Greetings and welcome to wexarts.org! As you may know, we are in the midst of our 25th Anniversary Season—celebrated with a year of remarkable exhibitions, performances, films, artists’ residencies, and educational opportunities for all ages.
Anchoring this milestone year, of course, was the unprecedented exhibition Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, featuring an exquisite and in-depth concentration of works by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet, among others. In a splendid gesture of civic generosity, Leslie and Abigail Wexner lent the entirety of their modern and contemporary collection to the center in an exhibition curated by noted art historian Robert Storr and amplified by lectures, discussions, and video presentations by leading international artists and cultural commentators. As Steven Litt of the Plain Dealer noted, it was without doubt “a significant moment in the cultural life of the state.”
The region’s premiere screening of Boyhood, introduced by its audacious director, Richard Linklater; a rapturously received performance by Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet in Landfall; visits by acclaimed filmmakers Catherine Breillat and Terry Zwigoff; an extraordinary new theater production, The Events, by David Greig; our first Cinema Revival festival; and riveting public lectures by such luminaries as T. J. Clark, Kerry James Marshall, Lucy Lippard, and Zadie Smith—these are but a few of the unforgettable moments exemplifying the artistry and creative combustion to be found at the Wex in this special anniversary season, and always.
And there’s more in store, including the world premiere of Ann Hamilton and SITI Company’s the theater is a blank page this April. The first full collaboration between the celebrated visual artist and theater innovators, this immersive performance experience will be completed here with the support of a shared Wexner Center Artist Residency Award. This spring and summer, we’ll present a recent series of portraits and landscapes by influential photographer Catherine Opie.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our members, patrons, advocates, artists, and friends who—year in and year out—make such exceptional programs and cultural experiences possible.