Inaugural Exhibitions Announced for Columbus Museum of Art New Wing


The Columbus Museum of Art announces the opening exhibitions for the Museum’s newly built 50,000-square-foot addition. On October 25, 2015, the doors to the new wing are opened to the public and visitors will experience Keeping Pace: Eva Glimcher and Pace/Columbus and Imperfections By Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954–1966.

Keeping Pace, on view through January 17, 2016, focuses on the impact that Pace Gallery had on the Columbus arts community. Pace, founded by Arne Glimcher in 1960, is today an important contemporary art gallery with eight locations in New York, London, Beijing and Hong Kong. Between 1965 and 1982 there was also Pace/Columbus, run by the charismatic gallerist Eva Glimcher. Situated on Broad Street just blocks from the Columbus Museum of Art, Pace held a series of exhibitions by significant contemporary artists, and had a strong impact on the appreciation of, and support for, art in the city. Keeping Pace, looks back at this history, focusing on the work of six artists who showed at Pace/Columbus: Jim Dine, Jean Dubuffet, Louise Nevelson, Lucas Samaras, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. In Columbus as in the larger world, these artists helped transform the sense of what art can be.

The exhibition will feature pieces shown at Pace/Columbus along with other works on loan from Pace Gallery and the private collection of Herb and Dee Dee Glimcher, among others. A documentary film about Eva Glimcher and Pace/Columbus will also accompany the exhibition.

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Imperfections By Chance, on view through January 10, 2016, explores the legacy of the modernist artist Paul Feeley (1910-1966), whose paintings and sculptures are characterized by bright colors and undulating forms that are often poised between representation and abstraction. Feeley held an influential position as a professor at Bennington College in Vermont, where he helped make the school an ambitious cultural outpost in the 1950s and sixties. He organized or co-organized important early exhibitions of Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Barnett Newman, and was himself honored with a 1968 memorial retrospective at the Solomon S. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Imperfections by Chance is the first major retrospective of Feeley’s work since that time. This exhibition was organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art. It is co-curated by Tyler Cann, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art and Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator Emeritus at the Albright-Knox. The exhibition is also accompanied by a fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, featuring illuminating essays on Paul Feeley and his work by Dreishpoon, Cann, and Raphael Rubinstein.

Read more: Fall Shows Usher in New Wing at Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Dispatch, April 26, 2015

(Photos: Top: Jean Dubuffet, Pantalon d’Equinoxe © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris; Bottom: Caligula, 1960 by Paul Feeley, Estate of Paul Feeley Garth Greenan Gallery, New York)