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CMA PRESENTS ACCLAIMED PRIVATE COLLECTION
Mar 17, 2014

For Immediate Release:
March 17, 2014

 

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
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CMA Presents Acclaimed Private Collection

(Columbus, OH) - Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection, a striking new exhibition, opens at the Columbus Museum of Art June 6. The exhibition, on view through August 31, showcases American Modernist paintings from the 1920s to the beginning of World War II, a period marked by significant change and compounded by the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

The more than sixty artists featured in Modern Dialect hail from all parts of the United States, and painted wherever they found inspiration. These artists adhere to a common interest, more than to a single style, in portraying their realities in a decidedly modern fashion. The exhibition reveals the scope of the American modernist aesthetic in the early 20th century, and the vision and integrity each artist brought to the representation of the American experience from rural landscapes to modern industrial cities (and the people who inhabit them) to purely abstracted compositions.

As compelling as the rich artistic responses to our American experiences are in this exhibition, equally intriguing to me is the unique personality that a private collection of this caliber reveals, said CMA Curator of American Art M. Melissa Wolfe.

Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Modern Dialect highlights works by some of the most respected American artists of the early twentieth century including Charles Burchfield, George Ault, Charles Sheeler, Marsden Hartley, and George Bellows, as well as re-introducing such fascinating artists as Clyde Singer, Lois Mabel Head, Arthur Osver, and many others.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 132-page, hardcover catalogue that features full-color reproductions of the featured works; each painting is accompanied by a catalogue entry written by Julie Pierotti, the exhibitions curator, Dixon Director Kevin Sharp, and M. Melissa Wolfe.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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Discover the Art of Matrimony at Columbus Museum of Art
Feb 26, 2014

For Immediate Release:February 26, 2014

 

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
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DISCOVER THE ART OF MATRIMONY AT CMA

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art presents The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library April 1 June 15. For more than two thousand years, the ketubbah, or Hebrew marriage contract, has been an integral part of Jewish culture. Found in the homes of married Jews, whether wealthy or poor, scholar or layman, in the West or in the East, ketubbot provide a wealth of information concerning the artistic creativity, cultural interactions and social history of the Jewish communities in which they were created. As testimonies to the sacredness of marriage, works of art, and repositories of Jewish history, these magnificent treasures offer insights and delights in equal measure.

Art of Matrimony features diverse ketubbot dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries. Thirty ketubbot are from the world-renown collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and one is a recent gift to the Columbus Museum of Art of a nineteenth-century Iranian ketubbah from the collection of the late Robert N. Shamansky.

Art of Matrimony and related programs are funded in part by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community and the Pauline and Raymond Kahn Jewish Arts Endowments of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Related Programs

#CMAketubbah

Join CMAs online gallery of ketubbot by uploading a photo of your decorated marriage contract to Instagram and tagging it #CMAketubbah. You can visit the online gallery on the CMA website, www.ColumbusMuseum.org

The Art of Matrimony

Sunday, March 30, 4:00 pm

Join Sharon Liberman Mintz, Curator of Jewish Art at JTS, as she highlights the ornate decoration and fascinating stories in the exhibition. This program is presented in collaboration with the Melton Center of Jewish Studies at OSU. Tickets are $8 for CMA members, seniors and students, and $10 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets at CMA or online at http:/members.columbusmuseum.org/mintz

I do Contemporary Jewish Marriage Contracts and Hebrew Calligraphy Demonstration

Sunday, April 6, 2:00 2:45 pm and 3:00 3:45 pm

Join Columbus artist Pamela Feldman-Hill for an informal discussion of Jewish marriage contracts that she and other artists have created for contemporary couples. Feldman-Hill will also demonstrate the art of Hebrew calligraphy. Visitors can take home bookmarks with their name written in Hebrew. This program is free, no registration requested.

Customs and Contracts: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives

Thursday, May 15, 7:00 pm

Learn about the dos and donts of saying I Do in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim weddings at our panel discussion with Rabbi Harold Berman of Congregation Tifereth Israel, Dr. Azeez Haque of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, Rabbi Sharon Mars of Congregation Temple Israel, Rector Richard A. Burnett of Trinity Episcopal Church, and Rabbi Howard Zack of Congregation Torah Emet. Free with admission and to guarantee a seat, please make a reservation at http://members.columbusmuseum.org/IDo

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART’S WOMEN’S BOARD AUXILIARY INVITES YOU TO DART FOR ART
Jan 23, 2014

For Immediate Release:
January 23, 2014

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
nancy.colvin@cmaohio.org

Are you feeling lucky?
COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ARTS WOMENS BOARD AUXILIARY INVITES YOU TO DART FOR ART

(Columbus, OH) Join the Columbus Museum of Arts Womens Board Auxiliary for Dart for Art Saturday, March 8 at 6:00 pm in the Hollywood Casino Ballroom. Guests will enjoy an evening of fun, food and drink and a chance to win original art donated by established and emerging artists.

Tickets start at $125 which includes one admission and one dart. A lucky spin of the wheel at our version of darts could win your choice of art! Additional darts can be purchased for $25 each.  Additional darts can be purchased for $25 each or 5 for $100. Each dart is worth one chance to win art. No skill is required but you must be present to win. Jackpot darts are available for $350 and are guaranteed to win a piece of art.

Visit http://www.ColumbusMuseum.org/dartforart/ to preview the art, read about the artists, learn how to play the game and purchase tickets to this fun-filled evening of fine art paired with fabulous food and libations.

 All proceeds benefit the Columbus Museum of Art.

About the Columbus Museum of Art Womens Board

The Columbus Museum of Art Womens Board is an organization of women committed to promoting the mission of the Columbus Museum of Art.  Womens Board members support CMA by organizing fundraisers, volunteering at the Museum and by serving as Museum ambassadors.  In addition, Womens Board members gather for social opportunities connected to art and the mission of the Columbus Museum of Art.

About the Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.ColumbusMuseum.org.

 

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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART AND THURBER HOUSE ANNOUNCE WINNER OF GRAPHIC NOVELIST RESIDENCY
Jan 22, 2014

For Immediate Release:

January 22, 2014

 

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Columbus Museum of Art AND THURBER HOUSE

Announce winner of graphic novelist residency

 

(Columbus, OH) - The Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House are pleased to announce Lilli Carré as the winner of the third annual Graphic Novelist Residency. The three-week residency is designed to provide a graphic artist/writer with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and exhibit their work at CMA.  Carré will receive a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment located in the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber.

