All work is available for sale to benefit both ahha Tulsa programs and Phoenix Rising student artists.” Learn more here.
Current Temporary Exhibitions at Tulsa-Area Museums
Looking to add a little culture to your day? Check out what’s new at some of Tulsa’s best museums!
THE EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE: “This completely new art environment continues ahha’s tradition of large-scale, semi-permanent, interactive art. When you visit THE EXPERIENCE: IMAGINE, you will explore zones designed and built by one of six Tulsa-based artists. Each has different interactive elements. What will you discover? Ahha is limiting admission during the pandemic, and THE EXPERIENCE is included with regular admission. Advance tickets recommended.”
Expressing Your Voice Through Photography: “The photos in this exhibition were taken during a five-week Cell Phone Photography Class: Expressing Your Voice Through Photography. Local Photographer, Anitra Lavanhar, taught this class as part of ahha’s Artists in the Schools program. In this class students learned photographic composition skills, explored the work of other photographers, had visits from guest artists, and practiced their photography skills via numerous field trips to an old warehouse, downtown Tulsa, and local museums and galleries.
The Floor Is Lava and Beneath Your Feet: “The design, development, and fabrication of The Floor is Lava exhibit experience has been created to engage children ages 2-12 and their caregivers in concepts of physics and engineering as they relate to physical movement. In this exhibit, your child will have the opportunity to practice the process skills of collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving through strategies integrated into the exhibit’s safe risk experiences.
The Floor is Lava experience includes vault boxes, a warp wall, one-footed wedge walk, a climber into the tape tunnel, rope jungle, an S-ramp, and Imagination Playground. Guests will enjoy learning the concepts of friction, momentum, and motion through imaginative play as they make their way across our Main Hall with the goal of staying off of the floor.
Our newest exhibit, Beneath Your Feet, opens on January 18th and is about experiencing earth sciences with a distinct Oklahoma lens. Guests will explore plate tectonics, waves, the rock cycle and the unique geology that makes up Oklahoma. Your family will also make a mountain and learn about how continents were formed. Come explore this hands-on exhibit!
Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn: “Weaving History into Art: The Enduring Legacy of Shan Goshorn features the art of Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, 1957-2018) and her legacy of influence carried forward through the works of four contemporary Native American women artists.” Learn more here. On view through March 28, 2021.
Location: 307 E. Reconciliation Way, Tulsa
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
Champagne and Chocolate Member Show: “This exhibition will be a member show featuring various works created by Living Arts member artists. The selection committee will review applications and accept work for the show.” Learn more here. On view through March 5, 2021.
From the Limitations of Now: “Bringing together local artists and artists working across the country, From the Limitations of Now reflects on the important ways art and literature allow us to examine America’s past and picture a future in which, in the words of renowned Oklahoma author Ralph Ellison, “we are able to free ourselves from the limitations of today.” Spanning multiple galleries throughout the Museum, the exhibition will feature a range of works, including vibrant tapestries and beadwork, vivid photographs, songs, paintings, and videos. These artworks reflect on the violence of American history, the power of ancestors who worked in the face of violence to forge a more just world, and speculate on visions of a future that is still yet to be.” Learn more here. On view March 14-September 5, 2021.
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Find a list of TASM exhibits and activities here.
Location: 102 E. M.B. Brady St.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Mondays
Admission: Adult: $12; Seniors (55+): $11; Military (up to 4 persons): $10; College Student (with i.d.): $8; Youth (17 and under): Free
Roots, Rock, and Rebels: The Photography of Henry Diltz: “The Woody Guthrie Center announces the new exhibition, “Roots, Rock and Rebels: The Photography of Henry Diltz,” showcasing photos and other memorabilia spanning Diltz’s career as one of the go-to photographers in the 1960s, particularly among the Laurel Canyon music scene. His reputation for capturing the perfect frame has kept Diltz working with a variety of major artists for decades.” Continue reading.
Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World: “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 societies in all of the Americas.” Learn more. Open through May 9, 2021.
Find Her West: “The American West is difficult to define and far more complex than stereotypes suggest. It is a destination, an experience, an idea, and for some even home. It has few boundaries and crosses cultures, geography, socioeconomics, gender, age, and eras. Photographs and other archival items from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center reveal this diversity. At its core, history is not about dates and events, but the people who experienced them. Not just the famous, but the everyday and ordinary. Look closely. These faces and names are not fiction. They are mothers and daughters, sisters and aunts, nieces and wives, grandmothers, and friends. Diverse in ethnicity, background, and age, they share a commonality. Each experienced and shaped the American West through roles far more complex than stereotypes suggest. With strength and resolve, they built homes, families, businesses, careers, and powerful legacies. They found their West. Now find yours at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.” Read more. Open through May 16, 2021.
OKCMOA at 75: “OKCMOA at 75 traces the history of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from its founding through the present day. Through more than 40 newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, publications and the scrapbooks kept by the Museum’s first director, Nan Sheets, the historical exhibition explores the Museum’s rich past. OKCMOA at 75 will be on view in the Museum’s lobby and is free to visit.” Learn more. Open through April 25, 2021.
Postwar Abstraction: Variations: “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. Associated with movements as diverse as Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, Hard-Edge painting, Op Art, and Minimalism, artists continually sought to redefine what painting was and what it could be.
Postwar Abstraction: Variations presents longstanding Museum highlights by Sam Gilliam, Leon Polk Smith, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, and Gene Davis, along with rarely shown works by Richard Pousette-Dart, Ida Kohlmeyer, and Leonardo Nierman. Their work, and the work of many other artists, forms the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s outstanding collection of postwar American art from 1952 to 1996.” Learn more. Open through September 26, 2021.
North Forest Lights: “North Forest Lights is back for a second season in Crystal Bridges’ North Forest. Enjoy an enchanted nighttime walk through the woods featuring dynamic, nature-inspired lighting elements, and immersive soundscapes. Five distinct installations will bring the soul of the forest to life with light, sound, and sensory effects in a captivating, family-friendly experience. North Forest Lights will be open in the evening hours after sunset.” Learn more. Open September 4, 2020 – April 4, 2021.
Crafting America: “Crafting America, a new exhibition developed by Crystal Bridges, celebrates the skill and individuality of craft within the broad context of American art. From jewelry to furniture to sculptures and more, this exhibition is dazzling and full of surprises.” Continue reading. Open through May 31, 2021.