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.
(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078
CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS.
(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938
June 23 - Dec. 30
The human body has been the subject of diverse forms of art since time immemorial. Works from the museum’s permanent collection have been curated to examine how the body has been used to address the themes of movement, fragmentation and mechanization, geometry, and identity, with a brief survey of historical images of the body
Opened July 2017
Inside/Out explores the inspiration and development of public art works around campus while making connections to pieces in the galleries.
Distinguished Visiting Artist: Robert Taylor
Oct. 6 - Dec. 30
Robert Taylor (U.S., b. 1951) is a self-taught artist known for his use of iconic symbols and manipulation of bodily proportions as a symbolic representation of human connections to the earth and sky. Taylor’s paintings often depict figures from Native American life at the end of the reservation era, around the turn of the twentieth century.
Oct. 6 - Dec. 30
This exhibition explores that question through three bodies of work. Planes, a video and accompanying photograph, compresses the flight trajectories of all incoming and outgoing planes of an airport in one day, offering a striking visualization of how the seemingly boundless sky has been mapped to accommodate the regularity of air travel. Höltermann filmed the work over the course of a day outside Logan International Airport and overlaid the individual frames in post-production to create visual traces of the air traffic.
(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458
Sept. 9 - Nov. 25
The art of Hidden Messages investigates identity and place through ceramics and mixed media. The exhibition subtlety and symbolically shares information drawing the eye in for closer inspection. Marilyn Artus’ work consists of ephemera, insignificant things that were meant to only be enjoyed or used for a short time and then discarded—cleared checks, old slides, tickets, measuring tape, S & H Green Stamps, and matchbook covers to name a few. An avid maker of objects, Amy Sanders is dedicated to handmade, functional objects that have an ability to draw in a viewer and create a moment of connection.
24 Works on Paper
Dec. 1 - Jan. 13
The 24 Works on Paper exhibition features 24 artworks created on paper, including media such as printmaking, drawing, painting and photography, bringing original, contemporary Oklahoman artwork to viewers in communities large and small.
Feb. 8 - May 26
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
Saints and Sinners II: Prints from the 16th through the 20th Centuries
Dec. 16 - Jan 28
Saints and Sinners II is a continuation of the Saints and Sinners exhibit in 2016 with more saints and their stories. This exhibit will consist of prints from the 16th through the 20th centuries including artists such as Sebald Beham (1500-1550), Lucas Van Leyden (1494-1533), Johann Jacob Frey (1681-1752), Michel Van Lochem (1601-1647), and Nicholas Le Sueur (1716–1783) . The focus will be on the stories of the saints and how they overcame their struggles and persecution.
(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan
July 21 - April 1
Dating from 1936 to 1945, the small drawings provide a snapshot of Ryan’s high school and Coast Guard years. Original characters Dan the Cop and Joe Campion Jr. spring from his teenage imagination.
Life and Legacy: The Art of Jerome Tiger
Aug. 25 - May 13
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.
Oct. 5 - Jan. 7
Featuring the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 52nd Annual Sale & Exhibition and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 19th Annual Exhibition & Sale, howcasing the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding, while celebrating the West through painting, drawing and sculpture.
(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100
The Question of Beauty
Oct. 13 - Feb. 11
The Question of Beauty presents modern and contemporary art from the permanent collection that employs beauty as a mode of expression, together with work that either rejects or ignores beauty. This exhibition includes work by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and many others.
Master Strokes: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Golden Age
Oct. 28 - Jan. 21
Showcasing ninety works from the sixteenth to the twentieth-centuries, the exhibition includes masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn and Sir Anthony van Dyck, including some of the most important works from the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and its outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings. Works by lesser-known artists are also included, as well as designs for architecture and the applied arts.
The Art of Oklahoma
Nov. 16 - Sept. 2
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 Complete WPA Collection: 75th Anniversary
Dec. 16 - Oct. 22
In 1935, in an effort to curb the mass unemployment of the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of a number of domestic programs known collectively as the New Deal. The Federal Art Project (FAP) was also responsible for establishing more than 100 art centers around the United States. Included among these was the WPA Experimental Gallery in Oklahoma City. The Museum’s WPA collection features a large proportion of rural American landscapes and depictions of labor, infrastructure, and industrial development.
The New Art: A Controversial Collection Fifty Years Later
Feb. 17 - May 12
The New Art: A Controversial 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
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.
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
Not for Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma
Oct. 5 - Nov. 30
Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma, a group art show, will feature 10 artists who have been an integral part of the Oklahoma graffiti scene. Artists will paint their pieces directly on the walls of the gallery, transforming Oklahoma Contemporary into an amazing display of styles.
Showroom campus (11th & Broadway)
Ginna Dowling’s Hieroglyphics 2017: The Spirit of our People.
Oct. 11 - Dec. 23
Ginna Dowling’s hieroglyphs are contemporary versions of ancient symbols. Using the simplest of methods — tearing construction paper by hand she constructs visual symbols for important aspects of her own life, as well as the lives of people around her. Ginna will be conducting workshops while her pieces are installed at the Showroom, the results of which will eventually become part of this exhibition. In addition, visitors can drop in during Showroom hours to create their own “hieroglyphics.”
(800 Nazih Zuhdi) 522-0765
The Wall That Heals
The Wall That Heals is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. It is approximately 250 feet in length and lists the names of the more than 58,000 men and women killed in the war. The names are arranged chronologically by date of casualty, so that those who died together may be forever linked. The Wall That Heals and its accompanying mobile Education Center will be open to the public 24 hours a day until Sunday, November 12, at 2 p.m.
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.
(720 S. Husband St, Stillwater) 744-2780
Nov. 14 - Feb. 3
This exhibition highlights the monotype prints of under-recognized Oklahoma modernist Maxine Warren (1927-2014). After completing an art degree at OSU with well-known regionalist Doel Reed, the Ponca City native went on to dedicate her art to abstraction. Warren relied on her intuition, abstract painterly technique, and vivid color palette to ponder universal truths, such as the redemptive power of love and optimism. Along with establishing Maxine Warren’s achievement, this exhibition adds to our understanding of women artists’ contributions to postwar abstraction in the Southwest.
(2401 Chautauqua, Norman) 325-4712
Sept. 23 - Dec. 31
How does one species of fruit fly turn into 800? How can environmental changes and differing food supply cause finches' bills to change size and shape? Explore the evolution of life and learn all about Earth's organisms, from rapidly evolving viruses to whales that walked.
(2020 Remington Pl) 602-6664
Through Dec. 3
Features a comprehensive exhibition of the original models, prototypes, bronzes, sketches and storyboards of the fantasy films of stop-motion animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen. Harryhausen created Dynamation, his own signature stop-motion animation process that made his miniature creatures appear life-size on the silver screen.