Greetings, saudações, and a warm (spring!) welcome from everyone at the Wexner Center for the Arts!
The first months of 2014 have sped by in a veritable blur of activity, as we immersed ourselves in the culmination of Via Brasil, our multiyear initiative celebrating Brazil’s vibrant arts and culture. On January 31, we welcomed some 1,500 people—including the Honorable Mauro Vieira, the Ambassador of Brazil to the US, and incoming Ohio State President Michael Drake—to the opening of Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, North America’s largest survey to date of contemporary Brazilian art.
Alongside the exhibition, we’ve presented Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, the most comprehensive film series of its kind ever screened the US. After concluding here on April 3, the program travels to the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; and the National Gallery of Art and American University in Washington, DC.
Cross-disciplinary from start to finish, Via Brasil includes the performing arts as well as numerous educational programs—notably a symposium on March 27 that brings together several Cruzamentos artists, filmmakers, and curators, as well as scholars from Ohio State and Brazil. Via Brasil events continue in April (and beyond), and we invite you to explore them on our dedicated website, wexarts.org/viabrasil.
With the arrival of spring there’s just a moment to catch our collective breath before the much-anticipated world premiere of Young Jean Lee’s STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award Project, which runs April 10–13. On May 16, we celebrate the opening of Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, along with a separate exhibition that the artist has curated from Ohio State’s renowned Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. And of course, we all look forward to the first of this season’s Wex Drive-In screenings on June 19.
All the while, everyone at the center is at work on an array of stellar programs and events with which to mark the inauguration of our 25th anniversary year this fall. Stay tuned to wexarts.org for an official announcement and, meanwhile, happy spring!