 

Lilli Carré was born in 1983 and currently lives and works in Chicago. She works in a variety of media including animation, illustration, and comics. Her animated films have been screened in festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, and she co-founded the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. Her most recent work in comics is Heads or Tails, a short story collection published by Fantagraphics. Appearing in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, Carrés beautifully-designed and appealing work has gained critical and popular acclaim.

 

Related Programming:

 

At Thurber House:

Young Writers' Studio

Tuesday, March 18, 6:00-8:00 pm

Led by Lilli Carré. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information

 

At CMA:

2014 Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition

On view March 14 June 8

This exhibition showcases the variety of Lilli Carré's creative practice and includes art works in several media.

 

Art Lab visiting artist

Wednesday, March 19

Lilli Carré will meet with the high school interns enrolled in CMA's Art Lab program.

 

Artists Talk and Interview

Sunday, March 30, 2:00 pm

Lilli Carré speaks about her creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. Free with museum admission.

 

About the Columbus Museum of Art: The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

About Thurber House: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House opened its doors in 1984 as a non-profit literary center and museum located in the former home of author, and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber.  Our mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience, and to continue the legacy of James Thurber.  Thurber House is proud to be in a city and a state that provides generous support to the arts. For additional information, please visit www.ThurberHouse.org.

 

 

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Columbus Museum of Art Celebrates Toulouse-Lautrec and La Belle Époque
Jan 9, 2014

For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2013

 

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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Columbus Museum of Art Celebrates

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Belle Époque

 

(Columbus, OH) -  The Columbus Museum of Art brings Toulouse-Lautrecs Paris to lifeFebruary 7 - May 18, 2014. Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 1910 invites visitors to explore the nightlife of cabaret theaters, elaborate circus performances and intimate café concerts that helped to define Paris as an iconic modern city.

The exhibition focuses on the intoxicating gathering of artists, writers, performers, and musicians in Montmartre, where everyone from Toulouse-Lautrec, who were living and working at the center of the artistic and cultural scene of Paris at the turn of the last century, or La Belle Époque. As CMA curator Dominique H. Vasseur notes, Paris was a breeding ground for artistic and literary movements that challenged the establishment and sought to come to terms with a complex society that was changing, becoming wealthier and ever eager for entertainment as well as new, modern experiences. 

Drawn from prestigious private and public collections, the artworks in this exhibition were made by a generation of artists who battled against the formality of Academic art standards, rebelling even against the styles of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism espoused by artists like Georges Seurat, Paul Gaugin, and Vincent Van Gogh. In addition to paintings and posters by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Mary Cassatt, Paul César Helleu, Juan Gris, and Pierre Bonnard, special attention is given to small groups of artists the Naturalists, the Symbolists, the Incohérents, and the Nabiswho offered new visions for life and society during this era that has been popularly coined the fin de siècle or Belle Époque. 

The exhibition includes more than 185 objects, ranging from paintings, watercolors, drawings and posters, to rare cabaret shadow puppets, illustrated theater programs, and archival and ephemera materials from Parisian theaters, circuses, and concerts.

This exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. His Excellency Franois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States of America is Honorary Patron of the exhibition. Sponsored by the Friends of Toulouse-Lautrec, with lead gifts by Steve and Holly Wittmann. Ohio Magazine is the media sponsor for the exhibition.

Related Programs:

Looking for something fun and interesting to do on wintery afternoons?

Join us on a succession of Wednesdays at 2:00 pm in the Cardinal Health Auditorium for a series of discussions, collaborative performances, and presentations about and around our current special exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 1900.  Dates for these presentations are:

February 19 - Music of Belle Époque Paris, presented by Justin Johnston and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra

March 5 Literature of the period, presented by Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA Executive Director, and Susanne Jaffe, Thurber House

March 19 Fashion of the Belle Époque, by Jean Druesedow, Director, Kent State University Museum and former Associate Curator, Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

April 2 Dance in the Belle Époque, presented by Karen Eliot, Professor, Department of Dance, The Ohio State University

Free with Museum admission. Wednesdays @ 2 pm series is sponsored by the Columbus Museum of Art Docent Alums.

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

CMAs entrance has been moved to accommodate the construction of the Museums new wing. Visitors will now enter the building through the doors located in the West Garden, just off of 9th Street. The Museum parking lot located off of Gay Street is open and parking is free for CMA guests.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA Presents MATTHEW BRANDT Sticky/Dusty/Wet
Oct 21, 2013

For Immediate Release:

September 20, 2013

 

Media Contact:

Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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CMA Presents

MATTHEW BRANDT Sticky/Dusty/Wet

 

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art presents the first one-person museum exhibition of Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based photographer recently named one of The Top 30 Under 30 in Art and Design by Forbes. The exhibition is on view at CMA November 15, 2013 March 9, 2014.

 

Brandt has been the focus of steady critical attention for his bold, often playful experiments with obsolete processes into which he embeds unexpected elements from the real world bubblegum, Jell-O, honeybees, dust, and water.  In bringing such materials into his practice Brandt pushes the mediums  boundaries and suggests an expanded visual lexicon.

 

MATTHEW BRANDT Sticky/Dusty/Wet comprises eighteen works, some as large as 9 x 6 feet and made as recently as 2013, from a number of series including Lakes and Reservoirs, Honeybees, Taste Tests in Color, and Dust

 

Its exciting to have the opportunity to introduce such a dynamic artist to the Columbus community, said Catherine Evans, CMAs William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography. Matthews work epitomizes creativity, the core of any artistic process and the cornerstone of what we champion  here at the Museum.

 

Brandt received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and MFA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2008.

 

Brandt's work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of

Art (LACMA), Bidwell Projects (Ohio), the Elton John Collection, Columbus Museum of Art (Ohio), Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts(Virginia), among others.

 

Lead sponsors for the exhibition are Peggy Mativi and Donald W. Dick.

