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


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)

In __ We Trust: Art and Money
October 3, 2014 - March 1, 2015


Money. It is a simple fact of everyday life, as well as, a fundamental principal of our social, political, and economic order. It is a medium of exchange, an index and store of value, and a universal equivalent into which most anything can dissolve. It connects, defines, and divides nations. It is pocket change and dead presidents. It is the key to happiness and the root of all evil. It has no intrinsic value apart from what we’ve given it. Money is an idea, a social contract, and one that depends on frequently-tested collective emotional states like trust, faith, and confidence.

With work by more than 20 artists and collectives from diverse international backgrounds, the exhibition In __ We Trust addresses this complex nature of money, as well as, its relationship to art. Works in the exhibition take currency as a material or subject, involve transactions, precious materials, and alternative forms of exchange. Anchored by select pieces from previous decades, the exhibition focuses on work made since the 2008 financial crisis.

Artists include JSG Boggs, Sarah Cain, Susan Collis, Moyra Davey, e-flux Time/Bank, Claire Fontaine, Tom Friedman, Meschac Gaba, Ryan Gander, Roger Hiorns, William E. Jones, Komar & Melamid, Gabriel Kuri, Shane Mecklenburger, Cildo Meireles, Ester Partegas, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Superflex, Mark Wagner, Nari Ward, Andy Warhol and Robert Wechsler. Together, they explore issues of representation, value and exchange that have both personal and global impact.

Related Programs

October 28, 2014, 11:30 AM at Columbus Council on World Affairs
In _We Trust: The Future of Global Currencies Luncheon and Talk

November 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Art of Cuisine: Perception
Join CMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Tyler Cann and the chefs at The Kitchen for a curated dinner party inspired by In_We Trust.

Check our calendar for related In_We Trust tours.

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Listen to In_We Trust Curator Tyler Cann on CD1025


“In We Trust: Art and Money” is a sprawling survey, resonant where the collective spirit of the work is a churning mishmash of the absurd, earnest, sharp, and self-defeating.”
– ArtForum

“Curator Tyler Cann’s In ___We Trust: Art and Money is a fresh and imaginative approach to exhibition making.”
– Daily Serving

Join the Conversation

Use #artandmoney to share your view of the show, and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Paul-Henri Bourguignon: A 50th-Anniversary Retrospective
October 17, 2014 - January 18, 2015


In 1964, the Columbus Museum of Art held an exhibition of the work of Belgian artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon (1906 – 1988).  Fifty years later the museum celebrates the work of this talented visual artist, who was a prolific writer and journalist, a skillful photographer, and an avid observer of the human condition. One critic noted, “When Bourguignon concentrates on faces, the pathos of the human condition stands out.”

Bourguignon began his arts studies in Brussels’ Académie des Beaux Arts and then studied art history at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His first solo exhibition was at the Galérie d’Egmont in Brussels at age 22.  He met his wife, Erika, in Haiti and they settled in Columbus, Ohio in 1950 after she joined the faculty of The Ohio State University.  Today, his widely collected works are found in American museums, and in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the Columbus Museum of Art.

Related Programs

October 29, 2014, 2:00 PM
Wednesdays @ 2: Paul- Henri Bourguignon
Erika Bourguignon and her dear friends Jane Hoffelt, Ann Bremner, and Lou Rose invite you to eavesdrop on their conversation, moderated by Chief Curator Dominique H. Vasseur, about Erika’s late husband Paul-Henri Bourguignon.

Check our calendar for related Paul-Henri Bourguignon tours.

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Columbus Museum of Art Celebrates Paul-Henri Bourguignon
(Columbus Monthly, October 2014)

Join the Conversation
Use #paulbourguignon to share your view of the show, and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Think Outside the Brick
November 21, 2014 - January 29, 2015

COLUMBUS Lego Contest

EXTENDED to January 29: Visit CMA’s Center for Creativity for the third annual holiday season celebration of the creative potential of LEGO® building blocks. This exhibition features the return of the Central Ohio Lego Train Club’s wildly popular collaborative model of the city of Columbus. Familiar landmarks and imaginative additions come together in a gallery of original creations by local builders. Also in the Center for Creativity, check out the finalists for the 2014 LEGO® Design Challenge. This year’s challenge was to build an answer to the question “What building, structure, or mode of transportation does a new Columbus need?” Winners will be announced during our New Year’s Day at CMA event on January 1, 2015. During your visit, please take the opportunity to build your own creative answer to the challenge, and also build with LEGO® bricks at the Center for Creativity’s Imagine the Possibilities wall.

Related Programs
December 13, 2014 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Connector 22: Dispatchwork
Spend an afternoon  repairing damaged buildings in the city using LEGO®  bricks.

January 1, 2015, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
New Year’s Day at CMA
Find out the winners of the 2014 LEGO Design Challenge when they are announced at noon, explore Think Outside the Brick, and CMA’s other special exhibitions.

Check our calendar for related Think Outside the Brick tours.

