A 27-foot-high “showroom” constructed from shipping containers is being planned for the corner of NW 11 and Broadway Drive as Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center prepares to raise money for a new downtown home along Automobile Alley.
Officials with Oklahoma Contemporary declined to comment on the project, but an application filed with the city also reveals publicly for the first time the organization’s intent to have its permanent new building built by July 2017.
Project architect Todd Edmonds filed an application for presentation to the Downtown Design Review Committee that shows a stacking of three shipping containers, with three offices, a coffee bar and restroom on the first floor, and a showroom on the second floor.
“The intent of the structure is to provide a presence for OCAC (Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center) along Broadway Avenue while providing a space to raise funds for the permanent OCAC facility,” Edmonds said. “The building is oriented at a 45-degree angle on the site with one end of the shipping container on the upper level facing the future building site. This orientation will allow potential donors to view the site that will be developed.”
Edmonds said the showroom will be relocated to a new satellite location when the new arts center is opened. Oklahoma Contemporary is currently located in an aging building at State Fair Park.
After completion of the new permanent facility, the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center showroom will be removed from the site and relocated to a future satellite location.
Founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, Oklahoma Contemporary offers free admission to contemporary arts exhibitions and also offers youth art camps, adult art classes and workshops, lectures and independent film screenings.
Art installation coming to Oklahoma City
Campbell Park, a rarely visited respite at NW 11 and Broadway, is set to take on some color this fall as its future neighbor, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, prepares to transform it into an exhibit by artist Orly Genger.
Genger drew notice in May 2013 when he created a monumental art project in New York’s Madison Square Park. Commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Genger’s sculpture used 1.4 million feet of hand-knotted, paint-covered lobster rope that wound throughout the park and around its features. The exhibit was re-installed in November 2013 at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum just outside Boston. The second display used 1 million feet of rope, and was installed with the idea of encouraging visitors to travel throughout the sculpture park.
The deCordova exhibit closes later this summer, and will begin its third show in October at Campbell Park.
Planning for the exhibit is underway, and arts center officials say whatever shape it takes, it will be colorful, massive and a great new artistic attraction. In both of the first two exhibitions, the public was highly engaged with this unusual sculpture, closely watching its installation. Visitors were welcome to climb, photograph or simply lounge among the ropes.