Luba Lukova: Designing Justice at Henry Zarrow Art Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
March 6 – April 19, 2020
Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education
Sherman Smith Family Gallery
124 East Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
Opening Reception &
Friday, March 6
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Artist Talk at 5:00 pm
Thursday – Saturday
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
More that 2,000 visitors attended the opening of Designing Justice, a remarkable new exhibition by Feagin Visiting Artist Luba Lukova at Zarrow Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Forty-six prints by the renowned artist are on display at the Center's Sherman Smith Family Gallery.
Lukova's exhibition of powerful social commentary images is a precursor to the upcoming art events commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. In conjunction with her exhibition, Ms. Lukova will lead a workshop with the art students at University of Tulsa, titled Legacy of Hope, where the participants will develop their own visual concepts about what the 1921 Massacre and the future of Tulsa mean to them.
Why the images in Luba Lukova’s Designing Justice are so visually appealing: saturated colors draw you in; hard edges clarify the dynamic shapes; and distilled compositions keep the eye locked into the picture plane. And, within her direct, elegantly streamlined images, Lukova has embedded the most essential element of all – a powerful message that gets people thinking.
As you unpack the visual elements that are the foundation of each image, the profundity of the artist’s message seeps ever more deeply into your unconscious mind. By the time you look away, you have been reminded on a fundamental level that social issues all across the globe demand to be addressed – and changed – through the commitment of well-intentioned individuals. Lukova’s images help provide the inspiration for all of us to be a force for good in the world.
Listen to Lukova's interview with Rich Fisher on NPR Tulsa.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities; University of Tulsa, School of Art, Design and Art History; and Departments of Sociology and Media Studies.
Opening of Luba Lukova: Designing Justice
Luba Lukova, Human, 2001, Silk-screen
Luba Lukova, I Have a Dream, 2012, Silk-screen
Luba Lukova, Delta Blues, 2012, Silk-screen
"Stunning… Instead of statistics, instead of discussions, Lukova’s in-our-face, one-on-one work of art asks us to feel, really feel…"
– Carol Knowles, Memphis Flyer
"Creating some of the most iconic posters of the last decade, Luba Lukova is one of the most important visual artists of our generation. This is not up for debate. History will remember her work."
– John Foster, Rockpaperink
"Intense and unrelenting, pointing out the injustices and foibles of society in a cheerful advertising aesthetic that surprises the viewer with its poignancy."
– William Corwin, Saatchi Magazine
"Luba Lukova’s images have punch, and they are laced with such feeling that they often merit a second look."
– Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe