Looking for a midweek pick-me-up? Come to Columbus Museum of Art on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM and gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on current exhibitions, CMA’s collection, and more as you hear personal and professional stories from guest speakers. Questions? Call 614.629.0359.
Exploring Open Borders
October 4, 2:00 PM
Take a visual journey to the American Southwest for a closer look at the current exhibition Open Borders: Pueblo Painting and Modernism in the American High Desert, 1920–1937. Michael Hall, Adjunct Curator of Folk Art, will discuss this exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Native American artists of the 1920s and 30s currently on view in Gallery 6, in an illustrated talk. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA and Ohio History Connection members.
SOLDOUT: Modern Art @ CMA – The Age of Impressionism
October 18, 2:00 PM
This program is the first in a series of lectures that focuses on the origins and development of modern art, with emphasis on CMA works. Ann Dumas, CMA Adjunct Curator of European Art and Curator at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London, looks at Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. The Impressionists captured the bright colors of sunlight in loose, detached brushstrokes, working outside in a style that was revolutionary at the time. They were followed by the Post-Impressionist generation of artists who worked in bolder styles that bordered on abstraction, often choosing themes drawn from fantasy and the imagination. Dumas traces the evolution of Impressionist and Post- Impressionist art, examining such CMA masterpieces as Monet’s Weeping Willows and Cézanne’s Portrait of Victor Chocquet and discusses the role of CMA’s Howard D. and Babette L. Sirak Collection. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members.
Curator’s View – Beyond Impressionism
October 25, 2:00 PM
Chief Curator David Stark provides an overview of Beyond Impressionism. This exhibition, consisting of works from a distinguished private European collection, features the many styles of French painting and printmaking that ourished at the turn of the 19th century. Stark explores exhibition themes, such as landscapes and cityscapes and lives of peasants and workers, and reveals how to identify various movements and styles that created a bridge to 20th-century abstraction including Symbolism, Pointillism, the Nabis, and Art Nouveau. The talk concludes with a look at the colorful posters of Toulouse-Lautrec, to which the origins of today’s celebrity culture can be traced. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members.
Mozart to Matisse: The Art of Spain
November 1, 2:00 PM
CMA, in partnership with Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) presents this afternoon series pairing lectures exploring works from CMA’s collection with chamber music performances. This event features a look at the Art of Spain with two great masters of modern art Francisco Goya and Salvador Dalí. Goya’s compelling, frequently dark images of Spanish life embody the essence of Romantic art. In the early 20th century, as the preeminent Surrealist, Dalí made visible our subconscious fantasies against the backdrop of World War II and its aftermath. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members.
Facing a New Century: OSU in the Time of George Bellows (1900-1904)
November 15, 2:00 PM
Join Bill Shkurti, former OSU VP for business and finance, for a vision of what the OSU campus was like during the years in which George Bellows made his set of drawings of student life that are currently on view. The presentation includes evocative photographs from the period, as well an interactive discussion with the audience. Shkurti retired in 2010 after 20 years at Ohio State and is the author of The Ohio State University in the Sixties: The Unraveling of the Old Order, published by OSU Press in 2016. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members.
Dance and the Art of Impressionism
November 29, 2:00 PM
In collaboration with BalletMet Columbus, CMA presents a program featuring BalletMet Academy Director Maria Toriga, Ph.D, exploring the relationship between dance and art of the fin-de-siècle paired with selected dances by BalletMet’s Performance Academy, including the basics of ballet and the Can-Can. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members.
The Christmas Story in Art
December 13, 2:00 PM
In this holiday-themed lecture, David Stark, chief curator, looks at depictions of the Christmas story in art, including examples from the CMA’s permanent collection and works from other museums. See the striking range of styles used to portray the Annunciation, the Adoration, the Gifts of the Magi, and other episodes of the story that have inspired viewers of the past and still resonate with today’s audiences. Selections of Christmas-themed music accompany the lecture. Cost of the program is $20 for nonmembers (includes general admission) and $5 for CMA members.