Wednesdays @ 2 Behind the Scenes Talks

Looking for a midweek pick-me-up? Join 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.

Wednesdays@2 will now take place either virtually via Zoom or in person at the Museum. Register to receive the Zoom link. Questions? Call 614.629.0359.

You can also view past Wednesdays@2 talks on YouTube such as The Artist’s Eye: CMA’s Modern Art Masterpieces, and Aminah Robinson & The Spirit of Home, and more.

The Art of Rembrandt

February 10, 2:00 PM
This illustrated talk on the art of Rembrandt will survey the life and works of the renowned Dutch artist of the 17th century, famed for his paintings, prints, and drawings produced during the height of Holland’s prosperity and cultural prestige. The online presentation led by CMA curator David Stark, will trace the rise of Rembrandt from his humble beginnings to a life of success and affluence in Amsterdam, followed by final years of hardship. The humanity that infuses his art, his masterful handling of light and shadow, and the evolution of his style will be viewed through his self-portraits, Biblical subjects, and masterpieces including the iconic Night Watch. This program is offered in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film My Rembrandt (2019), to be released on January 22 by the Gateway Film Center. This Dutch film explores the world of European collectors of works by Rembrandt, including a present-day descendant of Jan Six, the subject of one of Rembrandt’s most famous portraits.


Raggin’ On Conversation

February 17, 2:00 PM
How can art and art institutions disrupt systematic racism? Panelists and exhibition catalog contributors Ramona Austin and Lisa Farrington will explore this idea through the lens of Aminah Robinson’s art in conversation with curators Carole Genshaft and Deidre Hamlar.  

Ramona Austin has over three decades of professional experience in the arts and art education, including positions at Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at Old Dominion University, Hampton University Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and Dallas Museum of Art. Her expertise is in African art, African retentions in African American art, and the artistic traditions of the African Diaspora. Lisa Farrington is the Associate Dean of Fine Arts at Howard University and founding chair emeritus of the Art & Music Department at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She specializes in race and gender in visual culture, African American art, modern art, and Haitian art and vodou culture. 


The Book of Kells
March 17, 2:00 PM
Join CMA Curator David Stark for a special St. Patrick’s Day edition of Wednesdays@2. David’s topic will be the Book of Kells. Produced by Irish monks in the 8th century, this medieval masterpiece is one of the most visually stunning manuscripts of the Middle Ages to have survived to the present day. It even inspired an Oscar-nominated, animated film, The Secret of Kellsreleased in 2009. The online art talk will include a look at the imagery, style and technique of the legendary book, which features intriguing symbolism, hypnotic, interlaced designs and patterns–and a blonde Christ. A brief survey of Celtic crosses and other Irish manuscripts will conclude the program.


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