Monday, August 7, 2017

Met’s Simple Gifts Exhibit Spotlights Shaker Culture

Oklahoma City’s Duke Ligon, a strong supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, serves on the Major Gifts Committee of the museum’s board of directors. The broadly-experienced energy industry executive, who currently heads Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, and sits on the board of Oklahoma-based Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P., also works to promote the interests of numerous arts and educational nonprofits. Thanks in part to the dedication of Duke Ligon, these organizations continue to offer major programs that benefit the national community.

In one recent exhibit, which ran from July 2016 to August 2017, the Met focused on the heritage of the Shakers. Through Simple Gifts: Shaker at the Met, museum-goers had the opportunity to learn more about this distinctive American culture and its traditions of heartfelt religious devotion and precision craftsmanship.

Numerous 20th and 21st century artists have absorbed influences from the Shakers, known for their minimalist approach to the construction of furniture, tableware, and household articles. For the exhibition, the museum assembled some of its most representative objects made by members of Shaker communities, which thrived in New York and New England, particularly in the early 1800s.

The Shakers, a dissident religious group focused on the values of peacefulness, communitarianism, work, and simplicity, inspired composer Aaron Copland to create a richly evocative arrangement of their hymn “Simple Gifts” for the 1944 Martha Graham ballet “Appalachian Spring.” The Met’s exhibition paired its Shaker pieces with video footage of the ballet.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Purpose of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Based in Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon is an attorney and businessman with extensive experience in corporate litigation. The founder and the owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, located in Oklahoma City.

Founded in 1927, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization created to honor the citizens of Oklahoma who have made an impact in their industry. To this end, it exhibits a showcase of many outstanding Oklahomans who have contributed to the state’s heritage. It also works to facilitate educational programming, including field trips for school-aged students and publications that detail the history of the state.

Essentially a private donation-funded organization, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is governed by a primary board of directors. Moreover, there is also a teen board comprised of high school students that organize an annual fundraising program and a second century board consisting of young professionals who help to promote the organization in their respective networks. Together, the boards help preserve Oklahoma’s unique history for another generation.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Seurat’s Circus Side Show at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blueknight Energy Partners Demonstrates Community Responsibility

Since founding the Mekusukey Oil Company in 1970, Duke Ligon has become a respected authority on energy production. In addition to managing his own company, he also sits on the board of directors at Emerald Oil, PostRock Energy Corporation, and Panhandle Oil and Gas. In 2008, Duke Ligon took up the role of an independent director and chairman of the board at Blueknight Energy Partners of Oklahoma City, which maintains values of ethics and excellence that reflect his personal commitment to community service.

Blueknight refers to this service as the need to be a “responsible corporate citizen,” one of Blueknight’s core values. This responsibility is demonstrated by maintaining strict safety standards, preserving natural resources, and offering volunteer work and funds for charitable causes.

In 2015, Blueknight made a substantial donation to the Wounded Warrior Project of San Antonio while in the course of building a 160-mile oil pipeline from East Texas to the Houston Ship Channel. Blueknight also named the pipeline the “Knight Warrior” pipeline. 

In another charitable cause, in late 2016, Blueknight participated in a project with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. Habitat offers home purchasing options with zero-interest mortgages for low-income families, asking only for 300 hours of volunteer work on the part of the new homeowner, helping to build their own or others’ houses. In the case of this most-recent partnership, 50 employees of Blueknight assisted Habitat in building an addition for a family of first-time homeowners, adding a $10,000 donation to help them be comfortable in their new home.