NORMAN, OKLA. – A fun weekend of free films, special guests and art activities has been planned at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Beginning Friday, Nov. 18, the art museum on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus is offering three days of events, including free screenings of Project Nim and Disney’s Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, plus art discussions and hands-on activities.


Special guests over the weekend include Phineas and Ferb animator and co-creator Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, author Elizabeth Hess, wildlife artist Tom Palmore and primatologist Bob Ingersoll. Each event is free and open to the public.


The weekend begins with Art Adventures at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. The monthly museum program features a 45-minute discussion with Susan Baley, director of education at the museum. Her discussion is titled Form and Process: Lee Mullican and Sam Francis and explores 20th-century abstract artists. Light refreshments will be served.


At 7 p.m., the museum will show Project Nim, in collaboration with Norman Groovefest. From the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire comes the true story of Nim the chimpanzee who, in the 1970s, became the focus of a landmark experiment aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with sign language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Special guests Bob Ingersoll, who befriended Nim at the now-defunct Institute for Primate Studies; Elizabeth Hess, author of Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human; and wildlife artist Tom Palmore will be available for questions briefly before and after the film screening.


Copies of books by both Hess and Palmore will be available for sale in Muse, the museum store. Both events are free, but seating is limited. Norman Groovefest will be accepting voluntary donations to Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary.


Following the screening, paid Museum Association members with Metro Arts Circle benefits are invited to bring one guest to an after party at Seven 47 on Campus Corner from 9 to 11 p.m. The after party is open to paid MAC members and their guests ages 21 and above.


The public is invited to Café Plaid on Campus Corner for a more social gathering with Ingersoll, Hess and Palmore after the film screening, hosted by Norman Groovefest.


On Saturday, Nov. 19, the museum will screen the new Disney film, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, beginning at 11 a.m. Marsh will be attending the screening and will draw pictures of cartoon characters for visitors afterwards. Marsh also provides the voice of Major Monogram in the television series and film.


In Phineas and Ferb the Movie, the show’s step-brothers explore a parallel universe that threatens their own, during which family pet Perry the platypus reveals a secret kept from the children thus far: he is a secret agent protecting the Tri-State Area from the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz.


The screening is free, but seating is limited. Due to expected large crowds, visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before the film begins.


The weekend concludes Sunday, Nov. 20, with a Family Day at the museum. From 1 to 4 p.m., the museum offers free admission with hands-on art activities for all ages. The theme for the afternoon is Taos Time: Art of the American Southwest from the Adkins Collection and focuses on the Eugene B. Adkins Collection of Western and Native American art. The Adkins Collection was installed Oct. 21 as part of the opening of the new Stuart Wing.


“The staff at the museum are excited to bring this fun weekend of free activities and opportunities to the community,” said Ghislain d’Humières, director of the museum. “From films to special guests to educational programs, we think there will be something for everyone over this weekend.”


The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is located in the OU Arts District on the corner of Elm Avenue and Boyd Street, at 555 Elm Ave., on the OU Norman campus.