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What to do in Oklahoma on April 18, 2019: Hear OKC native and internationally renowned artist Hear Tatyana Fazlalizadeh talk about her exhibit 'Oklahoma Is Black' at Oklahoma Contemporary

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Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh poses for a portrait as she installs her artwork for her exhibit, "Oklahoma Is Black," a depiction and celebration of Oklahoma City's rich black history, at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives
Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh poses for a portrait as she installs her artwork for her exhibit, "Oklahoma Is Black," a depiction and celebration of Oklahoma City's rich black history, at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives

Today's featured event:

Hear Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, an Oklahoma City native and internationally renowned artist, participate in an artist discussion with A-lan Holt, director of the Office of Diversity in the Arts at Stanford, at 6 p.m. today at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.

As previously reported, Fazlalizadeh's “Oklahoma Is Black,” an exhibition of large-scale wheatpaste posters and vivid oil paintings, is on view through May 19 at Oklahoma Contemporary. It is the first hometown show for the artist who grew up on Oklahoma City’s Eastside. The last exhibit in its fairgrounds space, the opening reception drew more than 500 people, setting a record for the nonprofit arts organization, which is moving later this year into a new facility on Automobile Alley in downtown OKC.


“Whenever I travel around, at some point, someone’s gonna ask me, ‘I didn’t know that there were black people in Oklahoma?’ or something like that. It sort of blows my mind, so I wanted this show to touch on that. So, this show isn’t just for Oklahomans, even though it’s here. It’s for, I think, everyone to sort of amplify the culture and the history of black folks here,” Fazlalizadeh told me in an interview. “I’ve never shown in Oklahoma City before, and not only that, but I’m showing work that features Oklahomans, that is about them. … It’s a very, very personal show for me. It’s coming from my lens, my viewpoint, what I want to say and who I want to represent when it comes to blackness in Oklahoma.”

To read more of my interview with Fazlalizadeh about "Oklahoma Is Black," click here. For more information on tonight's artist talk, go to oklahomacontemporary.org.

For more events, go to newsok.com/calendar.

-BAM





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Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh poses for a portrait as she installs her artwork for her exhibit, "Oklahoma Is Black," a depiction and celebration of Oklahoma City's rich black history, at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives

Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh poses for a portrait as she installs her artwork for her exhibit, "Oklahoma Is Black," a depiction and celebration of Oklahoma City's rich black history, at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman Archives

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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