Exhibition Details

Exhibition Opening May 7th & 8th from 11:00-11:00 pm and May 9th from 11:00-6:00 pm for Mayfest Weekend.

Mayfest Weekend Tickets

May First Friday Eventbrite Tickets HERE

June First Friday Eventbrite Tickets HERE 

This exhibition will be up in the gallery to view from May 7 – June 19, 2021.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays are reserved for appointments between 12:00-4:00 PM.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays are open for gallery hours from 12:00-4:00 PM with limited capacity.

Please note that Living Arts of Tulsa does not charge admission to view exhibitions.

We require masks during the entirety of patron’s visits.  Temperatures will be taken upon entry to the gallery and patrons will be asked to complete a COVID survey.

Please call 918-585-1234 or email info@livingarts.org to set up a viewing.

Gallery Hours Eventbrite Tickets HERE

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE:

If you are interested in purchasing works from the show, please click HERE to view the virtual catalogue.  You can buy art from the comfort of your home and we will coordinate pick-up with you after the exhibition!

EXHIBITION STATEMENT:

The Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Project presented by Living Arts of Tulsa encapsulates local artists’ response and influence of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre over the last 100 years.

Where we were...
The Tulsa Race Massacre (previously known as the Tulsa Race Riot), occurred over 18 hours on May 31 - June 1, 1921. A white mob attacked residents, homes, and businesses in the Greenwood neighborhood, commonly known as Black Wall Street. The event remains one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history, and one of the least-known: news reports across the country were largely squelched, despite the fact that hundreds of people were killed and thousands left homeless.

Where we have been...
We are not devoid of our past, in fact, it is the very thing that informs our present. History is bound to repeat itself if it is lost. We are still finding bodies, building memorials, and teaching the public about one of the most horrific events in our country's history. We are still learning from something that happened 100 years ago, and honestly we should be further along. During the summer of 2020, 99 years after the Tulsa Race Massacre, the country’s streets were flooded with Black Lives Matter protests, demanding that we do better.

Where we want to go...
Focus on the power of people in the past and the power of people in the present. Tulsa has rebuilt over the last 100 years and Black Wall Street is thriving again with businesses and art. This tragic event is a story of resilience to systemic oppression that we need to work to improve every day. Actively listen, correct and change for the better, and to respect each other as human beings.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Jamario Beard
Francine Campbell
Adam Carnes
Marie Casimir & J’aime Griffith
Awesome Jeremy Collier
Dr. Delia Cook Gillis
Shyanne Dickey
Yusuf Etudaiye
Terricia Foster
Faith Green
Elizabeth Henley
Jessica Hines
Talitha Jacobs
Sonie Joi-Thompson-Ruffin
Kalup Linzy
Andrea Martin
Patrick McNicholas
Katherine Mitchell
Brad Morrow
Taylor Painter-Wolfe
Michael Palazzo
Cristiana Prado
Spencer Plumlee
Amanda Ruyle
Sondra Slade
Joyce Smith-Williams
Adrian Sturdevant
C.J. Ward
Jave Yoshimoto
(Yielbonzie) Charles Johnson

Select works provided by the Living Arts of Tulsa Archives and the Greenwood Art Project.

 

TRM Exhibition Gallery Packet

Programming

TRM Symposium (May 22)

  • This event will feature speakers presenting about the ways in which race and social injustices have shaped their lives. This will be an open forum for patrons to ask questions after presentations and openly discuss these topics.
  • 1:00 pm - Education Inspires: The Jake Wilhelm Story
  • 2:00 pm - Patrick McNicholas
  • 3:00 pm - Fiada, Francine Campbell
  • Moderated by Jocelyn Payne
  • Facebook Event HERE

Greenwood Imagine (May 29)

  • This event will encompass a large four-sided structure depicting a story of what happened in Greenwood during the Massacre as well as what would have happened to Tulsa and America if it had never happened. This narrative confronts the ideals of American success for all people. Using video, murals and live spoken word, singing and acting to present Greenwood that was, what happened to it and what could have been. Artists: Anthony C. Brinkley, Ebony Iman Dallas, Derrick Tinsley
  • Facebook Event HERE
  • Ticket Link HERE

