Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Peter J. Solomon Company Provides Strategic Advisory Services


A respected executive with nearly five decades of experience in the energy sector, Duke Ligon serves as the principal owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company in Oklahoma City. Recently, the Peter J. Solomon Company (PJSC) appointed Duke Ligon as a senior advisor to its Energy Advisory Group in Houston, which has enabled the company to expand into the energy sector. 

An investment banking advisory firm, PJSC offers strategic advisory services to senior managers, boards of directors, and chief executive officers. Over the course of almost 30 years, the company has been providing a broad array of advisory services such as restructuring, capital markets solutions, acquisitions, and mergers. Seeking to provide strategic solutions that lead to shareholder value over the long term, the company has advised clients in numerous transactions. PJSC has represented a variety of clients ranging from small, rapidly growing firms to large multinational organizations in sectors such as energy, real estate, technology, and retail.

For the full press release, please visit http://www.pjsc.com/news-and-events/duke-r-ligon-former-devon-energy-executive-joins-peter-j-solomon-company.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Met’s World War I Exhibit Highlights a Harrowing Era


With decades at the helm of major oil, natural gas, and mineral companies in the Oklahoma City area, Duke Ligon is a prominent business executive, attorney, and patron of the arts. He has made significant contributions to local and national arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Duke Ligon continues to serve on the museum’s Major Gifts Committee, assisting with long-range planning and development. 

Among the Met’s recent exhibits is one dealing with the artistic legacy of World War I. On view from summer 2017 through the first week of the New Year, “World War I and the Visual Arts” commemorates the Great War’s centenary by showcasing a chronological record of the ways artists came to grips with the war’s devastation of their societies.

The Met’s own collections supply most of the works in the exhibit, which encompasses book illustrations, patriotic posters and prints, photos, drawings, and other materials. The international group of artists included worked in a variety of media and responded to the war with a variety of attitudes, from enthusiastic support to deep pessimism. 

German Dada artist George Grosz, known for his biting social critiques, is among the best-known artists included in the exhibit. The European-born American photographer Edward Steichen, a major influence on photographers to this day, is another.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Book Outlines the Growth of the Civil War Trust


The founder and CEO of Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Duke Ligon also holds board positions with other oil, mineral, and natural gas companies in the region. Outside of work, Duke Ligon sits on the board of directors for a number of charitable organizations, including the Civil War Trust in Washington, DC.

The Civil War Trust engages in the purchase and preservation of historically significant Civil War sites, and educates the public about the war’s legacy for all Americans. Thanks to its members and donors, the trust has been able to acquire more than 46,000 acres of land in 23 states.

In a new book, the trust memorializes its three decades of work to preserve this vital part of the country’s heritage. Entitled Fighting the Second Civil War: A History of Battlefield Preservation and the Emergence of the Civil War Trust, this 30th-anniversary commemorative volume outlines the growth of the trust, from its grassroots beginnings to its current status as the nation’s premier battlefield preservation organization.

Among the trust’s challenges and triumphs, the book outlines how the group fought the construction of a shopping mall on the site of the Battle of Bull Run and a casino at Gettysburg. The book is available through the trust’s website.

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.