A unique art installation – Love & Harmony Oklahoma – on display in the Visitor Center of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory is dedicated to the citizens of Oklahoma, and celebrates the ethnic diversity and beauty of cultural differences. The exhibit, which opened May 1, is a message of hope and resilience through the expression of photography, mural paintings, messages and sound.
Central to Love & Harmony are two large-scale murals. “Instilled Dream” was created by four Tulsa artists, each from different cultural backgrounds and creative spaces, who came together during a 10-day period to make a statement of what unity and race looks like, while “Golden Reciprocal” was painted by Tulsa artist Alexander Tamahn.
Woven into the exhibit are photos, as well as inspirational narratives from Tulsa community members and leaders, lending their images and voices to share their perspectives of what “love and harmony” truly means. This art installation will provide Oklahomans with a thoughtful reminder of the common bond as one state, one people and one human race.
“Love & Harmony is a timely art exhibit for the Gardens to celebrate how differences between people can lead to dialogues and appreciation that knit communities together,” said Maureen Heffernan, CEO of Myriad Gardens Foundation. “It’s an exhibit that inspires the viewer to deeply look at ‘the other’ and with your heart. When you do that, you see how you are more alike than different. And where there are differences, those differences can enrich and enliven our daily lives and our culture.”
The exhibit was curated by Tulsa’s Gathering Place and is on loan to the Gardens. It is free for viewing through July 31.
Visitor Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.