Energy company executive Duke Ligon founded Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in 1970 and continues to manage its substantial array of mineral interests. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, he has served on boards dedicated to the school, as well as on numerous other boards in the energy and philanthropic sectors. Duke Ligon’s interest in the promotion of public cultural institutions drives his continued support of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as a member of its board of directors.
In 2016, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art became the only North American venue for a wide-ranging and highly acclaimed exhibition of the works of the French modernist master Henri Matisse and his contemporaries. Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris was co-curated by the Oklahoma and French museums in collaboration with MondoMostre in Rome.
The exhibit showcased dozens of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other pieces by Matisse, the leading light of the Fauvist movement and one of the early 20th century’s most prolific artists. It also offered iconic works by Matisse’s rival Picasso, his friend Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and other renowned artists.
The total number of works on view over the summer was more than 100, with the exhibit sprawling over the museum’s entire second story. Museumgoers had the chance to enjoy numerous related activities, including family workshops in Matisse’s signature media of collage and paper cutting.