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Always CMA

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989

Twentieth Century Hustlers

Folk Art Road Trip: Travels with Modernism’s Utility Infielder

Ivy Atoms: 2019 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition


Always CMA
Through 2020

Always CMA is a photo interactive artwork by Columbus-based artist Melissa Vogley Woods. The work is fabricated from engineering grade high-intensity reflective vinyl, and stretches along the glass overhang above the pathway to the entrance of the Columbus Museum of Art.

In 1919, just as the Spanish flu was ending, Louis Bouché painted Still Life with Flowers—a beautiful depiction of colorful, lively flowers. Bouché’s painting was gifted to the Museum by Ferdinand Howald in 1931, as part of a large collection of American and European Modernism that became the foundation of its collection. Nearly a century later, in the midst of a different global pandemic, Vogley Woods re-envisioned Bouché’s painting as a radiant reminder that even the most challenging moments, too, shall pass.

Louis Bouché, American, 1896-1969, Still Life with Flowers, 1919, Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in. (60.96 x 50.8 cm), Gift of Ferdinand Howald

Throughout the day, the piece creates a dynamic web of shadows that move and stretch like a sundial. However, visitors are strongly encouraged to visit the piece at night, when they can co-create the most luminescent version of the artwork. In the dark, the pattern must be “activated” by the viewer through the use of cell phone flash photography, or cell phone flashlight. Once the light source hits the work, it becomes incandescent, shining back at the viewer from her particular vantage point.

Each digital image of the work is distinct, and viewers can share their unique versions of the work by using the hashtag #alwayscma. QR codes on the work’s signage will connect visitors to interactive elements and to additional background information about this project.

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989
Through October 4, 2020

“One of the Most Important Exhibitions of the Decade”

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, this long-awaited and groundbreaking survey features more than 200 works of art and related visual materials that explore the profound impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) Civil-Rights movement on the art world. It presents a diverse group of artists and activists who lived and worked at the intersections of avant-garde art worlds, radical political movements, and profound social change. The exhibition focuses on both the work of openly LGBTQ artists as well as the practices of artists in terms of their engagement with newly emerging queer subcultures. Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 highlights a wide array of conceptual, performance, film, and video art, as well as photography, painting, sculpture, music, along with historical documents and images taken from magazines, newspapers and television.

Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 is organized by the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. The exhibition is curated by artist and art historian Jonathan Weinberg, currently a critic at the Yale School of Art, in concert with Tyler Cann, CMA’s Head of Exhibitions and Pizzuti Family Curator of Contemporary Art, and Drew Sawyer, the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography at the Brooklyn Museum (formerly William J. & Sarah Ross Soter Associate Curator of Photography at CMA).

Artists in Art After Stonewall
Vito Acconci | ACT UP | Laura Aguilar | Diane Arbus | David Armstrong | Luis Cruz Azaceta | Azalea Collective | Judith F. Baca | Don Bachardy | Norma Bahia Pontes | Alvin Baltrop | Crawford Barton | Jean-Michel Basquiat | Lynda Benglis | Sadie Benning | Shirley Bernstein | Nayland Blake | Lula Mae Blocton | Louise Bourgeois | Deborah Bright | Kaucylia Brooke | Scott Burton | John Button | Cathy Cade | Jerome Caja | Judy Chicago | Lenore Chinn | The Cockettes | Arch Connelly | Tee A. Corinne | Honey Lee Cottrell | Jackie Curtis | Diana Davies | Vaginal Davis | Greg Day | Jimmy DeSana | Sandra DeSando | Shari Diamond | DIVA TV | Angela Douglas | Mario Dubsky | Mary Beth Edelson | Maxine Fine | Leonard Fink | Hal Fischer | Louise Fishman | Lola Flash | Robert Ford | Rink Foto | Luis Frangella | Nancy Fried | Anthony Friedkin | The Gay Liberation Front | Robert Gober | Nan Goldin | Felix Gonzalez-Torres | Donna Gottschalk | Gran Fury | Timothy Greenfield-Sanders | Roberta Gregory | Michela Griffo | Nancy Grossman | Group Material | Sunil Gupta | Morgan Gwenwald | Frank Hallam | Barbara Hammer | Harmony Hammond | Keith Haring | Lyle Ashton Harris | John Burton Harter | Fayette Hauser | Geoffrey Hendricks | Barkley L. Hendricks | Heresies Collective | David Hockney | Delmas Howe | Peter Hujar | JEB (Joan E. Biren) | Jill Johnson | G.B. Jones | Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland) | Kay Tobin Lahusen | Bettye Lane Thomas | Lanigan-Schmidt | Greer Lankton | Annie Leibovitz | Emma Levesque-Schaefer | Sheila Levrant de Bretteville | Marc Lida | Bobby T Luck | Charles Ludlam | Christopher Makos | Robert Mapplethorpe | Lee Mason | Gordon Matta-Clark | Dona Ann McAdams | Marlene McCarty | Fred W. McDarrah | McDermott & McGough | Ann Patricia Meredith | Duane Michals | Kate Millett | Frank Moore | Rita Moreira | Robert Morris | Mark Morrisroe | Leon Mostovoy | The NAMES Project | Tova Navarra | Alice Neel | Catherine Opie | Twinkle Panda | Phranc | Jack Pierson | Marion Pinto | Adrian Piper | Corbett Reynolds | Marlon T. Riggs | Adam Rolston | Rob Hugh Rosen | Irare Sabasu | Samois | Sebastian | Shelly Seccombe | Prince Shakur | Jack Shear | Ellen Shumsky | The Silence = Death Project | Amy Sillman | Jack Smith | Kiki Smith | Joan Snyder | Stanley Stellar | Andreas Sterzing | Tabboo! | Tava (Gustav von Will) | Gail Thacker | Mildred Thompson | Arthur Tress | Carmelita Tropicana | Tseng Kwong Chi | Ellen Turner | Ultra-Red and the Vogue’ology Collective | Visual AIDS | Del LaGrace Volcano | E.K. Waller | Andy Warhol | Fran Winant | Mary Wings | David Wojnarowicz | Martin Wong | Holly Woodlawn

