June 2 - Aug. 11, 2018 | Fairgrounds
Oklahoma Contemporary hosted 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, Myose expresses her experiences of living in a foreign country. She considers herself as a sojourner, a person who stays in one place temporarily, like a traveler. The works explored cultural, social, philosophical and spiritual themes. Four installation pieces had a common theme of “relationship,” from relationships between individuals to those between countries. The exhibition also included a piece that invited members of the community to contribute to the artwork by tying knots with threads. Each new knot was a reminder that we are all connected and we should treasure that connection. The exhibition also featured a new work, created especially for Oklahoma Contemporary.
Curator talks led by Curatorial and Exhibitions Director Jennifer Scanlan: 6 p.m. July 10 and Aug. 7
Gallery talks: 6 p.m. June 19, June 26, July 17, July 24 and July 31
July 14 Make + Take
All day: Learning Gallery, interactive component of A Thread X A Thread
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Artists at Work: Open Rehearsal
Daniel Racer, a composer and professor at Friends University, composed a chamber music piece in response to Myose's installations. Racer, Cindy Thompson and Kay Buskirk performed Sojourning Threads as part of a free day of Myose celebration.
- 2 p.m.: Family-friendly gallery talk
- 3 p.m.: Performance of Sojourning Threads