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Update: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center closing early today due to severe weather threat

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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]

UPDATED at 1:10 p.m.: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center just announced on social media that the nonprofit arts organization is closing at 2 p.m. today due to the threat of severe weather. "Oklahoma Is Black" is on view until Sunday, so there's still time to check it out before it closes.  


Please keep in mind that much of Oklahoma is under various weather watches today, and whatever you do, be weather aware. For more information on today's severe weather risk, click here.


Today's featured event:

See “Oklahoma Is Black,” acclaimed artist and Oklahoma City native Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s exhibition of large-scale wheatpaste posters and vivid oil paintings, before it closes at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.

Due to popular demand, the the exhibit, the first hometown show for the internationally known artist who grew up on Oklahoma City’s Eastside, has been extended through Sunday. 

 As previously reported, the last exhibit in Oklahoma Contemporary's fairgrounds space, the opening reception for "Oklahoma Is Black" drew more than 500 people, setting a record for the nonprofit arts organization, which is building 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, click here.

For more information on the exhibit, go to oklahomacontemporary.org.

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

Please keep in mind that much of Oklahoma is under various weather watches today, and whatever you do, be weather aware. For more information on today's severe weather risk, click here.

-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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