In __ We Trust: Art and Money
October 3, 2014 - March 1, 2015

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Money. It is a simple fact of everyday life, as well as, a fundamental principal of our social, political, and economic order. It is a medium of exchange, an index and store of value, and a universal equivalent into which most anything can dissolve. It connects, defines, and divides nations. It is pocket change and dead presidents. It is the key to happiness and the root of all evil. It has no intrinsic value apart from what we’ve given it. Money is an idea, a social contract, and one that depends on frequently-tested collective emotional states like trust, faith, and confidence.

With work by more than 20 artists and collectives from diverse international backgrounds, the exhibition In __ We Trust addresses this complex nature of money, as well as, its relationship to art. Works in the exhibition take currency as a material or subject, involve transactions, precious materials, and alternative forms of exchange. Anchored by select pieces from previous decades, the exhibition focuses on work made since the 2008 financial crisis.

Artists include JSG Boggs, Sarah Cain, Susan Collis, Moyra Davey, e-flux Time/Bank, Claire Fontaine, Tom Friedman, Meschac Gaba, Ryan Gander, Roger Hiorns, William E. Jones, Komar & Melamid, Gabriel Kuri, Shane Mecklenburger, Cildo Meireles, Ester Partegas, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Superflex, Mark Wagner, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol and Robert Wechsler. Together, they explore issues of representation, value and exchange that have both personal and global impact.

Related Programs

October 28, 2014, 11:30 AM at Columbus Council on World Affairs
In _We Trust: The Future of Global Currencies Luncheon and Talk

November 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Art of Cuisine: Perception
Join CMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Tyler Cann and the chefs at The Kitchen for a curated dinner party inspired by In_We Trust.

Check our calendar for related In_We Trust tours.

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Listen to In_We Trust Curator Tyler Cann on CD1025

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Think Outside the Brick
November 21, 2014 - January 29, 2015

COLUMBUS Lego Contest
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EXTENDED to January 29: Visit CMA’s Center for Creativity for the third annual holiday season celebration of the creative potential of LEGO® building blocks. This exhibition features the return of the Central Ohio Lego Train Club’s wildly popular collaborative model of the city of Columbus. Familiar landmarks and imaginative additions come together in a gallery of original creations by local builders. Also in the Center for Creativity, check out the finalists for the 2014 LEGO® Design Challenge. This year’s challenge was to build an answer to the question “What building, structure, or mode of transportation does a new Columbus need?” Winners will be announced during our New Year’s Day at CMA event on January 1, 2015. During your visit, please take the opportunity to build your own creative answer to the challenge, and also build with LEGO® bricks at the Center for Creativity’s Imagine the Possibilities wall.

Related Programs
December 13, 2014 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Connector 22: Dispatchwork
Spend an afternoon  repairing damaged buildings in the city using LEGO®  bricks.

January 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New Year’s Day at CMA
Find out the winners of the 2014 LEGO Design Challenge when they are announced at noon, explore Think Outside the Brick, and CMA’s other special exhibitions.

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LEGO display of Columbus includes quirky buildings (Columbus Dispatch, November 20, 2014)

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November 7, 2014

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PLAY is the newest exhibition in our Center for Creativity’s Big Idea Gallery, which features thematic exhibitions of work from our collection. At CMA we celebrate play as fundamental to the artistic process and human experience. In PLAY visitors will encounter both works of art and hands-on invitations to play. Visitors will find the humorous cat photographs of Tony Mendoza and the painted confections of Will Cotton, which demonstrate that great art is the tangible by-product of an artist’s play. Like Cotton, visitors can experiment with sculpting material to landscape a gingerbread house. In the spirit of William Wegman visitors can manipulate postcards to make a collage. Inspired by photographer Andrey Chezhin visitors can experiment with the illusions of photography in a specially designed photo booth.