Oklahoma City has several museums, venues, galleries and exhibits that are showcasing diverse artworks for serious connoisseurs and casual viewers alike.
From ancient techniques to contemporary styles, you won’t want to miss these new art exhibits in OKC.
Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions, Sept. 8, 2021 - Summer 2022
This larger-than-life art exhibit is in Campbell Art Park. Shaved Portions is a collection of salvaged rubber tires that have been dramatically transformed into biomorphic sculptures.
Maren Hassinger: Nature, Sweet Nature, Sept. 9, 2021 - Aug. 29, 2022
Nature, Sweet Nature is made up of two installations - one near the entrance to the art center and the other within the Sculpture Garden. Each galvanized wire rope stands tall, relative to human scale, and lines up around the garden.
Off the Wall, Feb. 17 - June 20, 2022
Featuring three Oklahoma-based artists — Sarah Ahmad, Romy Owens and Marium Rana — Off the Wall features large-scale works that come in stunning and unexpected forms. These artists work in fiber, textiles and mixed media, using techniques that range from sewing and quilting to the intricate application of paint and the exploration of cutting-edge technology.
This exhibition includes vibrant paintings and 3D work from 15 artists. Each piece is meant to represent how artists see the world today from different perspectives, such as technology, health, spirituality, human engagement, social awareness, education and much more.
Western Wares, Feb. 11 - May 1, 2022
Designs from the region are used in every area of life, from home goods to clothing and accessories, and Western-style is more than cowboy boots and jeans. This is one of several new exhibits at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum exploring Western culture and its influence on the past and present.
Express Mail, Mar. 4 - July 24, 2022
This exhibit at the Cowboy explores how artists express themselves through the mail. When they put pen to paper, the result is sometimes art. Other times, it is a note of friendship, advice, inspiration or congratulations.
Tattooing: Religion, Reality and Regret, Aug. 27, 2021 - May 1, 2022
Explore the traditions of tattooing and artistic expressions through paintings from the permanent collection and photographs from the Dickinson Research Center at the Cowboy!
Pop Art and Text, Jan. 19 - July 24, 2022
Pop Art, which became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, often created work using bold colors and text. This exhibition features the art of Ed Ruscha, Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, three popular pop artists of the day.
The Perfect Shot, Mar. 5 - Sept. 4, 2022
The Perfect Shot will feature more than 80 sports photographs by Walter Iooss Jr. – ranging from a girl striking out at a high school softball game to NFL players winning the Super Bowl – that highlight the universal emotions that athletes the world over know well.
Dale Chihuly: Magic & Light, closing soon
The Rose Family has donated their four-decades-long curated glass work collection. These 179 works of art will complement Dale Chihuly: Magic & Light, one of the largest public collections of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork, at OKCMOA. So this exhibit will be closing on March 27 in preparation for reinstallation in a brand new exhibition featuring more glass.
Seed Reef, Feb. 9 - Apr. 24, 2022
Walk “underwater” among the immersive, sculpted paper installation of a coral reef, created by artists Emma Difani and Malcolm Zachariah, at Factory Obscura. Participants are welcome to restore Seed Reef by constructing and adding their own corals and other reef animals to the installation.
Through the Mix-Tape experience, the artists of Factory Obscura will produce a 20th-century version of the classic audio autobiography, creating immersive artistic representations of songs that speak to the artists’ journeys as individuals and as a collective.
First Americans Museum
The First Americans Museum showcases state-of-the-art exhibitions in history, culture, art and more. Visitors can experience the collective histories of Oklahoma’s 39 distinctive First American Nations in the Tribal Nations Gallery. The outdoor cultural park provides an intimate connection with the natural environment such as earth, wind, water and fire used to interpret American Indian perspectives.
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