Thursday Night Late
Oklahoma Contemporary is now open until 9 p.m. every Thursday night! Explore new perspectives through a mix of on-site and virtual programs, performances and activities inspired by the art on view in our galleries and Campbell Art Park.
Make a reservation to view our exhibitions here. All on-site programs will also require reservations; links are included below. Virtual programs can be viewed from this page and will remain available for one week.
Visit our Happenings page for more detailed information of our programs and events.
Over time and as it becomes safe, offerings will continue to expand and include:
- Talks by exhibition artists or special guests
- Hands-on studio activities
- Contemporary Cocktails
- Live music
- Other happenings across campus
7-7:30 p.m. Artist Talk | Ron Tarver and Ebony Iman Dallas moderated by Pablo Barrera
Free registration required. Register here.
Artists Ron Tarver and Ebony Iman Dallas explore community legacies in We Believed in the Sun, on view in our Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery May 6 - Aug. 9, 2021.
Both Oklahoma-born artists with deep familial roots in the state, Ebony articulates personal and shared histories through bold, colorful, multimedia works, while Ron produces pensive photographs and layered compositions, recently incorporating images taken by his father during the 1940s and ’50s in Ft. Gibson, Okla. Tune in to hear both artists reflect on their processes and the people, places and events that inspired the work on view.
7-8 p.m. Performance | Dead Languages by Jonathan Wei
Main Building | Arnall Family Terrace
Free tickets required. Reservations available May 20.
Writer, performer and director Jonathan Wei joins us for a reading of Dead Languages, a powerful telling of his own coming-of-age story. Growing up as an anomalous, biracial kid in small Southern and Midwestern towns, Wei became attuned at a young age to subtext – the stories behind the stories. Offered concurrently with the exhibition We Believed in the Sun, Dead Languages explores Wei’s memories of living through desegregation in the American South, one lived experience that reflects many others, past and present, as we navigate public spaces and shared institutions daily. We Believed in the Sun is on view in our Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery May 6 – Aug. 9.