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Tumbleweeds and Contemporary Art

One of the greatest parts of my job is being able to get away from my desk during installation week.  Besides the fact that I can wear my comfortable jeans and high tops, I watch an artist I respect and admire work with my colleagues and create a new experience for our visitors.  Since October I have anxiously been waiting to hear from Latifa Echakhch and find out the final details of the exhibition.  Over the course of the last three days, I have been in awe of her careful consideration of every detail.

In 2010 I invited Latifa to participate in our Currents series.  Each artist in the series is provided access to our permanent collection and asked to present a body of work that is inspired by what they find.  Latifa chose to consider lithographs from the Schiller Collection. Made from 1930-1950, most of the prints look at economic, political and social issues in America.  Over the last several years Latifa has created projects that consider cultural icons and the ways in which people use or abuse ideas around difference.  Her interest in the democratic nature of printing has been a part of a few of these projects, and I was please to know that our collection inspired her to think about these ideas more deeply.

Last year I sent her a list of the hundreds of prints included in the Schiller Collection.  Latifa carefully considered each image, choosing 16 as reference points for her latest installation.  In addition, she has found the perfect icon of the American West to spark our imaginations and encourage us to rethink our assumptions.  I mean really, when is the last time you’ve seen a tumbleweed?

Columbus Museum of Art’s Currents: Latifah Echakhch exhibition will be on view January 13, 2012 – April 1, 2012. The Currents series is supported by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

CMA Celebrates Columbus

For the Columbus Bicentennial, Columbus Museum of Art is asking the community to join 200Columbus and the Columbus Bicentennial celebration by creating your own photograph, painting, sculpture, poem, drawing, or other work inspired by the people or places in our community. Is there a landmark that signifies Columbus for you? A Columbus neighborhood that holds fond memories? An out of the way place you’d like others to discover? Has there been someone in the community who has inspired you? A moment that crystalizes what Columbus means to you?

Create your own artistic interpretation of who and what Columbus is as a city then upload a photograph of the work to our
CMA Celebrates Columbus group
on Flickr. Throughout the year, the Museum will be highlight submissions through blogs, social media channels and events to show what a vibrant, creative place Columbus is to live and work. Join the CMA Celebrates Columbus Flickr group and upload images of your work inspired by Columbus. Add any appropriate tags that might identify your work.

Need some inspiration? Check out CMA’s Columbus Views exhibition on view through May 27, 2012.

We’re looking forward to seeing your creative masterpieces.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Jennifer Poleon, Digital Communications Manager

CMA Celebrates West Garden Groundbreaking

CMA Executive Director, Nannette Maciejunes, along with Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council Member Zachary M. Klein, and Director of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department Alan D. McKnight helped launch the creation of Columbus’s newest public green space, and the next step in the Columbus Museum of Art’s renovation and expansion plan, at a special ceremony this morning.

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, will be 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 Museum’s 1970s addition and construction of its new wing. The site will be free and accessible to the general public.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Columbus and especially downtown,” said CMA Executive Director Nannette V. Maciejunes. “The revitalization of our city’s heart can be seen in the success of projects like Columbus Commons, the Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park. These are the kinds of developments that lure people to downtown and keep them coming back. The Museum, along with our neighbors CCAD, Columbus State Community College, State Auto, and the City of Columbus, continue to work toward making our corner of Columbus a more welcoming, pedestrian-friendly area with open green space.”

“This garden brings even more beauty to one of our greatest treasures, the Columbus Museum of Art,” Mayor Michael B. Coleman said. “I salute everyone at CMA for all the improvements that have been made to the museum and for continuing to make art accessible to our residents and visitors.”

“The Museum of Art is an asset to Columbus that brings national and international acclaim to our community,” said Zachary M. Klein.  “These capital investments will ensure the museum continues to enrich the lives of our residents and visitors for decades to come.”

“Columbus Recreation and Parks is proud of this partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art that will celebrate the outdoors in an accessible garden setting to insure visitors are ‘naturally’ welcomed to the world of art whenever they visit,” said Alan D. McKnight, Director, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

For more from today’s West Garden ceremony and the next step in CMA’s future, see the West Garden video.