Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910
February 7, 2014 - May 18, 2014

Lautrec and La Vie Moderne
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This extraordinary exhibition highlights the wide spectrum of exciting work created by avant-garde artists in Paris around the turn of the twentieth century. Through dreamy Symbolist landscape paintings, edgy Parisian street scenes, intimate domestic tableaus, bawdy cabaret sketches, figure studies, portraits and still life compositions, Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1910 investigates a generation of artists continuing the battle against French Academic standards fought by the Impressionists and the Barbizon painters before them. A special focus is the intoxicating gathering of artists, writers, performers, and musicians in Montmartre, where everyone from Toulouse-Lautrec, whose style and subjects epitomize the times, to Sarah Bernhardt and Paul Verlaine worked amid the swirl of cafe-concerts, circuses, and theatres. The show is alive with a variety of both images and media.

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Lilli Carré: 2014 Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition
March 14, 2014 - June 8, 2014

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CMA and Thurber House are pleased to announce Lilli Carré as the recipient of the third annual Graphic Novelist Residency. The three-week residency provides a graphic artist/writer with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and to exhibit their work at CMA. Carré will receive a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment in the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. Carré was born in 1983 and currently lives and works in Chicago. She works in a variety of media including animation, illustration, and comics. Her animated films have been screened in festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, and she co-founded the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. Her most recent work in comics is Heads or Tails, a short story collection published by Fantagraphics. Appearing in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, Carré’s beautifully-designed and appealing work has gained critical and popular acclaim.

The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library
April 1, 2014 - June 15, 2014

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For more than two thousand years, the ketubbah (Hebrew כְּתוּבָּה:  marriage contract) has been an integral part of Jewish marriages. Ever since the second century, rabbinic authorities have attributed extreme importance to this marriage document which typically records the bridegroom’s obligations toward his bride in the event of death or divorce. Found in the homes of married Jews, whether wealthy or poor, scholar or layman, in the West or in the East, ketubbot provide a wealth of information concerning the artistic creativity, cultural interactions and social history of the Jewish communities in which they were created. This exhibition features ketubbot dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries and that reflect the geographical diversity of Jewish settlement. Thirty ketubbot are from the world-renown collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  We will also display a recent gift to the museum of a nineteenth-century Iranian ketubbah from the collection of the late Robert Shamansky.

The exhibition is supported by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community and Pauline and Raymond Jewish Arts Endowments of the Columbus Jewish  Foundation and the Friends of Jewish Art at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Join our online gallery of ketubbot by uploading a photo of your decorated marriage contract to Instagram and tag it #CMAketubbah.

April 2013 - October 2014

Color Exhibition
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It’s all about COLOR in the Big Idea Gallery at our Center for Creativity. Our newest Big Idea exhibition explores the way artists play, create a mood, or affect our senses with color. It includes color-themed works of art from our permanent collection, as well as, an assortment of games, puzzles, art-making activities, color immersion rooms, and a color shuffleboard.