May 17 Tuesday
At Storytime Science children read a story and follow it up with a fun, hands-on scientific activity related to the book.
Commissioned specifically for Campbell Art Park, Shaved Portions is among the most recent additions to Booker’s body of work marked by her distinct ability to radically transform her signature material — salvaged rubber tires — into an incredible array of biomorphic sculptures.
Booker slices, twists, weaves and rivets her medium into radically new forms and textures, which easily withstand outdoor environments. For the artist, the varied tones of the rubber parallels human diversity, while the tire treads suggest images as varied as African scarification and textile designs.
Repurposed from cast-off industrial scraps that would otherwise have remained symbols of urban blight or measures of wanton waste, Shaved Portions is a monumental work standing sentinel atop Automobile Alley, which was originally lined with car dealerships.
Image: Chakaia Booker, Manipulating Fractions, 2004.
Traveling from Aspen Art Museum, the exhibition Nature, Sweet Nature, by renowned artist Maren Hassinger, has been reconfigured to respond to the grounds of Oklahoma Contemporary.
Nature, Sweet Nature is comprised of two installations constructed with galvanized wire rope. Garden and Paradise Regained will each stand in rows at relative human scale; one near the entrance to the art center and the other within the Sculpture Garden. Garden's uncoiled ends fan out like tall ornamental grass while Paradise Regained is comprised of lengths of industrial rope leaning in a single direction. The movement evoked by the slightly curving lines creates a kinetic effect.
Rendering the metal malleable, Hassinger references the movement of reeds, grass and the wind itself. In particular, the dance of shadows cast on the ground by the curved lines of Paradise Regained will track the movement of time through the course of the day and over the year that it will be installed at Oklahoma Contemporary. The accessibility of the Sculpture Garden to visitors entering the building provides a space for what Hassinger underscores as “our tenuous relationship to nature,” connecting each viewer to what might be fragile or responsive in the interdependent nature of our ecosystem.
Image: Maren Hassinger, Garden, 2020. Wire rope and concrete (144 units), 61.5 inches tall. © Maren Hassinger. Photo by Simon Klein, courtesy Aspen Art Museum.
SPARK! Creative Lab invites the public to experience and participate in creating YIELD: WE BELONG TO THE LAND, a 10-week creative investigation into our collective presence at 11 NW 11th St. — the site of Oklahoma Contemporary’s new home — culminating in an immersive, interactive public performance on May 26. We warmly encourage artists of all disciplines and the general public to participate in open workshops and contribute their unique voice to YIELD’s creation.
March 20 | Tilling the Soil: Panel Discussion
March 27 | Sowing the Seeds: Dance
April 3 | Sowing the Seeds: Music
April 16 | Sowing the Seeds: Theater
May 8 | Sowing the Seeds: Visual Art
May 14 | Cultivation
May 26 | YIELD | Performance
Visit our website for individual workshop details and ticket availability dates.
Image: SPARK! Creative Lab. Photo by Zachary Burns.
Looking for a space to study for exams or work on a final project? All are welcome at the Southwest OKC Public Library.
Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. ShulzBook, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional dialogue by Michael Mayer,
Additional music & lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Happiness is great musical theatre! With charm, wit, and heart, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. This revue of songs and vignettes, based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, is ideal for the whole family.
May 18 Wednesday
Does your kid love to create? From designing skateboards, jewelry, and digital characters to learning how to sculpt, write plays, and paint murals, Camp Contemporary offers a diverse lineup to keep your 5- to 12-year-old engaged, excited, and learning all summer long. All classes are held in person.
Visit okcontemp.org/camp to find the best fit for the creative youngster in your life.
Bored with your current quests? Join game master Jacob Frost to explore D&D “homebrew.” He’ll teach you how to create one-of-a-kind additions — craft a single item or spell that will dramatically alter characters! Thinking bigger? Learn how to significantly expand the game by revamping an entire set of rules.
Class is held on June 2 from 7-9 p.m. Registration closes May 30.
For more information: 405-951-0000, okcontemp.org/StudioSchool
Oklahoma City University’s Norick Art Center hosts the exhibit “Domestic Inquiries” featuring the photography of Sam Charboneau Feb. 23 through Aug. 12, with an artist talk at 6 p.m. March 24.
Sam Charboneau pulls inspiration from stop-motion animators, building puppets and sets to bring her serious yet lighthearted dreams into reality. As a self-taught artist, she uses the traditional methods of trial and error, evolving her sets along the way.
Patrons can visit the exhibit Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm.
The Norick Art Center at Oklahoma City University hosts an exhibit from a collaborative visual art group called Creaturealm Oklahoma. Each member of the group brings diverse disciplines making for an immersive art exhibit. The exhibit runs from April 8-May 27 with an opening event from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 14. The exhibit can be found in the art center’s Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery, 1608 NW 26th Street.