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on the radar SPOTLIGHT

RED DIRT DINOS Through Mar 12 Science Museum Oklahoma OKC, 604.6602,

Through a Native Lens

PHOTO/SYNTHESIS Through Apr 2 Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art Norman, 325.3272,

Seeking synthesis at Fred Jones Museum

OKLAHOMA PRIDE Through Apr 8 OK Hall of Fame Museum OKC, 235.4458,

TH E CAM E R A , as the

saying goes, never lies – but that doesn’t mean you should believe everything you see, because photographs don’t always capture context. See how different viewpoints can affect perception, and with it history, in the new exhibition Photo/Synthesis, on display through Apr. 2 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the OU campus. Back in the early part of the 20th century, respected photographer Edward Curtis spent decades capturing Native Americans on film (well, on plates), resulting in a substantial impact on the public’s conception of these peoples. However, much of the time Curtis staged the pictures using clothing, postures and backgrounds of his own choosing – the photograph did not necessarily reflect the reality of the subjects’ lives. So in this exhibit, Navajo camera-wielder Will Wilson visited Oklahomans representing seven tribal communities, and used special equipment including a Civil War-era lens to photograph them in order to get images that resemble those Curtis took. The difference is that Wilson invited his subjects to dress and act as they chose, essentially giving them co-authorship in the work. Curator heather ahtone calls the resulting images, “stunning portraits, full of aesthetic value and individual personality, that also include the voice of the subject as part of the image.” Photo/Synthesis combines inspiration with response by displaying 53 new photos by Wilson alongside 33 works by Curtis from the museum’s permanent collection – it’s a chance to see for yourself the cultural and historical value of letting portraits speak for themselves. - STEVE GILL



THE ARTISTRY OF THE WESTERN PAPERBACK Through May 14 National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum OKC, 478.2250, THE COMPLETE WPA COLLECTION Through Dec 31 OKC Museum of Art OKC, 236.3100, HOLLYWOOD AND THE AMERICAN WEST Feb 3-May 14 They made the West come to life on screen; this photography collection showcases more private moments in their lives off camera and behind the scenes. Subjects include John Wayne, Bing Crosby, John Ford, Gregory Peck and more. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 NE 63rd, OKC, 478.2250, SPEAK TO ME Feb 9-Jun 11 Multimedia artist Jeffrey Gibson interweaves fiber art, ceramics, video and performance art, painting and elements and inf luences from his Choctaw/Cherokee heritage for this captivating exhibition that converses with inanimate objects. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center 3000 General Pershing, OKC, 951.0000, THE UNSETTLED LENS Feb 18May 14 A photographic collection that’s deliberately a bit … odd, it mines camerawork from the 20th century for images depicting the enigmatically uncanny. OKC Museum of Art 415 Couch, OKC, 236.3100, AFTER THE FLOATING WORLD Feb 18-May 14 The OKCMOA explores the enduring art of Japanese woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e, in this visually dazzling exhibition. Kampai! OKC Museum of Art 415 Couch, OKC, 236.3100,

Music NOON TUNES Feb 2-23 Free lunchtime serenades to sonically spice up your Thursdays: Casey & Minna Feb 2, the Jay Wilkinson Trio Feb 9, Miss Brown to You Feb 16 and the Boulevard Brass Qunitet Feb 23. Downtown Library 300 Park Ave, OKC, 231.8650, mls.lib.

RIVERWIND SHOWS Feb 3-18 The casino is hopping this month, with extra energy from the Josh Abbott Band Feb 3, Foreigner Feb 10 and Rick Springfield Feb 18. Riverwind Casino 1544 W Hwy 9, Norman, 322.6464, BLUE DOOR SHOWS Feb 3-27 Self-billed as “the best listening room in Oklahoma,” it certainly has some of the best music, including Travis Linville Feb 3, Mike McClure Feb 4, Michael Fracasso Feb 14, Sean McConnell Feb 22, Harumph Feb 25 and Tift Merritt Feb 27 check online for updates. The Blue Door 2805 N McKinley, OKC, 524.0738, JAZZ LAB SHOWS Feb 3-28 The Lab cooks up all kinds of sweet sounds, including Shortt Dogg Feb 3, Smilin’ Vic Feb 4, Eldredge Jackson Feb 10, Shadowman Blues Feb 11, Edgar Cruz Feb 16 and the Civilized Tribe Faculty Dixieland concert Feb 28. UCO Jazz Lab 100 E 5th, Edmond, 974.2100, OKC PHILHARMONIC CLASSICS Feb 4 Strike up the orchestra; guest conductor Andreas Delfs leads the OKC Philharmonic and cellist Christine Lampra through an evening of Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Shostakovich. OKC Civic Center 201 N Walker, OKC, 842.5387, OCU CONCERTS Feb 4-24 Students and townspeople alike can head to campus and enjoy musical treats: Distinguished Artists OLGA quartet Feb 4 and Kalinosky and Goncharova Feb 11, plus a Project 21 concert Feb 24. OCU Kirkpatrick Auditorium 2501 N Blackwelder, OKC, 208.5227, CHAMBER MUSIC IN OKLAHOMA Feb 5 Enhancing OKC’s musical appreciation since 1960, the organization welcomes the Ariel Quartet for an afternoon of Haydn, Widman and Dvorak. Christ the King Church 8005 Dorset, OKC, OU MUSIC Feb 7-27 Join the OU School of Music for auditory bliss:the trombone choir Feb 7, the OU Wind Symphony Feb 20, A Evening of Czech Song Feb 24, the Women’s Chorus and Men’s Glee Club Feb 25, pianist Jonathan Shames Feb 26 and the OU Symphony Band Feb 27. OU Catlett Music Center 500 W Boyd, Norman, 325.4101, 89TH STREET COLLECTIVE Feb 10-24 Fire up some music at a set of all-ages shows, including Carnifex Feb 10, Knocked Loose and Harm’s Way Feb 12 and Expire Feb 24 check online for more. 89th Street Collective 8911 N Western, OKC,

405 Magazine February 2017  

405 Magazine is the definitive city and lifestyle magazine of central Oklahoma, featuring people, places, events, dining and culture.

405 Magazine February 2017  

405 Magazine is the definitive city and lifestyle magazine of central Oklahoma, featuring people, places, events, dining and culture.