Now’s a great time to take in a museum exhibition, and Oklahoma City’s wide variety of world-class facilities offer immersive and memorable experiences. Several new exhibits are open and ready for viewing, as well as ongoing exhibits that have undergone improvements and redesign.
Oklahoma Contemporary Art Museum
Breve historia del tiempo by Gonzalo Lebrija, through March 27, 2023
For the first time in the region, Oklahoma Contemporary presents a monumental outdoor sculpture by Gonzalo Lebrija, one of the best-known contemporary artists living in Guadalajara, Mexico. The artwork features a Plymouth Duster, a two-door, compact car, which sits vertically in Campbell Art Park’s reflective pool.
Destination Oklahoma, through Oct. 17, 2022
Destination Oklahoma opened July 14. The exhibition, which includes ceramics, mixed media, paintings, photographs, prints and video from five artists living across Oklahoma, engages questions of cultural hybridity that converge in the state.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty, through June 23, 2024
The exhibition allows visitors to explore works never before seen in OKC, along with OKCMOA visitor favorites including Neodymium Reeds, Ikebana Boat and a redesigned Oklahoma Persian Ceiling. The new pieces are on loan from Chihuly Studio in Seattle.
Beginning on September 4, the museum will also house The Rose Family Glass Collection, which will provide visitors with a deeper contextual understanding of the collection of Chihuly glass by showcasing the broader story of the Studio Glass movement.
From the Golden Age to the Moving Image, through Dec. 31, 2022
Headlining this reinstallation of OKCMOA’s permanent collection is the Museum’s latest acquisition, Kehinde Wiley’s monumental new portrait Jacob de Graeff (2018) from the artist’s Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibition. Wiley’s extraordinary painting anchors a new portrait gallery that also features works by Anthony van Dyck, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and George Bellows.
One Hundred Years of Revolution: French Art from 1850 to 1950, through Feb. 19, 2023
The period from 1850 to 1950 was one of immense change in France. Arranged chronologically, the works in this exhibition explore these radical changes in French art over a span of only 100 years. This exhibit at OKC MOA opened August 20.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Art of the Northwest Coast, Aug. 27, 2022 – May 1, 2023
This exhibition explores the northwest coast’s rich artistic history through prints, glass, wooden and stone sculptures and basketry.
Colter’s Hell: Yellowstone National Park at 150, through Oct. 23, 2022
The sesquicentennial of Yellowstone National Park is an opportunity to exhibit more of the National Cowboy Museum’s permanent art collection that focuses on the unique landforms and spaces in Yellowstone National Park.
Looking Through the Windows to the West, through Feb. 19, 2023
This exhibition presents never before exhibited preparatory materials such as Wilson Hurley’s test canvases, sketches, mathematical diagrams and formulas, and color studies and is presented through the A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project.
FAM: First Americans Museum
Of the Earth: Creating First Americans Museum, temporary
This temporary exhibition shares the architectural history and embedded cultural symbolism. It also highlights the people involved with designing and building First Americans Museum. A brief timeline, original concept sketches and architectural milestones convey the story three decades in the making.
OKLA HOMMA, ongoing
Located in the Tribal Nations Gallery of the South Wing of First Americans Museum, OKLA HOMMA shares the stories of all 39 tribes in Oklahoma today. OKLA HOMMA represents more than a decade of careful consultation with each of the 39 tribes, Knowledge Givers and scholars.
WINIKO: Life of an Object, Selections from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Ongoing
Exquisite cultural materials, made with love by their makers, reveal the creative diversity of the tribes in Oklahoma through the present day. Winiko is the Caddo word for everything on earth, in the universe, and beyond.
Paseo Arts & Creativity Center
Katelynn Noel Knick, through Sept. 30, 2022
The exhibition, which includes ceramics, mixed media, paintings, photographs, prints and video from five artists living across Oklahoma, engages questions of cultural crossroads that converge in the state.
Photofest, through Sept. 30, 2022
Through this juried photography exhibition, the Paseo Arts District strives to represent and spotlight the talent and diversity of Oklahoma photographers.