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Director's Welcome

With a quarter century of amazing artistry behind us, I hope by now you’ve come to recognize the Wexner Center as an indispensable forum for unique cultural encounters and experiences. A place that propels creative discovery as it fuels artistic expression; a place where just about anything can happen (and does). You won’t want to miss the array of exemplary talent at the Wex this season.

Filling our galleries through December 27, After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists offers the perfect bookend to Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, which featured 19 works by Picasso and inaugurated our 25th anniversary season last fall. The exhibition takes a fascinating look at Picasso’s seismic impact on modern and contemporary art, gathering nearly 150 works by such international figures as Kader Attia, Maurizio Cattelan, Marlene Dumas, Rachel Harrison, Thomas Houseago, Jasper Johns, Martin Kippenberger, Louise Lawler, Roy Lichtenstein, Sigmar Polke, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Fred Wilson, and Heimo Zobernig.

Our annual Lambert Family Lecture, on November 13, will feature Diana Widmaier Picasso, the artist’s granddaughter and co-curator of Picasso.mania (now on view at the Grand Palais in Paris), along with Jack Cowart, executive director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. It’s sure to be a lively discussion about the creative forces at play—both reverent and not—across multiple generations of artists.

With inspired performances from Linda Oh and the Bad Plus Joshua Redman, our exceptional 2015–16 jazz season continues with Kneedelus: A Live Collaboration between Kneebody + Daedelus and the Julian Lage Trio. Watch for lots more talent on tap in our Black Box Performance Space, rightfully acclaimed as the best room for jazz in town.

Film audiences reveled in Picture Lock, a weekend festival gathering more than a dozen filmmakers for screenings and conversations celebrating 25 years of new work produced in our Film/Video Studio by over 300 artists. And of course, our annual international Zoom: Family Film Festival kicks off the holiday season with cinematic gifts from around the world.

These are but a few of the season highlights that together make the Wex an essential “import/export” hub for the best in global culture—whether for gallery, stage, or screen. And it’s so easy to take part; you’re always welcome at the Wex!

Best wishes,

Sherri Geldin