Columbus Museum of Art Reopens Pizzuti Collection of CMA on Aug. 28

An inspiring, immersive installation by multi-disciplinary artist Nina Katchadourian and a solo presentation by Columbus-based artist Bruce Robinson will be on view

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) is pleased to announce the reopening of the Pizzuti Collection of CMA in the city’s Short North district. The Pizzuti Collection of CMA was temporarily shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. It will reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 28 with new operating hours of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. CMA Members have the opportunity for a first look during Member Preview Day on Friday, Aug. 27.

The reopening will feature two new exhibitions, along with the installation of a favorite work from the CMA Collection, Nocturne Navigator by Alison Saar. On the third floor, the Museum will feature Bruce Robinson: Flutterby, a solo presentation of painting and sculpture by the longstanding Columbus-based artist and educator. The exhibition presents a range of the artist’s shaped plywood paintings and assemblages that address movement and the body, drawing especially on African American history, accomplishments, and experience.

The main level of the Pizzuti Collection of CMA will feature a solo exhibition by multi-disciplinary artist Nina Katchadourian. An immersive and deeply personal work about resourcefulness, hope and creative capacity under duress, Katchadourian’s To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World is fitting as the museum and the world emerge from crisis. In June 1972, the Robertson family was cast adrift in a lifeboat and dinghy when a pod of orcas sank the schooner Lucette on which they lived. Their remarkable tale of survival was first recounted in Dougal Robertson’s bestselling “Survive the Savage Sea” (1973), a book that has fascinated the artist since childhood. For this project – which was developed during the pandemic – Katchadourian interviewed the family’s oldest son, Douglas Robertson, over a period of 38 days that corresponded with the timeline of their harrowing ordeal.

Featuring Katchadourian’s life-size paper models of an orca, as well as every animal the Robertsons caught and ate, To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World invites viewers into a personal-museological exhibition of videos, sculptures, photographs, drawings, text message exchanges and excerpts from the nearly 50 hours of audio recordings. The galleries, painted deep blue, become a vessel for the story of the shipwreck and the intimate conversation between Robertson and Katchadourian. At a moment when so many have endured loss, isolation and uncertainty, To Feel Something That Was Not of Our World is an inspiring story of connection, creativity and endurance.

Katchadourian’s work is in public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Morgan Library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Margulies Collection, and Saatchi Gallery. She has won grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Grönkvistska Foundation, and the Nancy Graves Foundation. Her repertoire of work includes video, performance, sound, sculpture, photography and public projects. Katchadourian lives and works in Brooklyn and Berlin, and she is a Clinical Full Professor on the faculty of NYU Gallatin. She is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery and Pace Gallery.

About Columbus Museum of Art and Pizzuti Collection of Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art, located at 480 East Broad Street, creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Arts; Bette Wallach Fund for Columbus; and Richard G. and Mary Jo Seyler funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Café and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. General admission is $18 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (18+) and children 4 and older; free for members and children 3 and younger; $5 on Thursday evenings (5-9 p.m.). A separate admission fee of $8 applies for special exhibition, Raggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s House and Journals; $5 on Thursday evenings (5-9 p.m.). General admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA charges a flat rate of $5 for parking in the Museum’s East Gay lot. CMA members park for free. Tickets and updates are available at and through CMA’s social media channels @columbusmuseum.

In January 2019, the Pizzuti Collection was gifted to CMA, creating the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, a second location for the Museum. Founded by Ron and Ann Pizzuti in 2011, the Pizzuti Collection was a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that operated as a museum. The Pizzutis are recognized nationally and internationally for their contemporary art collection and their decades-long passion for supporting global contemporary artists.

Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, located at 632 North Park Street, will be open Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, seniors and children 4+, or free with proof of purchase of $5 or more in the Short North shopping district within 24 hours. CMA Members are always free. Parking is available at meters, lots and garages throughout the Short North. For additional information, call 614.221.6801, or find us on Facebook and Instagram @pizzuticollection.

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