Your guide to the current museum exhibitions in OKC
Oklahoma City is home to many world-class museums and historical venues. This guide will help you find all the exhibits currently on display at 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.
(9 E Sheridan Ave) 604-2793; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (5-17), $6; kids (under 5), free; families (2 adults, 2 kids), $15
Reflections of Our Past – The Jim Bollman Collection
May 2019 – April 2020
This special exhibit features some unique and one of a kind banjos and banjo memorabilia from Jim Bollman’s years of collecting. Bollman, from Boston, MA is an internationally known banjo collector who has amassed what Forbes Magazine called, “the most complete collection of 19th-centrury banjos and ephemera” in the century. The exhibit features a few of Bollman’s most valued items.
(867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) 580-622-7130; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; students, seniors & military, $6; kids (12 & under), free
More details coming soon.
(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481; Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Through Feb. 29
See works of art created by local artist Stacy Haggard. Upcoming featured artists are Shelly Presley & James Coplin.
(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078; Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
Snapshots in Time: 100 Years of Photographs & Camera in Edmond
June 11, 2019 – March 10, 2020
The exhibit features photographs and cameras from Edmond’s first century, including over 20 vintage cameras dating from the 1920s to 1990s.
Arbor Day Art Show
March 14 – April 25, 2020
Using the theme “Trees in Our Town,” local students created artwork surrounding their interpretations of the community’s trees. Visitors of the art show can enter a drawing to receive a tree throughout the duration of the exhibit.
(25 NW 9th St) Wednesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $15; kids (4 – 12), $12; kids (3 & under), free
Ongoing (Opened Sept. 22)
The brand-new, permanent exhibit is described as a 20th-century take on the classic audio autobiography, experienced through immersive auditory and tactile art. Visitors will also have the opportunity to collaborate with Meow-Wolf’s House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938; Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Admission is free.
Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture
Jan. 24 – April 5, 2020
“A new school, probably the only indigenous one in the United States” is how architect Donald MacDonald characterized the radical School of Architecture that developed at the University of Oklahoma (OU) after WWII. At the time, most architecture schools in the the United States either followed the classical tradition of the French Beaux Arts model or the German Bauhaus model, centered on abstraction and materiality. The University of Oklahoma School of Architecture stood apart from these two trends and created an authentically American approach to design. This exhibition showcases the radical pedagogy and practices that emerged from Oklahoma in the mid-century with over 150 drawings, documents and objects, many of which are drawn from the newly created American School Archive.
O. Gail Poole’s Sideshow
Jan. 24 – May 10, 2020
Sideshow surveys the satirical and often irreverent imagery of artist O. Gail Poole. The exhibition explores the oddities of the artist’s late work.
(1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee); Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; Kids (5 & under), free.
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil
Feb. 1 – March 15, 2020
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. Engaging photographs and works of popular art, including sculptures, paintings, prints, religious objects, toys, and booklets of poetry will draw visitors into the complex and vibrant culture of the Northeast of Brazil and introduce the festivals, heroes and spiritual traditions that give shape and meaning to the daily lives of the Nordestinos, common people of Brazil’s Northeast.
(301 W Reno Ave) 445-7080; Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission is typically free to see the art.
In the Direction of the Sun
Feb. 15 – March 23, 2020
View one-of-a-kind works by local artists Kyndall Rainey and Danny Joe Rose III on display in the Crystal Bridge Visitor Center. Rainey is a mixed media artist who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute before completing her degree in art education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Rose earned a degree from the Art Institute of Dallas and has exhibited in both national and international group exhibitions.
(508 N Peters Ave, Norman) 321-0156; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
Victorian Valentines Display
February 1-29, 2020
Feb. 11 – April 18, 2020
Mother’s Day Display
May 1 – 30
Quilts and Handicrafts Show
Aug. 14 – Oct. 17
(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free – Free activities for kids & their caregivers during their Kids Take Over the Cowboy event (first Saturday of the month) & free admission on Wednesdays, August – November.
July 19 – March 15, 2020
Art is not one-dimensional and neither are those who create it. Though often defined by their most well-known work or style—Impressionist, Cubist, Modern, Realist, Western—they experiment and evolve throughout their careers, often working across mediums and subjects. Exhibited for the first time, these unexpected pieces take us around the world, through the decades, and into diverse artistic careers. You don’t need a DeLorean to visit the past or frequent flyer miles to experience different countries and cultures.
