Guide to Current Museum Exhibits
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.
(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481
James Coplin New Works
April 1 - 30
Edmond’s own James Coplin has had an eye and a desire for art since he was nine. Since the, his dedication to research mastering new technique and honing new skills have remained a top priority. Throughout his career, he has received training from many top artists across the country. Coplin’s renditions of breathtaking landscapes, still life and western art emphasize color and texture to create visual imagery with light and shadow for dramatic effect.
(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078
Once Upon a Playground
Jan. 30 - May 12, 2018
The classic metal and wood structures that have populated playgrounds for most of the twentieth century—towering metal slides, giant jungle gyms, whirling merry-go-rounds, bouncing seesaws—have become beloved artifacts of childhood. Once Upon a Playground offers a visual tribute to these vanishing playgrounds of our past, celebrating their place in American culture and the collective memories of generations.
Monkey Bars and Walking Trails: Over 100 Years of Edmond Parks
Feb. 13 - May 12, 2018
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. A park was a prominent feature in the earliest maps of Edmond, denoting the importance of a public gathering place to the town founders. Dedicated residents held benefits and planted trees to beautify “the park” and it was a rare event that didn’t include speeches at the park as part of the festivities. 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.
Arbor Day Art Show: Trees in Our Town
March 27 - April 28, 2018
The Arbor Day Art Show will on display the most notable Arbor Day Poster Contest pieces from 12 participating Edmond schools. Using the theme "Trees in Our Town", fifth grade students created artwork surrounding their interpretations of the community’s trees.
Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII
Opening July 5
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.
(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.
Fine Print! Posters from the Permanent Collection
Jan. 26 - May 27
Fine Print! Posters from the Permanent Collection explores just how posters worked to sell audiences on products, people, and ideas. It offers visitors an opportunity to see rarely exhibited European and American posters in the museum’s permanent collection that were produced between the fin-de-siècle French poster movement of the 1890s and the 1972 Olympics.
Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition
April 27 - May 13, 2018
This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by visual art students from the University of Oklahoma.
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.
(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458
Lucas Simmons: American Fire
Feb. 8 - May 19
American Fire explores man’s relationship with fire and technology; how it shaped our biology and how we use it to shape the world around us. Like many contemporary figurative artists, Lucas Simmons is interested in narratives that explore the relationships between man, nature and technology. Simmons work explores themes relating to local industry, ecology, religion, and mythology.
(190 W MacArthur, Shawnee) 878-5300
Feb 10 - April 1
This exhibit explores the fantastical creatures that the Kuna illustrate in their molas and the Cocle painted on their pottery centuries before. Both Panamanian cultures created creatures based on their surroundings and modified by their imaginations.
(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250
Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger
Aug. 25, 2017 - May 13, 2018
August 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of one of Oklahoma’s most celebrated artists—Jerome Tiger. Having only painted for 5 years, Jerome Tiger produced hundreds of works of art and won numerous awards throughout the country. Today, his work is shown in museums across the nation and he is recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum
Feb. 9 – May 13, 2018
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum exposes rarely seen artifacts from the Museum’s vault. From John Wayne’s personal Buddha sculptures to a sketch of a dinosaur on CM Russell letterhead, this exhibition gives visitors a unique look at what, why, and how museums collect
Do You See What I See? Painted Conversations by Theodore Waddell
Feb. 9 – May 13, 2018
Do You See What I See? Painted Conversations by Theodore Waddell explores Waddell’s abstract expressionism like never before. This exhibition redirects the visitor’s attention to the importance of what they do not see rather than what they do see on the canvas, and the opportunity to perceive something different in the same painting each time it is viewed.
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.
(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.
The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later
Feb. 17 - May 13, 2018
The New Art: A Milestone Collection Fifty Years Later honors this extraordinary collection on this milestone anniversary, presenting longstanding Museum highlights by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn, Grace Hartigan, Sam Gilliam and Robert Indiana, among many others. Also included are more rarely shown examples from Morris Louis, Juan Gris, David Smith and Kenzo Okada. In this collection of 20th-century masterpieces, museum-goers will discover the history of one of the nation's most important modern art institutions and will be reintroduced to the "new art" that has lost none of its power to challenge, enlighten and confound 50 years later.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness
March 31 - June 10, 2018
This new solo exhibition uniquely presents a selected survey of rarely seen experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, sketches and archival materials that explore threads of sociopolitical commentary. Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, a longtime collaborator of the filmmaker's, this exhibition will be accompanied by a retrospective of the director's theatrical releases in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater.
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.
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
Comix OK: Oklahoma's Comic Culture
April 9 - 22
COMIX OK looks at the thriving artistic culture of comics in Oklahoma. The comics genre is wide ranging and hard to precisely define, encompassing comic books, zines, graphic novels and related forms of sequential art, as well as the universes created by comic artists of superheroes, fantasy, mythology and science fiction. The exhibition will feature well-established Oklahoma comic artists.
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.
Campbell Art Park (11th & Broadway)
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
Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George
This exhibit includes twenty-five images of different railroad lines that passed through Oklahoma, such as the Katy and the Frisco, and the heavier duty locomotives of the Kansas City Southern and the Santa Fe lines. The exhibit also features images of various metro lines and trolleys.
The Art of War: WWI Posters from the Oscar Jacobson Collection
This exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I on April 6, 1917. On display are twenty-two posters from the Oscar Jacobson Collection. Countries on both sides of the conflict distributed posters widely to garner support, urge action, and boost morale. During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. As a valuable historical research resource, the posters provide multiple points of view for understanding this global conflict. As artistic works, the posters range in style from graphically vibrant works by well-known designers to anonymous broadsides.
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.
Fluent Generations: The Art of Anita, Tom & Yatika Fields
Jan. 20 - May 6, 2018
A family of accomplished Native artists showcases their works of photography, ceramics and paintings that celebrate the vitality of Indigenous cultures. Museum visitors will get the opportunity to not only develop a keen appreciation for the work of the Fields family, but a deeper appreciation for the impact of family — a building block of all cultures and communities around the world.
Celestial Siblings: Parallel Landscapes of Earth and Mars
Jan. 27 - April 29, 2018
Internationally known astronomer and fine art photographer Stephen Strom has combined his two talents to create “Celestial Siblings: Parallel Landscapes of Earth and Mars.” The images in this intriguing exhibition reveal hauntingly similar patterns on Earth and our planetary neighbor: at once simple and profoundly beautiful forms that result from the action of universal physical processes on vastly different spatial scales and terrestrial surfaces. The exhibition is arranged in four segments that reflect the roles of each of the Aristotelian elements in shaping the surfaces of Earth and Mars: air, earth, fire and water. Terrestrial images drawn from Strom’s landscape interpretations are paired with Martian photographs selected from long strip maps taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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.