Jennifer Poleon

About Jennifer Poleon

Jennifer Poleon is the Digital Communications Manager for Columbus Museum of Art, and the organizer for CMA's groundbreaking #MobilePhotoNow mobile photography exhibition.

Thousand People of Genoa Project in Columbus

Thousand Faces of Genoa Sister Cities Project

Columbus Museum of Art is proud to partner on the Thousand People of Genoa project. Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) with the generous support of Columbus City Council, will be hosting Emanuele Timothy Costa, a photographer from the Columbus sister city of Genoa, from March 25 – April 9. He is most known for his exhibit called Thousand People of Genoa, which is a collection of portraits that represents the culture of his hometown of Genoa. Timothy will be recreating this work with new subjects, the faces of individuals from throughout central Ohio, in a new exhibit,

The Thousand People of Genoa photo exhibit will be displayed at Columbus Museum of Art, the Cultural Arts Center, John Glenn International Airport, the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, March 25 – April 9, 2018.

The idea for this project began when Costa was working as a young photographer. While telling the stories of his community, he grew increasingly passionate about photography and realized his city can be best represented by the grace and humanity of its people, thus inspiring him to create the #ThousandPeople project. His inspiration is simple: he believes that one can learn someone’s story by simply looking into their eyes. That seeing a familiar face creates a sense of connection, belonging and understanding, regardless of how different another may appear. That each wrinkle has its own story and the viewer decides how to embrace the charm, mystery and passion that a person represents.

While in Columbus, Costa will begin a new chapter of the Thousand People project. In addition to displaying his current collection throughout various venues around Columbus, he will begin the Thousand People of Columbus exhibit. He will be taking photographs of the people in the Greater Columbus region. The photos in this collection will be displayed in an exhibit in Columbus’ sister city of Genoa, Italy, in 2019.

“When I visited Columbus in 2016, I was impressed by the diversity of the city,” said Timothy Costa. “Often, we become so consumed by our own lives that we miss the opportunity to meet the eyes of the people we pass, possibly missing a connection that could change our lives. Thousand People of Columbus will allow the community to discover themselves and show their unique personality to the rest of the world.”

Costa will be photographing Columbus residents at Columbus Museum of Art as part of Think Like an Artist Thursdays on April 5, 2018 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. You can also DIY your own Anthopologie-inspired pom-pom wall hanging with the help of Craftin’ Outlaws, plus music by the Andy Shaw Band and craft beer by MadTree Brewing. Cost of the program is Pay What You Want admission for nonmembers, and is free for CMA members. The first Thursday of the month visitors are invited to think like an artist and drop by CMA for opportunities to play games and make art, enjoy live music and DJs, and taste cocktails and craft beers.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with #Heartsfor Art

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day week with #HeartsforArt. Once again CMA is joining museums across the country to celebrate Valentine’s Day with #HeartsforArt, a special way for art lovers to show off their love of art.

  • Pick up a heart at the CMA admission desk and place it in front of an artwork you love, from February 13-18, 2018.
  • Share your love of art by taking a picture and hashtag #heartsforart and tag @columbusmuseum across your favorite social media platforms.

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Reception by Honore Sharrer

Celebrate Women’s History Month with us during March as we highlight the creative contributions of women artists.

Discover Great Works by Women Artists
Exhibition: A Dangerous Women: Surrealism and Subversion in the Art of Honoré Sharrer. Sharrer’s gender, commitment to leftist ideals, and use of figurative surrealism put her at odds with the dominant political and artistic climate of the 1950s. Read more about this original CMA exhibition in the recent Columbus Dispatch review.

In the Galleries
Look for special Collective Voices Guide by Cell in the galleries featuring women artists, and those inspired by them. Pick up a copy of the guide at the front desk and look for special labels in the galleries.


Women’s History Month Events

Women Artists at CMA Tours
Join one of the special Women Artists at CMA tours on March 10, 19, 23, 24, and 26, and special tours of the Sharrer exhibition on March 5 and 18.
Open Studio
Every Saturday in March make your own art inspired by 5 women artists from CMA’s collection. Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 PM, included free with admission.
Wednesdays@2: Curator View
March 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Explore the new original CMA exhibition A Dangerous Woman: Subversion and Surrealism in the Art of Honoré Sharrer with Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission), and $5 for members. Register here.
Dangerous Women Create
Celebrate Women’s History Month and the creativity of women. Be here for Dangerous Women Create, an inspired evening hosted by CMA and Creative Babes for a pop-up reception and your chance to create together. March 23 from 6:00-8:00 PM, cash bar.