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LEGO display of Columbus includes quirky buildings (Columbus Dispatch, November 20, 2014)

Join the Conversation
Use #thinkoutsidethebrick to share your view of the show, and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection
June 06, 2014 - August 31, 2014


An exhibition of American Modernist paintings from the 1920s to the beginning of World War II, a period marked by significant change and compounded by the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s. Modern Dialect reveals both the shared concerns and jubilations of artists from every region of the country during a fluctuating and demanding time in American history.  From simplified and fragmented rural landscapes to modern industrial cities and the people that inhabit them to purely abstract compositions, Modern Dialect illustrates the scope of the American modernist aesthetic and the vision and integrity each artist brought to the representation of the American experience.  The exhibition features works by George Ault, Charles Sheeler, John Steuart Curry, and Charles Burchfield.

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“Modern Dialect should leave viewers positively captivated,” (Columbus Dispatch, June 15, 2014)

[Museums] They have to show us something new, something different, and something unexpected. Modern Dialect does exactly that. It illustrates a place, a time, and a set of experiences in the way only painting can. Go see it. (Columbus Underground, June 6, 2014)

The Wall Street Journal calls Modern Dialect a “Don’t Miss.” (June 27, 2014)

Ori Gersht: Still Life
August 29, 2014 - January 25, 2015

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In partnership with the Pizzuti Collection, the Columbus  Museum of Art presents an installation of work by highly acclaimed artist Ori Gersht. Born in Israel and based in  London, Gersht has created a body of photographic and  video work that combines exquisite beauty with memories of violence and historical trauma. Recalling romantic  landscapes and eighteenth-century still life paintings, the work is rich with art-historical allusions, but also suggests ongoing political conflicts. Gersht heightens our perception of movement and stasis; looking at his work is to feel  suspended in time and caught within the layers of history.

Ori Gersht: Still Life is presented in collaboration with the Pizzuti Collection, and draws primarily from its holdings  of the artist’s work. Concurrent with this exhibition, the Pizzuti Collection will also be showing a film series, Ori Gersht: Portraits. This exhibition will feature successive  presentations of three forceful video portraits, each connecting moments of quiet contemplation with violent  histories and anguished realities.

Related Programming
Artist Talk with Ori Gersht, September 4, 2014 7:00 PM (SOLDOUT)

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“The Traumatic Beauty of Ori Gersht,” Columbus Alive, August 28, 2014.

2014 Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) Visual Arts Exhibition
June 27, 2014 - October 5, 2014


The Columbus Museum of Art presents The 2014 Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) Visual Arts Exhibition. Highlighting the outstanding talent and ability of Columbus artists, the exhibition includes work by the recipients of the 2013 GCAC Individual Artist Fellowship Awards : Shannon Benine, Clara Crockett, Evan Dawson and Shane Mecklenburger. Two others, Kaveri Raina and Laura Alexander, were awarded GCAC residencies in Dresden, Germany this year.

These artists represent a diverse range of practices fostered within Columbus’s artistic community. Clara Crockett’s pencil drawings of human and canine figures are both sensitive and surreal, while Shannon Benine will show her compelling, somewhat mysterious photographs of Molokai, Hawaii. In his video works, Shane Mecklenburger creates weightless fields of computer-generated diamonds, while Evan Dawson’s sculptural gestures begin with the material circumstances of daily life. Laura Alexander cuts intricate patterns into layered sheets of paper, and Kaveri Raina’s vivid abstractions are painted with materials like turmeric, chili powder and cinnamon. Each with their own niche, together these artists demonstrate the region’s vibrant artistic ecology.

Imagine! The Art of the Picturebook
June 20, 2014 - November 9, 2014

Paper Dragon by Robert Sabuda

Imagine! explores children’s picturebooks as works of art through examples from the collection of Carol and Guy Wolfenbarger. The original drawings, paintings, prints, and collages represent books from well-known illustrators including Floyd Cooper, Peter Catalanotto, Will Hillenbrand, E. B. Lewis, Barry Moser, Chris Raschka, Aminah Robinson, Maurice Sendak, and Robert Sabuda. The work is presented in groupings of Tall Tales (fiction), True Tales (non-fiction), Tales with Tails (stories/art about animals) and Human Tales (stories/art about social interactions and human nature).

(Above: Paper Dragon by Robert Sabuda)

The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library
April 1, 2014 - June 15, 2014


For more than two thousand years, the ketubbah (Hebrew כְּתוּבָּה:  marriage contract) has been an integral part of Jewish marriages. Ever since the second century, rabbinic authorities have attributed extreme importance to this marriage document which typically records the bridegroom’s obligations toward his bride in the event of death or divorce. Found in the homes of married Jews, whether wealthy or poor, scholar or layman, in the West or in the East, ketubbot provide a wealth of information concerning the artistic creativity, cultural interactions and social history of the Jewish communities in which they were created. This exhibition features ketubbot dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries and that reflect the geographical diversity of Jewish settlement. Thirty ketubbot are from the world-renown collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  We will also display a recent gift to the museum of a nineteenth-century Iranian ketubbah from the collection of the late Robert Shamansky.

The exhibition is supported by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community and Pauline and Raymond Jewish Arts Endowments of the Columbus Jewish  Foundation and the Friends of Jewish Art at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Join our online gallery of ketubbot by uploading a photo of your decorated marriage contract to Instagram and tag it #CMAketubbah.

