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: Whistler and Victorian Painting
November 6, 2:00 PM
Mozart to Matisse is a series featuring chamber music performed by Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) musicians paired with discussions of art related in theme by CMA curators. Illustrated lectures weave together the relationship between CSO Masterworks programs and the visual arts. This program features James McNeill Whistler, who broke dramatically from existing currents in Victorian painting. Whether in the iconic portrait of his mother or a depiction of fireworks in the London sky, Whistler emphasized the abstract formal elements of his compositions, such as color and shape, rather than the subjects themselves. His formalism is reinforced by titles such as “nocturne,” “harmony”, or “arrangement”—all references to music, a medium that can convey moods without the use of images, a key facet of modern painting and sculpture in the 20th century. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members.
Dr. Charles Cunningham Lecture Series: Rodin: A Conversation
November 20, 2:00 PM
In conjunction with RODIN: Muses, Sirens, Lovers, join Ann Dumas, CMA’s Adjunct Curator of European Art and Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Andrew Shelton, OSU Professor of the History of Art, for a conversation about Auguste Rodin. Speakers will explore the women in Rodin’s art and his life, including the sculptor Camille Claudel, whose work is in the exhibition, and themes such as public monuments, dance and movement, mythology, portraits, and ancient art. Cost of this program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members.
The Art of Thurber
December 4, 2:00 PM
Join Guest Curator Michael J.Rosen as he discusses James Thurber’s drawings in A Mile and Half of Lines. Rosen, an author and artist, served as the founding Literary Director of Thurber House and has written about the work of the artist/author for almost forty years. His book, A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber is a companion to the exhibition. The cost for this program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for members.