Permenant exhibit opening Spring 2020
Liichokoshkomo’ (pronounced Lee-cho-kosh-ko-MO) is the Museum’s backyard playscape, where STEAM activities and kinesthetic play meet cultural diversity. Liichokoshkomo’ is an outdoor space dedicated to making history and culture more accessible than ever. Hands-on, minds-on activities and learning by doing are concepts that bring history to life for museum guests of all ages. Its outdoor setting will foster purposeful play through STEAM activities and connect visitors with the social and historical influences that shaped the West.
Colors of Clay
Aug. 30 2019 – May 10, 2020
The exhibition explores the cultural and regional diversity of indigenous ceramic vessel traditions in North America. Vibrantly colored and sculpted with absolute precision, clay pots, bowls, pitchers, and jars were a dominate fixture of Native American daily life and are today viewed as one of the most notable Native American art forms.
Two Grits – A Peek Behind the Eyepatch
Nov. 15, 2019 – May 10, 2020
The exhibition will explore the similarities and the differences between the 1969 and 2009 version of True Grit. Visitors will see a comparison of character development, cinematography, screenplays, actors’ performances, costumes and more. Film artifacts, costume components and props from both films, as well as photographs from both films, will help exhibition goers understand the two True Grit films and the novel by the same name.
Some exhibition highlights include Kim Darby’s and Hailee Steinfeld’s Mattie Ross costumes, Jeff Bridges’s Rooster Cogburn hat and Matt Damon’s LaBoeuf costume. However, the piece de resistance is John Wayne’s actual True Grit costume – shirt, pants, jacket, neckerchief, belt, cowboy boots, hat and iconic eye patch.
Find Your Western
Dec. 14, 2019 – May 10, 2020
Features a collection of movie posters, film stills, comic books, pulp publications, novels, costumes and more, all exploring how different people have interpreted the West. Some highlights include Giant the 1956 film starring screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, Grapes of Wrath by Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck, Clint Eastwood’s 1980 comedy Broncho Billy and costumes from Gail Davis’s portal of Annie Oakley on the 1950s TV series Annie Oakley and Robin McLeavy’s Hell on Wheels character Eva Oates.
Warhol and the West
January 31 – May 10, 2020
Warhol and the West will explore Warhol’s love of the West represented in his art, movies, attire, travel and collecting. He wore cowboy boots, many paint splattered most days, and traveled often to New Mexico, Texas and Colorado, areas where he acquired a vast personal collection of Western art, pottery, photographs, artifacts, fashion and accessories. In 1986, Warhol completed his Cowboys and Indians portfolio, the last major project before his death. The portfolio includes 14 iconic images of Western subjects such as Custer, Geronimo, Annie Oakley, and John Wayne, which form the backbone of the exhibition. Beyond the portfolio, some of his other western subjects include Elvis as a movie gunslinger, Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, guns, Indian art, Western artists R.C. Gorman, Georgia O’Keeffe and Fritz Scholder, plus two Western movies he produced.
Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing
Feb.14 – May 10, 2020
From documenting the plight of Dust Bowl migrants during the Great Depression to magnifying the experiences of incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, Lange’s photographs illustrate the power of photography and illuminate major social issues of the 20th century. Although Lange’s photographs were taken more than 50 years ago, many of the issues they address remain relevant today: poverty, environmental degradation, and treatment of immigrants, the erosion of rural communities, racial discrimination and women’s rights. The exhibition will include both well recognized and rarely seen photographs that reveal and re-establish the artist as a significant pioneer in photography as historical documentary and social activism.
Storytellers and Sellers: Artist Illustrators
March 21 – Nov. 15, 2020
Before pixels, programs and software transformed graphic design, illustrators gave generated the majority of public imagery. Using their creativity and talents to promote specific ideas, they helped tell stories and sell products through books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, logos, labels, calendars, billboards and even coloring books. These commercial storytellers influenced public opinion and consumerism, and included many western artists, from Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, to Tom Ryan, Lowell Ellsworth Smith, Bettina Steinke, and others.
Spiro and the Art of the Mississian World
Feb. 12, 2021 – April 28, 2021
The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional and highly developed societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site and its people to other communities throughout North and Central America.
(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.; Third Thursdays, until 9 p.m.
Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free – Complimentary admission offered twice a year during the Museum’s SONIC Free Family Days.
Photographing the Street
Through March 1, 2020
Photographing the Street features the work of four American and Canadian artists who have chosen the street as their primary subject: Garry Winogrand, Mike Peters, Gary Mark Smith, and Ian Wallace. Each has a distinct approach and photographs the street for different purposes. These objectives range from capturing everyday American life to creating a global street photography portfolio that highlights the variety of cultures and similarities of urban life in various areas of the world to utilizing the street as a site for a meditation on modern life.