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910
February 7, 2014 - May 18, 2014

Lautrec and La Vie Moderne

This extraordinary exhibition highlights the wide spectrum of exciting work created by avant-garde artists in Paris around the turn of the twentieth century. Through dreamy Symbolist landscape paintings, edgy Parisian street scenes, intimate domestic tableaus, bawdy cabaret sketches, figure studies, portraits and still life compositions, Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1910 investigates a generation of artists continuing the battle against French Academic standards fought by the Impressionists and the Barbizon painters before them. A special focus is the intoxicating gathering of artists, writers, performers, and musicians in Montmartre, where everyone from Toulouse-Lautrec, whose style and subjects epitomize the times, to Sarah Bernhardt and Paul Verlaine worked amid the swirl of cafe-concerts, circuses, and theatres. The show is alive with a variety of both images and media.

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Lilli Carré: 2014 Graphic Novelist Residency Exhibition
March 14, 2014 - June 8, 2014


CMA and Thurber House are pleased to announce Lilli Carré as the recipient of the third annual Graphic Novelist Residency. The three-week residency provides a graphic artist/writer with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and to exhibit their work at CMA. Carré will receive a stipend and housing in the two-bedroom apartment in the historic home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. Carré was born in 1983 and currently lives and works in Chicago. She works in a variety of media including animation, illustration, and comics. Her animated films have been screened in festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, and she co-founded the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. Her most recent work in comics is Heads or Tails, a short story collection published by Fantagraphics. Appearing in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, Carré’s beautifully-designed and appealing work has gained critical and popular acclaim.

Matthew Brandt sticky/dusty/wet
November 15, 2013 - March 9, 2014

Brandt, Sylvan Lake, CA 3, 2012

This November, the Columbus Museum of Art presents photographer Matthew Brandt’s first one-person museum exhibition. Brandt is a Los Angeles-based artist who received his BFA from Cooper Union and MFA from UCLA. He has been the focus of critical attention for his bold, often playful experiments with photographic process into which he embeds unexpected elements from the real world – bubblegum, Kool-Aid, honeybees, dust, and water.  In bringing such materials into his practice Brandt pushes photography’s boundaries and suggests a new lexicon for the medium. Brandt was named Forbes Top 30 under 30 in art and design.
Lead Sponsor: Peggy Mativi and Donald W. Dick

Read more
“This is contemporary photography.” (Columbus Dispatch, December 1, 2013)
Matthew Brandt and a Handful of Dust (Interview Magazine, November 15, 2013)

Think Outside the Brick
November 8, 2013 - February 16, 2014

Think Outside the Brick

Our Think Outside the Brick exhibition returns with a group exhibition of innovative new work by artists who use LEGO® brand building blocks. Think Outside the Brick is presented by CMA’s Center for Creativity, and features exhibitions and programs that demonstrate the tremendous creative capacity of LEGO®. (Photo: Special Ingredient by Cole Blaq)

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Plastic Bricks Click with Featured Sculptors (Columbus Dispatch, November 3, 2013)
Think Outside the Brick Presents LEGOs in New Light (Columbus Alive, November 7, 2013)

George Bellows and the American Experience
August 23, 2013 - January 5, 2014


The Columbus Museum of Art celebrates one of the city’s best loved native sons with  George Bellows and the American Experience, which will be on view from August 23, 2013 through January 5, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the National Gallery of Art, which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Royal Academy in London, England.  The show will feature more than 35 paintings and highlight the Museum’s recent acquisition of one of the most complete collections of Bellows’s lithographs.

Strings Attached: The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets
March 8, 2013 - August 04, 2013

Czech Puppets Black Light Theater

With more than 140 puppets and related set designs, masks, and costumes, dating from the 1850s to the present, Strings Attached explores the rich history of puppetry in the Czech Republic and its influence throughout the world. Through touch-screen monitors, exhibition visitors can view a sampling of productions and watch puppet-makers at work. This exhibition is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University, and the Arts and Theatre Institute, Prague.

Surface Tension: The 2013 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Awards Exhibition
June 14, 2013 - September 15, 2013

GCAC_Laura Alexander Precipitous Division, 2012

The 2013 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition honors the achievements of six artists based in central Ohio. Highlighting the outstanding talent of these artists, the exhibition includes recipients of the 2012 GCAC Individual Artist Fellowship Awards—Laura Alexander, Anna Laurie Mackay, Matthew Flegle, and Andrea Myers—and recipients of the Dresden Residency fellowships—Susan Li O’Connor and Mariana Smith. This is the third year that the Columbus Museum of Art has presented the GCAC Visual Arts Awards exhibition.

(Photo: Precipitous Division by Laura Alexander, 2012)

Ed Piskor: Brain Rot
March 16, 2013 - July 28, 2013

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Ed Piskor: Brain Rot presents original pen and ink drawings by Piskor which were used for comics publications. The exhibition includes more than thirty original pages from Hip Hop Family Tree, Piskor’s current project tracking the evolution of Hip Hop from its beginnings in the 1970s as a niche local subculture into the global phenomenon it quickly became. The first collected edition of Hip Hop Family Tree will be published by Fantagraphics this October. Ed Piskor began his comics career at age 21, drawing American Splendor strips written by underground comics legend Harvey Pekar. He has also published the graphic novel Wizzywig about the history of hacking and is currently publishing The Hip Hop Family Tree as a weekly comic at BoingBoing.net. 

Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950
February 1, 2013 - May 26, 2013

Rothko: The Decisive Decade

CMA celebrates one of the world’s most influential and best-known artists of the 20th century, Mark Rothko with the exhibition, Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950 featuring 37 works including paintings, watercolors and works on paper drawn largely from the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

April 2013 - October 2014

Color Exhibition

It’s all about COLOR in the Big Idea Gallery at our Center for Creativity. Our newest Big Idea exhibition explores the way artists play, create a mood, or affect our senses with color. It includes color-themed works of art from our permanent collection, as well as, an assortment of games, puzzles, art-making activities, color immersion rooms, and a color shuffleboard.

Songs for the New Millennium, 1812-2012: Works by Aminah Robinson Celebrating 200Columbus
August 24, 2012 - March 10. 2013

Songs for the New Millenium Aminah Robinson

This exhibition, which was created by Aminah Robinson specifically for the Columbus Bicentennial, is a very personal meditation on the neighborhood in which she grew up. She has created both a literal map of the neighborhood, which records how it has changed, as well as a visual memory map recalling her Uncle Alvin’s enchanting stories. As always, Aminah’s stories are richly illustrated on paper with paint, fabric, and buttons.

The Essential Elijah Pierce
September 13, 2012 - February 17, 2013

Elijah Pierce

As the final exhibition in its celebration of the Columbus 2012 Bicentennial, the Columbus Museum of Art is proud to present the work of one of America’s foremost woodcarvers and folk artists, Elijah Pierce.  Born in Baldwyn, Mississippi in 1892, Pierce began carving wood as a child.  After a stint working as an itinerant worker, Pierce found a religious calling and received his preacher’s license in 1920.  In 1923, Pierce moved to Columbus, where he married and opened a barbershop.  Joining his love of woodcarving and his vocation as a preacher, Pierce continued making carvings and sculptures that took their subject from the Bible, American popular and folk heroes, and contemporary events such as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War.  His narrative carvings soon came to be regarded as some of the most individual, personal, whimsical, and spiritual ever produced by an American folk artist.

The Columbus Museum of Art owns the largest holding of Elijah Pierce’s work in the country, and is proud to share a portion of this collection with the city of Columbus, where Pierce lived and worked for more than sixty years.

Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO®
November 9, 2012 - February 3, 2013


Think Outside the Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO®, the first show presented by CMA’s Center for Creativity, features exhibitions and programs that demonstrate the tremendous creative capacity of LEGO®. Creativity isn’t exclusive. It’s for everyone. Think Outside the Brick illustrates that all of us have innovative ideas worth pursuing. Think Outside the Brick show features: In Pieces: New Work by Nathan Sawaya and Dean West; works in varying media from artists from Columbus and across the country by AFOL (Adult Fans of LEGO); Lego Columbus: Central Ohio LEGO Train Club presents Columbus recreated in LEGO® bricks (including OSU Stadium, the Ohio Statehouse, and downtown Columbus); and Let’s Go LEGO® Community Competition Finalists.

Supporting Sponsor: Big Lots; Supporting Sponsors for In Pieces: Peggy Mativi and Donald W. Dick.

Marvelous Menagerie: An Ancient Roman Mosaic from Lod Israel
May 18, 2012 - January 13, 2013


First unearthed in 1996 in a rescue excavation in Lod, Israel, (Diospolis in the Roman period) this large and extraordinarily detailed mosaic floor has recently been carefully removed from its site and conserved. Found in a large villa believed to belong to a wealthy Roman, the excellently preserved mosaic floor dates to about AD 300. Two rectangular end panels flank a large square medallion. The medallion and one of the end panels contain depictions of a menagerie of animals and exotic beasts. The remaining panel portrays a fabulous marine scene filled with a profusion of fish and Roman merchant ships. This glorious mosaic is in America for a limited time before it is returned to Israel, where it will become the focus of an archaeological center in Lod. The Columbus Museum of art is one of only four museums to display this treasure.

Ground Control: Complaints Choir
Through September 29, 2012

Ground Control is an exhibition of video and sound work by contemporary artists that is shown inside CMA’s south-side elevator. Initiated by artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Complaints Choir features a video of our hometown volunteer choir singing local resident complaints that are set to original music.

Celebrating Glass: In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement
Opens May 11, 2012

Fifty years ago, Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino began the American Studio Glass movement. To celebrate the golden anniversary of glass, Columbus Museum of Art presents works from our permanent collection by artists such as Auguste and Antonin Daum, René Lalique, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Lino Tagliapietra, Do-Ho Suh, and Mary Bauermeister, among others.

2012 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts exhibition
June 8 - August 12, 2012

2012 GCAC Visual Arts Exhibition

Columbus Museum of Art celebrates local artists with the 2012 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts exhibition. The exhibition includes the recipients of the 2011 GCAC Individual Artist Fellowship Awards and Dresden Residencies: Sue Cavanaugh, Jenny Fine, Robert Metzger, Laura Sanders, Suzanne Silver, and Carol Snyder.

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The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League 1936 – 1951
April 19, 2012 - September 9, 2012


Drawing on the depth of two great collections, Columbus Museum of Art and The Jewish Museum in New York City collaborated on an exhibition of nearly 150 vintage photographs. The Radical Camera, a formidable survey of the Photo League’s history and artistic significance premiered last fall at The Jewish Museum to rave reviews. The New York Times called The Radical Camera a “stirring show,” and The New Yorker named the exhibition one of the top ten photography shows of 2011.