"RELEASE ME, the Spirits of Greenwood Speak" Book Release (May 30)

  • RELEASE ME, the Spirits of Greenwood Speak, anthology is the culmination of the synergy between contributions from an eclectic array of poets (including Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo), brilliant artists, masterful writers, skillful photographers, sagacious historians, and some talented citizens of Tulsa, OK. The anthology is a transliteration of the voices of the spirits of Greenwood that focuses on the principles that built (and rebuilt) a thriving community.
  • Purchase the anthology HERE
  • Facebook Event HERE
  • Ticket Link HERE

Signature Quilt Workshops (May 15 & June 4-5)

  • Katrinka Booth will be leading three Signature Quilt Workshops at the gallery in May and June during our Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Project. The original concept of this Community Art Project was inspired by Friendship Quilts that were very popular in the late 1800's. 500 blocks will be provided for patrons to make their mark on during the three workshops. Patrons will be encouraged to write inspirational and encouraging messages. These will be assembled into panels that will be presented to various places throughout the city of Tulsa such as The Greenwood Historical Society.
  • Facebook Event HERE

“BROWN SUGAR” Screening & Artist Talk (June 5)

  • BROWN SUGAR is a film that illuminates the complexities of familial relationships; a mother and daughter verbally and spiritually battling to be heard and loved. BROWN SUGAR breaks the stereotypes of the textbook drug addict with a character like Monica. Although she is still connected with her past, with another druggie by the name of Gloria, Monica has flipped her addiction into a means to pay for dance school. Monica is not your everyday addict or dealer which she too expresses towards the young man who was sent by Gloria. This story peels back the flaws and causes anyone watching to really look at these characters with a fresh lens.
  • Facebook Event HERE

Intersectional Pride Series 2021 - Tulsa 100: Remember, Activate, Heal (June 1-3)

  • 3-days of in-person and virtual events honoring the memory and legacy of Black Wall Street and Tulsa’s BIPOC LGBTQIA+ Community.  Taking place over the first week of Pride Month 2021 and the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, as well as International Whore’s Day, the events will include streamed conversations with Oklahoma Black artists, advocates in criminal legal reform, leaders in the BIPOC community, trans, queer, and sex work community, and will feature healing and art therapy for BIPOC, LGTBQIA+, and Tulsa residents, with beauty and wellness gifts for attendees to support self care and healing justice.
  • Streaming of "Tulsa 1921" and "Transcend" Documentary
  • Self-care products: attendees of in-person events will receive complimentary goodie bags of beauty and wellness products to foster relaxation, self care, and healing beyond this event. Product donations by Clinique.
  • Day 1 Facebook Event HERE
  • Day 2 Facebook Event HERE
  • Day 3 Facebook Event HERE

Art Kits

In conjunction with our Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Project programming, we have created topic specific art kits featuring educational art activities aimed at young children between the ages of four and ten. These kits will be distributed on a first come first serve basis and will be free of charge to the public.

The art kits create a direct way for students to interact with exhibition topics in a way that is geared toward how they learn. These kits provide students with the agency to discuss artistic topics within the contemporary setting. These kits include a variety of crafts and educational materials surrounding the topics of the Tulsa Race Massacre, social justice and how to talk about race.

Reserve a kit today HERE

Donate

Thank you for supporting local art and artists!  Your support helps Living Arts further our mission of sharing contemporary art with our community.  We appreciate any donation you can make!

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Contact Us

Heather Duncan, Executive Director - director@livingarts.org

Sina McLin, Gallery & Communications Manager - admin@livingarts.org

Jessica Dewey, Programming & Development Manager - education@livingarts.org

Chris Henson, Facilities & Events Manager - events@livingarts.org

Laura Ruiz, Project Coordinator - projects@livingarts.org

Special Thanks