rose and Taos, and his series paintings of the Dust Bowl, the Oil Industry, and Big Bend National Park.  The exhibition pays attention to Hogue’s modernist works produced between the late 1950s through the early 1970s.   Before opening in Fort Worth, the exhibition was on display at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi and the Grace Museum in Abilene.

Kalil’s lecture will focus on the ways in which Hogue captured the psychological and spiritual character of the land, and his intense awareness of environmental processes and effects.  She will examine the development of his disciplined style and language.   Hogue painted with confidence and fluidity, the mark of an artist who was completely experienced and assured in his medium.  Furthermore, his work represents a vital link in the history of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.  His legacy pushes us to consider what it regionalism in American art means.   The exhibition aims to rekindle interest in the artist, while introducing a powerful body of work to inspire a new generation of painters.

Hogue was director of the School of Art from 1945 to 1963, and taught in the department for many years.   He is well remembered in the Tulsa  community by his former students, colleagues and collectors of his art.


Photo:      Alexandre Hogue and Hank Barrows, 1955
University of Tulsa Archives (1894.003)


Mary Whitney