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Elevate – Oklahoma City: Danze de la Vida

Showing at 21c Oklahoma City On display from October 2019 - July 2022
About the Exhibition

The Elevate at 21c program presents exhibitions for local artists, living and working in the communities surrounding our 21c Museum Hotel. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s world-class contemporary art collection.

Danze de la Vida (Second Floor)

Denise Duong’s mural Off the Deep End spans both walls of the exhibition, providing an imaginative space for her characters to inhabit. Four Dancing Swimmers loop and drift down from the ceiling, suspended in the air and silhouetted against the building’s windows. On the wall amongst the mural’s black and white lines, five paintings appear like picture windows, each depicting different landscapes and detailed, disembodied heads. In her exhibition Danze de la Vida,” Duong creates a world that is unexpected and inviting, welcoming viewers to a never-ending fairytale filled with familiar yet untold stories.

Denise Duong

Danze de la Vida, 2019.
Off the Deep End, 2019. Wall mural
Everything Is As It’s Supposed to Be, 2007-9. Ink on paper
Dancing Swimmers, 2019. Cardboard, paint, wire

More About the Artist:

Denise Duong was born and raised in Oklahoma City and studied sculpture and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work includes drawing, painting and large-scale murals. Many of her murals are on view in Oklahoma City, including close by in the West Village and Plaza districts.


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