Guide to Current Museum Exhibits
Photo Courtesy of Science Museum Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is home to many world-class museums and historical venues. Throughout the year, you can learn about a wide variety of topics through special exhibitions and displays.
This guide will help you find all the exhibits currently on display is museums across the OKC metro. This list is updated frequently, so check back often for new exhibits and other learning opportunities! You can also check out our guide to FREE museums in the metro.
(14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) 285-1010
Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered
June 10 - August 19, 2018
“Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered” is an archaeological exhibition that will enable visitors to discover the history of ancient Judah’s most famous king-prophet pairing—a story which illuminates how Jerusalem escaped annihilation at the hands of King Sennacherib’s Assyrian army at the end of the 8th century B.C. Items on display will include nearly three dozen artifacts from the time of King Hezekiah, including the recently discovered royal seal impressions of King Hezekiah and Isaiah from the Ophel excavations, royal Judean clay vessels, and weapons used during the siege of Lachish. The exhibit will also feature key Assyrian history and will include such artifacts as the famous Annals of Sennacherib Prism (aka Taylor/Jerusalem/Oriental Prism), various other Assyrian inscriptions, and replicas of the famous Assyrian wall reliefs.
(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481
Marilyn Drey Garvey
July 1 - 31
Marilyn has always had a passion for the arts. She realized at a young age she had a gift for drawing and painting. Most of the paintings done early in her venture with prophetic art had a realistic style. Some of her most recent works are totally abstract and very much so, prophetic. The abstract pieces are done spontaneously, listening to worship music and painting with freedom to flow.
(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078
Monkey Bars and Walking Trails: Over 100 Years of Edmond Parks
Feb. 13 - Aug. 4
The creation and development of Edmond’s parks required the vision of the town founders along with the dedication of individuals and citizen groups alike. Still a focal point for public gatherings, the Edmond park system currently includes thirty-two parks and sports facilities many connected with a series of trails that will continue to grow throughout the city. This variety of public spaces still requires the collaboration of citizen groups and city staff creating programs, providing improvements, and maintaining the natural spaces that encourage residents to “visit the park.”
Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII
July 5 - Aug. 16
Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII offers a wide-ranging collection of original relief posters and memorabilia that provides an exciting new window on understanding a watershed event in our nation’s history. Relief organizations in big cities and small towns alike found creative ways to mobilize Americans and collectively raise millions of dollars to help those in war zones. Work, Fight, Give focuses on those who gave of their artistic talents to design posters that were aimed at the heart of Americans, to persuade citizens to donate their time and resources. Many of America’s top artists and illustrators designed the relief posters, and they often employed historical, mythological, and cultural symbols representing various countries and cultures.
Location to be announced: follow social media for clues to the new secret location
Factory Obscura: BEYOND
Coming September 22, 2018
Visitors to BEYOND will journey through the known, into the unknown on a mysterious journey into what lies beyond. In keeping with the mystery, Factory Obscura will not be announcing the location, but rather asking fans to locate them on their own via a series of clues on social media.
(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938
Jan. 26 - Sept. 2, 2018
For this installation, slivers modeled from 86-foot diameter satellite dishes of the Very Large Array in New Mexico intersect the gallery space, forming pattern-infused canopies. Derived from the famous cosmic microwave background image, shadows of the pattern broadcast throughout the space, alluding to the dish as an agent of travel through time and space. This installation evokes the use of satellite dishes as a burial object for a space-faring culture.
Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art
June 8 - Sept. 9, 2018
Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art offers celebratory and mysterious, thought-provoking, and critical two-dimensional and three-dimensional works, including abstract and experimental contemporary Chickasaw art. The artworks analyze the complex relationship between contemporary Chickasaw life and rich tribal history and culture. Each artist demonstrates a personal approach
Still Looking: The Photography Collection of Carol Beesley Hennagin
June 12 - Dec. 30, 2018
Carol Beesley Hennagin’s love for photography began during her education at the University of California, Los Angeles. For more than 35 years, she has collected works by many of the best known photographers of the 20th century. Still Looking offers a survey of Beesley’s collecting practices and includes photographs by established artists such as Edward Weston and Frederick Sommer, as well as lesser-known figures.
Seeds of Being
June 12 - Dec. 30, 2018
Seeds of Being examines various ways artistic seeds benefit Indigenous groups in North America through the artists’ abilities to nurture, adapt, and envision their communities’ ongoing well-being.
Visualizing Art History
June 12 - Dec. 30, 2018
Visualizing Art History presents the results of an experimental assignment completed by University of Oklahoma students. What you see in Visualizing Art History are not artworks but works of art history. Replete with topics, theses, arguments, counterarguments, evidence and conclusions, these projects are equivalent to the research papers that accumulate on a professor’s desk at the end of a semester.
(5911 W Memorial Rd) 773-6400
Celebration of Life Art Show
July 26 - Sept. 7, 2018
Featuring more than 200 pieces of art, the exhibit showcases all forms of art including fiber, graphics, oil, watercolor, mixed media, photography, pottery, sculpture, writing and poetry. Artists of all ages express how their lives have been affected by cancer.
(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458
IKBI: Chickasaws and Choctaws Sharing Our Culture and History Through Art
May 31 - Sept. 22, 2018
In the Choctaw and Chickasaw languages, “Ikbi” means “to create”. The concepts of creation, identity and culture unite in this gallery exhibit. Artists of both tribes implement various mediums to express their cultural roots and individual understandings of what it means to create.
Makerspace Mural by Kristopher Kanaly
New to the Museum
Kristopher Kanaly is known for his bold, abstract street murals throughout Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and its downtown. Much like his street art, Kanaly is an Oklahoma inspiration with a passion as rich as the state’s history. No matter the city or assignment, Kanaly’s work is distinguishable by the bright colors, abstract figures, and hidden elements.
(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250
In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student
April 7 – November 11, 2018
In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student takes visitors into the classroom with Ryan as he takes “general illustration” with famed teacher Frank Reilly. Learn the principles of art as he did; the meaning of snow on the shoulders; the difference between hues and values; the importance of anatomy; and the draftsmanship precision of perspective.
The 46th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale
June 8 - August 5
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts a prestigious invitational art exhibition of more than 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions, and awards. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this significant art exhibition and sale. Works range from historical pieces reflecting the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. For event information and reservations, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/prixdewest.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters
Sept. 1, 2018 - May 12, 2019
This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita Peña, Harrison Begay and the institutions that influenced them — particularly the University of Oklahoma and the Santa Fe Indian School.
(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100
The Art of Oklahoma
Nov. 16, 2017 - Sept. 2, 2018
The installation features a selection of paintings, prints and photographs spanning 100 years and ranging in style from Impressionism and documentary photography to geometric abstraction and hyperrealism. Curated from the Museum's permanent collection, the exhibition includes 23 works by 19 artists including Oscar Brousse Jacobson, Nellie Shepherd, David Fitzgerald and Woody Big Bow, among others.
Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper
June 16 - Sept. 9, 2018
Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (born 1946). Following a visit to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum in 1994, de Borchgrave began working in the new medium, creating trompe l’œil paper works in what eventually would become four major paper fashion collections. A series of kaftans highlighting Silk Road textiles will be included, as well as a newly commissioned costume inspired by a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, c. 1610.
Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement
Oct. 13, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
In the second half of the 19th century, three generations of young, rebellious artists and designers revolutionized the visual arts in Britain by engaging with and challenging the new industrial world around them. Featuring works by pioneering artists including Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Sidall, “Victorian Radicals” will represent the spectrum of avant-garde practices of the Victorian era, emphasizing the response of Britain’s first modern art movement to the unfettered industrialization of the period. These artists’ attention to detail, use of vibrant colors and engagement with both literary themes and contemporary life will be illustrated through a selection of paintings, drawings and watercolors presented alongside outstanding examples of decorative arts.
Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
June 22 - Sept. 22, 2019
Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of 19th and early 20th century French art to the VMFA. The exhibition will reproduce the invigorating experience of the Mellons’ collection, in which each work resonates with and gains greater strength from its lovingly created context. “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas” is presented in a series of sections including Cyphers of Modernity, Horses, Flowers, Views of Paris, People, Water, Interiors and Tables, The French Countryside, The Transformation of the Ordinary and VMFA: Toward Impressionism.
Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly
This museum houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass in the country. See these delicate pieces of glass art alongside drawings and other works by Dale Chihuly.
(3000 General Pershing) 951-0000
Chiyoko Myose: Sojourning
June 1 - August 12, 2018
Oklahoma Contemporary will host a solo exhibition of fiber installations by Chiyoko Myose, a Japanese artist who has been living in Wichita, Kan., for the past 20 years. With her works, Chiyoko expresses her experiences of living in a foreign country. The works explore cultural, social, philosophical and spiritual themes. Four installation pieces will have a common theme of “relationship,” from relationships between individuals to those between countries. Additionally, Daniel Racer, a composer and professor at Friends University, has composed a chamber music piece in response to Chiyoko’s installations, and his music will be performed in the galleries during the exhibition opening.
Celebrating creativity and culture: Oklahoma Latino Cultural Center Festival
Oct. 10 - Nov. 2, 2018
The festival will celebrate all aspects of creativity in Latino culture in Oklahoma -- dance, music, visual arts and more, including local artists in a "Dia de Los Muertos" themed, juried art show.
