Bright Golden Haze
Opening March 13, 2020
Oklahoma Contemporary’s new downtown location will open in March 2020 with the inaugural exhibition Bright Golden Haze. This insightful group exhibition will explore the ways in which artists use light to create place, both geographic and conceptual, inspired by both the uniquely influential quality of light and space in the state and the new building itself. The exhibition, which takes its title from the first line in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic musical Oklahoma!, will present a thematic grouping of new, recent and site-specific works.
Bright Golden Haze will present works by artists from around the world and in Oklahoma, each providing a unique perspective on how environment, identity and perception are shaped through the medium of light. The exhibition will bring viewers on a visual journey exploring varied manifestations of light in artistic practice, beginning with traditional landscape images and ending in immersive, technology-driven installations that rupture the boundaries between physical and digital realities.
Highlights of the exhibition include Tavares Strachan’s neon installation I Belong Here (White), which asks who gets to decide who belongs where in America; a specially commissioned version of Leo Villareal’s newest work, Star Ceiling; and a recent work by Robert Irwin of the Light and Space Movement. There will be a focus on interactivity, with works by artists such as Camille Utterback, whose installation invites viewers to respond to one another’s movement to create a digital “place” on a shared screen.
Integral to the exhibition are indigenous perspectives on light and place, from a site-specific installation by Marianne Nicolson (Dzawada'enuxw First Nation) that provides an alternative view of the Milky Way to a new landscape painting commissioned from Oklahoma artist Yatika Fields (Osage/Cherokee/Creek).
The exhibition will continue throughout the year in works around the building, including a poetic sculptural installation by Robert Montgomery, titled The Stars Pulled Down for Real, which will be unveiled soon after Bright Golden Haze opens, and an interactive installation by Jen Lewin that will be on view in adjacent Campbell Art Park from April to June.
Oklahoma Contemporary will present a variety of programming related to the exhibition.
Images Robert Irwin, Lucky You, 2011. © Robert Irwin, courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation. Photo by Clare Britt. Robert Montgomery, The Stars Pulled Down for Real, 2015. Commissioned by ALL RISE, Seattle, Wash. Photo by Max Cleary. Teresita Fernandez, Golden (Odyssey), 2014. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Camille Utterback, Entangled, 2015. Commissioned for Installation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Photo by JKA Photography. Doty Glasco, Valley of the Sun installation, 2016-19. Courtesy of JR Doty.