Work from local and national artists is part of a new exhibition at Philbrook Museum of Art that addresses racial violence in Tulsa and the U.S.
“From the Limitations of Now” spans Philbrook’s Helmerich and Villa galleries and juxtaposes its contemporary art with objects in the museum’s permanent collection, which includes work from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
Most of the art in the exhibition was produced in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests responding to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black lives.
The exhibition — curated by Sara O’Keeffe, the Nancy E. Meinig associate curator of modern and contemporary art — was developed in collaboration with the Black Wall Street Times, Fulton Street Books and Coffee, and Tri-City Collective.
The largest gallery space has been transformed into an “Idea Lab” with an active reading room developed in collaboration with Onikah Asamoa-Caesar, founder of Fulton Street, a mural by the Tulsa-based artist collective Black Moon, prints by Tulsa photographer Serae Avance, as well as hands-on activities for all ages.
“It’s amazing to have work that is shown next to the work that’s inspired and informed me as a Black man and as an artist,” says Black Moon member Alexander Tamahn. “And for that to also be taking place in Philbrook with its historical prominence in this community, that just adds so much to it.”
In the Villa, Tri-City Collective presents an installation based around Tulsa poet Quraysh Ali Lansana’s forthcoming book, “Those Who Stayed: Life in 1921 Tulsa after the Massacre.” The installation features new artwork by Tulsa-based artists Skip Hill and Patrick McNicholas and examines the role Black-owned newspapers in Oklahoma have played in challenging statewide injustices.
“From the Limitations of Now” opened March 14 and runs through Sept. 5.
Tulsa’s Black Moon Collective
Melody Allen • Aunj Braggs • Beth Henley
Tina Henley • Erica Martez • Gary Mason
Alexander Tamahn • Summer Washington
Artists debuting new work
Adrian Aguilera • Serae Avance • Black Moon
Lex Brown • Crystal Z. Campbell • Rahim Fortune
Lonnie Holley • Betelhem Makonnen • Troy Michie
Joanne Petit-Frère • Kameelah Janan Rasheed