CITY OF OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma destination, which opens at Oklahoma Contemporary on Thursday, July 14, offers artistic perspectives on migration patterns across the state. The opening reception and the artist conference will be held from 18:00 to 20:00
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Through more than a dozen works (pottery, mixed media, paintings, photographs, prints and videos), Oklahoma-based artists will raise awareness of the distinct cultural backgrounds that “have long existed at the crossroads of America.”
“Destination Oklahoma features works by five artists that touch upon the layered contexts and experiences of this place and the ways in which we define – or misunderstand – what it means to be an Oklahoma, ”said Pablo Barrera, associate curator of Oklahoma Contemporary.
“As Oklahoma City welcomes refugees from Afghanistan, approaches the first anniversary of the First Americans Museum, revitalizes the Clara Luper Civil Rights Center, and sees a record increase in new arrivals from other states, this exhibit is a timely opportunity to reflect on how the region’s longstanding human migration patterns continue to shape our artistic landscape, ”said Barrera.
Photographs by September dawn pants, born and raised in Paden, Oklahoma, will represent the complicated nature of intergenerational resilience, while the designs of Ghazal Ghazi, born in Tehran, Iran and now living in Tulsa, he mixes the Persian miniature format with contemporary portraiture, the statement said.
Oklahoma destination is a collaboration between Oklahoma Contemporary and the guest co-curator Liz Blooda Tulsa-based writer who is contributing to the exhibit with a poetry zine – a small self-published non-commercial print work – with responses to artwork by Oklahoma-based writers.
“My family immigrated to Oklahoma just over 100 years ago,” Blood said. “Those of us who are not native inhabitants of this land share that history of migration that has made Oklahoma a beautiful and complex place. Oklahoma destination celebrate and explore that complexity.
The exhibition will be on display at the Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery until October 17th. Admission to Oklahoma Contemporary’s exhibits and most programs is free.
Destination Oklahoma exhibit is supported by Heartland, Ad Astra Foundation, Annie Bohanon, The Chickasaw Nation, Cox, Rand and Jeanette Elliott, The EL and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Leslie and Cliff Hudson, The Kanady Family, Oklahoma Arts Council, George Records, Glenna and Richard Tanenbaum and Velocigo.
To learn more about Oklahoma Contemporary, visit oklahomacontemporary.org.