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

CMAs entrance has been moved to accommodate the construction of the Museums new wing. Visitors will now enter the building through the doors located in the West Garden, just off of 9th Street. The Museum parking lot located off of Gay Street is open and parking is free for CMA guests.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA Presents Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of Lego (R)
Sep 30, 2013

For Immediate Release:

September 30, 2013

 

Media Contact:

Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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The Columbus Museum of Art Presents

Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO®

(Columbus, OH) The holiday season brings the second annual celebration of the creative potential of LEGO® brand building blocks at the Columbus Museum of Art. Organized by CMAs Center for Creativity, Think Outside the Brick will be on view November 8, 2013 February 16, 2014. The exhibition features local, national, and international artists whose innovative works expand the possibilities of the beloved building block toy.  

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a large-scale sculpture by Sean Kenney titled Bicycle Triumphs Traffic. "One morning as I was riding my bike from my home in Midtown Manhattan to my LEGO studio, I noticed that all the cars on the road were completely clogged in traffic... In both directions, as far as I could see, traffic was just slogging along, and as I quietly, smoothly zipped past everyone in the bike lane, I realized, "I love riding my bike, because it doesn't get stuck in traffic!" And I immediately had the vision for this sculpture: A life-size bicycle, towering over a clogged up crazy traffic jam built by kids, said Kenney.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include Mike Doyle from New Jersey, Cole Blaq from Germany, Jason Freeney from Los Angeles., Tim Goddard from England, and  Paul Janssen from Columbus.  The exhibition will also feature LEGO animations by Annette Jung from Germany and Mark Weaver from New York.

Related Programs

Imagine The Possibilities

What can you make with an assortment of all-white LEGO® bricks? Build your creation and share it with others on the walls of the Center for Creativity.

 

Dispatchworks

Saturday, November 9, 1:00-4:00 pm

Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of repairing damaged buildings in the city using LEGO® bricks. Artist Jan Vormann says he developed the Dispatchwork concept as a way to seal fissures in broken walls worldwide, and to add color to the city. The artist has invited anyone in any place to participate in the project.

 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE:

CMAs entrance has been moved to accommodate the construction of the Museums new wing. Visitors will now enter the building through the doors located in the West Garden, just off of 9th Street. The Museum parking lot located off of Gay Street is open and parking is free for CMA guests.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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CMA TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW WING
Aug 21, 2013

 

For Immediate Release:

July 9, 2013

 

Media Contact:

Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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CMA TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW WING

 

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Arts Board of Trustees unanimously voted last night in favor of beginning construction of the Museums new wing. The project will kick off with a community celebration and ground breaking  ceremony on August 22. Construction of the new wing marks the third and final phase of the Museums Art Matters renovation and expansion project.

 

The past several years at the Museum have been marked by exciting growth and tangible change, said Jay Vorys, President, CMA Board of Trustees. After an extended period of thoughtful study and deliberation, the Board of Trustees were united in authorizing the commencement of construction of the new building. The Board believes that the decision is a significant milestone in the rich history of CMA and an important development for our city, county and region.

 

This is an incredibly powerful moment for the Museum, said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMAs Executive Director. The new wing will allow us to better serve our community, but more importantly, it is a reflection of the importance Columbus and the Franklin County community places on the arts.

 

The $37.6 million project encompasses major renovations to the Ross Wing and lobby area the Museum added in 1974 and the construction of a new wing. These changes will result in a unique meeting and special event complex, as well as new Gallery spaces to showcase the Museums permanent collection and expanded space for high-profile traveling exhibitions.

 

Columbus-based architecture firm DesignGroup led by award-winning architect Michael Bongiorno, a graduate of the prestigious Pratt Institute School of Architecture, is spearheading the project. Recognized for the talent, experience, and innovation applied to successful local and regional urban projects, Bongiorno specializes in the design of civic facilities, cultural destinations, and residential mixed-use communities. His recent projects include the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, the Columbus West Family Health Center, and Goodwill Columbus Headquarters.

Also committed to the project is Corna Kokosing Construction Company. A partner on the previous two phases of the CMAs construction, Corna has long been a part of the Museum family and the Columbus community. It has a long history of being a loyal supporter of the arts and Mark Corna, president, has personally been a vital member of the Columbus arts community for many years. Corna is committed to improving their industry, community, and the environment. Not only have they constructed or renewed many of the landmark buildings in the area, but also they have become active participants in many charitable and cultural events that mark the fabric of our city.

The first phase of the capital portion of CMAs Art Matters endowment and capital campaign was the renovation and repurposing of Beaton Hall. The building now houses 85 percent of the Museum staff, thereby expanding public space in the Museum. The project was completed in September, 2009, on time and on budget.

The second phase was the renovation of the Museums historic Broad Street building, now named the Elizabeth M. and Richard M. Ross Building, which was unveiled to the public January 1, 2011. The project, which was also completed on time and on budget, included: the transformation Derby Court by raising the floor to improve accessibility, installing a luminous skylight, and improving acoustics; reimagining the entire first floor as a Center for Creativity; renovating, installing new seating, and improving acoustics in the auditorium; and performing upgrades to make the building more accessible for all visitors.

In June, 2012, the Columbus Museum of Art, in partnership with the City of Columbus and Columbus Recreation and Parks, opened its new West Garden. The garden, designed by MSI Design, an award-winning planning, urban design, landscape architecture and entertainment design firm with offices in Ohio, Florida and California, is a gateway entry experience to the Museum and includes an ADA accessible walkway from the street to the entrance.  The garden will provide a safe drop-off point for school and group tours and will be the sole ADA accessible entrance to the Museum during the renovation of the Museums 1970s addition and construction of its new wing. The garden is free and accessible to the general public during regular Museum hours.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 11:00 am 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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FROM SCANDALOUS BOXERS TO SOCIETY LADIES CMA PRESENTS GEORGE BELLOWS AND THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Jun 19, 2013

For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2013

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CMA PRESENTS George Bellows and the American Experience

 

(Columbus, OH) - The Columbus Museum of Art celebrates one of the citys best loved native sons with George Bellows and the American Experience, on view August 23, 2013 January 4, 2014. The exhibition highlights the importance of CMAs Bellows collection, widely recognized as the best in the world, and showcases the artists vibrant, groundbreaking works. Bellows and the American Experience brings together more than 35 of his most stunning works from museums and private collections throughout the United States. The world of his paintings comes to life through period photographs, descriptions by his friends, thoughts from his own record book, as well as caricatures and conservation studies.

