Exhibitions

2009 Exhibitions

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

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

Ohio Art League
June 5 – October 4, 2009

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

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

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

To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum
February 13 – June 7, 2009

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

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

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.

 

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Obama speaks at the CapitolKojo: 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.

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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.

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LunchGeorge 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.

Watch part 1 of a three-part video series covering George Tooker’s life and art:

Click here to view parts 2 and 3 of the video on the Web.

Sponsored by National City

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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.

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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.

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Anthropoid coffin of the servant of the Great Place, TetiTo Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum
February 13 – June 7, 2009

Life after death was one of the primary cultural beliefs through thousands of years of Egyptian civilization. The ancient Egyptians regarded death as an enemy who could be defeated through luck and proper preparation. To Live Forever draws on important ancient Egyptian monuments of beauty and significance from the superb collection of the Brooklyn Museum to illustrate Egyptian strategies for defeating death and living forever. This exhibition includes some 109 works including some of the greatest masterworks of the Egyptian artistic tradition.

To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum is sponsored by Huntington Bank.

Visit the To Live Forever website»

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William Christenberry photographWilliam 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.

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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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