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.

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Listen to In_We Trust Curator Tyler Cann on CD1025

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Paul-Henri Bourguignon: A 50th-Anniversary Retrospective
October 17, 2014 - January 18, 2015

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In 1964, the Columbus Museum of Art held an exhibition of the work of Belgian artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906 – 1988).  Fifty years later the museum celebrates the work of this talented visual artist, who was a prolific writer and journalist, a skillful photographer, and an avid observer of the human condition. One critic noted, “When Bourguignon concentrates on faces, the pathos of the human condition stands out.”

Bourguignon began his arts studies in Brussels’ Académie des Beaux Arts and then studied art history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His first solo exhibition was at the Galérie d’Egmont in Brussels at age 22.  He met his wife, Erika, in Haiti and they settled in Columbus, Ohio in 1950 after she joined the faculty of The Ohio State University.  Today, his widely collected works are found in American museums, and in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Columbus Museum of Art.

Related Programs

October 29, 2014, 2:00 PM
Wednesdays @ 2: Paul- Henri Bourguignon
Erika Bourguignon and her dear friends Jane Hoffelt, Ann Bremner, and Lou Rose invite you to eavesdrop on their conversation, moderated by Chief Curator Dominique H. Vasseur, about Erika’s late husband Paul-Henri Bourguignon.

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Columbus Museum of Art Celebrates Paul-Henri Bourguignon
(Columbus Monthly, October 2014)

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Think Outside the Brick
November 21, 2014 - January 25, 2015

COLUMBUS Lego Contest
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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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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.

Ori Gersht: Still Life
August 29, 2014 - January 4, 2015

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In partnership with the Pizzuti Collection, the Columbus  Museum of Art presents an installation of work by highly acclaimed artist Ori Gersht. Born in Israel and based in  London, Gersht has created a body of photographic and  video work that combines exquisite beauty with memories of violence and historical trauma. Recalling romantic  landscapes and eighteenth-century still life paintings, the work is rich with art-historical allusions, but also suggests ongoing political conflicts. Gersht heightens our perception of movement and stasis; looking at his work is to feel  suspended in time and caught within the layers of history.

Ori Gersht: Still Life is presented in collaboration with the Pizzuti Collection, and draws primarily from its holdings  of the artist’s work. Concurrent with this exhibition, the Pizzuti Collection will also be showing a film series, Ori Gersht: Portraits. This exhibition will feature successive  presentations of three forceful video portraits, each connecting moments of quiet contemplation with violent  histories and anguished realities.

Related Programming
Artist Talk with Ori Gersht, September 4, 2014 7:00 PM (SOLDOUT)

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“The Traumatic Beauty of Ori Gersht,” Columbus Alive, August 28, 2014.