Campbell Art Park (11th & Broadway)
Guerrilla Art Park
June 9 - Sept. 3, 2018
The third installment of Guerrilla Art Park will include diverse works from Emma Difani, Risa Ross, Additional Awesome (Tulsa artists Alisa Inglett and Andrew Harmon), Darci Lenker and Denise Duong. This year, most of the artists focused on fun and leisure. Check out the badminton set and play a match around Darci Lenker's "embroidered" landmark net. After your game, relax in Emma Difani's spiraling space, dream of new heights with Risa Ross's giant paper airplane and see illusions through the sundials by Additional Awesome.
Erwin Redl: Whiteout
Oct 2018 - March 2019
Whiteout is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The orbs are not fixed and can move with the wind currents from their positions of one foot above the ground plane. The white LEDs are animated in large-scale patterns, superimposing a virtual movement on top of the kinetic movement of the spheres. The sequence of light is an incandescent treatment across the dark seasons of the late fall and winter.
(800 Nazih Zuhdi) 522-0765
A Sense of Time and Place: Work by Greg Burns
June 21 - Sept. 29, 2018
The exhibit will consist of ten drawings and paintings that have been chosen by the artist specifically for display at the History Center. Burns, although not native to Oklahoma, was moved there as an infant to be treated for arthrogryposis, a muscle and joint disorder that severely limits or prevents movement of the extremities. A graduate in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma, his intricate pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors have received international recognition. His method is anything but conventional. Burns draws with a permanent ink roller ball cradled in his right hand and then colors his drawings with watercolor washes. The watercolors are applied with a brush held in his teeth so that his hand and arm will not drag over the wet paint.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!: Musical Theatre at 75
Opening July 12, 2018
The exhibit features twenty-one images, mostly black-and-white with some full-color posters included. The photos range from the Broadway production of the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, which was the inspiration for Oklahoma!, through the original production of the musical in 1943 and images from the movie. This exhibit is on display in the Chesapeake Events Center on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. However, since the Chesapeake Events Center also is utilized for banquets, meetings, and performances, it is advised that patrons call ahead to assure that it is open to the public at the time of your visit.
Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam
Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam exhibit looks at more than the historic events that occurred during the war. It explores the impact of the war on Oklahoma families, as told through the stories of the young men and women who served their country in the armed services and the immigrant families who fled Vietnam and came to Oklahoma seeking freedom and opportunity.
This newly-expanded exhibit offers a glimpse of one of the earliest examples of western steamboats ever discovered. On May 6, 1838, Heroine was navigating the Red River on its way to Fort Towson to deliver much-needed supplies to the soldiers stationed there. Just twenty minutes from its destination, Heroine hit a snag and quickly sank. Although the majority of the superstructure of the Heroine had long since disintegrated, the surviving components were used to create an representation of the original vessel, as well as a look into the lives of the people of that era. Among the artifacts found in the wreckage were a number of personal items belonging to the crew and passengers.
On Behalf of the Pioneers: The Oklahoma Century Chest 1913-2013
The Century Chest time capsule was buried on April 22, 1913, in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City. One hundred years later, on April 22, 2013, the church opened the chest and revealed the perfectly preserved contents deposited by the pioneers of Oklahoma. The exhibit opening marks the 125th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. Visitors can view never-before-seen photographs, documents and American Indian artifacts and hear Oklahoma pioneer Angelo C. Scott's speech delivered at the burial of the chest in 1913.
Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma
This exhibit tells the story of economic development in Oklahoma through five time periods from 1716 to the present day, connecting the dots between history and economic development in a way that celebrates creativity and hard work and inspires young people to take a chance. The exhibit features a number of structural reproductions and interactive opportunities. Visitors will see an actual truss from the Wiley Post Hangar and enter the simulated cockpit of a Lockheed Vega airplane. Other features include scenes of a newspaper printing operation, grist mill, cotton gin, grain elevator, Cain's Ballroom, a TG&Y store in the 1950s, the studios of WKY-Radio and WKY-TV, the Shelter Church Studio and the Thunder scoreboard from Chesapeake Energy Arena.
(2401 Chautauqua, Norman) 325-4712
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
May 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
At 60 feet long, Megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived and a dominant marine predator. Though Megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story inspires lessons for science and shark conservation. The exhibition showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens as well as full-scale models from several collections. Visitors enter a full-size sculpture of Megalodon through massive jaws and discover this shark’s history and the world it inhabited, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution and extinction.
(2020 Remington Pl) 602-6664
Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi
Through Sept. 2, 2018
“Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi” showcases the amazing beauty, shapes, colors, and textures of fungi — the mysterious agents behind decay, rot, and mold. Journey into this fascinating realm and see how the world’s premier decomposition artists work to release life’s essential building blocks and create a host of unique chemicals, foods and medicines.
Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami
March 9, 2018 - Jan. 13, 2019
The exhibition features 29 origami artists from around the state, nation and world, exploring their diverse styles, backgrounds, techniques and their unique applications for the art form — from solving problems in the fields of robotics, medicine, and space exploration to fashion and architecture.