 

For the past year our Bellows paintings have traveled the world as part of a major retrospective that drew crowds to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Royal Academy in London, said CMA Curator of American Art Melissa Wolfe.  Were excited to welcome them home and to be able to celebrate the profound impact George Bellows had, and continues to have, on the art world.

 

George Wesley Bellows, one of the countrys most celebrated twentieth-century artists, is especially known for his controversial boxing images and evocative urban scenes. His career, although brief, was dazzling. An avid athlete, Bellows played shortstop for the Buckeyes before leaving Columbus in 1904 to study art in New York City. Within five years the young artist had taken the American art world by storm, winning every major award and rising from art student to acclaimed luminary.

 

He was a college dropout at twenty-two, a member of the prestigious National Academy at twenty-seven, the countrys most important lithographer at thirty-five, and tragically dead from a ruptured appendix at forty-three. In these twenty-one years of professional life, Bellows created an enormous body of work that conveyed his lively sense of humor, his seemingly effortless talent, and his political and social sensibilities. Bellows captured the essence of his subjects and delivered it to his viewers with perception, compassion, and, occasionally outrage.

 

The Museum will host an international scholarly symposium November 8 and 9 that will explore many of the issues and concerns central to the artists work.

 

George Bellows and the American Experience is supported by the Friends of Bellows and media sponsor Ohio Magazine.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am 4:00 pm. Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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Columbus Museum of Art to Receive 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Apr 23, 2013

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April 23, 2013

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Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303

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Columbus Museum of Art to Receive 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

National Award Recognizes Exceptional Contributions of Columbus Museum of Art

 

(Washington)   The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Columbus Museum of Art of Columbus, Ohio is one of 10 recipients of this years National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nations highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The National Medal will be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on May 8.

Columbus Museum of Art strives to redefine the art museum for the 21st century. It has earned a reputation as a model for innovative visitor engagement as well as being Central Ohios hub for social, creative, and dynamic experiences. Every exhibit includes connectors, unique participatory elements, which invite visitors to engage with art and with each other. More than 18,000 square feet of space is dedicated to imaginative experiences for visitors of all ages, and the museum has built strong program partnerships with 30 Ohio counties as well as Columbus City Schools. Columbus Museum of Art also proudly participates in the Lets Move! Museums and Gardens Initiative.

Museums and libraries serve as centers for lifelong learning and as cornerstones for our communities. Columbus Museum of Art is paving the way, linking art to education in meaningful ways, and we are proud to name Columbus Museum of Art one of this years National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners, said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services. This years National Medal recipients demonstrate the many ways museums and libraries alike build strong communities. These institutions are educating, inspiring, and leading lifelong learning while serving as community anchors.

Columbus Museum of Art is honored to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, said Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. We are committed to providing opportunities for people to cultivate and to discover the value of creativity in their own lives. Embracing this idea has enabled to grow as an institution and to better serve our community.

Nineteen-year-old Jeffrey Tucker, who discovered video production through the Columbus Art Museums ArtLab program and now dreams of winning an Oscar, will travel to Washington and share the impact the museum has had on his life during the May 8 celebration.

A great city deserves a great art museum, said Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman. I am proud that the City of Columbus now has both a National Medal winning library and museum.

The Columbus Museum of Art has always been one of Central Ohios jewels, said Congresswoman Joyce Beatty. By being awarded the Institute for Museum and Library Service National Medal it enhances its reputation throughout the national arts community and continues to showcases Columbus success. 

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the United States highest honor for institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities, said Ohio Senator Rob Portman. I am proud that the Buckeye State can count the Columbus Museum of Art among the handful of art museums to ever have been awarded this honor.

I congratulate the Columbus Museum of Art on receiving the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, said Ohio Representative Steve Stivers. The extraordinary programs and collections at the museum are accessible to all members of the community and Columbus is incredibly lucky to have an outstanding institution like this in our area. 

This years honorees exemplify the nations great diversity of libraries and museums and include a science center, childrens museum, music museum, art museum, and public libraries and library systems, and hail from seven states.

Earlier this year, 33 institutions were announced as finalists for the National Medal, and community members were encouraged to share their stories about their experiences on the IMLS Facebook page.

Medal winners were selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. After the ceremony, StoryCorps a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans will visit Columbus Museum of Art to document stories from the community.

For a complete list of 2013 recipients and to learn more about the National Medal winners, please visit www.imls.gov/medals.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nations 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.  To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 17 and older with valid id; $5 for students 6 - 17; and free for members and children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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20th Anniversary Decorators' Show House
Mar 15, 2013

For Immediate Release:

March 15, 2013

 

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CMAs Womens Board Presents 20th Anniversary Decorators Show House

 

(Columbus, OH) Visit the Womens Board of the Columbus Museum of Arts 20th Anniversary Decorators Show House April 23 May 12. Working with more than twenty interior and landscape designers, the Womens Board transformed the home at 21 South Parkview Avenue in Bexley. This gorgeous home features a floor-to-ceiling paneled study, spacious family room, two staircases, and multiple fireplaces. Built in 1922, this home also has breathtaking outdoor spaces.

 

Decorators Show House kicks off with a fabulous 1920s themed Preview Party, Roaring into the Show House 2013, on April 20 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The party features the musical stylings of Avalon Nine, signature drinks, food inspired by the 1920s, and vintage clothing and cards. Tickets are $100 per person and $175 per couple.

 

Decorators Show House will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11:00 am 8:00 pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am 5:00 pm. It is closed on Mondays. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance at columbusmuseum.org or $20 if purchased at the door.

Please note the house is not handicap-accessible and children under eight cannot be admitted. All proceeds benefit the Columbus Museum of Art.

NEW THIS YEAR: The Dine Originals Café will open for lunch each day during the April 23 through May 12, 2013 run of Decorators Show House, and will feature food from Dine Originals members including Barcelona Restaurant, G. Michaels Bistro & Bar, and The Top Steak House.
 

Show House also includes a Gift Shop featuring one-of-a-kind gifts from various vendors in a pop-up shop format.

