Everyone has a narrative. As humans, our narrative is ever-changing: we add and delete memories, modify the internal structures that make up our identities, and adjust to new environments and outside influences. The timeline of our story often starts by looking inward to the self, then to our community for collaboration, and finally to the future for progress. This timeline, defined in educational terms as “public narrative,” collectively starts and ends through each of our lives but is also a cyclical process in which we live.
The 2015 Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship (OAWCF) presents Public Narrative: Story of Self, Us, & Now at MAINSITE Contemporary Art from February 12th – March 12th, a three-part exhibit that focuses on the idea of public narrative and its movement from our internal psyche (Topical Breach; Story of Self), to the collective group (The Parts and The Sum; Story of Us), to the present and future of our communities (Whose Fault; Story of Now).
Throughout this exhibit, curators Jessica Borusky, Laura Reese, Lauren Scarpello, and Liz Roth, highlight contemporary topics, including the emotional process of experiencing a breach in life, stories of present-day discrimination, and current environmental issues, such as fracking, that will affect the future of … Read More »
Norman Arts Council brought Italian artists to Oklahoma as a part of an art exchange program between sister cities called Cultural Connections last fall. Those who missed the exhibition — Cultural Connections: Arezzo In Norman — will get a second chance to see the artwork as part of an encore at the Paseo Plunge, located at 3010 Paseo in Oklahoma City, OK.
The exhibition will open at the First Friday Art Walk in the Paseo Arts District on Friday, February 5 with an opening reception lasting from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will stay up through Saturday, March 5.
Artists Enrique Moya Gonzalez, Sara Lovari and Massimiliano Luchetti created much of the artwork onsite at MAINSITE Contemporary Art — where the exhibition debuted — in Norman. Thousands of patrons enjoyed the exhibition during its two-month stay in the fall, but this gives art lovers who may have missed the chance to get to know another country’s cultural through creativity.
“The program was established in an effort to further the bonds between Norman, Oklahoma and its sister cities, consisting of a series of exhibitions that will bring international artists to Oklahoma and send Norman artists across the globe to share our heritage and … Read More »
the shape of everything opens Friday, Jan. 15, in the Lightwell Gallery at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History. The exhibition will provide an overview of paintings and works by Adam Fung spanning the past five years of his career, and will be on display through Friday, Feb. 5. A complimentary public reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Lightwell Gallery.
“My hope with this exhibition is to provide a wide array of “vantage points” or different angles of exploring the idea that although the universe (and perhaps multi-verse) is unfathomably large, we still seek out answers, information, attempt to map it out, and the title the shape of everything reflects one avenue of thought – that everything can be mapped mathematically,” says Fung, who will be displaying, among various experimental works, an inflatable painting that changes shapes throughout the day. “I would like students and visitors to dwell on the dichotomy of being so small but also part of something so big,” he added.
Fung uses a variety of different techniques in his paintings. From transparent layering, to realism and abstraction, this is an opportunity to see his works over a … Read More »
This Thursday, January 7, students from Norman High School will compete in the national recitation contest known as Poetry Out Loud. World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, will host the event at 7pm at The Depot in Norman. The competition, presented in partnership with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Over the past 10 years, Poetry Out Loud has reached nearly 3 million students, more than 9,500 schools, and thousands of teachers across the country. The winner of this competition will advance to a regional Poetry Out Loud contest in February. The Oklahoma champion will then advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on May 3-4, 2016, in Washington DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.
WHO: Oklahoma poets Julia McConnell and Karen Schiler as well as the state’s two most recent poets laureate, Ben Myers and Nathan Brown, will judge the competition. WLT editor in chief Daniel Simon will serve as emcee.
WHEN: 7:00-8:30pm, January 7, 2016
WHERE: The Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., Norman. … Read More »