Oklahoma Contemporary at 11 NW 11th St. in Oklahoma City was on the verge – the morning of a 1,000-person party – of opening its new facilities in March when COVID-19 news forced the venue to close its doors.

In the months since, Oklahoma Contemporary has provided digital programs, opened an interactive outdoor installation and fine-tuned its contingency plan.

Starting Wednesday, Oklahoma Contemporary will be allowing limited public access, via a new, free timed-ticketing system, to exhibitions and the new facility. The see inaugural exhibition is Bright Golden Haze.

Masks are mandatory at Oklahoma Contemporary, for visitors as well as staff members. The reservation system will allow a maximum of 10 guests an hour, for more than 2,400 square feet per visitor.

In addition to Bright Golden Haze, visitors can see Shadow on the Glare, on view in the Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery, and Jen Lewin’s Aqueous, in Campbell Art Park.

Cafe Contemporary and Shop Contemporary will both be open.

Admission is always free and free parking is available on-site.

Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Rodeo Historical Society have announced the 2020 Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees as well as the Tad Lucas Memorial Award and Ben Johnson Memorial Award recipients.

Chosen via popular vote by RHS membership, the Rodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2020 in the Living category includes Ricky Bolin, Bobby W. “Hooter” Brown, Richard Neale “Tuff” Hedeman, Cody Lambert, Jerome Robinson, and Bobby and Sid Steiner, father and son.

John (1887 to 1973) and Thomas (1915 to 1981) Rhodes, father and son, and Jim W. Snively (1911 to 1998) were selected as the deceased inductees.

Each year, the family of trick-riding legend Tad Lucas bestows the Tad Lucas Memorial Award upon a living female whose actions promote the values represented by Tad Lucas; the Ben Johnson Memorial Award winner is chosen by committee each year to honor a living individual who represents the Western lifestyle as exemplified by screen and rodeo legend Ben Johnson. The Tad Lucas Memorial Award honoree of 2020 is Pat North Ommert, while the Ben Johnson Memorial Award honoree is Carl Nafzger.

Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees, along with the Tad Lucas Memorial Award and Ben Johnson Memorial Award honorees, are recognized each fall during Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend. However, due to COVID-19, a decision is forthcoming in mid-September whether or not Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend will be held in 2020.


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