Renewing the American Spirit: The Art of the Great Depression
Through April 26, 2020
The exhibition explores the physical and social landscape of the United States during the Great Depression through paintings, prints, photographs, and other media. The original exhibition includes a selection of works from the Museum’s excellent collection of WPA art, a recently acquired monumental mural by Gardner Hale, which has not been exhibited publicly since the First President’s bicentennial exhibition in 1932, and several loans from regional institutions.
One Must See Many Things: Selections from Ben Shahn’s Rilke Portfolio
Through May 3, 2020
Known for his linear and abstracted images of the human body, Ben Shahn became one of the leading American Social Realist artists in the 1930s. This exhibition features a selection of twenty lithographs.
POP Power from Warhol to Koons: Masterworks from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Opening June 2020
Features more than 100 works on paper and sculptures by the biggest names in Pop Art. From innovators such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg to popular and provocative artists like James Rosenquist, Robert Indiana, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, and Jeff Koons, the exhibition details the incredible transformation of the visual arts in the last half-century.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Fireworks (Archives)
Through Dec. 31, 2020
Fireworks (Archives), 2014, is the first of a series of works by internationally renowned filmmaker and visual artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b.: 1970). Through the use of pyrotechnics in this single-channel video installation that the artist’s website describes as a “hallucinatory memory machine,” the flickering light of fireworks and the sudden flash of a digital camera illuminate unconventional animal sculptures at a temple in Northeast Thailand.
Postwar Abstraction: Variations
Through Dec. 31, 2020
The half-century or so following the end of World War II was one of the most fertile periods in the history of abstract painting. The works featured in Postwar Abstraction: Variations highlight a period of remarkable creativity, when ideas of abstraction and the nature and limits of artistic mediums were being hotly contested by artists.
From the Golden Age to the Moving Image: The Changing Face of the Permanent Collection
Through Dec. 31, 2020
Headlining this reinstallation, the Museum’s latest acquisition, Kehinde Wiley’s monumental new portrait Jacob de Graeff (2018) is from the artist’s Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibition. Wiley’s extraordinary painting anchors a new portrait gallery that also features works by Anthony van Dyck, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and George Bellows. A second section of portraits explores the genre during America’s Colonial period with the Museum’s extraordinary George Washington painting and its rarely seen John Singleton Copleys all on view. Other galleries focus on a variety of topics such as the still life, scenes of urban life, animal paintings, landscapes, seascapes, and the body and the nude.
The Art of Light
March 19 – July 26, 2020
In celebration of Oklahoma Contemporary’s inaugural exhibition, Bright Golden Haze, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will present its own satellite exhibition, The Art of Light. Inspired by the exploration of light as a tool to create space, The Art of Light seeks to communicate the unique visual experiences provided by different forms of light. The centerpiece of this exhibition is Barbara Astman’s Present Tense (2005-6), comprised of a set of flashlights whose lenses are masked by pictures of faces.
Through Dec. 31, 2020
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.
(11 NW 11th St) 951-0000; Monday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, 9 p.m.
Admission is free.
Opening POSTPONED – Bright Golden Haze
March 13 – Aug. 10, 2020
This insightful group exhibition will explore the ways in which artists use light to create place, both geographic and conceptual. The exhibition, which takes its title from the first line in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s iconic musical Oklahoma!, will present a thematic grouping of new, recent and site-specific works. Highlights of the exhibition include include Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s Black Glass Eclipse, Tavares Strachan’s neon installation I Belong Here (White), Leo Villareal’s newest work Star Ceiling and Alica Eggert’s The Sun.
Opening POSTPONED – Shadow on the Glare
March 13 – July 6, 2020
Explore the third-floor gallery for a celebration of Oklahoman art. This exhibition features photo and video works that critically respond to Bright Golden Haze’s themes of light and place — in this case, focusing particularly on the landscapes of Oklahoma. In conjunction with the inaugural exhibition in the main gallery, Shadow on the Glare showcases the resonance between local artists and their globally recognized peers.
Ed Ruscha: OKLA
Opening Sept. 2020
Ed Ruscha OKLA is a landmark survey of work by Oklahoma-raised, world-renowned artist Ed Ruscha, his first-ever solo exhibition in his home state. Focusing on his groundbreaking drawings, prints, books, photos, films and graphic design, the exhibition will include works from all stages of his 60-year career.
