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Oklahoma Contemporary Inaugurates New Museum Building With Exhibition Bright Golden Haze

hyperallergic.com • March 19, 2020

Bright Golden Haze, the inaugural exhibition at the new Oklahoma Contemporary, explores the ways artists use light to create a sense of place. This illuminating group show features new, recent, and site-specific works from leading artists such as Robert Irwin, Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernández, Jen Lewin, Leo Villareal, and more.

The exhibition brings viewers on a visual journey that explores manifestations of light in artistic practice, beginning with traditional landscapes and ending in immersive, technology-driven installations that rupture the boundaries between physical and digital realities. As the first exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary’s new state-of-the-art building, Bright Golden Haze will help visitors experience art in a new light.

Designed by Rand Elliott Architects, the new building, which inspired the exhibition’s theme of light and place, features a luminous facade that captures Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather and light. The grounds include a renovated historic warehouse (to house ceramics, fiber studios, and sculpture studios) and a three-block arts park, as well as space for outdoor exhibitions, programs, and performances.

Bright Golden Haze starts with the way that our new building reflects and refracts the light from the expansive Oklahoma sky and considers the ways that artists define a place through light,” said the exhibition’s curator, Oklahoma Contemporary Curatorial and Exhibitions Director Jennifer Scanlan. “We are particularly excited about the number of new and site-specific works included; visitors will have the opportunity to challenge their perception and rethink the way they look at the world around them.”