This 2013 Show House featured designers include Shauna Lehman Interiors, R. Sherman Design, Terri Slee Interiors, Phyllis Craver Fine Designs, Susan Matrka Interiors, Katie Hixon Interiors, Fortner Fine Living and Upholstery, Grand Design Group, Martha Poulton Interiors, Kellie Toole Interior Design, Howard Brooks Interiors, CRI/Creations, Interiorworks by Sally McDonald, Acquisitions for the Home, Blue Designs, and Fortin Ironworks.

A special thanks to the 2013 Decorators Show House SponsorsAlexanders Jewelers, itzze.com, Alliance Data, KA Menendian, Capital Style, Michael A. Foley Photography, Columbus Dispatch, Sleep Outfitters, Clear Channel Outdoors, Contracting Solutions, Top of the Table, R.G. Barry, Dispatch Home and Garden Show, Wasserstrom, Flower Galaxy, WBNS-TV, Fortner Upholstering Inc, We Get The Mold Out.com, Hawk Gallery, Zink Foodservice Group, Heidelberg Distributing Company, Dine Originals, Decker Construction, Columbus Window Cleaning, Tattletale Portable Alarm, Brandt-Roberts Galleries and Fiber-Seal.

About the Columbus Museum of Art Womens Board

The Columbus Museum of Art Womens Board is an organization of women committed to promoting the mission of the Columbus Museum of Art. Womens Board members support the Museum by organizing fundraisers, volunteering at the Museum in a variety of ways, and by serving as Museum ambassadors. In addition, Womens Board members gather for social opportunities connected to art and the mission of the Columbus Museum of Art.

 

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INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP BRINGS RARE CZECH PUPPETS TO COLUMBUS
Feb 15, 2013

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February 15, 2013
 
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 INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP BRINGS RARE CZECH PUPPETS TO COLUMBUS
 

(Columbus, OH) Strings Attached: The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets, on view at the Columbus Museum of Art March 8 August 25, explores the rich history of puppetry in the Czech Republic and its influence throughout the world.

 

This exhibition is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, and the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague. Nina Malíková, from the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague, is the curator with guest curator Joe Brandesky, Ohio State theatre professor, and Carole Genshaft, CMA adjunct curator.

This is an incredibly rare opportunity to share these amazing objects from Prague and their stories with our community, said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. Working with our international and local partners to bring the exhibition to life here has been an incredible experience and one we hope will prove as enriching for our visitors.

Were delighted to be partnering with the Columbus Museum of Art to premiere this international endeavor in Columbus, said Joseph E. Steinmetz, executive dean and vice provost, College of Arts and Sciences. Working together with our 'town and gown' relationship, the arts at the university and the arts in the community bring rich, innovative and imaginative productions and exhibitions to the people of central Ohio.

For the Czech people, puppetry helped maintain ethnic and national identity during long years of authoritarian rule. Strings Attached illustrates this enduring legacy by using not only puppets but also related set designs, masks, and costumes, dating from the 1850s to the present. The earliest puppets in the exhibition are those used by itinerant puppeteers who performed for both adult and young audiences. The majority of puppets trace the evolution of modern Czech puppetry from these traditional roots.

Puppets from the first part of the 20th century demonstrate the influence both of European expressionism and the Bauhaus movement in Germany. In 1948, the Theatre Act officially elevated puppet theater to the same legal, social, and artistic level as all other theater arts. Many new puppet theaters were created and puppets from this period reflect Soviet influence. Then, new, emerging puppet theaters began collaborating with Czech writers to create original Czech productions.
 

This resulted in experimentation and new forms of puppetry such as black-light theater based on black theater techniques like those performed in ancient China. Contemporary Czech puppetry continues to flourish and to demonstrate the connections between Czech puppetry and international forms of drama, ballet, opera, and animated and stop-action film.

 
Related Programs:

                              

Puppets of Avenue Q

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm

Beth Kattelman, Associate Professor and Associate Curator of the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State, will present a program about creating puppets for The Contemporary American Theatre Companys recent production of Avenue Q. This program is free with admission, no registration requested.

Artist Talk: Petr Matásek & Joseph Brandesky

Sunday, April 7, 1:00 pm

Petr Matásek, Czech theater designer and Joseph Brandesky, Ohio State theatre professor and guest curator of Strings Attached, will present Marion Lee, a puppet designed for their new production, aPOEtheosis: A Fantasy on the Life of Edgar Allen Poe. In aPOEtheosis, objects, music, and movement are used to illuminate the fine lines between creative genius and madness, fatal love and obsession. For aPOEtheosis tickets, visit http://theatre.osu.edu/apoetheosis.html. In celebration of our international collaboration, CMA admission is free, with identification, for OSU students and faculty April 6 and 7. This program is free, no registration requested.

Guest Curator Gallery Tour

Saturday, April 27, 2:00 pm   

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from Joe Brandesky, Ohio State theatre professor and guest curator of Strings Attached, during this gallery tour of the Czech Puppets exhibition. This program is free with admission, no registration requested.

 

aPOEtheosis: A Fantasy Based on The Life and Work of Edgar Allen Poe

The Ohio State University

Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

April 4 14

Co-conceived by Czech scenographer Petr Matásek and Joseph Brandesky, Directed by Joseph Brandesky

Matásek returns to Ohio State to devise a new fantasy based on the life and work of Edgar Allan Poe. Objects, music, and movement will be used to illuminate the fines lines between creative genius and madness, fatal love, and obsession. For more information, please visit www.theatre.osu.edu

 
About CMA

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

About The College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University

The College of Arts and Sciences is the academic heart of Ohio State. With more than 80 departments, schools, centers and institutes, the college delivers 60 percent of the academic curriculum to Ohio State students. Its vast academic diversity is its greatest strength, combining the best of a major research institution with a rich liberal arts foundation. Arts and Sciences faculty create new knowledge to solve global problems, fuel Ohio's economy, spark student inquiry, and engage with the local community.

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CMA Among Three Ohio Finalists for Institute of Museum and Library Services2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Feb 14, 2013

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February 14, 2013

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CMA Among Three Ohio Finalists for Institute of Museum and Library Services 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Visit IMLS Facebook Page and Share Your Story

 

(Columbus, OH) The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced Columbus Museum of Art, Cuyahoga County Public Library of Cuyahoga County, and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County of Cincinnati as National Medal for Museum and Library Service finalists. The National Medal is the nations highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

 

Medal finalists are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. This years finalists exemplify the nations great diversity of libraries and museums and include an aquarium and marine science center foundation, conservatory and botanical gardens, county library systems, individual libraries, childrens museums, an art museum, science centers, and more, hailing from across the country.

