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.


Edmond Historical Society & Museum

(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078

Barbers in Edmond

Feb. 21 - Dec. 16

Barbers in Edmond: A Historic Trade tells the story of Edmond’s barbers, through the tools of the trade, photographs and advertisements. The profession has faced many challenges as changes in hygiene and the increase in modern conveniences led more men to do their grooming at home, turning a visit to the barber shop into a luxury rather than a part of daily life.

The Power of Children Making a Difference

Sept. 1 - Oct. 20

The Power of Children Making a Difference shares the remarkable stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White, and how they used the power of words, action and voice to make a positive difference in our world. Companion exhibits, developed by EHS&M staff members, will highlight Edmond’s history as it connects to the historic events that impacted the lives of Anne, Ruby and Ryan.


Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938

Body

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

Inside/Out

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.


Gaylord-Pickens Museum

(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458

Hidden Messages

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.


Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

(190 W MacArthur, Shawnee) 878-5300

Women's Point of View

Sept. 5 - Nov. 12

The exhibit focuses on the female perspective in a Muslim and male-dominated society through photographs and other projects of several female students at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 


National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250

Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid

July 21 - Sept. 17

The first black cowboy to be featured in a comic strip, The Chisholm Kid appeared from 1950 – 1954 in the Pittsburgh Courier’s comic insert. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail – and to pay homage to the 5,000 – 9,000 black cowboys who drove cattle along the trail from Texas to Kansas following the Civil War – this exhibition features panels from the original comic strip. Known as the “Lone Fighter for Justice for All,” the namesake hero of The Chisholm Kid was portrayed as a positive black character equal to contemporaries like Hopalong Cassidy, Dick Tracy, Buck Rogers, and Flash Gordon a full decade before the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan

July 21, 2017 - April 1, 2018

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.

We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma

Aug. 19 - Oct. 22

In 1891, Henry M. Wantland and his young family arrived in Oklahoma Territory and settled in Stillwater, a small town born of the Land Run and bustling with opportunity and ambition. He eventually purchased a photography studio and spent the next two decades recording the world around him—not just the people, but the streets they walked, the stores they frequented, the churches they attended, and the progress they celebrated. The diverse and vibrant communities of central Oklahoma emerge from his photographs.

Cowboy Crossings

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.

Small Works, Great Wonders

Nov. 10 - 26

Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculptures at affordable prices. During this unique sales exhibition, purchasers may leave with art in hand at the end of the night. Unsold art will remain on display and available for purchase through November 26, 2017.


Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

(3000 General Pershing) 951-0000

Showroom campus (11th & Broadway)

Frame by Frame 

Sept. 8 - 30

You're never too old to play with action figures. Just ask Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe, two video nerds who won't stop until their moms ground them.  The family-friendly filmmakers' stop-motion experiments continued with nods to X-Men, Batman and Netflix's DinoTrux. See Frame by Frame, a series of their stop-motion shorts, at the Showroom, NW 11th and Broadway.

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.


Oklahoma City Museum of Art

(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

June 17 - Sept. 10

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents an overview of the artist’s career. The exhibition highlights the range of Wiley’s production, starting with examples of early paintings executed around the time of his 2001 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. These figurative canvases of African-American men, inspired by Wiley’s observation of street life in Harlem. The exhibition will also include a selection from his ongoing World Stage project, which he initiated in 2006 by establishing a satellite studio in Beijing, China. In addition, the exhibition will include portrait busts, stained glass, as well as female portraiture from Wiley’s recent series An Economy of Grace.

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 Art of Oklahoma celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and diverse collection of art created by or about Oklahomans—and the cities and landscapes they call home. Featured alongside the works from the Museum’s permanent collection is a large oil sketch by major American regionalist painter John Steuart Curry depicting the iconic Oklahoma Land Run. Other artists featured in the installation include Oscar Brousse Jacobson, Nellie Shepherd, David Fitzgerald, and Woody Big Bow.

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.

Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly

Ongoing

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.


Oklahoma History Center

(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.

Steamboat Heroine

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.


Sam Noble Museum

(2401 Chautauqua, Norman) 325-4712

Explore Evolution

Sept. 4 - 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.

 


Science Museum Oklahoma

(2020 Remington Pl) 602-6664

Bodies Revealed

Through Oct. 29

"Bodies Revealed" is a comprehensive exploration of the human body that gives visitors the opportunity to view the beautiful complexity of their own organs and systems. This striking exhibition showcases whole and partial scientific human body specimens that have been meticulously preserved through an innovative process that allows visitors to see themselves in a fascinating way like never before.

Mythical Menagerie

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.


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