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Exhibit: Showroom | Showcase: Wake by Grace Grothaus and Rena Detrixhe

Jan. 12 - March 31, 2018



Grace Grothaus and Rena Detrixhe are transforming the second floor of Oklahoma Contemporary’s Showroom with the multisensory installation Wake. This exhibit highlights the interplay of water, sound and light in a unique immersive experience, bringing attention to the importance of water in our lives and to our planet.

Visit the Showroom for this beautiful and moving exhibit!


FREE Share at the Fairgrouns: Jabee and WoRm

6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15

Emmy award-winning hip-hop artist Jabee will discuss the legacy he is building in the Oklahoma music scene. Rapper and producer WoRm will perform a short set before the discussion.

This special edition of the “Share” series is being held at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Fairgrounds location and highlights the local creative community. Guests will enjoy a live performance from rapper and producer WoRm followed by discussion with Emmy Award-winning hip-hop artist, actor and community activist Jabee. He will discuss his past, present and future in the Oklahoma music scene.



FREE Exhibit: OK Collects: The Art of Collecting Art

March 15-24

Oklahoma Contemporary will present OK Collects, highlighting works by contemporary art collectors in Oklahoma. The exhibition explores how each collection reflects the personal stories and interests of the collectors, giving visitors the exclusive opportunity to see artwork usually not available to the public. Featured works will include a wide range of media, from paintings and sculpture to ceramics, fiber and glass.ided, but participants are welcome to bring a favorite quote or saying to put on their glass. Bottoms up!

FREE: Closing Reception

5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24

Join us for the closing reception of OK Collects, an exhibit featuring works from Oklahoma collectors! At 5:30 p.m., a panel discussion will feature three of the exhibition’s collectors on their collections, how they got started and tips for aspiring collectors, followed by an audience Q&A. Afterward, visitors will have the chance to mingle and chat with the collectors.


FREE Performance: Political Gestures

8-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17

An evening of overtly political drag performances created in collaboration with drag queens from Tahlequah, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Political Gestures celebrates the historical and underappreciated role of drag in the struggle for LGBTQ+ progress. Incorporating seminal queer speeches from the last 50 years, radically political queer music and interviews with contemporary members of the LGBTQ+ Oklahoma community, the performance is a compilation of the words and songs that fueled the queer-rights movement.

Ages: 16+

Price: Free


Spring Break Camps

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday, March 19-23, 2018

This spring, campers can gain confidence and develop new skills in ceramics, cartooning, robotics and more! Watch our website for more info:


FREE Workshop: Presenting Your Work: A Workshop fo Artists

6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20


Oklahoma Contemporary is partnering with the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition in a professional development workshop for artists. Curatorial and Exhibitions Director Jennifer Scanlan will go through some of the basics for presenting artwork to curators and juries for exhibitions, grants, and residencies.

Ages: All ages


FREE: Share at the Showroom | Grace Grothaus and Rena Dextrihe

6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22

“Share,” Oklahoma Contemporary’s series of free talks with artists, performers and other members of the Oklahoma creative community, returns to its usual location at the Showroom with the two artists responsible for the Showroom’s current installation, Wake. Find out why they were inspired to cover the entire top floor with a pool of water, and learn more about some of their other projects (a bridge made of light! A carpet made of dirt!). A unique musical performance, interacting with their water-centric installation, will follow.

Location: Oklahoma Contemporary Showroom, 1146 N. Broadway Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73103


FREE Workshop and Table Reading: ALIEN8: A New Musical

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24

As a part of their residency at Oklahoma Contemporary, Ignition Arts will host a weeklong workshop and public concert reading of “Alien8.” In a small guarded town, a tornado touches down on prom night, leaving devastation in its wake. The promgoers emerge from the school to discover a third of their town gone. Amid the rubble of the storm, a stranger appears: an otherworldly character who identifies only as “8.” 8 starts to acquire English by reading YA classics like Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies and Grapes of Wrath. But when students start to learn 8’s unconventional language, they threaten to unearth the town’s past, which most townspeople would rather remained buried.