The exhibition opened in New York City at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University (April 24 – July 20, 2019) and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (April 24 – July 21, 2019), before being presented at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, Florida (September 14, 2019-January 6, 2020), and the Columbus Museum of Art (March 6-May 31, 2020).

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated 300-page catalogue with essays by more than 20 established and emerging scholars as well as entries by artists, including Andrew Durbin, Harmony Hammond, Lyle Ashton-Harris, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Richard Meyer, Flavia Rando, Alpesh Patel, Christopher Reed, Chris Vargas, and Margaret Vendryes.

Twentieth Century Hustlers
Through 1/10/21

Columbus Museum of Art is proud to premier Twentieth Century Hustlers. by the Chicago-based artist Geof Oppenheimer. Commissioned by the Museum and shot in Dublin and Whitehall, Ohio, the work centers on the physical, technological, and psychological conditions of labor in the post-industrial world.

Set on a monitor jutting out from the ceiling and surrounded by office chairs, the video is comprised of two chapters. In the first, a strange pink glow suffuses a late-model Lincoln Town Car as it glides between the mirrored buildings of an anonymous office park. Among the three archetypal characters in the back seat, business jargon becomes oracular poetry, and the powerful seem overtaken by a situation they do not fully comprehend.

The second chapter, set in a café, relays a middle-aged man’s enigmatic story of displacement, loss, and what it means to strive in an unstable world. The scene borrows structures and language from Ohio Impromptu, a short play by the renowned literary figure Samuel Beckett. Beckett’s play, which premiered in Columbus in 1981, uses a doubled figure that speaks in the third person while telling his (their?) story of how they “sat on as though turned to stone,” and “with never a word exchanged they grew to be as one.” Twentieth Century Hustlers. transposes Beckett’s tale of estranged love into one about the nameless, fearful symptoms of our economic and social reality.

Twentieth Century Hustlers. is supported by the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation.

Folk Art Road Trip: Travels with Modernism’s Utility Infielder

Folk Art Road Trip presents a stellar mix of vanguard and vernacular artworks from CMA’s collection in a visual narrative that celebrates how mainstream modern artists from Elie Nadelman to Andy Warhol, “found” and “invented” political, aesthetic, and spiritual utility for the art of their folk and self-taught counterparts.

Ivy Atoms: 2019 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition
Through 8.23.20

Ivy Atoms is the winner and featured artist of the 2019 Columbus Comics Residency. Her 2018 book Pinky & PepperForever, a dark comedy about two young artists whose relationship continues into the afterlife, earned her a nomination for Outstanding Artist at the 2018 Ignatz Awards. It was also named one of the best LGBTQ graphic novels of 2018 by The Advocate.

Each year, a committee of local comic critics, curators, and creators seek graphic artists from outside Columbus who demonstrate an experimental approach to creating comics and graphic novels. The four-week residency is designed to provide the winner with an opportunity to develop a work-in-progress and to exhibit their work at CMA.

Ivy Atoms’ residency includes collaborations with Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) and CCAD. Ivy Atoms will serve as a Special Guest of CXC, which will be held September 26 – 29, 2019. CXC is a multi-faceted, yearly festival celebrating comics and cartooning, the city of Columbus, and cartoonists worldwide.In addition, Ivy Atoms will be interviewed at CMA on the last day of CXC, Sunday, September 29, at 11:00 am. During her residency, Ivy Atoms will stay in the visiting artist residence on the CCAD campus.

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