Jen Lewin: Aqueous
April 24 – June 14, 2020
Aqueous, an interactive light installation, will wind through Campbell Art Park. Jen Lewin combines her studies in engineering, computer programming, dance, music and film to create public artworks that engage the body and the senses. During the day, Aqueous’ surface will reflect the sky, audience and surrounding environment. At night, Aqueous will engage visitors as they walk along its surface — lighting up as they step, run, jump or play along the pathway.
(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458; Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free – Complimentary admission offered on the second Saturday of each month and Thursdays between Memorial & Labor Day.
Inclusion in Art – Spirit of Color
Feb. 6 – April 30, 2020
Spirit of Color is an expression of identity and culture through the arts. This exhibition is an overdue honor for many artists of color in Oklahoma who, despite the difficulties minorities have experienced in our state’s history, paved the way for younger generations. Spirit of Color showcases works by nine prolific artists of color living in Oklahoma, honoring their long standing commitment to the arts, community, sacrifice and achievements.
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.
(800 Nazih Zuhdi) 522-0765; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free; families (up to 6 people), $18 – Complimentary admission offered during the Museum’s Septemberfest event.
Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment
Through Nov. 2020
The photographic exhibit features 23 photographs both local and national, from activists for and against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The exhibit focuses on the most tumultuous years of Oklahoma’s battle over the amendment, from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Through Feb. 29, 2020
This photography exhibit features images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals. The 38 black-and-white images on display consist of mugshots, crime scene locations and group shots with criminals and law enforcement officers. They span more than 70 years, starting before statehood in 1907 and reaching into the late 1950s.
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.
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; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (4 – 17), $5; kids (3 & under) free – Free for children 17 and under on the first Monday of each month; complimentary admission offered at select events throughout the year.
A New Moon Rises
Dec. 21. 2019 – March 15, 2020
The Moon is not in the same place as when astronauts last stepped foot on it. A New Moon Rises features amazing, large-scale, high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface taken between 2009 and 2015 by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). These images provide unique visual data to help answer our questions about the Moon’s formation, its continuing geological evolution, and its relationship to Earth and the solar system.
A New Moon Rises will include over 50 photographs, three videos, one interactive, and files to produce seven additional images, five 3-D models of craters, labels and environmental wall vinyl. Displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in 2016, the exhibition was organized by the museum and the LROC team at Arizona State University.
Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend
March 28 – June 14
The elusive narwhal with its magnificent spiral tooth has inspired art, legend and cultural practice for centuries. Today, Inuit knowledge coupled with scientific research help us better understand narwhals— and the changing Arctic. The exhibition features a full-scale narwhal model and engaging interactives that will appeal to all generations.
Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs
June 26 – Nov. 8
Step back 290 million years to a time when bizarre creatures dominated life on land and sea. Learn about these extraordinary creatures and how 90% of all life vanished in the largest extinction event of all time. The Permian Period ended millions of years before dinosaurs evolved. This unique traveling exhibition brings the past back to life with vivid artwork and scientifically accurate 3-D sculptures that augment an amazing collection of fossils on view.
(2020 Remington Pl) 602-6664; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Complimentary admission offered during the Museum’s Tinkerfest event.
Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $12.95
Cosmic Culture: Intersections of Art and Outer Space
Through March 29, 2020
Revolving around Jacob Hashimoto’s “The Other Sun,” a Minecraft-inspired installation made from 2,000 bamboo-and-paper kites, this exhibition explores how space exploration and visual art have influenced each other. Featured contemporary artists include Carrie Dickason, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Cassandra Hanks, Los Angeles; Jacob Hashimoto, New York; Kysa Johnson, Los Angeles; and Darci Lenker, Norman, Oklahoma.
Tom Shannon: Universe in the Mind
Nov. 23, 2019 – Oct. 25, 2020
For more than 50 years, artist and inventor Tom Shannon has been exploring the intersections of art, science and technology in unexpected, mind-bending ways. Shannon’s internationally-renowned work features sculpture that explores scientific themes and natural forces like magnetic fields, large-scale installations, paintings and numerous patented inventions like his synchronous world clock, a version of which is in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection.
(10301 S. Sunnylane Rd) 814-0006; Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m; Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $10; kids (3-12), $8; kids (2 & under), free
From comparative anatomy to classification to adaptation and locomotion, the Museum of Osteology has been designed with learning in mind. Currently displaying over 300 skeletons from all corners of the world, visitors have a unique opportunity to compare and contrast many rare species normally not seen in museum exhibits. In addition, the museum features a variety of North American specimens ranging from tiny mice and shrew skeletons to a 40-foot humpback whale.