Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
April 3, 2015 - June 14, 2015

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At first glance, the colorful needlework collages in Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz seem to depict bucolic scenes of the Polish countryside. On closer examination, they tell a horrific tale of survival. Esther (1927-2001) and her younger sister Mania were the only members of their family, and among the few Jews in their Polish village, to survive the Holocaust. At the age of fifteen, Esther refused the Nazi order for the town’s Jews to report to a nearby railroad station for relocation. She and her sister separated from the family and never saw them again. In 1977, at the age of fifty, Esther began creating works of fabric art to depict her stories of survival. Over a twenty-year period, she created a collection of thirty-six needlework pictures that tell her remarkable story exquisitely and in great detail.

Although she had no artistic training, Esther began sewing at a young age. The needlework pictures demonstrate her outstanding, technical skills and ability to create texture and dimensionality from a combination of complex stitches and imaginative design. At once beautiful and shocking, the story embedded in the layers of fabric compels us to understand the roles of victim, perpetrator, and bystander during this bleak chapter of history and reminds us of the continuing need to fight injustice and bigotry. In addition, Esther’s tapestries demonstrate the importance of needlework and fabric art as an important category of artistic expression that historically has been undervalued as “women’s work.” The exhibition has been scheduled to coincide with Yom Hashoah, the national Holocaust Day of Remembrance on April 15. The award-winning 30-minute documentary film, Through the Eye of the Needle, which presents Esther’s story in her own words, accompanies the exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by Art and Remembrance and is supported in part by Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.; the Lenore Schottenstein, Penny Davenport and Dorothy Fenburr, Charlotte and Ben Kahn, Pauline and Raymond Kahn, William and Rose Schiff, Sara and Harry Schwartz, Joan Wallick, and Community Jewish Arts Endowment Funds of the Columbus Jewish Foundation; Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Allene N. Gilman Charitable Trust, Neil M. Moss, Trustee; and Mike and Joy Gonsiorowski.




Hats on the Silk Road: Selections from the Collection of Russell S. and Dona Fling
April 17, 2015 - July 5, 2015

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The Columbus Museum of Art invites you to explore the culture and history of Southern Asia’s Silk Road. Hats on the Silk Road: Selections from the Collection of Russell S. and Dona Fling, on view April 17 – July 5, showcases the remarkable collection of Russell S. and Dona Fling, among the most important collections of its kind in the world.

The Silk Road is not a physical highway but consists of thousands of miles of random, unpaved, trading trails stretching across Southern Asia. Throughout history, traders traveling these trails searching for new markets encountered a variety of cultures and religions along the way, and, as commodities were traded, so were the influences of these other ways of life.

The exhibition presents a colorful selection of headdresses, hats and, skullcaps from the Fling Collection and examines the history, provenance and, cultural backgrounds from which the works come.  These hats reflect the people who made them, as well as their cultures, religions, customs, traditions, livelihoods, social status, time periods, and even the climate. Hats were made for practical purposes, such as protection from the weather; for special occasions, such as weddings; for recognizing social or political status; and for purposes of religion. They represent all levels of society, from rulers to ordinary citizens, rich and poor, male and female, adult and child. Some were worn by kings, queens, and powerful political leaders; others, by brides and grooms.

The Fling Collection is extensive, including hats from across the globe and including countries and regions such as Turkey, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia, Nagaland, India, Pakistan, Tibet, Bhutan, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines — many of them in the current world spotlight.

Read more
“Columbus Museum of Art collection of hats brims with cultural cues,” Columbus Dispatch, May 10, 2015

Page Turners: The Art of Award-Winning Picturebooks from the Mazza Museum
May 15, 2015 - September 6, 2015

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Each year, a number of prestigious awards including the Caldecott Medal, the Newberry Medal, the Kate Greenaway Medal, and the Mazza Medallion are presented to the very best picturebooks for children. The Page Turners exhibition at Columbus Museum of Art showcases imaginative, humorous, scary, exquisite, and lively art from award-winning books from the 1950s to the present.


Remembering Marvin Hamlisch: The People’s Composer Photographs by Len Prince
April 10, 2015 - September 6, 2015

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The photographs in Remembering Marvin Hamlisch were taken by noted photographer Len Prince, a dear friend of the Hamlisches. Prince’s work captures the power of Hamlisch’s music and its impact on the musical theater world.

