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FREE Exhibit: COMIX: OK

April 9-22

Following the success of Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma, this exhibition will explore another art form not often seen in art galleries: comics. The exhibition will include well-established Oklahoma comic artists as well as emerging artists selected through an open call. It will display the wide range of work encompassed by comics, from long-form graphic novels to superhero comic books to handmade zines. The final weekend will be a two-day comic convention, with artist and publisher booths, workshops, classes for kids and adults, panel discussions and other events for families, artists and fans of the genre.

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FREE Convention: ContempCon

April 21 & 22

The all-ages con will feature workshops, drop-in studios for kids and adults, panel discussions, artist, publisher and vendor booths, board games, a movie screening and other activities for families, artists and fans of the genre. Watch our website and Facebook page for emerging details.

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FREE Exhibit: Rose State: Images of Community

May 3-13

Oklahoma Contemporary is working with students in Rose State Community College’s art history program to curate an exhibition of photos sourced from their communities, to be viewed in the galleries in May. We’ll introduce the students to the process of curating an exhibition and perhaps encourage them to consider a career in the arts and connect with communities outside of Oklahoma City, which may be underserved by the arts.

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FREE: Super SONIC Family Make + Take

1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5

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Our May Make + Take has been SUPERSIZED! Join us for the Super SONIC Make + Take on the site of our future arts center at NW 11th and Broadway. Let’s gather outdoors for individual, collaborative and wearable art projects for the whole family. This mega Make + Take will feature chalk art, snowcones, face-painting and a DJ to keep things festive. Celebrate the joy of spring, community and — above all — creativity. Activities are FREE for all ages. Big thanks to our sponsor, Sonic America’s Drive-In.

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FREE Exhibit: The Experimental Geography Studio at the Showroom

May 9 - TBD

In May, in collaboration with University of Oklahoma professor Nicholas Bauch and his Digital Geo-Humanities class, the Showroom will be a site for a transdisciplinary exhibition that combines new media art with scholarship in geography.

Professor Bauch runs the Experimental Geography Studio at OU, which focuses on generating and expressing novel geographic concepts through visual media, including photography, video, and interactive web design. Oklahoma Contemporary Curator Jennifer Scanlan will visit the class, made up of both graduate students in art and undergraduates in geography, to present art possibilities and to discuss and later give feedback on the students' projects. At the end of the semester in May, student work will be exhibited at the Showroom, together with some of Professor Bauch's own work.

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Class: The Coded Life: Beginners | Angel Little

1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 12

Welcome to the next step in the coding life. Now that you have a taste of how coding works, it’s time to further explore the concept of computer programming, learn how to write in functions, compare and contrast code online and scratch the surface of the designing process.

Grades: 3-6

Price: $35 (all supplies included)

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FREE Share at the Showroom: Dustin Ragland

6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018

Oklahoma City musician, producer and educator Dustin Ragland will discuss the world of music software and its impact on the contemporary music industry. Dustin is a faculty member at ACM@UCO and one of only 200 certified Abelton trainers worldwide. He will also share a music performance, using modular synths and music software.

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Performance: Honey

June 14-16 and 21-23

Oklahoma Contemporary is partnering with Fresh Paint, an aggregate of Oklahoma City performing artists, to produce the world premiere of this interdisciplinary performance piece, inspired by narratives of desire and intimate moments between strangers. Created from real-world interviews, this space-shifting experience explores the burden of our wants and needs in a capitalist world.

Honey is being developed with artists based in New York and Oklahoma. Katherine Wilkinson, producing artistic director of the Gale Theater Company in Austin, will direct.

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FREE Exhibit: Chiyoko Myose: Sojourning

June 1 - Aug. 12

From June to August, Oklahoma Contemporary will host a solo exhibition of fiber installations by Chiyoko Myose, a Japanese artist who has been living in Wichita, Kan., for the past 20 years. With her works, Chiyoko expresses her experiences of living in a foreign country, considering herself as a sojourner, a person who stays in one place temporarily, like a traveler. The works explore cultural, social, philosophical and spiritual themes. Four installation pieces will have a common theme of “relationship,” from relationships between individuals to world peace.  The exhibition will also include a piece that invites members of the community to contribute to the artwork by tying knots with threads. Each new knot is a reminder that we are all connected and we should treasure that connection. The exhibition will feature a new work, created especially for this show at Oklahoma Contemporary.

Additionally, Daniel Racer, a composer and professor at Friends University, has composed a chamber music piece in response to Chiyoko’s installations, and his music will be performed in the galleries during the exhibition.

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