Eva Schlegel: Multiple Voices
April 26, 2023-June 10, 2024
Campbell Art Park
Multiple Voices is the first public artwork in the United States by Eva Schlegel, the Austria-born-and-based artist known for engineering steel and mirrors into spectacular, architectonic sculptures. In 2020, Schlegel visited Oklahoma Contemporary’s dramatic new building for the opening of Bright Golden Haze, an exhibition in which her artwork was included in the gallery.
Inspired by the building, Schlegel has developed Multiple Voices, a striking metal sculpture involving tempered glass and “shelves” etched with texts by Oklahoma writers. Merging the artist’s signature visual language with the unique site, Multiple Voices is a meeting of international and local. The large-scale structure’s sleek surfaces reflect the surrounding environment — people, buildings, landscape — encouraging gathering, play and learning.
About the artist
Eva Schlegel’s photographs, sculpture and public installations question the limits of perception and viewing, and explore cosmic and human time. Born in 1960, Hall in Tirol, Austria, Schlegel graduated from the University of Applied Arts (Vienna, Austria), in 1985, and from 1997 to 2006 taught at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts. She has realized permanent public artworks at the Novartis Campus (Basel, Switzerland) in 2007, as well as in Vienna at the Vienna Regional Court for Criminal Matters in 2015 and the Leopold Museum in MuseumsQuartier in 2020. Her work has been presented in major exhibitions at the New Museum (New York) in 1991; Biennale of Sydney (Australia) in 1992; Austrian Pavilion, Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy) in 1995; and Museum of Natural History (Vienna) in 2016. Schlegel’s work is in the collections of the Albertina Collection (Vienna); Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); Museum of Modern Art (Vienna); and the New York Public Library (New York).