Oklahoma Contemporary
Marilyn Artus with Lucky You
A figure in a jacket, T-shirt and mask stands in front of a sculpture made from florescent light tubes


Oklahoma Contemporary staff, artists and special guests facilitate lively discussions about works on view in the current exhibition(s). Virtual programs can be viewed here and will remain online for viewing one week after each event.

Shadow on the Glare
with Pablo Barrera
7-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22

Learn about Shadow on the Glare, on view in our Oklahoma Gallery, with Oklahoma Contemporary's Curatorial Fellow Pablo Barrera (Wixáritari.) Organized by Barrera, this first exhibition in our third-floor gallery features photo and video works that critically respond to Bright Golden Haze's themes of light and place -- in this case, focusing particularly on the landscapes of Oklahoma. Join Barrera to virtually explore this space dedicated to celebrating Oklahoma's contributions to the contemporary art world and to see the resonance between our local artists and their globally recognized peers in the main gallery.


Listen as two or more individuals explore, interrogate and discuss exhibition-related topics. Virtual programs can be viewed here and will remain online for viewing one week after each event.

Panel Conversation | Illuminating Perspectives
7-8 p.m. | Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020

This panel discussion highlights the contributions of Native artists to opening exhibitions Bright Golden Haze and Shadow on the Glare as well as to contemporary art more broadly. Featuring artists Yatika Fields (Osage/Cherokee/Creek), Marianne Nicolson (Dzawada’enuxw First Nations) and Keli Mashburn (Osage), the discussion is moderated by Dr. heather ahtone (Chickasaw citizen/Choctaw), senior curator at the First Americans Museum. Panelists will reflect on tangible and metaphysical elements of light from an Indigenous perspective, sharing insight into the culturally grounded narratives that inform concepts they present and examine in their work.

Watch presentations of live music, dance, theater or poetry as we activate the Te Ata Theater, our sun-filled Dance Studio and casual performance spaces indoors and out. See program descriptions for reservation information for on-site programs. Virtual programs can be viewed here and will remain online for viewing one week after each event.

Spotlight Concert Series with Arts Council Oklahoma City
As one of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund-supported Bright Golden Haze: Reflections projects, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Spotlight Concert series will celebrate the “bright future” of OKC’s entertainment community with unforgettable live performances inspired by Oklahoma Contemporary’s inaugural exhibition, Bright Golden Haze.

COVID Protocols: Reservations are required for lawn seating. Each reservation is good for one designated 8-foot circle on our North Lawn. Parties of up to four guests may share one circle. Please help us ensure social distancing by reserving additional circles for parties larger than four. Reservations will be available two weeks before each concert.

From documentaries about artists on view to more experimental works by local and national artists, our film program will enrich your exhibition experience and explore film as an art form. Can't wait for more? Check out the #FridayFilms series on our new blog New Light!

Sunday Matinee | Art21
Join us to view curated selections from Art in the Twenty-First Century (Art21), handpicked to complement our opening exhibitions. Art21 provides a window into contemporary art that is ordinarily hidden from public view, presenting artists in their private homes and studios, going behind-the-scenes to reveal how artworks and exhibitions are created. Each approximately 30-minute screening will feature artists in Bright Golden Haze as well as additional artists exploring related themes or working in similar media. Courtesy of Art21, art21.org, founded 1997.

COVID Protocols: To ensure public safety, only 30 socially distanced seats per screening will be available in our 3,500-square-foot theater. Reservations are required for each seat and will be available two weeks before the film's date.


Over time and as it becomes safe, offerings will continue to expand and include:


Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003

Oklahoma Contemporary
P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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