PRAx OPENS ITS DOORS
Get to know PRAx up close and personal at our all-day Open House. Explore our venues, look behind the scenes of the building, and enjoy live music, tours, art installations, the opening gallery exhibition, activities for children, and more. Meet our director and staff and discover what PRAx is all about.
Daytime concerts include appearances by Native Rose featuring Jan Michael Looking Wolf (whose Native American flute courses enroll thousands of OSU students per year) and by students in OSU bands and ensembles.
The special, full-length evening concert kicks off a multi-year commitment by PRAx to presenting musicians who explore the Indigenous history threaded through jazz music. Headliner Delbert Anderson (Navajo/Diné) and his quartet have been celebrated by the New York Times for “putting the Indigenous sound back in jazz.” They are joined for a special appearance by vocalist Julia Keefe (Nez Perce), who will serve as artistic director at PRAx for an ongoing series showcasing contemporary Native jazz performers. The evening includes a performance of an extended work commissioned by PRAx, co-created by composer Franklin Piland, Delbert Anderson, and Julia Keefe. This special premiere will be presented with the OSU Jazz Ensemble.
Artwork and Gallery Opening
This special event features the unveiling of PRAx’s only permanent artwork, a sculpture by Refik Anadol that joins art, AI, and research data. For the opening, the piece appears alongside temporary installations by Rick Silva and an immersive, projection-based work by Fernanda d’Agostino.
The opening gallery exhibition, “Sonic Booms: How the Sound and Science of Technology Created Pop Music,” will be on view throughout the day.
Throughout the day, you'll also find dialogues, talks, activities, and tours.
Food and beverage will be available on site. Tickets are required for the evening headliner performance.
Schedule of Events
Thomas W. Toomey Lobby
- Noon | Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Building Dedication, and Land Acknowledgment
- 1:15 p.m. | Unveiling of Bioacoustics Data Sculpture by Refik Anadol
- 2 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. | Art x Science at OSU | Spring Creek Project
- 3:30 p.m. | Curator's Conversation | Ashley Stull Meyers and Fernanda d'Agostino
- 4:30 p.m. | Curator's Conversation | Ashley Stull Meyers and Rick Silva
Lynne Hallstrom Detrick Concert Hall
- 1 p.m. | Native Rose Featuring Jan Michael Looking Wolf
- 2:15 p.m. | School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts Music Showcase
- 3:30 p.m. | Native Rose Featuring Jan Michael Looking Wolf
- 5 p.m. | Delbert Anderson Quartet with special guests Julia Keefe, Franklin Piland, and the OSU Jazz Ensemble (headliner performance - tickets required)
Edward J. Ray Theater
- Noon-7 p.m. | On View | Immersive art installation by Fernanda d'Agostino
Kate and John Stirek Gallery
- Noon-7 p.m. | On View | Sonic Booms: How the Sound and Science of Technology Created Pop Music (exhibition curated by Bob Santelli, University Director of Popular Music).
- 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. | Curator's remarks | Bob Santelli
Dixie Luana Wooten Kenney Garden
- 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. | Garden tours
- Noon-4 p.m. | Drop-in art making for all ages