Exhibitions

Keeping Pace: Eva Glimcher and Pace/Columbus
October 25, 2015 - January 17, 2016

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Keeping Pace: Eva Glimcher and Pace/Columbus on view through January 17, 2016, focuses on the impact that Pace Gallery had on the Columbus arts community. Pace, founded by Arne Glimcher in 1960, is today an important contemporary art gallery with eight locations in New York, London, Beijing and Hong Kong. Between 1965 and 1982 there was also Pace/Columbus, run by the charismatic gallerist Eva Glimcher. Situated on Broad Street just blocks from the Columbus Museum of Art, Pace held a series of exhibitions by significant contemporary artists, and had a strong impact on the appreciation of, and support for, art in the city. Keeping Pace, looks back at this history, focusing on the work of six artists who showed at Pace/Columbus: Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Louise Nevelson, Lucas Samaras, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. In Columbus as in the larger world, these artists helped transform the sense of what art can be. The exhibition opens October 25, 2015 as part of the opening celebrations for the Museum’s newly built 50,000-square-foot addition.

Imperfections By Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954 -1966
October 25, 2015 - January 10, 2016

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Imperfections By Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954–1966, on view through January 10, 2016 at Columbus Museum of Art, explores the legacy of the modernist artist Paul Feeley (1910-1966), whose paintings and sculptures are characterized by bright colors and undulating forms that are often poised between representation and abstraction. Feeley held an influential position as a professor at Bennington College in Vermont, where he helped make the school an ambitious cultural outpost in the 1950s and sixties. He organized or co-organized important early exhibitions of Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Barnett Newman, and was himself honored with a 1968 memorial retrospective at the Solomon S. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Imperfections by Chance is the first major retrospective of Feeley’s work since that time.

Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition: Eleanor Davis
October 25, 2015 - February 14, 2016

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For the past four years, CMA and Thurber House have awarded the Graphic Novelist Residency to an artist who demonstrates an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. Eleanor Davis has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 award which includes an exhibition at CMA and a three-week residency at Thurber House.

Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. A collection of her short comics for adults, How To Be Happy, is available from Fantagraphics Books. She has produced two graphic novels for kids: The Secret Science Alliance and The Copycat Crook which she created with her husband Drew Weing.

Glass Magic: Then and Now
October 25, 2015 - May 1, 2016

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Magically formed from mixing and fusing sand, soda, and lime, glass was first manufactured more than 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia (now Iraq and northern Syria). This exhibition presents ancient luminescent beakers, cosmetic jars, and jewelry on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority. Juxtaposed with this ancient glass are exquisite examples from the museum’s collection including 19th -century art nouveau vases and bowls and studio art glass by modern and contemporary  masters including Harvey Littleton, William Morris, Dale Chihuly, and Lino Tagliapietra.

(Angel by Rockwell Kent, about 1918, CMA Collection)

Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO
November 20, 2015 - February 21, 2016

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Visit CMA’s Center for Creativity for the annual holiday season celebration of the creative potential of LEGO® building blocks. CMA’s Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO exhibition will feature the return of the Central Ohio Lego Train Club’s installation of their LEGO brick version of Columbus. The collaborative work will fill an entire gallery of the Museum and include real and imagined Columbus landmarks with some new additions, including a model of the new CMA. Paul Janssen’s model of The Ohio State University Stadium will be highlighted in the Museum’s new atrium.

LEGO creations by finalists in the Creative LEGO Design Challenge will also be on view. The 2015 LEGO® DESIGN CHALLENGE is a partnership between the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA), COSI and the Ohio History Connection. Open to builders of all ages and experience levels, the challenge promotes the creative use of LEGO® bricks to explore transportation and architecture.

Sponsored by American Electric Power

Melvin Edwards: Five Decades

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Melvin Edwards: Five Decades is a retrospective of the renowned American sculptor Melvin Edwards. Working primarily in welded steel, Edwards is perhaps best known for his Lynch Fragments, an ongoing series of small-scale reliefs born out of the social and political turmoil of the civil rights movement.  Incorporating tools and other familiar objects such as chains, locks, and ax heads, Edwards’s Lynch Fragments are abstract yet evocative, summoning a range of artistic, cultural, and historical references. Melvin Edwards: Five Decades is organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation, and Change
June 10, 2016 - September 11, 2016

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In partnership with the Barnes Foundation, the Columbus Museum of Art is organizing the exhibition Picasso: Experimentation, Change, and the Great War. Inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art’s 1914–15 Picasso Still Life with Compote and Glass, and the Barnes’s extensive Picasso holdings, the exhibition will be comprised of about 45 works from American and European museums and private collections.  With special emphasis upon the tumultuous years of the First World War, this exhibition focuses upon the artist’s oeuvre from 1912 to 1924 during which time Picasso utilized both cubist and classical modes in his art. Picasso’s shifts in style became a means of not repeating, in his words, “the same vision, the same technique, the same formula.”

(Still Life with Compote and Glass by Pablo Picasso, CMA Collection, © 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)