Hamlisch is one of only twelve people to win all four major U.S. performing awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT). He is one of only two people to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize (PEGOT). He shared the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976 with fellow artists for his musical contribution to the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. He also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for 1972’s “Life Is What You Make It” and both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for 1974’s “The Way We Were.” In 2008, Hamlisch was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and in 2009, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium. Marvin Hamlisch was married to Terre Blair, Columbus native and former weather and news anchor for WSYX-Channel 6, for more than twenty years.

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Special thanks to Seth Harris & Laurie Gregory for their generosity. Our thanks also to Carol Luper.

Related Program
Remembering Marvin:
A Tribute Evening
Friday, April 10, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Please note this event is now soldout. Join CMA and the New Albany Symphony for a night of music, art, and celebration. The evening includes a program with photographer Len Prince and Terre Blair Hamlisch, wife of the late composer. Also, enjoy a sneak peek of the upcoming October performance by the New Albany Symphony. Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available in Derby Court. This program is free for members of CMA and subscribers and donors of the New Albany Symphony and $10 for the general public.

Learn More
Look for Guide by Cell Tours in the exhibition, and hear from Liza Minnelli, Barbara Streisand, Robert Klein, John Lithgow, Hamlisch’s wife Terre Blair and others tell stories about Marvin Hamlisch.





Shine On: Nurses in Art
March 20, 2015 - June 21, 2015

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Through sculpture, paintings, textiles, prints, photographs, and posters that span centuries, Shine On celebrates the invaluable contribution that nurses have made to society. The innate capacity of humans to care for one another is fundamental to the practice of nursing and has been demonstrated in art that dates from ancient civilizations the world over. Equally integral to nursing is the much more recent notion that Florence Nightingale called “hard preparation.” That is the practical training, experience, and technical knowledge that is required of nursing professionals in response to the complexity of the human body and efforts to keep it well from birth through the aging process. Shine On brings together images of humans caring for one another, the professionalization of nursing that began in the nineteenth century, and the continuing vital and complex role that nurses play in our world today. Artists featured in the exhibition include Rembrandt van Rijn, Mary Cassatt, George Bellows, Romaine Brooks, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Robert Vickrey. Visitors to the exhibition can also view an array of film clips demonstrating the portrayal of nurses in popular culture.

Join the Conversation
Share photos and stories of a caring nurse in your life past or present by uploading a photo to Instagram and tag it #ShineOnCMA. (Please note: your account must be set to public).

The enthusiasm and fund-raising efforts of Judith Kimchi-Woods, PH.D, RN, MBA, CPNP, CPHQ, President Chamberlain College of Nursing, Columbus, and the following lead sponsors have made this exhibition possible.*

Lead Sponsors
ONA Phi Pi sponsor

Major Sponsors
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Ohio Council of Deans and Directors of BSN Programs and Higher Degree Nursing Programs
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association

Additional Sponsors
Capital University School of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Columbus
Dayton Area Nurse Educators
Kent State University College of Nursing
Lourdes University College of Nursing
Ohio Council of A.D.N. Education Administrators (OCADNEA)
Ohio League for Nursing
Ohio Organization of Practical Nurse Educators
Ohio University School of Nursing
Linda Stoverock
Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Cleveland
NurseTim, Inc.
Osteopathic Heritage Foundations
Chamberlain College of Nursing Alumni Chapter
Donato’s Pizza
Carole and Nelson Genshaft
Greater Cleveland Nurses Association
Taryn Hill
Julia Mason Jubb
Charmaine Kaylor
Judith Kimchi-Woods
Katherine Kisker
Duane Kusler
Jan Lanier
Eurgenia Mills
Jeri A. Milstead
National League for Nursing
Ohio Nursing Students’ Association
Otterbein University, Department of Nursing
Barbara Polivka
Patrick Rombalski
Regina Stefanik
Jill Tice
Ruth Waibel
Adele Webb
James C. Woods, III
Tricia Yates
Mary Jo Yoho
Alicia Alvarado
Janet Berry
Geri Bork
Charline Catt
Menachem Davidovitch
Doris Edwards
Kathy Fernandez
Jennie Gates
Lolita Hall-Copeland
Susan Haller
Sharon Himmel
Ethan Kimchi
Michelle Miller
Tracy Ruegg
Teresa Setnar
Sheree Tata
Greg Ubert
Roscoe and Julia Ward
Linda Warino
Cindy Wilkins
Colleen Yopp

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.