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Columbus Views
September 30, 2011 – Spring, 2012


Columbus Views celebrates the Bicentennial of the City of Columbus. The exhibition, drawn primarily from CMA’s collection, gathers works by artists such as George Bellows, Emerson Burkhart, Edmund Kuehn, Robert Chadeayne, and others, who were compelled to translate the charms of the city’s various locales and neighborhoods onto canvas.

The Columbus Museum of Art joins the City of Columbus in celebrating our great city’s Bicentennial with programs and exhibitions throughout 2011 and 2012. Columbus Views commemorates the Columbus Bicentennial by highlighting artistic depictions of the city.

In Celebration: The Day of the Dead
October 16, 2012 - November 18, 2012

The exhibit features works associated with Los Dias de los Muertos, the annual Mexican festival known as the Days of the Dead.  Traditionally the celebration takes place on November 1st (All Saints’ Day) and November 2nd (All Souls’ Day).  The roots of Los Dias de los Muertos go back before the Spanish conquest when indigenous Mexican people practiced rituals accepting death as an integral part of the cycle of life.  The present day observance is a fusion of Catholic and Native traditions.

The Calavera (skulls and skeletons) on display represent the spirits of the departed.  Throughout the 20th century, Mexican folk artists fashioned Calavera from wood, plaster and paper-mache as joyful (and sometimes humorous) symbols intended to remind the living of their deep connections to the dead – and to the concept of the afterlife.  A number of important Mexican modernists including Diego Rivera, Freda Kahlo and Jose Posada collected Calavera figures and toys.  They were inspired by the way this form of folk art expressed Mexican identity and gently mocked human vanity and foibles. The works being presented at the Museum are both contemporary and vintage and are on loan from several private Midwest collections.

Monet to Matisse: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Sirak Collection
September 23, 2011 - May 13, 2012


When acquired in 1991, The Howard C. and Babette L. Sirak Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art was saluted in ARTnews as one of the finest private collections in the world. CMA celebrates the 20th anniversary of this watershed moment in the Museum’s history with a special exhibition of the entire collection of 78 works by masters such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste-Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Paul Klee, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Chaim Soutine, and Henri Matisse among others. The Sirak collection chronicles the groundbreaking developments in European modernism. Its acquisition by the Columbus Museum of Art perfectly complemented the Museum’s existing Howald collection of American modernist art.

The Columbus Museum of Art joins the City of Columbus in celebrating our great city’s Bicentennial with programs and exhibitions throughout 2011 and 2012.  Monet to Matisse commemorates the Columbus Bicentennial by recognizing the importance of Columbus collectors and their impact on the Museum.

Ground Control: SAND
October 2, 2012

Ground Control is an exhibition of video and sound work by contemporary artists that is shown inside CMA’s south-side elevator. SAND is from Anita Clearfield’s and Geoffrey Leighton’s video series “Falling in Place” that explores time and aging. In it, the artists use natural phenomena such as water, sand, leaves, and rocks to understand the erosion of bodies.

Carved and Whittled Sculpture: American Folk Art Walking Sticks from the Hill Collection
November 18, 2011 – April 29, 2012

The collection of American walking sticks belonging to Pam and Tim Hill of Birmingham, Michigan is one of the finest of its kind in the country and a significant number of these fascinating works will be on view at the Columbus Museum of Art. The exhibition addresses the subject of walking sticks as chronicles of American history and culture as well as objects of folk art and personal expression. These amazing objects, carved and painted by their often anonymous makers, are a testament to the creative impulse that has existed in America from its earliest days to the present.

Currents: Latifa Echakhch
January 13, 2012 – April 1, 2012

Currents is a series of exhibitions showcasing vanguard works in a variety of media by emerging and established international artists. In our upcoming exhibition Currents: Latifa Echakhch, Moroccan-born artist Latifa Echakhch creates a sculptural installation that positions continuing themes presented in CMA’s Schiller Collection within a current cultural context. Using vintage lithographic stones, Echakhch responds specifically to prints in the Schiller Collection. Presenting the stones along with icons of the American West, Echakhch provides a poetic and complex view of the eroding cultural divide. In addition, Echakhch has found the perfect icon of the American West to spark our imaginations and encourage us to rethink our assumptions.  I mean really, when is the last time you’ve seen a tumbleweed? See below for the video CMA commissioned in conjunction with the Currents exhibition. Also check out the blog post from our Contemporary Curator.

In 2005, CMA acquired the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art, 1930 – 1970, one of the most important collections of its kind in the country and includes works by Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Rockwell Kent, George Tooker, and Paul Cadmus. These works of art are the keystones between two major areas of strength in the Museum’s American collection: George Bellows and the Ashcan School and American Modernism. These works vividly address complex problems and issues in American history. Echakhch takes her visual cues from the works of American art in the Schiller Collection and utilizes these works as a springboard for confronting issues that continue to face America today.

