Exhibitions

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.

(Photo by Rob DePaolo)

Related Programs
February 6, 2015 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Mobile Photography Workshop with Josh Johnson and Kevin Kuster of the #jj community

February 6, 2015 2:00 PM
Mobile Photography Panel Discussion

Tours
Check our calendar for related #MobilePhotoNow tours.

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

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.

Supported by Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Columbus Jewish Foundation, and Puffin Foundation West.
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