OKC Museum of Art Holiday Events

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host several holiday-themed events this winter in addition to their incredible exhibitions. See below for this year’s events.

Beaux Arts at 75 
November 7 – April 25

The Beaux Arts collection is an especially playful and eclectic body of work that includes everything from an idyllic summer landscape by a master Abstract Expressionist to a kitschy 1980s “altarpiece” featuring a pair of photorealistic Dalmatians. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Museum’s original fundraiser, the Beaux Arts Ball, OKCMOA will present the entirety of its Beaux Arts collection in a series of exhibitions and permanent collection installations highlighted by Beaux Arts at 75. In this original exhibition, the Museum will present long-standing favorites next to rarely seen gems, introducing an always surprising collection that includes outstanding examples by America’s famed Ashcan School artists, such as Robert Henri and John Sloan; works by American Impressionists including Childe Hassam; those of key later-generation Surrealists and Magical Realists; Postmodernists including Annette Lemieux and Fritz Scholder; and even leading figures of Pop Art and American abstraction such as James Rosenquist and Oklahoma City’s own Joe Goode. Beaux Arts at 75 celebrates the adventurous spirit that helped build this one-of-a-kind collection.

Dale Chihuly: Magic & Light 
Now – December 31 
Redesigned in collaboration with Chihuly Studio, the galleries incorporate a unique design that features a three-dimensional approach to viewing some objects in the collection. The presentation allows visitors to explore the large Float Boat and Ikebana Boat installations from all sides as well as includes viewing slots for the Reeds.In 2002, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art inaugurated its new home in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center with an exhibition of glass and drawings by Dale Chihuly. Bolstered by enormous public support, the Museum purchased the exhibition, which included works from Chihuly’s best-known series and was anchored by the 55-foot Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum’s atrium.

Shared Lives, Distant Places: Recent Acquisitions in Photography 
Now – January 10

Featuring photographs given in honor of the Museum’s 75th anniversary, Shared Lives, Distant Places highlights contemporary photographers who employ different photography styles—documentary, photojournalism, and street photography—to capture the global human experience, offering alternative ways of seeing and understanding the people, places, and events that shape the world in which we live. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of people, conflicts, and historical events around the world at various moments in time, and explores the working process of six contemporary photographers. The exhibition will feature works by renowned photographers Donna Ferrato, Peter Turnley, Kristin Capp, Alen MacWeeney, Gary Mark Smith, and Robert von Sternberg.

Museum Films at Home: Virtual Cinema

Museum Films is partnering with our favorite independent distributors to deliver the best of new world cinema straight to your living room. 50% of each virtual ticket sale supports OKCMOA and its mission. Visit the Museum’s  virtual cinema to watch at home and support OKCMOA here.

Museum Films Presents Silent Nights: Charlie Chaplin & Harold Lloyd

Join Museum Films for a series of classic silent films starring Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. Featuring new digital restorations and 16mm prints from the OKCMOA vault, the series screens December 18-27. Specially discounted film tickets are $4 for members and $3 for Film Society members. Seating in the Noble Theater is limited to less than 25% capacity.


Hours of Operation
Wednesday-Saturday: 10 am-5 pm
Sunday: noon-5 pm
Closed: Mondays, Tuesday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

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