OKC Mayor David Holt and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti teaming up to discuss influential Oklahoma artist Ed Ruscha and 4 more Oklahoma entertainment headlines you need to know
OKC and L.A. mayors to talk Ed Ruscha's legacy in virtual panel discussion
Ed Ruscha - one of the most influential artists in the world - has two current exhibitions of his work on view in his home state of Oklahoma: the group exhibit "OK/LA" at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in Norman and "Ed Ruscha: OKLA" at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
Ruscha's legacy and the exhibits will be the subject of a virtual panel discussion set for 3 p.m. Friday with panelists to include the curators of both exhibitions, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Longtime Ruscha enthusiasts, Mayors Holt and Garcetti will speak to Ruscha’s connections to their communities, both of which the artist has called home. Mark White, executive director at the New Mexico Museum of Art and curator of the "OK/LA" exhibition, will discuss Ruscha’s connections with five fellow Oklahoma artists who also made Los Angeles home in in the late 1950s. Alexandra Schwartz, co-curator of the "Ed Ruscha: OKLA" exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary, and Kirsten Olds, a contributor to the exhibit’s catalog, will examine Ruscha’s work as interpreted in Oklahoma Contemporary exhibition.
The two landmark exhibitions explore the lasting influence of Oklahoma on the career of Ruscha, a longtime Los Angeles-based artist who has become known as the "King of California Cool."
As previously reported, "OK/LA," which closes Sunday, features the work of six friends and former Oklahomans who left the state in the late 1950s for Los Angeles: Ruscha, his younger brother Paul Ruscha, Patrick Blackwell, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan and Mason Williams.
Also as previously reported, the newly opened "Ed Ruscha: OKLA" at Oklahoma Contemporary, on display through July 5, focuses exclusively on Ruscha and his Oklahoma roots. Over the course of six decades, Ruscha has created a wide range of artwork varying in mediums that focus on the American Heartland and life on the road. This exhibition surveys the ways in which the Midwest has impacted Ruscha’s life and artwork.
Registration for Friday's virtual event can be found at ou.edu/fjjma/Events. A link to join the webinar will be emailed upon registration.
Both exhibits are free and open to the public. For tickets and information for "OK/LA" at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, go to ou.edu/fjjma. For tickets and information for "Ed Ruscha: OKLA," go to oklahomacontemporary.org.
U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo to be the keynote speaker for virtual Oklahoma History Conference
The 2021 Oklahoma History Conference is going virtual April 22–23 as scholars, students, historian, and authors from across the state and country share the history and culture of Oklahoma. This year’s lineup will include 11 live sessions, two programs, and 11 on-demand sessions.
The entire conference will be online, including a special tribute to the late legendary Oklahoma musician Steve Ripley by the beloved Payne County band the Red Dirt Rangers, a conversation about this spring's 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony.
The keynote speaker will be U.S. Poet Laureate and Tulsa native Joy Harjo, who is Muscogee (Creek). As previously reported, Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – also preparing this week to release her first new recording in a decade, "I Pray for My Enemies," to be released Friday on Sunyata Records/Sony Orchard Distribution.
The 2021 conference, which will have the theme "Perspectives in History," will be free to the public, but preregistration is required. To preregister or get more information, go to www.okhistory.org/about/conference.
Olivia Munn helps NYC police catch a suspect after a shocking attack
Oklahoma City native Olivia Munn has been making the television rounds to speak out about the reported rise across the United States in hate crimes, harassment and discrimination against Asian Americans tied to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The "X-Men: Apocalypse" actress, who is Asian American, harnessed the power of social media to help New York Police track down the suspected attacker after a friend's mother, a Chinese woman, was shoved and injured outside a bakery in Queens and the incident was caught on video.
Munn said the “pandemic was weaponized against us" in an appearance last week on "The View," where she also talked about her mom came to the United States - and Oklahoma - as a refugee from Vietnam.
“For so long, the Asian community, my community, we have not really felt seen, that the things that are happening to us aren't important to anybody else," Munn said on "The View." "So, the fact that I asked people to help and they did and it came this conclusion was just a really emotional moment for me."
Blake Shelton marking 10th anniversary on 'The Voice' as Season 20 starts tonight
"The Voice" is starting its 20th season at 7 tonight on NBC, and the hit reality singing contest is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
That means it's also the 20th season and the 10th anniversary for Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton, who has been the only coach to remain on the show the entire time.
It's safe to say that the show has been a game-changer for the Ada native, elevating him from a country music hitmaker to a bona fide show biz superstar as well as introducing him to his fiance, pop icon Gwen Stefani. Plus, Shelton is a seven-time winner on "The Voice," ushering Todd Tilghman, Sundance Head, Craig Wayne Boyd, Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope, Chloe Kohanski and Jermaine Paul to victory.
The other coaches for Season 20 include Nick Jonas, who is on board for his second season; John Legend, who is marking his fifth time as coach; and Kelly Clarkson, who is in her seventh season on "The Voice."
Host Carson Daly also is celebrating his 20th season and 10th anniversary as the show's original host.
Oscar-nominated Oklahoma writer Eric Heisserer returns with Netflix series 'Shadow and Bone'
Oklahoma native Eric Heisserer, who earned an Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay for Amy Adams' 2016 science-fiction vehicle "Arrival," is getting a chance to show off his upcoming project.
Netflix debuted Friday the first trailer for its forthcoming fantasy series "Shadow and Bone," based on Leigh Bardugo's best-selling novels.
Heisserer, who also wrote Netflix's hit 2018 film "Bird Box," is the showrunner, head writer, creator and executive producer on "Shadow and Bone," which centers on Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), an orphan, mapmaker and soldier in a war-torn land, who unlocks a power that may hold the key to her country's freedom.
The series is slated to premiere on Netflix on April 23.
Click here to read my 2017 interview with Heisserer, who hails from Norman.
Features Writer Brandy "BAM" McDonnell covers Oklahoma's arts, entertainment and cultural sectors for The Oklahoman and Oklahoman.com. Reach her at email@example.com, www.facebook.com/brandybammcdonnell and twitter.com/BAMOK. Please support work by her and her colleagues by subscribing at oklahoman.com/subscribe.