The Currents series is supported by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Ground Control: File on Motor Transgression (M4-11)
January 3, 2012 - March 1, 2012

A new year of Ground Control began with a video by Matthew Cusick, File on Motor Transgression (M4-11), (2000–2011).  Compiled from Hollywood film footage over the last decade, Cusick takes us on a wild ride through some of the greatest car scenes in movie history. Ground Control is an exhibition program of video and sound work by contemporary artists screened within the elevator on CMA’s south side.

Caravaggio: Behold the Man
October 21, 2011 - February 12, 2012

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is remembered as much for his unconventional lifestyle as his immeasurable talent. His  revolutionary art along with a life of personal excess, punctuated by late night brawls, attempts on his life,  and multiple arrests, culminated with a Papal death warrant that forced him to live as an exile. Tragically, he died while making his way to Rome after receiving news of having been granted a pardon. Although his life ended abruptly at the age of 38, his powerful realism impacted a generation or more of European artists.

Caravaggio paintings are quite rare as he only painted about 80 known works, ten of which as in the U.S. This is only the second time the Ecco Homo, the centerpiece of Columbus Museum of Art’s exclusive exhibition, has been displayed in the U.S. The Columbus Museum of Art joins the City of Columbus in celebrating our great city’s Bicentennial with programs and exhibitions throughout 2011 and 2012.  Caravaggio: Behold the Man! commemorates the Columbus Bicentennial through the celebration of the sister city relationship between Columbus, Ohio and Genoa, Italy.

Ground Control: Lollypop
October 1, 2011 - January 1, 2012

In the final iteration of Ground Control for 2011, CMA presents Lollypop by Kalup Linzy.  In this three minute video, Linzy and another male artist, Shaun Leonardo, lip sync to the Hunter and Jenkins tune, which was banned from the radio in 1930s. Ground Control is an exhibition program of video and sound work by contemporary artists.  Screened within the elevator on the south side of the building, the program will present the work of some of the most innovative media artists working today.

Ground Control: Beatles Uber California Kota Ezawa
July 1, 2011 - September 29, 2011

In the newest iteration of Ground Control, Kota Ezawa provides a mash-up of audio and video footage through his unique animation. Beatles Über California blends the iconic British band’s 1964 performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with the Dead Kennedy’s song “California Uber Alles.” Seen together, Ezawa provides us with an opportunity to consider the impact of a seemingly revolutionary band, still clothed in suits as opposed to punk rock’s preference for ripped tshirts and jeans, in relation to the restraint necessary for a television performance.

Ground Control is an exhibition program of video and sound work by contemporary artists.  Screened within the elevator on the south side of the building, the program will present the work of some of the most innovative media artists working today.

Sidney Chafetz Prints
July 15, 2011 - September 25, 2011

In 1948 Sid Chafetz began a long teaching career at The Ohio State University, where he produced print after print made rich with technical sophistication and a visual language of wit, satire, compassion and erudition. A true contemporary humanist, Chafetz exposes the foibles and empty platitudes of politicians, academes, students, and administrators alike, all with a profound and unmistakable capacity for empathy. The Sidney Chafetz Prints exhibition celebrates the artist on the cusp of his 90th birthday with selections from the entire range of his favorite topics from politics, and academia, to personal biography.

The Columbus Museum of Art joins the City of Columbus in celebrating our great city’s Bicentennial with programs and exhibitions throughout 2011 and 2012. This exhibition is supported in part through a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Street Talk and Spritual Matters: Aminah’s Mount Vernon Avenue
May 20, 2011 - September 4, 2011

Street Talk and Spiritual Matters features Columbus artist Aminah Robinson’s  RagGonNons, paintings, drawings, hogmawg sculptures, prints, and books about Mt. Vernon Avenue, the heart of the African-American community in Columbus from the 1900s to the 1960s. While the discrimination of Jim Crow abounded outside the neighborhood, the Mt. Vernon area was a tight-knit community where family and commercial life flourished. Aminah captured this spirit in “Memory Maps” that document the lively street life and each shop, church, and business establishment on the street.

Currents: Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration
June 24, 2011 - September 4, 2011

Currents: Stephanie Syjuco furthers her interest in issues of authorship, craft, labor, and the capitalist production process. It is inspired by the Museum’s Don and Jean Stuck Coverlet Collection of more than 300 nineteenth-century hand-woven coverlets. The foundation of CMA’s extensive textile collection, these coverlets were produced by a cottage industry of independent, professional weavers in Ohio and other northeastern states. Many of the weavers were immigrants who had fled to the U.S. from the growing mechanization of the industrial revolution in Europe.

2011 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition
April 29, 2011 - July 3, 2011

The Columbus Museum of Art presents the 2011 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts exhibition highlighting the recipients of the 2010 Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards and Dresden Residencies. Individual Artist Fellowship recipients are Mary Jo Bole, Jill Gallenstein, Lynda McClanahan, and Steven Thurston. The exhibition also features works by Michael B. Hays, and Danielle Julian Norton, recipients of the 2010 Dresden Residency.

GCAC and CMA encourage and support cultural development in the Columbus area. In this capacity, GCAC and CMA have partnered to present the 2010 Individual Artists Fellowship Program.

The Individual Artist Fellowship program provides unrestricted grants to artists of outstanding talent and ability who currently live in the City of Columbus and/or Franklin County, and have done so for at least one year. Established in 1986 to recognize outstanding local artists, more than 140 awards have been given in a variety of disciplines.