Book by David Lee White

Music and lyrics by Kate Brennan

Presented by Ignition Arts

Ages: All ages


Spring Classes Begin

Week of March 26

This spring grow your creativity with a class at Oklahoma Contemporary! Classes include painting, figure drawing, memoir writing for veterans, ceramics, weaving and more. New this session for seasoned ceramicists is an independent studio! Our facility also includes one of the only darkroom photo labs in the metro.


Class: Weekend Clay Days  | Tim Sullivan

March 31 - May 19

In this exciting class, students will learn new techniques in both handbuilding and wheel-throwing to create figurative and functional, one-of-a-kind sculptures and more.


Make It Yourself | Geometric Canvas Printing

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4

Channel your creative crafting, arting and making spirit! Join us at these come-and-go events for fun projects, great conversation and a glass of wine at Waters Edge Winery every first Wednesday of the month. *Arrive by 7:30 p.m. to ensure completion of your project!

Learn how easy it is to create a beautiful geometric art piece. Project includes an 11x14-inch canvas, tape, paint and a fun-filled weekday night!

Ages: 21+

Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Location: Waters Edge Winery, 712 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Class: The Coded Life: Intro | Angel Little

1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 7

Ever wonder how that awesome app was made? Curious how websites work? The Coded Life is the class for you. We will learn basic concepts of computer programming, simple code jargon and resource/research tactics. We will also create our very own website.

Grade: 3-6

Price: $35 (all supplies included)



April 9-22

Following the success of Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma, this exhibition will explore another art form not often seen in art galleries: comics. The exhibition will include well-established Oklahoma comic artists as well as emerging artists selected through an open call. It will display the wide range of work encompassed by comics, from long-form graphic novels to superhero comic books to handmade zines. The final weekend will be a two-day comic convention, with artist and publisher booths, workshops, classes for kids and adults, panel discussions and other events for families, artists and fans of the genre.


FREE Family Make + Take: COMIX Cape

1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14

It’s your time to fly! Inspired by our COMIX exhibition, this Make + Take will take to the skies by creating comic capes. Participants will use paper, markers, yarn, steamers and more to make an original cape. Remember, to save the city, a super hero must have a good-looking cape!


Make It Yourself | Painted Wood Sign

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2

Channel your creative crafting, arting and making spirit! Join us at these come-and-go events for fun projects, great conversation and a glass of wine at Waters Edge Winery every first Wednesday of the month. *Arrive by 7:30 p.m. to ensure completion of your project!

Add rustic class to your home by creating a painted wood sign. Participants will have their choice of three different designs.

Ages: 21+

Price: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Location: Waters Edge Winery, 712 N. Broadway Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102


FREE Exhibit: Rose State: Images of Community

May 3-13

Oklahoma Contemporary is working with students in Rose State Community College’s art history program to curate an exhibition of photos sourced from their communities, to be viewed in the galleries in May. We’ll introduce the students to the process of curating an exhibition and perhaps encourage them to consider a career in the arts and connect with communities outside of Oklahoma City, which may be underserved by the arts.


FREE: Super SONIC Family Make + Take

1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5

Our May Make + Take has been SUPERSIZED! Join us for the Super SONIC Make + Take on the site of our future arts center at NW 11th and Broadway. Let’s gather outdoors for individual, collaborative and wearable art projects for the whole family. This mega Make + Take will feature chalk art, snowcones, face-painting and a DJ to keep things festive. Celebrate the joy of spring, community and — above all — creativity. Activities are FREE for all ages. Big thanks to our sponsor, Sonic America’s Drive-In.


Class: The Coded Life: Beginners | Angel Little

1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 12

Welcome to the next step in the coding life. Now that you have a taste of how coding works, it’s time to further explore the concept of computer programming, learn how to write in functions, compare and contrast code online and scratch the surface of the designing process.

Grades: 3-6

Price: $35 (all supplies included)