Is there any more beautiful artwork than light streaming through colored glass? Think stained glass windows. Think Tiffany lamps. And think Dale Chihuly, creator of huge colorful glass sculptures in varying shapes and textures. One of the largest collections of Chihuly glass is on permanent exhibit at Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Dale Chihuly: Magic & Light
The Chihuly collection began as a temporary exhibit in the museum. The public response was so overwhelmingly positive that the museum purchased the exhibition. Additional pieces were later gifted to the museum by Dale Chihuly.
The Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower, 2400 individual hand-blown glass tubes in yellows and blues twist and curl together, soaring 55 feet up the museum’s three-story entry atrium, hinting at what awaits you in the third-floor exhibit.
Other Oklahoma City Museum of Art exhibits
Of course, Chihuly isn’t the only exhibit in the museum. The Chihuly exhibit shares the third floor with other modern art, as well. The painted aluminum sculpture, “Jasper,” by John Henry takes up a large portion of one room. The room’s walls are lined with abstract and colorful artworks.
The first floor is home to changing exhibits. On my visit the museum was going through a change, setting up for the current exhibit “Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy.” It focuses on the museum’s history and includes some of the museum’s permanent collection by such renowned artists as Pierre-August Renoir and Georgia O’Keefe.
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From mid-June through mid-September 2016, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will host “Matisse in his Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris.” This will be the first time the exhibit will be displayed outside of Europe. The OKCMOA will be the only North American venue for the exhibit.
I like to browse museum stores because they offer unique items. The OKCMOA store includes Chihuly and Chihuly-inspired objects, as well as handmade jewelry, books, and many other giftable items.
If you visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, located at 415 Couch Drive in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Check the web site for hours and admission fees.
Accommodations: We stayed at the Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City Autograph Collection during our visit to Oklahoma City. Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.
Disclosures: My visit to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art was hosted by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau and the museum. My admission to the museum was complimentary. However, all opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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