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Dynamic diversity: 13 must-see highlights of Oklahoma Contemporary's 'ArtNow 2021'

The Oklahoman • August 29, 2021
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Organized by guest curator Helen Opper, with guest curatorial associate Liz Blood, the first "ArtNow" in Oklahoma Contemporary's new downtown Oklahoma City home features 115 works by 27 Oklahoma artists from across the state.

"Helen was able to capture the strength of diversity within the arts in this state, and I mean diversity in multiple facets: diversity of perspective, diversity of medium, diversity of idea, diversity of national origin, ethnicity, race, gender," said Oklahoma Contemporary Artistic Director Jeremiah Matthew Davis.

"Probably some of us have a preconception of what 'Oklahoma art' is ... but there are multiple narratives and stories being told by artists living here."

Now planned as a biennale — the exhibit will be organized every two years rather than in its previous annual format — "ArtNow" gives people a snapshot of the state's current cultural landscape.

"Of the things that we do, it resonates the most with the local art community ... and we feel like it's important," said Christian Keesee, Oklahoma Contemporary's founder and president. "For artists in Oklahoma to be a part of this art exhibition in the state's capital, in the arts center ... it's an achievement."

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Additional ArtNow coverage:

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