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Columbia, South Carolina
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REMIX


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REMIX
February 5 - May 3

REMIX highlights the practice among many African-American artists of refashioning themes, ideas, and objects in new ways.

The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) opens a new year of programming by presenting a major exhibition featuring some of the most important artists of the 20th century and today. REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art and its accompanying catalogue focus on work that reassembles and reconfigures prior sources from history and culture into new works of art. The 45 works in the show represent some of the most innovative and influential African-American artists including Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, and Romare Bearden, alongside contemporary superstars like Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, and Fahamu Pecou. Nine South Carolina artists are included such as Leo Twiggs, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Colin Quashie. This show is curated and organized by the CMA, which is its only venue.

“The CMA belongs to an era where a conscious invitation to hear all voices is the underpinning of the work we do every day,” says Executive Director Karen Brosius. “We are the first museum to explore the underlying thesis that many dynamic African-American artists have taken their inspiration from images, stories, and styles of the past and remade them through their own unique perspectives, imbuing them with a fresh context and often a whole new meaning.”

The lively form of the works – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, video, and textiles – showcase diverse styles that explore the American experience. “In the face of our current divisive political climate, it is important to deconstruct the master narrative,” says Jonell Logan, independent curator specializing in contemporary American art and REMIX essayist. “REMIX provides us that opportunity - to include more voices in the conversation of history, identity, and the image - and to provide a truer picture of what our world, our society looks like.”

The Columbia Museum of Art has a long history of presenting exhibitions featuring African-American art and African cultural heritage – more than 40 years, beginning in 1972. In addition to the more than 25 exhibitions, the museum’s collection includes works by more than 35 African-American artists, including Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Joseph Norman, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Betye Saar, Carrie Mae Weems, Willie Cole, and others.

The exhibition opens on Friday, February 5, and runs through May 3. The CMA is offering free admission to the exhibition during regular public hours on opening weekend (February 5 - 7), courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. “REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art will unite our community and present a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art from a unique perspective,” says President and CEO David Pankau. “BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is thrilled to serve as the Title Sponsor for this extraordinary exhibition. We’ve been proud to partner with the Columbia Museum of Art for more than 20 years and look forward to continuing our work together as we educate and inspire our community through the power of creativity.”

REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art is made possible through support of our sponsors and national foundations. Presented by Title Sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Foundation Sponsor Henry Luce Foundation. Supporting Sponsors: Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Susan Thorpe and John Baynes, U.S. Trust. Contributing Sponsors: Adam and Reese, LLP, Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Gimarc, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, and Smith Family Foundation. Grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

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