Science Museum Oklahoma is diving deep into the world of digital art with its newest exhibit, “Frameless: NFTs in Contemporary Art.”
“Frameless” is on display in the museum’s smART Space galleries, which are dedicated to the intersection of art and science. The exhibit explores the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) - digital assets with unique identifiers attached that cannot be copied, substituted or replaced.
NFTs in contemporary art expand beyond our current understanding and expectations of art. Art is no longer limited by the size of canvas, block of marble, or physical experience. With the evolution of NFTs, digital artists can now certify their digital creations as one-of-a-kind assets that can be bought, sold, and traded with verifiable provenance just like traditional artwork.
The exhibit specifically focuses on the role of NFTs in the world of contemporary art and features some of the most popular and valued digital artists of today. Guests will be able to view work from artists around the world, including Texas-based artist Pindar Van Arman, Claire Droppert (Netherlands), Dean Harvey (New Zealand), and Twistedpoly (Slovenia).
“Learning about NFTs and their impact on contemporary art has been fascinating research,” said Alyson Atchison, Director of SMO’s smART Space galleries. “When first approaching the subject over a year ago, it was an intimidating field and daunting task to specifically zero in on crypto art rather than the financial boom of cryptocurrencies or even NFTs in marketing.”
“By the time I began reaching out to the artists I wanted to show in this exhibit, the intimidation fell away, and I have loved working with these artists,” Atchison said. “I am absolutely thrilled by the roster of artists we've been able to put together for this exhibit. It is a such a diverse group both in geography and genre. I think everyone will be able to find something they like in this collection of art. My hope is that viewers of this exhibit are able to avoid that initial intimidation and come to the gallery to learn more about NFTs in contemporary art.”
“Frameless” will be open through early 2024, and is included with general admission.
Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily general admission is $20.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $15.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $125.
About Science Museum Oklahoma
Science Museum Oklahoma is the only hands-on science museum in Oklahoma and, with more than 390,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation. With a mission of enriching lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science, Science Museum Oklahoma demonstrates the relationship between the physical sciences and everyday experiences. The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events. The museum’s clear mission and firm focus on science literacy encourage families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences.