Mobile Photo Now
February 6, 2015 - March 22, 2015

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Columbus Museum of Art, and the #JJ COMMUNITY, one of the world’s most active  communities of photographers, present #MobilePhotoNow the largest mobile photography exhibition ever organized by a museum. #MobilePhotoNow highlights the emerging art form of mobile photography, and the power of social media and smart phones as a means of creative expression and connection. CMA and #JJ COMMUNITY, partnered throughout October to post themed photo challenges that engaged the mobile photography community. More than 5,000 photographers from 89 different countries submitted nearly 45,000 images via Instagram. The resulting global exhibition co-curated by CMA and #JJ features 320 photos from nearly 240 photographers representing nearly 40 different countries. The exhibition is the next evolution in CMA’s ongoing initiative to connect people to art and each other. In 2012, CMA was the first museum to present an exhibition drawn entirely from Instagram. CMA used its critically acclaimed exhibition The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936 – 1951 as the inspiration for a series of photo hunts based on the assignments the original Photo League artists gave one another. The hunts generated more than 800 submissions and gave life to an installation of 30 works in the Museum’s Community Gallery.

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From Smartphones to Museum Walls
New York Times Photo, February 10, 2015

All-Instagram Exhibition Highlights Mobile Creativity
Newsweek, February 18, 2015

MobilePhotoNow Highlights Emerging Medium with Large Collection of Images
Columbus Alive, January 29, 2015

Candid Captures
Columbus Dispatch, February 1, 2015

Inside the Columbus Museum of Art’s new Instagram-Inspired Show
Columbus Monthly, February 4, 2015

2015’s Coolest, Must-Visit Art Exhibits
Brit + Co, February 7, 2015

#MobilePhotoNow Gallery
View the #MobilePhotoNow online gallery of 320+ images from photographers around the world.

Related Programs
February 6, 2015 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Mobile Photography Workshop with Josh Johnson and Kevin Kuster of #JJ COMMUNITY
Learn mobile photography tips and tricks, what apps work best, and more. Then join Josh and Kevin on a photowalk around the neighborhood.

February 6, 2015 2:00 PM
Mobile Photography Panel Discussion
CMA’s Jennifer Poleon, organizer of #MobilePhotoNow, moderates a spirited discussion on mobile photography … its past, present, and future. Panelists include Josh Johnson and Kevin Kuster from #JJ COMMUNITY, one of the world’s most active community of photographers, and CMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Tyler Cann, who helped co-curate #MobilePhotoNow.

Check our calendar for related #MobilePhotoNow tours.

Sponsors: William and Sarah Ross Soter
Print Sponsor: TwentyOne12 Décor

(Photo by Rob DePaolo)

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.