"Common Ground: Multiculturism in Oklahoma" is the theme of
the major summer exhibit which opens Saturday at City Arts
Center. Billed as an entertainment spectacle as much as an art
event, the exhibit will open at 6:30 p.m. with the rhythms of
Africa, the flash of Chinese sword dancers and the steady drum
beat of Native American dance.
Celebrating the individual heritage of each of the 11
exhibiting artists, Common Ground also examines their vision of
the world through those heritages. The 11 artists are Michi
Susan, Olif Venters, M. Teresa Valero, Nancy Large, Paulette
Black, Mark Gilmore, Connie Seabourn, Benjamin Harjo Jr., Elmer
Gari Owens, Gloria Duncan and Byron Shen.
Performing at the opening reception Saturday night will be
African drummer Jahruba, sword dancer Ming Chang McCloy and the
Great American Indian Dancers.
Admission to the opening reception is free of charge to the
public. City Arts Center is on the Fairgrounds at 3000 Pershing
Blvd. . .
More than 500,000 visitors are expected to view the "Catherine
the Great" exhibition in the Centennial Building at Dallas' Fair
Park. The exhibit, which will remain in Dallas through November
29, glorifies the reign of the often controversial Catherine II,
empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796. She was a supporter and
collector of art.
If you want to be among the 500,000 viewing this fabulous
collection of brilliant decorative and fine arts of the era, you
need to make your reservations now. Especially if you hope to
visit the exhibit while you're in Dallas for the University of
Oklahomaiversity of Texas football game. Ticket information _
about the exhibit, not the football game _ is available from the
Dallas Historical Society, P.O. Box 150038, Dallas, Texas 75315.
More than 300 items, including paintings, sculpture,
porcelain, furniture, jewelry and costumes, are in the
collection. Centerpiece of the exhibition is the original goldnd
silverated coronation carriage, more than 22 feet long and 10
feet high, which was fashioned by a craftsman in the French court
of Louis XV. . .
A little closer to home but equally international is the exhibit
opening Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Art Museum at the
Fairgrounds. Titled "Free Worlds: Metaphors and Realities in
Contemporary Hungarian Art," this exhibition spotlights a small
but vital underground art scene of the 1960s and '70s in
The opening reception for museum members and guests will be
from 7-9 p.m. July 17. Roald Nasgard, deputy director and chief
curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario, will speak about the
exhibition at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30. "Free Worlds" was
organized and circulated by that gallery in collaboration with
the Mucsarnok (Palace of Exhibitions), Budapest, and the
Hungarian Festival of Arts, Toronto. Oklahoma City Art Museum is
the only venue in the United States, so it's a rare opportunity
to see what artists in Eastern Bloc countries have been doing.
Local sponsors are The Jerome Westheimer Foundation, the State
Arts Council of Oklahoma, the Allied Arts Foundation and
A nominal admission fee is charged at the museum, which is
open daily except Monday and is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. .
Circle Saturday, Sept. 12, if you plan to attend Animal Crackers,
the annual blacke benefit sponsored by the Oklahoma Zoological
Society. Chaired by Mr. and Mrs. Morton Payne III at Kirkpatrick
Center, the party will feature dinner, dancing and a special
Patron seating is being solicited at $350 per couple, while
general seating will be priced at $250 per couple. Proceeds will
be used to fund specialized video monitoring equipment for the
Great EscApe, the Oklahoma City Zoo's worldclass primate exhibit
scheduled to open next summer. …