Looking for a midweek pick-me-up? Come to Columbus Museum of Art on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM and gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on current exhibitions, CMA’s collection, and more as you hear personal and professional stories from guest speakers. Questions? Call 614.629.0359.
Mozart to Matisse: Impressionism and the Sea
April 11, 2:00 PM
CMA, in partnership with Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO), presents this afternoon series pairing lectures exploring works of art with chamber music performances. It has been said that the Impressionist movement, dedicated to open-air views of sparkling sunlight and re ections, owes its origins to the ocean. The painting that gave the movement its name, Monet’s Impression: Sunrise, depicts the waters of the Atlantic off the French coast. See how views of the sea by Monet, Manet, and Renoir captured both the ocean itself and the activities of those whose lives unfolded in or around the maritime environment. Tickets for this program are $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members. Sponsored by CMA Docent Alums.
Modern Art @CMA: Expressionism and Fauvism
April 18, 2:00 PM
In this second in a 4-part series on Modern Art in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, guest speaker Jeff Nigro will lecture on masterpieces of the Expressionist and Fauvist movement in early 20th-century European and American painting. By radically distorting the visible world, Expressionists like Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde revolutionized the art of Germany while in France, Henri Matisse led the Fauvist revolt that championed intense, freely applied color. Artists affected by the emotional directness of the Expressionists and Fauves included Jawlensky, Feinginer, and Hartley. The speaker will also discuss the affinity of Ferdinand Howald, Columbus’s legendary collector, for the art of both movements, and the persecution that many German artists endured under the Nazis. Art historian Jeff Nigro, who has served at the Art Institute of Chicago for more than 30 years as a lecturer and educator, is currently a curatorial researcher and president of the Classical Art Society, and a frequent speaker for the Jane Austen Society of North America. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members.
“Name it and Claim it;” The Struggle for Folk Art
May 9, 2:00 PM
Curator and Collector Michael Hall explores American Folk Art in terms of the modernist assumption that society can stamp its own artistic values on almost any kind of object. Hall focuses on the ways in which this assumption has continually evolved to reshape collector and museum views of the “innocent,” “raw,” and “original” objects popularly categorized as folk and outsider art. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members.
Modern Art@CMA: Cubism and Offshoot Movements
May 23, 2:00 PM
In this third lecture in the series Modern Art@CMA, art historian Marc Simpson will look at Cubist art in the permanent collection, including works by Picasso and Braque, and at paintings of movements based on Cubism, such as Futurism and Precisionism. Most of these works were collected in the early 20th century by Ferdinand Howald, whose life and collection will be discussed as well. Simpson is an independent scholar, who has served as curator of American art at both the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute and at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University and is currently at work on a study of Ferdinand Howald and his collection. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members.
Modern Art@CMA: Art of Social Justice and Magic Realism
June 6, 2:00 PM
In this fourth and final lecture in the series Modern Art@CMA, Chief Curator David Stark will survey Social Realist and Magic Realist art in the permanent collection. Most of these works are from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970 acquired by the CMA in 2005. Consisting of both prints and paintings, these works are devoted to chronicling and exposing issues in American life from the Great Depression to the turbulent era of the 1960s. Works by artists such as Ben Shahn, Jacob Lawrence, and Rockwell Kent will be discussed as well as paintings by George Tooker and his contemporaries that represent Magic Realism, a movement related to Surrealism. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members.