T+L Reports: Great Art on the Plains
Published: May 2009
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (www.ou.edu/fjjma) at the University of Oklahoma in Norman now has a building as impressive as its collection. Architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, a protégé of the late Louis Kahn, has designed residences for such high-profile clients as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and journalist Jim Lehrer. But his latest project, the $14 million Mary and Howard Lester Wing, stands as a tribute to his mentor. Like Kahn's legendary Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Jacobsen's structure exploits natural light, with 10 skylight-capped limestone pavilions that more than double the museum's size and create an ideal space for its paintings by van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin, as well as its wide range of other works—from Persian miniatures to African sculptures and photographs by Berenice Abbott.