Oklahoma Contemporary's grand opening marks a new chapter for the arts in Oklahoma and beyond
In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Oklahoma Contemporary has postponed the opening of our new arts center.
We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this ongoing situation, and we look forward to welcoming you soon. In the meantime, please explore the all-ages virtual and digital programs on our blog, New Light.
You've been waiting patiently, and now the moment is finally here.
The new Oklahoma Contemporary opens its doors to the public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13. The excitement kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Oklahoma City dignitaries along with friends, family and supporters of Oklahoma Contemporary — just the right amount of pomp and circumstance to mark this historic moment for the arts in Oklahoma and beyond. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Your new arts center will be celebrating in style all weekend long with tons of free special events, tours, artist demos and more.
What can you expect opening weekend? For starters: art — and lots of it! We'll be offering first looks at our inaugural Bright Golden Haze and Shadow on the Glare, each exploring light, space and landscape. Our exhibitions team has been hard at work putting together these dazzling collections of works by international and Oklahoma artists, and this weekend will be your first chance to experience them.
Other opening weekend festivities include:
- Artist and live DJ demos
- "Contemporary comfort food" from Cafe Contemporary
- Video installations
- One-of-a-kind works and fun products in our retail shop
- Learning Gallery exploration of the building's architecture
- Selfie opportunities galore
- Tours of the building, grounds and exhibitions (12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 12, 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday)
- Art activities for our littlest visitors
- Ticket and print signings by artist Matt Goad (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday)'
- Junction Coffee truck
- Behind-the-scenes look at Studio School
- And tons more!
The Oklahoma City Streetcar will run for free all weekend to celebrate, so hop off at our Art Park location on Broadway Avenue and beat the crowds in the parking lot. However you get here, we can't wait to welcome you to your new arts center in downtown Oklahoma City.
For more info on our Grand Opening, including hours and public programming information, click here.
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