Columbus, OH—Acclaimed playwright/director Young Jean Lee returns to the Wexner Center for the Arts April 10–13 for the world premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, a provocative new work presented with an all-star cast (Austin Pendleton, Scott Shepherd, Pete Simpson, and James Stanley) and finalized through the support of the Wexner Center Residency Award program.
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Playwright and director Young Jean Lee returns to Wex for residency and world premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
Wexner Center announces Sherri Geldin Innovation Fund
Columbus, OH—In honor of Sherri Geldin’s 20th anniversary as director of the Wexner Center for the Arts, Wexner Center Foundation Chair Leslie H. Wexner and Ohio State Interim President and Vice-Chair of the Wexner Center Foundation Joseph A. Alutto have announced the creation of the Sherri Geldin Innovation Fund. The endowed fund will provide financial resources to pursue special research projects and unique initiatives above and beyond the center’s annual budget and its already robust array of programming. To date, nearly $600,000 has been raised by Wexner Center Foundation trustees alone, with more fundraising yet to occur. C. Robert Kidder, director of Morgan Stanley and of Merck & Co., Inc., supplied the lead gift, while Abigail Wexner spearheaded establishing the fund with fellow Wexner Center Foundation trustees.
Neutral Milk Hotel Headline 2014 Next @ Wex fest
Circulatory System and Connections join for July 20 show benefitting Wex and CD102.5 for the Kids
ust announced: Neutral Milk Hotel featuring Jeff Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes will headline this year’s Next@Wex Fest, a special collaborative event presented by PromoWest Productions in association with Wexner Center for the Arts and CD102.5 FM at the LC Outdoor Pavilion, 405 Neil Avenue in the Arena District, on Sunday, July 20. Doors open at 6 pm.
Tickets for the Next@Wex Fest are $30.50 in advance for all audiences or $33 day of show. Price includes $1 per ticket to benefit Children of the Blue Sky.
Tickets go on sale to Neutral Milk Hotel fan club members Wednesday, February 5 at 10 am via Crowdsurge. Wexner Center members can buy presale tickets on Thursday, February 6 at 10 am using a Ticketmaster code. Public ticket sales begin at noon on Friday, February 7 at Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Statewide Call for Entries to Ohio Shorts 2014
Columbus, OH—Film- and video-makers: we want you! The Wexner Center is now accepting submissions for the Ohio Shorts 2014 juried short film and video showcase, for both the Adult and Youth divisions. Entries for this event will be accepted through Friday, March 14 at 5 pm. Selected entries for the Youth Division will be screened Monday, April 7, beginning with a party at 6 pm in the Heirloom café, with the screening following in the center’s Film/Video Theater. The Adult Division screening will be on Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm in the Film/Video Theater, with a reception in the café space afterward.
Via Brasil Brings Focus On Brazilian Art & Culture
Multidisciplinary, Multiyear Initiative Features Major Exhibition & Film Series
Via Brasil is the Wexner Center's interdisciplinary, multiyear initiative focusing on the vibrant culture of Brazil, made possible by a $782,000 grant awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Wexner Center has developed an integrated array of programs spanning its exhibition, film/video, and education departments, along with complementary programming from our performing arts department, to advance understanding and appreciation of contemporary art in Brazil.
North America’s Largest Survey Of Brazilian Documentaries Begins at the Wex Next Month
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary, a presentation of more than 30 contemporary documentaries rarely screened outside of Brazil, will screen January through April, 2014 at the Wexner Center. Organized by Chris Stults, associate curator for film/video at the center, this is the largest series of Brazilian documentaries ever presented in North America and includes 24 feature films and 15 short films, dating from 1974 to the present, as well as several visiting filmmaker appearances.
Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil Opens February 1
February 1–April 20, 2014, the Wexner Center for the Arts will present the major exhibition Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, among the most ambitious exhibitions in the center’s 25-year history. Cruzamentos is the result of more than three years of curatorial research and travel by Wexner Center staff, features 80 artworks by 35 artists (many of whom have never widely exhibited in the US), working across virtually all genres and a full range of artistic practices. Cruzamentos represents the largest exhibition of contemporary Brazilian art ever to be presented in North America and stems from a generous grant to the Wexner Center from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Via Brasil Goes Online with New Website
As it readies for the culmination of Via Brasil, a multiyear initiative exploring the art and culture of Brazil, the Wexner Center has launched a new companion website, wexarts.org/viabrasil. This dynamic and complex site serves as a resource regarding the center’s formal in-depth inquiry into contemporary art in Brazil and provides context for the rise of the country’s vibrant visual arts culture.
Retrospective: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italian director’s singular filmography will screen in January and February
Columbus, OH—The next two months will see the Wex present a nearly complete retrospective of work by famed director Pier Paolo Pasolini, with many titles screening in newly restored 35mm prints.
Best known in the US as one of the great Italian postwar filmmakers, Pasolini was also an influential, outspoken, and openly gay poet, novelist, critic, journalist, playwright, and painter who held seemingly conflicting philosophies as both a Marxist and a Catholic, and was a staunch leftist who once spoke out against left-wing student protests in favor of the working-class police.
Winter/Spring 2014 Season Announced
The upcoming season at the Wex will see the culmination of Via Brasil—the four-year initiative focusing on the vibrant culture of Brazil—in a major exhibition, Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil; an expansive film series, Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary; education programs; and performing arts programming. Member presale began Sunday, December 1; tickets are on sale to the general public beginning on December 12.