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Caravaggio: Behold the Man

October 21, 2011 - February 12. 2012
Ground Control: Lollypop

October 1, 2011 - January 1, 2012
Ground Control: Beatles Uber California Kota Ezawa

July 1, 2011 - September 29, 2011
Sidney Chafetz Prints

July 15, 2011 - September 25, 2011
Street Talk and Spritual Matters: Aminah's Mount Vernon Avenue

May 20, 2011 - September 4, 2011
Currents: Stephanie Syjuco: Pattern Migration

June 24, 2011 - September 4, 2011
2011 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition

April 29, 2011 - July 3, 2011
Ground Control: Black Ghost Blues Redux Charles Gaines and Hoyun Sun

April 1, 2011 - June 30, 2011
Fur, Fins & Feathers

July 6, 2010 – June 5, 2011
Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photography

February 4, 2011 - April 24, 2011
The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis

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

October 8, 2010 - January 16, 2011
Chihuly Illuminated

September 25, 2009 - July 4, 2010
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



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.


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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.


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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.


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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.



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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.


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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.


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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.




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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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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.


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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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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.


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.



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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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To 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.


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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.


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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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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.


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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