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.

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Remembering Marvin:
A Tribute Evening

Friday, April 10, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
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. Please RSVP here or by calling 614.629.0346.




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.

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.