Exhibitions

2008 Exhibitions

Murray Jones: Unfolding Vision
October 10, 2008 – April 12, 2009

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

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

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

African Art and Beyond: Treasures from the Josef Floch Memorial Collection
May 30 – October 5, 2008

Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power
On view through September 14, 2008

Material Matters: Quiltmaking in the 21st Century
June 20 – August 31, 2008

Contemporary Connections: WORD
On view through June 15, 2008

Great Expectations: Aristocratic Children in European Portraiture
On view through June 8, 2008

Currents: Jason Salavon
January 18 – May 4, 2008

Edna Boies Hopkins: Strong in Character, Colorful in Expression
December 14, 2007 – March 2, 2008

Along Water Street: New Work by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
July 6, 2007 – February 24, 2008

Han Xin: Giverny Revisited
Through January 20, 2008

In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny
October 12, 2007 – January 20, 2008

Maya Lin: Topographic Landscape
Through January 6, 2008

Murray Jones: Unfolding Vision
October 10, 2008 – April 12, 2009

Exhibited together for the first time, the some fifty works in Murray Jones: Unfolding Vision demonstrate his affinity for the spiritual and otherworldly and his willingness to experiment with techniques and materials. In his work, Murray Jones fuses his traditional training and the artistic innovations of his time with his contemplative, profound worldview and his experience of foreign landscapes and cultures. Murray Jones: Unfolding Vision presents drawings, prints, paintings, and collages that address a range of subject matter and span his career. From his surreal, representational student etchings to the abstract, Asian influenced collages completed nearly thirty years later, this exhibition provides an opportunity to witness the unfolding of Jones’ unique personal vision.

Jones was a student at the Art Institute of Chicago and a teacher at Michigan State University and The Ohio State University. He was also a frequent traveler who spent time in Tahiti, Mexico, the American Southwest, and Japan. Some of the journals and sketchbooks which chronicle Jones’ experiences will also be on display.

This exhibition was organized by The Columbus Museum of Art with works from our own permanent collection.

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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.

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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.

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Untitled, 2005Currents: 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.

Currents is a new series of exhibitions showcasing leading edge work in a variety of media by emerging and established international artists.

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African Art and Beyond: Treasures from the Josef Floch Memorial Collection
May 30 – October 5, 2008

Out of Africa and Beyond features the Josef Floch Memorial Collection of African, Pre-Columbian, and Oceanic works. Recently donated to CMA, this collection includes important works from the Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso and the Republic of Benin. African art played in important role in the development of European artistic movements such as Cubism and Expressionism. The austerity, power, and simplicity of African sculpture influenced Pablo Picasso while the sophisticated reduced forms impacted German artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

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Lee, New Hampshire (population 4,145) Board of Selectmen, January 27, 2003Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power
May 10 – September 14, 2008

Picturing Power brings together for the first time selections from Paul Shambroom’s five most important series to date–"Factories" (1986-88), "Offices" (1989-90), "Nuclear Weapons" (1992-2001), "Meetings" (1999-2003), and the ongoing series "Homeland Security" (begun in 2004). In "Picturing Power" Shambroom addresses the places and practices of power in America. Together these series explore how everyday citizens intersect with the dominant institutions of their times. Shambroom’s images are remarkable both for their stark portrayal of people and places of power and as evidence of his access to the sites. Negotiating access in an open and democratic manner is a hallmark of the artist’s process. Embodying curiosity, persistence, and empathy, Shambroom’s work illustrates and champions engaged citizenship and democracy. This exhibition was organized by The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota; the University Art Museum, California State University. Long Beach; and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

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Catherine Shanahan, PearMaterial Matters: Quiltmaking in the 21st Century
June 20 – August 31, 2008

This exhibition presents works constructed by thirty-nine international contemporary quiltmakers. From the basic description of a quilt (layers of fabric held together by stitches), these artists have pushed technique, concept, and style in new directions. Many of the quilts challenge the traditional concept of a two dimensional pieced object in both their sculptural presentation and use of unconventional materials. On the leading edge of such innovations are the quiltmakers applying surface design techniques to their materials, making their art form personal from its inception. Their sometimes humorous marks and images on fabric portray environmental concerns, political and social comments, life narrative, and cultural and generational differences.

The Material Matters Members Opening will be on Thursday, June 19 at 5:30 pm. There was a typo in our recent Art Speaks magazine. We apologize for any confusion.

Learn more about the Material Matters exhibit.

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Contemporary Connections: WORD
On view through June 15, 2008

Contemporary Connections is an innovative space at CMA that encourages new ways to explore the diverse and challenging art of our time. The gallery is devoted to rotating thematic installations that present contemporary art in close context with historical works from our collection. The juxtapositions illuminate the hidden heritage behind new forms of expression, while offering fresh perspectives on the more familiar art of the past.