#5WomenArtists

Participate in the #5WomenArtists Campaign
Join in the national #5WomenArtists campaign. Many people have a tough time listing five women artists off the top of their heads. Can you name 5 women artists? Share your photos and comments about great women artists: #5womenartists #mycma @columbusmuseum.

[Top Image: Honoré Sharrer, Reception (detail), 1958, oil on canvas, 22 1/2 x 30 inches, Collection of Adam Zagorin and the late Perez Zagorin.]

Valentine’s Day Week & #HeartsforArt

 

HeartsforArt

Celebrate Valentine’s Day week with #HeartsforArt. Once again CMA is joining museums across the country to celebrate Valentine’s Day with #HeartsforArt, a special way for art lovers to show off their love of art.

  • Pick up a paper heart at the CMA admission desk and place it in front of an artwork you love, from February 14-19, 2017.
  • Share your love of art by taking a picture and hashtag #heartsforart and tag @columbusmuseum across your favorite social media platforms. We’ll share some of our favorites.

Other museums participating include: Crystal Bridges, Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Parrish Art Museum, Philbook Museum of Art, The Walters Museum of Art.

Ohio Artist Maya Lin Among Medal of Freedom Recipients

Artist Maya Lin is awarded the Medal of Freedom

Ohio artist Maya Lin was one of 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ohio artist Maya Lin was one of 21 recipients yesterday to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Lin joined other innovators, artists, and pioneers in a ceremony in the White House East Room.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor – it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better.  From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way,” said President Barack Obama.

Other Medal of Freedom recipients included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elouise Cobell, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Richard Garwin, Bill and Melinda Gates, Frank Gehry, Margaret H. Hamilton, Tom Hanks, Grace Hopper, Michael Jordan, Lorne Michaels, Newt Minow, Eduardo Padrón, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Vin Scully, Bruce Springsteen, and Cicely Tyson.

“Her sculptures, chapels, homes are physical acts of poetry each reminding us that the most important element in art or architecture is human emotion,” said President Obama as he awarded Lin the Medal of Freedom.

Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a school project when she was just 21.

Topographic Landscape by Maya Lin

Topographic Landscape by Maya Lin, Columbus Museum of Art permanent collection. Hundreds of MDF boards are stacked on the floor to create undulating curves that resemble the rolling hills of Southern Ohio where Lin grew up.

Topographic Landscape by Maya Lin is part of Columbus Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Hundreds of MDF boards are stacked on the floor to create undulating curves that resemble the rolling hills of Southern Ohio where Lin grew up. The sculpture is on view now in CMA’s Walter Wing.

Watch the full Medal of Freedom ceremony here.

Jennifer Poleon is Digital Communications Manager for Columbus Museum of Art, and the organizer for CMA’s 2015 #MobilePhotoNow mobile photography exhibition.

 

Into the Light Photo Hunt Challenge

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Noted British Landscape painter Joseph Turner was a devotee of sun-staring or sun-gazing, which involves staring with the naked eye directly at the sun. Scientists had previously used the camera obscura to protect against the blinding brightness of the sun. Turner directly confronted it.

Like Turner, many artists in The Sun Placed in the Abyss also look directly at the sun, substituting their eyes with a camera. The “Into the Light,” section showcases artists who have pointed their camera at the sun or used sunlight as a medium itself. For many of them, the sun has provided the perfect universal and fixed thing from which to explore subjectivity, vision, and representation.

For this next Photo Hunt challenge respond with your take on this challenge:

  • Capture something that reflects the theme “Into the Light”
  • Tag your work on Instagram with #CMAIntotheLightChallenge
  • For this assignment you have until Monday November 28, 2016.
  • Please note: images must be your own. Anyone in the world can participate.
  • Images can be taken with any kind of camera.

Drew Sawyer, our new William J. and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography will select his favorites (based on the most creative entries, and ones that best represent the assignment), and your creation could become part of an online digital gallery.

We’ll also be celebrating with a special MeetUp and behind the scenes tour of The Sun Placed in the Abyss on the evening of January 5, so save the date!

[Pictured : The 49 States by Matthew Jensen. Jensen chooses a Google Street View image in which the camera captured the sun in each of the forty-nine states that were covered by the online mapping tool when he was working on the project. These mostly rural landscapes, despite their separation from people and cities, are still touched by technology.]