It’s worth going to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art just to see Dale Chihuly’s 55-foot-tall Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the atrium, but that’s only scratching the surface.
Head to the third floor for “Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly” to immerse yourself in one of the largest collections of Chihuly glass in the world. Visitors admire gorgeous swirling colors overheard in the Oklahoma Persian Ceiling, gaze at glass boats full of giant glass balls in Float Boat and Ikebana Boat, and gain a new perspective on Chihuly’s purple glass reeds by peering at them through a square hole in the wall.
If you can pry yourself away from the Chihuly, other permanent exhibits feature American Art, including works by Thomas Moran and Georgia O’Keeffe; European art; post-war and contemporary art; and drawings and prints by 20th-century American artists. The second floor includes a sculpture gallery showcasing one of the museum’s most recent acquisitions—Chado by Karen LaMonte.
Temporary exhibits add more depth to the offerings. Since moving to the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center in 2002, the museum has hosted nearly 80 exhibitions.