Ground Control: Black Ghost Blues Redux Charles Gaines and Hoyun Sun
April 1, 2011 - June 30, 2011

Ground Control is an exhibition program of video and sound work by contemporary artists.  Screened within the elevator on the south side of the building, the program will present the work of some of the most innovative media artists working today.

Fur, Fins & Feathers
July 6, 2010 - June 5, 2011

Fur, Fins & Feathers, a family-friendly exhibition about animals in art that showcases works from CMA’s collection. This diverse exhibition includes a variety of media and styles, including Inuit stone carvings, contemporary photography, and American folk-art prints. Fur, Fins & Feathers includes many works that visitors may not have seen before.

Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph
February 4, 2011 - April 24, 2011

Painting and photography have had a long relationship in American art. Since its invention, photography has influenced the way we see the world as much as how paintings have for centuries.  Shared Intelligence explores the dynamic ways visual artists have been inspired by and used the photograph.  The exhibition of more than 75 paintings and photographs focuses on the work of American painters for whom the photograph has been essential to the development of their work, such as Thomas Eakins, Frederic Remington, Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and contemporary artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Chuck Close, David Hockney, and Sherrie Levine. Major works by such ground-breaking photographers as Eadweard Muybridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White will also be included.

The Illuminated Bible: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis
October 8, 2010 - January 16, 2011

The Columbus Museum of Art will present The Bible Illuminated, an exhibition based on seminal comic artist R. Crumb’s adaptation of the Book of Genesis. Crumb spent the last five years on this ambitious endeavor which is currently listed on The New York Times best seller list. The exhibition features some 200 individual, black and white drawings illustrating the text of the biblical stories which is reproduced word for word. Each drawing contains six to eight comic panels illustrating the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and more. Using his signature style, Crumb’s version of the Book of Genesis adds a new twist to an old story.

The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis was organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Currents: Complaints Choir
October 8, 2010 - January 16, 2011

One day, artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen thought about how often people complain. In the Finnish vocabulary there is an expression “Valituskuoro”. It means “complaints choir” and it is used to describe situations where a lot of people are complaining simultaneously. They had an idea. What if they put together an actual choir and had people sing their complaints?

After the success of their first effort in Birmingham, England, the artists received numerous letters, asking them to initiate Complaints Choirs around the world. To meet the demand for Complaints Choirs worldwide, Kalleinen & Kochta-Kalleinen have created a web site to encourage organizations to form their own complaints choirs. CMA is excited to be able to facilitate a Complaints Choir for the central Ohio community.

Local musician, David Holm, will set the complaints submitted by the public to music and will compose an original song. The piece will be performed for the public in June. Jeff Sims, CMA Educator for Adult Programs and Multimedia Producer, will film rehearsals and the performance. His video will be on view at the Museum.

This project was initiated by artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen in 2005. See all the complaints choirs of the world at www.complaintschoir.org.

Chihuly Illuminated
September 25, 2009 - July 4, 2010

Chihuly Illuminated explores the groundbreaking artwork of Dale Chihuly. This exhibition focuses on the element of light intrinsic to Dale Chihuly’s art and includes works never before seen in Columbus. From the Mille Fiori, a 56-foot garden of glass, to Glass Forest #3, a white milk-glass and neon installation, Chihuly Illuminated challenges convention with a feast of bold color, dramatic forms, and extraordinary composition.

Behind Camelot: The Kennedy Family Album
November 3, 2009 - November 15, 2009

Behind Camelot: The Kennedy Family Album presents a selection of photographs capturing three generations of Kennedy family members at ease and at play. The photographs were taken by Robert Davidoff who was the photographer for the Kennedy family in Palm Beach for almost fifty years. Because most of the photographs have never before been seen by the general public, Behind Camelot offers a truly unique snapshot of the Kennedy family.

The photographs in Behind Camelot are part of a larger collection of original photography by Davidoff used to create the book The Kennedy Family Album, and other favorite vacation spots. As a fixture in the Kennedy’s Palm Beach home, Davidoff was able to capture the family during their moments of fun and relaxation Images in the book include a youthful John F. Kennedy, a young Jackie surprising her husband on the tarmac of the Palm Beach airport, and matriarch Rose Kennedy leading a family sing-along.

Davidoff, a freelance photographer for United Press International, first photographed President-elect John F. Kennedy along side President Herbert Hoover and Ambassador Joseph Kennedy during a party in Palm Beach. He was the photographer in residence at the Kennedy’s Palm Beach home until his death in 2004.

Kojo: Fifty Years in Photography
June 5 - October 4, 2009

To celebrate Kojo Kamau’s seventieth birthday year, CMA brings you Kojo: Fifty Years in Photography. Throughout his life, Kojo Kamau has made major contributions to the vitality of the arts in Columbus. He is a community treasure and has been influential in supporting arts and artists in Columbus since the 1960s.

Kojo: Fifty Years in Photography includes more than sixty photographs, both color and black and white, reflecting Kojo’s five decade working the medium. The exhibition addresses themes that run throughout the photographer’s career such as community, travels, portraits of local and international artists and musicians, and political and social issues.