WORD explores the many uses of language by artists past and present. Among the diverse works on view are medieval illuminated manuscripts, Cubist collages, folk art sculptures, and Pop prints. All utilize language for sundry purposes, including storytelling, concrete poetry, and visual pattern. Among the contemporary artists included are Ed Ruscha, Cary Leibowitz, and Ohio natives Jenny Holzer and Ann Hamilton. Their works in WORD create a stimulating dialogue with historic works by artists such as Jean Clouet, Diego Rivera, and Norman Rockwell.

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amorosi, portrait of a boy with a plumed hatGreat Expectations: Aristocratic Children in European Portraiture
February 15 – June 8, 2008

This collection of 40 paintings from the Jakober Foundation collection (in Mallorca, Spain) features Old Master portraits of European royal and aristocratic children, including Louis XIII of France, Louis XV of France, Charles I of England, and Charles II of Spain. These portraits of children and adolescents open a window onto a fascinating world that has long passed. In societies governed by dynastic descent, children played a surprisingly important role as the portraits in this exhibition demonstrate. A boy might be thrust upon his country’s throne under the tutelage of a regent; a little girl could be betrothed to forge a foreign alliance. Political necessity as much as the natural interest to preserve their likenesses, accounts for many of the sumptuous portraits of royal and aristocratic children that have survived from the 16th through the 19th centuries. This exhibition was organized by the Trust for Museum Exhibitions.

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Currents: Jason Salavon
January 18 – May 4, 2008

Chicago artist Jason Salavon creates innovative video and photographic works at the intersection of art, information technology, and daily life. Using software processes of his own design, Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Reflecting a natural attraction to popular culture and the day-to-day, his work regularly incorporates common references and source data from movies, annual sales reports, and census data.

Currents is a new series of exhibitions showcasing leading edge work in a variety of media by emerging and established international artists.

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print of flowersEdna Boies Hopkins: Strong in Character, Colorful in Expression
December 14, 2007 – March 2, 2008

Edna Boies Hopkins was trained at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, with Arthur Wesley Dow in New York City, and became a color woodblock print maker of great sophistication. Edna moved to Paris in 1905, where she lived as an expatriate until the outbreak of World War I. Her success as a creator of floral studies and compositions grew rapidly, and her works appeared in numerous important collections. Edna’s international reputation became firmly established until her career was cut short by severe arthritis while she was in her early fifties.

This exhibition of fifty color woodblock prints covers Edna Boies Hopkins entire career and features her best-known subjects: floral compositions, figural works, especially those produced in Appalachia, and landscapes made in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

This exhibition will travel to the Springfield (OH) Museum of Art March 15 – June 1, 2008 and to the Provincetown (MA) Art Association and Museum June – August, 2008.

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to the amerikasAlong Water Street: New Work by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
July 6, 2007 – February 24, 2008

This summer, learn from Columbus artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson as she weaves the tale of the community that bordered the Scioto River in downtown Columbus before the monumental 1913 flood. Along Water Street is a new body of work by this renowned local artist. Richly layered, these works represent the stories Aminah carefully absorbed from her Uncle Alvin over a period of almost fifty years, from the time she was three years old in 1943 to her uncle’s death in 1990. Combining rags, buttons, shells, other found objects, pen and ink, and paint on paper, Aminah’s works are as complex and intricate as the stories she relates.

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Han Xin: Giverny Revisited
Through January 20, 2008

This exhibition showcases a local connection to the international In Monet’s Garden. The exhibition presents paintings on the theme of Giverny by Han Xin, a Chinese-born painter who formerly lived in Columbus. Han Xin was an artist-in-residence at Giverny in 1989. During this time, he painted his interpretations of the gardens, often from the same vantage point as Monet. Han Xin’s Giverny scenes are in public collections internationally as well as numerous private collections in central Ohio.

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In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny
October 12, 2007 – January 20, 2008

Columbus Museum of Art announces the third in our series of exhibitions inspired by works in our collection: In Monet’s Garden: The Lure of Giverny. This autumn, immerse yourself in the legacy of Monet’s breathtaking gardens at Giverny. Come discover why famed Impressionist Claude Monet and generations of artists thereafter have been enchanted by the sun-dappled, tranquil beauty of Giverny. Featuring one dozen paintings by Monet, including one of his celebrated Water Lilies, this exhibition also highlights works by American Impressionists and contemporary American artists. Columbus and Paris are the sole venues for this stunning show.

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Maya Lin: Topographic Landscape
Through January 6, 2008

Don’t miss the reinstallation of Maya Lin’s Topographic Landscape. Inspired by Lin’s experiences in the gently rolling hills of Athens, Ohio, where her parents settled after emigrating from China in the 1950s, this work provides a direct physical experience while simultaneously inviting us to imagine ourselves suspended above an infinite series of rolling hills.

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