Thanks to everyone who participated in Art Madness, our version of March Madness for Art Lovers. To put together our bracket we selected some of our most beloved pieces from our permanent collection. Each day we posted a new match on Facebook. Just like the March Madness tournament, there were a few Cinderella stories along the way. Photo Leaguer Ida Wyman and her Sidewalk Clock, NYC beat two titans of the art world, first Henry Moore, then Georgia O’Keeffe. Magic Realist George Tooker had his own Cinderella run, easily beating both Russian Expressionist Alexaj Jawlensy, then Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock.
The final came down to two of our most loved pieces: contemporary sculptor Alison Saar’s Nocturne Navigator, the sculpture we commissioned in honor of the Underground Railroad vs. master Impressionist Edgar Degas’ The Breakfast, one of the the highlights of our Sirak Collection.
And the winner and still champion: Degas.
Utilizing the power of photography to engage teens in socially relevant conversations, the Columbus Museum of Art’s Columbus In Focus program invites students from two Columbus City high schools, Linden McKinley and Marion Franklin, to examine the rich history of Columbus and document it during the Columbus Bicentennial. With these photographs, students invite you into their world as they uncover their communities past, confront today’s most pressing issues, and explore their place in their city and the world at large.
This years participants also looked to extend their reach into the community. Three students from Linden McKinley helped create QR Code plaques that are installed in locations thoughout Columbus. These plaques direct viewers to their exhibition at CMA and online resources located on this page.
To see more student work please visit the Columbus In Focus Flickr Group or check out the Columbus Underground story on the Columbus In Focus program.
The work the In Focus students created is on view at CMA May 3 – September 8, 2012. Columbus In Focus will also dovetail with CMA’s Radical Camera exhibition, which highlights the work of the Photo League, the pioneering documentary photography movement of the 1930s and 1940s. For more information about the Columbus In Focus teen photography program please contact Kristin Lantz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Focus program is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
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Kristin Lantz, School Programs Coordinator