 

Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to announce Columbus Museum of Art, Cuyahoga County Public Library of Cuyahoga County, and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County of Cincinnati as finalists for the 2013 National Medal, said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This years finalists exemplify the many wonderful ways museums and libraries can respond to the needs and wants of the communities they serve.

 

Several years ago, we decided we wanted CMA to be a resource for our community and embraced the idea of becoming a visitor-centered Museum that fostered creativity and promised great experiences with great art for everyone, said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. Were incredibly honored to be recognized as finalist for this prestigious award and excited that the work weve done is resonating with our community.

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited Columbus Museum of Art, Cuyahoga County Public Library of Cuyahoga County, and The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County of Cincinnati to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS. Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners will be announced this spring.

 

To Share Your Story, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS. To learn more about the 2013 National Medal finalists, visit www.imls.gov/medals.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nations 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.  To learn more, visit http://www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About the Columbus Museum of Art

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays presented by Arts Alive is made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

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ED PISKOR WINS GRAPHIC NOVELIST RESIDENCY
Feb 6, 2013

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February 6, 2013

 
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Columbus Museum of Art AND THURBER HOUSE
Announce winner of graphic novelist residency
 
 

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art and Thurber House are pleased to announce the winner of the second annual Graphic Novelist Residency, Ed Piskor. The three-week residency is designed to provide a graphic artist/writer with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress. The recipient will receive a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment located in the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber.

 

Ed Piskor began his comics career at age 21, drawing American Splendor strips written by underground comics legend Harvey Pekar. He has since published the graphic novel Wizzywig about the history of hacking and is currently publishing The Hip Hop Family Tree as a weekly comic at BoingBoing.net. In addition to researching and producing new work, he will take part in public events during his stay in Columbus. An exhibition of his artwork will be on view at Columbus Museum of Art.

 
Related Programs:
At Thurber House:
Young Writers Studio

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00-8:00 PM

Led by Ed Piskor. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information

 
At CMA:
Ed Piskors Brain Rot

March 15 June 2, 2013 

This exhibition features original artwork from Piskors comics.

 
Art Lab visiting artist
Wednesday, March 20

Ed Piskor will meet with the high school interns enrolled in CMAs Art Lab program.

 

Artists Talk and Interview

Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm

Ed Piskor speaks about his creative process with interviewer, comics writer, and blogger Jared Gardner, a professor of English and Film Studies at OSU. Free with museum admission.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

 

About Thurber House: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House opened its doors in 1984 as a non-profit literary center and museum located in the former home of author, and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber.  Our mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience, and to continue the legacy of James Thurber.  Thurber House is proud to be in a city and a state that provides generous support to the arts. For additional information, please visit www.ThurberHouse.org.

 
 
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CMA Takes Next Step in Expansion
Jan 22, 2013

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January 22, 2013

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CMA MOVES FORWARD WITH EXPANSION
PRESENTS BUILDING PLANS TO DOWNTOWN COMMISSION

(Columbus, OH) The Columbus Museum of Art presented plans for its new wing to the City of Columbus Downtown Commission this morning. The addition of the wing, the third phase of the Museums Art Matters renovation and expansion project, will begin in late Spring of this year.  The $37.6 million project encompasses major renovations to the Ross Wing and lobby area the Museum added in 1974 and the construction of a new wing. These changes will result in a unique meeting and special event complex, as well as new Gallery spaces to showcase the Museums permanent collection and expanded space for high-profile traveling exhibitions.

This is a defining moment for the Museum, said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMAs Executive Director. Moving forward with this project allows us to fulfill our promise to the community of continuing to create great art experiences for everyone. The Museums growth is a reflection of our communitys vision for the arts and culture in Columbus and the priority each of our donors places on supporting a thriving arts community.

Columbus-based architecture firm DesignGroup, has refined and will implement the master plan designed by the New York City firm of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects for its new wing.  The design team members have been led by award-winning architect Michael Bongiorno, a graduate of the prestigious Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Recognized for the talent, experience, and innovation applied to successful local and regional urban projects, Bongiorno specializes in the design of civic facilities, cultural destinations, and residential mixed-use communities. His recent projects include the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, the Columbus West Family Health Center, and Goodwill Columbus Headquarters.

The first phase of the capital portion of CMAs Art Matters endowment and capital campaign was the renovation and repurposing of Beaton Hall. The building now houses 85 percent of the Museum staff, thereby expanding public space in the Museum. The project was completed in September, 2009, on time and on budget.

The second phase was the renovation of the Museums historic Broad Street building, now named the Elizabeth M. and Richard M. Ross Building, which was unveiled to the public January 1, 2011. The project, which was also completed on time and on budget,  included: the transformation Derby Court by raising the floor to improve accessibility, installing a luminous skylight, and improving acoustics; reimagining the entire first floor as a Center for Creativity; renovating, installing new seating, and improving acoustics in the auditorium; and performing upgrades to make the building more accessible for all visitors.

In June, 2012, the Columbus Museum of Art, in partnership with the City of Columbus and Columbus Recreation and Parks, opened its new West Garden. The garden, designed by MSI Design, an award-winning planning, urban design, landscape architecture and entertainment design firm with offices in Ohio, Florida and California, is a gateway entry experience to the Museum and includes an ADA accessible walkway from the street to the entrance.  The garden provides a safe drop-off point for school and group tours and will be the sole ADA accessible entrance to the Museum during the renovation of the Museums 1970s addition and construction of its new wing. The garden is free and accessible to the general public during regular Museum hours.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 11:00 AM 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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Rothko at CMA
Jan 17, 2013

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January 17, 2013

 

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CMA Presents Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade

 

(Columbus, OH) -  This winter, the Columbus Museum of Art celebrates Mark Rothko, one of the most influential and best-known artists of the 20th century.  Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade, on view February 1 May 26, 2013, features 29 of Rothkos works from the 1940s, crucial years in the development of his universally recognizable color-field paintings.

