Oklahoma Contemporary
Install view of Ed Ruscha, Records
A figure in a plaid shirt and a mask looks at pages of an artist's books in a display table in a gallery

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May 25, 2021

Purposeful Playlists: Ed Ruscha

Get your motor running with 30 songs from the artist’s personal record collection

We’re no strangers to a good groove here at Oklahoma Contemporary. Whether it's a concert on our North Lawn, our Studio School offerings on songwriting or a staff roundup of our favorite movies about rock stars, pop icons and everything in between, music is a big part of how we experience the world at your new arts center. That’s why we’re returning to our Purposeful Playlists series for a new collection of songs inspired by our ongoing Ed Ruscha: OKLA exhibition.

Today’s playlist is drawn from Rucha’s 1971 art book, Records, which features a selection of covers and jackets of LPs from the artist’s personal collection. From the Tulsa Sound of homegrown roots rocker Leon Russell to the wail of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and points in between, this collection of 30 tracks — one song from each album in the book — is a great way to get your motor running.

Ed Ruscha: OKLA is on view at Oklahoma Contemporary through July 5. Get your free, limited access timed tickets here.
Images: Installation views of Ed Ruscha, Records, 1971. Artist’s book, offset printed. 7 × 5 ½ in. Ed. Of 2,000. Collection of the artist. © Ed Ruscha. Photos by Alex Marks.

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