“Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj fuses a fascinating mix of fashion, art, and pop culture in his striking work.”—Harper’s Bazaar
Recent Press Releases
New video installation by Hassan Hajjaj makes Midwest debut in February
Three-channel video work documents "rock star" performers from around the world
Catherine Opie: Portraits and Landscapes opens May 16
New work by the seminal American photographer includes portraits of Matthew Barney, Kara Walker, John Baldessari, Jonathan Franzen, Diana Nyad, and Miranda July
First retrospective of boundary-pushing artist Jack Whitten opens in May
Career-spanning exhibition highlights five decades of work by the groundbreaking painter
“Celebrates...a career dedicated to infusing abstraction with political and social content.”—ARTNews
Belle and Sebastian Headline 2015 Next@Wex Fest
Scottish Folk-Pop Band Return 12 Years After Last Columbus Performance; Show Benefits Wex and CD102.5 for The Kids
Columbus, OH—Just announced: indie rock icons Belle and Sebastian will headline this year’s Next@Wex Fest, presented by PromoWest Productions in association with Wexner Center for the Arts and CD102.5 FM at the LC Outdoor Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. in the Arena District, on Sunday, June 14. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, January 16, and can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com. Next@Wex Fest tickets are $32 in advance for all audiences or $35 day of show.
Wexner Center receives NEA Art Works Grant
Columbus, OH—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu has announced that the Wexner Center for the Arts is one of 919 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Center is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support a series of residencies and commissions by choreographer/dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium), filmmaker Liza Johnson (United States), as well as composer and vocal artist Samita Sinha (United States) in collaboration with video artist/sculptor Dani Leventhal (United States). In addition to residency activities, the artists will participate in discussions, master classes, staged readings, and film screenings.
ZOOM: Family Film Festival Returns for its 11th Year
Movies From All Seven Continents, Family Activities, Pajama Party, and More Highlight Annual Favorite
The Wex’s Zoom: Family Film Festival returns for its 11th year with a fantastic, family-friendly selection of films at incredibly affordable prices—and free, all-ages activities—December 4–7, 2014 (plus a bonus Stooge-a-thon “warm up” the day after Thanksgiving, November 28).
Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet Perform Their First Collaboration, Landfall, at the Wex
Composer, musician, and performance art pioneer Laurie Anderson and new music standard bearers Kronos Quartet unite at the Wex for one night only, Saturday, October 11 at 8 pm for Landfall, an original work composed by Anderson for Kronos—and one that is a highlight of the center’s 25th Anniversary Season, as well as a prime example of how the center’s earliest objectives and founding promise as a unique multidisciplinary arts center have been realized since its launch in 1989. It was then, at the center’s November 1989 dedication event that Anderson and Kronos first met backstage and Kronos’s David Harrington first suggested to Anderson that they should collaborate in the future. In Landfall, the Wex audience will witness how, 25 years later, that spark caught fire.
Weinland Park Story Book debuts with June 29 celebration
Graphic anthology features work of more than 40 area artists, coupled with neighborhood stories
In celebration of the publication of the Weinland Park Story Book, a graphic anthology based on short stories and anecdotes from the neighborhood, the Wexner Center and Weinland Park community will host a family-friendly artists’ reception 2–4 pm Sunday, June 29, at the Godman Guild Association, 303 E. 6th Ave.
Retrospective: Richard Linklater
Series includes visit from Linklater to introduce Ohio premiere of his acclaimed new film, Boyhood
“Linklater [is] … an exemplar of American independent cinema.”—New York Times
On the occasion of the release of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a film that many are already calling his masterpiece, the Wexner Center revisits the American independent director’s career with a retrospective that runs through August and includes a visit from the filmmaker himself. The series picks up where a previous Wexner Center retrospective left off in 2000, by following his career from that point to the present, and will be kicked off on Monday, July 21, when Linklater visits the Wex to introduce the Ohio premiere of Boyhood and discuss his career in film.
Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Diverse Range of Exhibitions, Collaborations, Films, and Performances
Season includes exhibition of modern masters from Wexner Family Collection, new work by Catherine Opie, a collaboration by Ann Hamilton and Anne Bogart, film retrospective of work by Richard Linklater, and more
This fall, the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a season of exhibitions, collaborations, performances, and film/video screenings that explore the diversity and ingenuity of modern and contemporary artistic practice. Reflecting the institution’s history as a leader in supporting and presenting ambitious creative production, the season includes a major creative partnership between artist Ann Hamilton and theater director Anne Bogart made possible by a Wexner Center Residency Award; a new performance by previous Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient Miranda July; and an exhibition that debuts a new series by photographer Catherine Opie, an Ohio native who created new work for the center’s acclaimed Hard Targets exhibition in 2010. Beginning with Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, an unprecedented exhibition of the rarely seen personal collection of the Wexner Center’s major benefactors Leslie and Abigail Wexner, the season firmly situates the center’s varied programming within a creative continuum from the 20th century and into the future, and underlines the enduring influence of the Wexner Center’s support of artistic innovation.