Ohio Art League
June 5 - October 4, 2009

Ohio Art League (OAL), the state’s premier organization serving artists working in any visual medium, will celebrate its hundredth anniversary in 2009. OAL boasts a membership of more than six hundred artists and hundreds more enthusiasts. Special exhibitions and events are planned with community partners to honor OAL’s longtime and ongoing commitment to the visual arts in central Ohio and across the state.

The Columbus Museum of Art will celebrate OAL’s centennial with a CMA collection salute to some of OAL’s most famous artists some of whom include George Bellows, Alice Schille, Emerson Burkhart, Sidney Chafetz, Ann Hamilton, and Roy Lichtenstein. The collection salute will be accompanied by a Guide by Cell tour voiced by OAL members. More than seventy major, annual, juried OAL exhibitions have been held at the Museum.

George Tooker: A Retrospective
May 1 - September 6, 2009

George Tooker: A Retrospective will bring together approximately sixty paintings and drawings, including several of Tooker’s best-known works such as The Subway (1950; Whitney Museum of American Art), Government Bureau (1956; Metropolitan Museum of Art), The Waiting Room (1959; Smithsonian American Art Museum) and Ward (1970-71; private collection). This exhibition will introduce new audiences to Tooker’s hauntingly beautiful and unforgettable imagery. It will reveal the extraordinary range and depth of Tooker’s art to scholars and artists who may only be familiar with paintings such as The Subway.

The Architecture of Painting: Charles Burchfield, 1920
May 22 - August 2, 2009

The Architecture of Painting: Charles Burchfield, 1920 is being organized by the Columbus Museum of Art in partnership with the Burchfield-Penny Art Center and DC Moore Gallery, which represents the Charles Burchfield Foundation. The exhibition is the first to consider the importance of a body of related paintings created by Burchfield between 1918 and 1920 that depict stark houses and views of industrial landscapes. Distinguished by their austere architecture, the works employ hallmarks of modernist pictorial strategies, such as flattened space, frontality, and reductive simplicity.

Kleibacker’s CLASS ACT: Storied Designers/Women of Note
April 23 - July 5, 2009

Organized by Charles Kleibacker, a world renowned fashion designer and the Museum’s adjunct curator of design, the exhibition displays clothing worn by women of influence. These inspirational women recognized and recognize the innovative style and elegance of beautiful clothes. CLASS ACT will include a biography and photograph of the women along with one of the designer garments that they have worn. Some of the women being showcased include: Brooke Astor, Nan Kempner, Isabel Nash Eberstadt, Nancy Reagan, Pamela Harriman, and Happy Rockefeller, as well as garments from designers such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Christian Dior, Galanos, Norman Norell, and Gianni Versace. Most of the clothes are from the Historic Costume/Textiles Collection at The Ohio State University, Geraldine Schottenstein Wing.

William Christenberry Photographs, 1961 – 2005
January 16 - May 10, 2009

Along with such masters as William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, William Christenberry is widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of color photography. His photographic exploration of the American South has been ongoing for forty years, drawing inspiration from Walker Evans, and paralleling the work of international practitioners like Bernd and Hilla Becher, all the while influencing a generation of emerging photographers. Ranging from his Brownie photographs of the early 1960s to his later work with a large-format camera, William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005 is a survey of this artist’s poetic documentation of southern vernacular architecture, signage, and landscape that captures moments of quite beauty. Coupling never-before-seen photographs, both old and new, with images that are now iconic, this exhibition comprises fifty vintage photographic works and one sculpture, and, in turn, conveys the breadth of his unprecedented project and singular photographic vision. This exhibition is organized by Aperture, Inc.

Time Made Real: The Carvings of Tim Lewis
November 14, 2008 - February 22, 2009

Tim Lewis is one of the most well-known folk art stone carvers working today, highly respected for his ability to coax powerful images out of a difficult, if not unyielding and unforgiving, organic material such as sandstone. He was born in 1952 in Isonville, KY, where he still resides. Following a truck accident in 1988, he began carving in wood, before choosing stone as his principle medium. He has created images from Biblical themes such as Adam and Eve and guardian angels, to figures from popular culture such as baseball catchers or a burly bootlegger lugging Mason jars full of moonshine. This exhibition was organized by the Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN.

Objects of Wonder: from The Ohio State University
September 26, 2008 - January 11, 2009

Have you ever wondered what kinds of treasures are hidden in your neighbor’s attic? Now imagine that neighbor has more than 300 libraries and collections housing everything from Thomas Moran paintings, to unpublished Marilyn Monroe photos, Richard Petty’s sunglasses to John Glenn’s flight manual. These are just a few of the items Columbus Museum of Art curators discovered when they began combing the archives and collections housed at The Ohio State University.

Currents: Peter Zimmermann
October 17, 2008 - January 4, 2009

German artist Peter Zimmermann uses digital technology to create a vibrant new form of abstraction. He selects images copied from the World Wide Web and other electronic sources, then manipulates them using various computer filters. The processed images become the matrix for his paintings, executed with layers of plastic resin poured directly onto stretched canvas. While recalling the work of a preceding generation of American Color Field painters, Zimmermann’s abstractions retain the imprint of technological manipulation, making it a product of its time. The luminous surfaces evoke traditional stained glass windows as well as the modern glow of television and computer monitors. Part electronic automation and part artistic intuition, Zimmermann’s paintings underscore the influence of technology on our 21st-century world view.