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Oklahoma Contemporary
Ghazal Ghazi, Migratory Bird
A square, 2-D earth-toned artwork featuring a bust of a young person in the middle (face in blue tones, hair and body in pale shades) surrounded by Arabic writing in columns

Destination Oklahoma

Destination Oklahoma

Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery
July 14 – Oct. 24, 2022

Featuring nearly a dozen contemporary artworks, Destination Oklahoma illuminates the distinct cultural backgrounds that coexist at this crossroads of the country. The exhibition, which includes photographs, drawings, paintings and graphic works by a handful of artists living across Oklahoma, engages questions of cultural hybridity that converge in the state.

Photographs by September Dawn Bottoms suggest the complicated nature of intergenerational resilience, while drawings by Ghazal Ghazi co-mingle the Persian miniature format with contemporary portraiture. Paintings by Skip Hill reimagine symbolic imagery related to the Dust Bowl era, and paintings by America Meredith playfully mix pop culture references with historical illustrations of Indigenous subjects. Prints by Đan Lynh Phạm blend graphic language with Vietnamese folk art traditions to evoke the sense of connection — or disconnection — felt by some immigrants to the state.

Together, the artworks in Destination Oklahoma express the beauty and charge of cultural connection, reflecting on the patterns of migration that have long shaped life in the state.

Destination Oklahoma is a collaboration between Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and guest co-curator Liz Blood, a Tulsa-based writer, 2019-22 Tulsa Artist Fellow and 2022 guest editor of Art Focus magazine.


This exhibition is supported by Heartland, Ad Astra Foundation, Annie Bohanon, The Chickasaw Nation, Cox, The E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Leslie and Cliff Hudson, The Kanady Family, George Records, Glenna and Richard Tanenbaum and Velocigo.

Image: Ghazal Ghazi, Migratory Bird, 2021. Oil and thread on canvas. 84 x 84 in. Image courtesy of the artist. 
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