 

Mark Rothkos explorations of color and emotion transformed painting, said Nannette V. Maciejunes, CMA Executive Director. This exhibition allows visitors to follow his path as an artist and develop a greater understanding of his work and its importance.

 

This is the first significant exhibition of Rothkos work to be displayed in Columbus. The exhibition is organized by the Arkansas Art Center, the Columbia Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum, in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

 

The work from the 1940s is surprising to those familiar with Rothkos signature style.  In the 1930s, Rothko was painting figures based on the work of his teachers, Max Weber and Milton Avery, also represented in this exhibition. Fueled by the anxieties of the decade, the impact of WWII and the growing Surrealist movement, Rothkos previous figurative imagery became increasingly symbolic and dream-like.   Rothko finally landed upon a new way of painting using blocks of color which for him contained a breath of life he found lacking in most figurative painting of the time.

 

His mastery of color calls out our emotions and sense of mystery. Rothko himself believed this late style was not abstract, but rather that it conveyed the very real universal human experiences of tragedy, ecstasy and doom.

 

Visiting this exhibition is an opportunity to trace the artists steps toward a new and powerful way of making art. In addition, many of Rothkos influencers and supporters are seen in the exhibition, including Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still. CMA and CATCO have coordinated their schedules so that the CATCO production of Red will run during the exhibition. This 2010 Tony Award-winning play celebrates the life and vision of artist Mark Rothko as he and his assistant prepare the enormous murals commissioned for the Four Seasons restaurant in 1958.  The play runs from February 13 - March 3 at the Riffe Center.

Supporting sponsors forMark Rothko: The Decisive Decade are the Dedalus Foundation, Peggy Mativi and Donald Dick. Ohio Magazine is the media sponsor.  The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel is the hotel sponsor for the exhibition.

 

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and until 8:30 pm every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Museum admission is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free every Sunday. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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CMA Opens First Instagram Exhibition
Oct 12, 2012

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October 12, 2012

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COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART OPENS FIRST INSTAGRAM EXHIBITION

(Columbus, OH) – Embracing technology and the power of social media, the Columbus Museum of Art presents the first museum exhibition generated by Instagram. CMA used its critically acclaimed exhibition The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936 – 1951 as the inspiration for a social media campaign encouraging people to “become a modern-day Photo Leaguer by participating in Columbus Museum of Art Photo Hunts.” The result is an exhibition of more than 30 works, each taken using the popular Instagram app, on view in CMA’s Community Gallery.

“The Columbus Museum of Art is leading the national conversation in creating a visionary, innovative, visitor-centered model for a participatory, twenty-first century museum,” said Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. “CMA Photo Hunts extend the idea creating a great, visitor-centered experience into the digital world.”

The first photo assignment was posted in early June with new prompts each week through early September. The “hunts” were inspired by the Photo League, a group of young photographers who took to the streets between the 1930s and 1950s with their cameras just as photography was becoming recognized as an art, and magazines such as Life and Look were forming. Artists in the Photo League were known for capturing sharply revealing, compelling moments from everyday life. Photo Hunts were their way of giving themselves creative challenges, and having fun.

During Photo Hunts, Photo Leaguers were sent out to capture a word or phrase, then their work was developed, and they’d gather to critique and celebrate. The Museum asked people to capture ideas like contrast, joy, and submit their photos to CMA via Instagram. CMA’s  William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography Catherine Evans, combed through the more than 800 photo submissions to select the works that best illustrated the assignment.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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Think Outside the Brick at the Columbus Museum of Art
Sep 24, 2012

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September 24, 2012

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CMA Presents Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO

(Columbus, OH) - The LEGO brick is a simple toy used by millions to ignite the potential of the imagination. Opening November 9, Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO, presented by the Center for Creativity at the Columbus Museum of Art, features exhibitions, programs, and competitions that demonstrate the tremendous creative capacity of LEGO.

“CMA champions the idea that creativity is an integral part of each and every one of our lives and Think Outside the Brick speaks to the essence of that belief,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. “The show highlights the importance of imagination as the first step toward innovation and critical thinking.”

The show features In Pieces: New Work by Nathan Sawaya and Dean West, AFOL, Lego Columbus: Central Ohio LEGO Train Club and selected entries from our online Let’s Go LEGO Community Competition. Visitors can also flex their own creativity by making an imaginative LEGO structure.

Supporting Sponsors for In Pieces: Peggy Mativi and Donald W. Dick.

Related Exhibitions:

In Pieces: New LEGO work by Nathan Sawaya and Dean West
New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya creates awe-inspiring works out of LEGO brand toy building bricks. His obsessively and painstakingly crafted works have gained him attention from art lovers and LEGO fans around the world. For his new project In Pieces, Sawaya collaborated with Canada-based Australian photographer Dean West, who has won Advertising Photographer of the Year at the International Aperture Awards and whose work was included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers. The two artists partnered to create tableaux of highly stylized scenes of contemporary life. Elements of each image are built of LEGOs, and those sculptures are exhibited alongside the photographs. By tricking our eyes to perceive LEGO sculptures as real elements of a photographed scene, the artists ask us questions about heavily manipulated representations of contemporary life. What is real and what is LEGO-pixelated recreation?

AFOLego
The artists in this group exhibition have nurtured their love LEGOs into adulthood to become AFOLegos, a commonly-used acronym within LEGO communities for Adult Fans of LEGO. These artists have taken their fascination with LEGO into their studios, where the toy inspired them to create original LEGO sculptures, paintings recalling childhood, and multimedia dioramas exploring the toy’s creative potential. Whether it’s a spectacular sci-fi creature or tiny caricature of your favorite cartoon, something in this exhibition will inspire you to think of LEGOs in an entirely new light.

LEGO Columbus: Central Ohio LEGO Train Club
This area of the Think Outside the Brick exhibition will feature landmarks from throughout Columbus created by the Central Ohio LEGO Train Club.

Related CMA Programs

Let’s Go LEGO Community Competition
Calling all LEGO fans: it’s time to Think Outside the Brick! LEGO builders ages 6-adult are invited to participate in our first-ever LEGO competition! Fabulous prizes will be awarded, and the creative creations of the top twenty-four finalists will be featured at COSI or CMA! For more details and contest submission information, please visit columbusmuseum.org.

