Wednesdays @ 2 Behind the Scenes Talks

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.

Wednesday @2: Mozart to Matisse Scandinavian Painting: Myth & Reality
March 13, 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. This concert of Scandinavian music will be preceded by a look at turn-of-the-century painting in Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Working in a naturalistic style, many painters of the period chronicled the land and the everyday lives of city dwellers and peasants, while others explored Scandinavian myths and history. Mystery and awe in the face of nature seen in the works of many Nordic artists culminates in the powerful expressionistic imagery of Norwegian master Edvard Munch. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members.

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Wednesday @2: How the Golden Age Turned Gray: Color in 19th Century Dutch Landscape Painting
March 20, 2:00 PM
In conjunction with Life in the Age of Rembrandt, Henry Luttikhuizen, Professor of Art History at Calvin College, examines the relationship between landscapes by Dutch painters in the 17th century Golden Age and 19th century Hague School. The Hague School is characterized by loosely brushed images and is sometimes called “the gray school” as the palette of these artists emphasized the gray skies, fog and misty characteristics of the Dutch environment, and their style eventually overlaps and merges with features of the Impressionist movement. George Breitner, the leading “Amsterdam Impressionist,” is famous for his views of modern life, unlike the rural imagery of The Hague School. A noted scholar of Dutch art, Luttikhuizen also discusses the fondness of Dutch painters of the 19th century for traditions of earlier landscapes while simultaneously bringing their landscapes into alignment with international movements in contemporary art. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers and $5 for members.

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Wednesday @2: Mozart to Matisse Modern Masters
April 3, 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. Preceding a program of music by 20th-century composers will be a discussion of two masters of modernist art, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Both artists are well represented in the CMA, with works that provide a study in contrasts. Picasso’s Cubism, a movement based on fragmented form and geometric shapes, diverges from the Fauvist works of Matisse, with their emphasis on decorative pattern, expressive color, and pleasurable subjects. Contemporaries and rivals, the art of these two seminal figures laid the foundations of modernism for generations to come. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers and $5 for members. 

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