The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host several holiday-themed events this winter.
Sacred Words: The Saint John’s Bible and the Art of Illumination
The first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era will be on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art this fall. Sacred Words: The Saint John’s Bible and the Art of Illumination includes seventy selected folios from The Saint John’s Bible as well as other historical illuminated manuscripts, such as a Book of Hours, Quran pages and Torah scrolls. Sacred Words will include a selection of original, unbound illuminated manuscript folios on calfskin vellum from The Saint John’s Bible, as well as sketches, drawings, inks and tools used to create the manuscript.
The Saint John’s Bible was created by a team of 23 scribes, artists and assistants headquartered in a scriptorium in Wales under the artistic direction of Donald Jackson, one of the world’s foremost calligraphers and the scribe to Queen Elizabeth’s Crown office at the House of Lords. The theological aspects of the project were guided by a committee of theologians, artists and scholars at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The Bible incorporates many of the characteristics of its medieval predecessors: it is written on vellum, using quills, natural inks, hand-ground pigments, and gold-leaf gilding. However, so this edition is relevant today, it employs a modern English translation as well as beautifully painted illuminations that interpret biblical passages in contemporary terms.
Kids Free Over Winter Break
Celebrate the holidays and create family memories at the Museum with free admission for kids 17 and under from December 20th through 31st.
Join an OKCMOA Teaching Artist each week to create extraordinary works of art inspired by the Museum’s collection and the special exhibition Sacred Words: The Saint John’s Bible and the Art of Illumination. No advance registration required. Designed for all ages. Free with admission.
Saturday, December 3 – Typography Illustrations
Saturday, December 10 – Illumination from Scratch
Saturday, December 17 – Holiday Card Making
Saturday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve Crackers
Drop-in Art is presented by the support of Bank of America.
Tiny Tuesdays: Snowflake Handprints
December 20, 10am-12pm
Be inspired to create a work of art during these monthly come-and-go art-making sessions geard towards little ones. Free with admission. Designed for kids 5 and under and adult.
Seniors (62+): $10
College Students (with ID): $10
Military (with ID): $5
Children (ages 6-18): $10
Children (ages five and under): Free
$5 after 5 pm on Thursdays
Museum Films presents A Very Wes Anderson Christmas!
Film Admission: Members: $5; Adults: $9; Seniors/Students: $7; Teens (13-18): $7; Children (12 and under): $5
Wednesday, December 21: 7:30 pm, Bottle Rocket
Thursday, December 22: 5:30 pm, Moonrise Kingdom; 8 pm, Rushmore
Friday, December 23: 5:30 pm, The Royal Tenenbaums; 8 pm, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Saturday, December 24: 1 pm, Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wednesday, December 28: 7:30 pm, Rushmore
Thursday, December 29: 5:30 pm, The Grand Budapest Hotel; 8 pm, The Darjeeling Limited
Friday, December 30: 5:30 pm, Fantastic Mr. Fox; 8 pm, The Life Aquatic W/ Steve Zissou
Saturday, December 31: 2 pm, The Royal Tenenbaums
Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Thursday: 10 am-9 pm
Sunday: noon-5 pm
Closed: Mondays, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Day
For a full list of events, visit okcmoa.com.