Dispatchwork Columbus
Saturday, November 10, 2:00 PM
Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of exploring downtown Columbus andusing Legos to repair damaged buildings. Artist Jan Vormann says he developed the Dispatchwork concept as a way “to seal fissures in broken walls worldwide,” and to add color to the city. The artist has invited anyone in any place to participate in the project. As part of CMA’s Think Outside the Brick celebration, we will install Dispatchworks around Columbus. We will be traveling by foot, so wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the outdoors. We will have only a small supply of Legos for participants to use, so please bring your own if you can. For more information about this worldwide project, visit www.dispatchwork.info. Please call 614.629.059 to let us know that you plan to participate

Doodles
Family Builds
Saturday, November 3, 10, 17, 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
In this drop-in program, adults and children 6 and up experiment with fun materials and create art together. Families will work together on unique, open-ended projects inspired by LEGO and artwork in the galleries.

1st Saturdays
Saturday, December 1, 10:30 AM - Noon
This drop-in program allows adults and children to have fun and explore art together! Each 1st Saturdays program celebrates an artist, current exhibition or theme from the CMA collection and includes an interactive gallery game, hands-on art project and a related arts performance such as music, storytelling, or theatre.  The art making project will be a large-scale group-building project.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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CMA Presents 20th Century Design Market
Aug 16, 2012

For Immediate Release:
August 16, 2012

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
  nancy.colvin@cmaohio.org

COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART PRESENTS 20TH CENTURY DESIGN MARKET

(Columbus, OH)  – Visit the Columbus Museum of Art September 28 – 30 for 20th Century Design Market, an entire weekend devoted to midcentury design. Shop the three-day market for the best of mid-century design and fine arts including furniture, lighting, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, fashion, ceramics, textiles, rugs, and photography. A three-day admission pass to the Market is $10 per person.

Guests can also attend a wide array of events surrounding the Market including a tours of private homes in Columbus, Preview Cocktail Party, Shop and Savor Brunch, Herman Miller Pop-Up shop, Expert View talks, MOD Nite @ the Museum, and Food Truck Roundup. Tickets for the Market and events may be purchased at www.columbusmuseum.org/20CDM

Proceeds benefit the Columbus Museum of Art’s Center for Creativity.

Schedule of events

Wednesday, September 26
Tour of Private Homes in Columbus, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tickets are $100 for CMA members and $110 for nonmembers.

Thursday, September 27
Preview Cocktail Party, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Experience exclusive first access to the market while enjoying a fun evening of retro cocktails, delectable cuisine, and live music while shopping the best of mid-century design classics. Tickets are $75 per person.

Friday, September 28
Market open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mid-Century Design – Expert View Talk, 1:00 PM
Local designer Fritz Harding presents a fun and interesting overview of what makes mid-century design lasting and livable.

MOD Nite @ the Museum, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Come dressed as your favorite Mad Men character and enjoy retro cocktails & tasty bites while you shop. Hunt for great finds at the 20th Century Design Market with over 20 dealers and pick-up tips from local interior designers. Each guest will get a cool shopping tote and the first ten ticket buyers will receive a fab gift from the Herman Miller pop-up shop! Tickets are $30 per person.

Saturday, September 29
Market open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Shop & Savor Brunch, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Stroll the Market with a Bloody Mary or Bellini. Tickets are $35 per person.

Featured Guest Speaker : Eames Demetios, 2:00 PM
Eames Demetrios, grandson of Charles & Ray Eames and will share insights about the titans of modern design known for their innovative furniture designs and contributions to architecture, film and industrial & graphic design. Tickets are $20 per person.

Sunday, September 30
Market open 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Food Truck Round-Up, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

September 27 – October 7
A special exhibition will feature the iconic designs of the Herman Miller company from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Sponsored by Herman Miller and Continental Office Environments this exhibition will showcase all of the designers that we know and love – Nelson, Eames, Noguchi and more.

20th Century Design Market is sponsored by Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc., Continental Office Environments, and Ologie. ColumbusUnderground.com is the Media Sponsor for 20th Century Design Market.

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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CMA HONORS CITY'S BICENTENNIAL WITH NEW WORKS BY COLUMBUS ARTIST AMINAH ROBINSON
Jul 23, 2012

July 23, 2012

Media Contact:
Nancy Colvin, 614.629.0303
  nancy.colvin@cmaohio.org

CMA HONORS CITY’S BICENTENNIAL
WITH NEW WORKS BY COLUMBUS ARTIST AMINAH ROBINSON

(Columbus, OH) -  Celebrate Columbus’s Bicentennial with a historic journey of Columbus as seen through the eyes of artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. Songs for a New Millennium, 1812 – 2012: Works by Aminah Robinson Celebrating 200Columbus opens August 24 at CMA. Created to coincide with the city’s Bicentennial celebration, this exhibition is a continuation of Aminah’s illustrative stories about family, community, and migration in Columbus.

“You have to understand that every chapter or body of work that I produce is connected to the next, and there is a body of work that will be connected to this piece.  And that goes all the way back,” said Robinson.

The exhibition includes eight new works Robinson created to honor the Columbus Bicentennial. At the center of the exhibition is a large colorful map that outlines the history of the Poindexter Village on the near east side of Columbus, including the first schoolhouse, the home/ art studio of Cleetis Butler, and the original Isabella Ridgeway Home for the Aged. Based on the stories and memories of her beloved Uncle Alvin, Aminah preserves the history of a lively, populated community that changed dramatically over time.

“Aminah’s works draw deeply on her passion for history and storytelling,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. “The oral histories that have been passed from generation to generation hold a great deal of truth for her and her work reflects her strong belief in preserving these stories. As we mark our city’s Bicentennial, I find it fitting to share with our community   these works that beautifully illustrate Columbus’s rich history.”

The Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Charlotte R. Haller, Lewis K. Osborne, and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and until 8:30 PM every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.  For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.

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Visitors to the Columbus Museum of Art’s site and member of the media will find comprehensive resources to learn more about the museum and its initiatives. For more information, please contact:

Nancy Colvin
Marketing and Communications Manager
Columbus Museum of Art
614-629-0303
ncolvin@cmaohio.org

Melissa Ferguson
Director of Marketing and Communications
614-629-0306
mferguson@cmaohio.org

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