Update: Exhibit set for March 10 to June 7, 2020.
Idabel, OK (April 4, 2019)—Harold Stevenson (1929 – 2018) is McCurtain County’s most famous artist. He displayed his work in museums throughout the world, including the Louvre in Paris, France and the Guggenheim in New York City. More information about Stevenson is available on his official website, haroldstevenson.com.
The Museum of the Red River’s exhibit will feature art by Stevenson from the 1930s and onwards. Visiting curator Dian Jordan wants to use paintings collected by people from McCurtain County and the surrounding area. She hopes the exhibit will, “reflect the lived experiences of people with a McCurtain County connection.” She went on to say: “One of the most important elements in Stevenson’s paintings was his ability to capture day-to-day life in McCurtain County. He painted what he saw and often gave the paintings to his family, friends, and neighbors.” Jordan has already identified 37 such works in the four-state area.
Dian Jordan is a professor at the University of Texas Permian Basin. Museum Director Henry Moy stated, “Dr. Jordan was the natural choice to lead the project. As a primary source researcher, and with the support of the Stevenson family, she has become a known expert on Stevenson’s art and life.” In addition to curating the exhibit, Jordan is creating a catalogue of Stevenson’s work. Potential lenders or owners may contact Dr. Jordan at (940) 600 – 2713 or [email protected]
The exhibit has the approval of the Stevenson estate. His nephew, Kurt Stevenson, stated: “Uncle Picasso [Harold] never really got the recognition he deserved in Oklahoma, especially compared to all the recognition and exhibitions he had in Europe. On behalf of myself and my siblings, we are honored to see Harold being recognized.” This sentiment was shared by Stevenson’s niece, Caccie Leonard. She said, “Dian knows him better than he knew himself.”