Oklahoma

decade

1930s

1936

1937

decade

1940s

1942

Ed Ruscha’s family moves to Oklahoma City.

1940s 1942

Joe Goode and Ed Ruscha become neighbors in Oklahoma City. In the second grade they become classmates and friends at Rosary Elementary School. They attend the same church, St. Francis of Assisi, and take art classes together.

1940s 1945

Mason Williams grows up dividing his time between living with his father in Oklahoma City and his mother in Oregon.

decade

1950s

1950s 1952

Joe Goode and Jerry McMillan are classmates and friends at Taft Junior High School in Oklahoma City.

1953

Friends Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha take art classes at Classen High School in Oklahoma City.

1956

Mason Williams graduates high school in Oklahoma City.

1957

Mason Williams moves back to Oklahoma to major in music at Oklahoma City University.

1958

On a return visit to Oklahoma in 1958, Ed Ruscha reads Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

1958–60 1958

At Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha meet and befriend fellow Okies Patrick Blackwell and Don Moore. They refer to themselves as the “Students Five.”

1958

On a winter trip back from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, Ed Ruscha convinces Jerry McMillan to come to Los Angeles for school, which then motivates Joe Goode to also head west and pursue his artistic career.

1959

Group oral history interview conducted by Andrew Perchuck and Rani Singh, featuring Jerry McMillan, Ed Ruscha, and Mason Williams, Jan 23, 2007. Part of "Modern Art in Los Angeles : Okies go west," Getty Research Institute, 2007.

decade

1960s

1960

The Oklahoma City Art Center organizes the group exhibition Four Oklahoma Artists featuring Patrick Blackwell, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha.

decade

1980s

1989

Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha are featured in a three-person exhibition at the Oklahoma City Art Museum.

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