Native artists from across Oklahoma’s diverse tribal landscape are participating in H2OK: Native Response to Water Issues in Oklahoma, a group art show first opening in Norman, Oklahoma and traveling to Muskogee, Oklahoma. The show will open at Mainsite Contemporary Art on 120 E. Main, Norman on February 10, 2012 and will run until March 10, 2012. The Bacone College Art Gallery will exhibit the show, from April 6, 2012 through May 13, 2012, on campus in the McCombs Hall Art Building, 2299 Old Bacone Road, Muskogee.
The artists, who live in Oklahoma or belong to Oklahoma tribes, will express cultural attitudes to water in all of its forms, such as rivers, oceans, rain, and drinking water, environmental aspects of water, confront political realities of our dwindling water supplies, or simply the aesthetics of water in their art, which ranges in media from underwater photography, to digital art, sculpture, printmaking, painting, or installation. Many tribes’ oral histories talk about the earth being completely covered by water until land was formed, and many talk about a great flood. Water is used in ritual purification, either by immersing oneself in clear, running water or drinking and expelling water before a significant meal.
February 10–March 10, 2012
H2OK at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 120 E. Main, Norman, OK
Opening reception: Friday, Feburary 10th, 6-9pm
February 18, 1-3pm
Public dialogue about Oklahoma water issues, at Mainsite Contemporary Art. Speakers will include Dr. Robert Nairn, Dr. Randy Peppler, Gordon Yellowman, and possibly Verona Deer.
April 6—May 13, 2012
H2OK at Bacone Art Gallery, McCombs Art Building, Bacone College campus, Muskogee, OK
Opening reception: Saturday, April 14th