Columbus, OH—The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a warm and charming comic fable directed by and starring Ben Stiller and based on the classic short story by Columbus native James Thurber, will be featured in a special preview screening exclusively for Wexner Center members and friends of Thurber House on Monday, December 9 at 7 pm in the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Theater, 1871 N. High St. The film is co-presented by the Wexner Center and Thurber House. This screening marks the first co-presentation between the two organizations, although Thurber House previously supported the center’s Cinema 614 series in summer of 2012.
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Wexner Center & Thurber House partner to present special preview screening of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Zoom: Family Film Festival celebrates 10th birthday
The Wex’s Zoom: Family Film Festival celebrates a decade of screening terrific all-ages films at incredibly affordable prices—and hosting free family-friendly activities—with four days of movies and more December 5–8, 2013 (plus a bonus Stooge-a-thon “warm up” on November 29).
Nine rare Hitchcock films onscreen this month
Throughout the month of October, the Wexner Center for the Arts will present nine rarely seen silent films from the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. Made from 1925 to 1929, Hitchcock’s first ten films—nine of which survive—are among the greatest achievements of British silent cinema and can also be seen as blueprints for the rest of Hitch’s body of work, containing many of the motifs and obsessions we have come to recognize as “Hitchcockian,” including The Lodger (1926), which the director named his first “true Hitchcock picture.”
Three outstanding American theater productions this October
The month of October will see the Wex bring unforgettable events by an acclaimed theater ensemble (Nature Theater of Oklahoma), a notable playwright (Young Jean Lee), and a boundary-eschewing multimedia artist (Miwa Matreyek), all representing the best work by independent US theater-makers today.
Architecture Powerhouse Steven Holl to Deliver 2013 Glimcher Lecture
Columbus, OH—Steven Holl will deliver the 2013 Glimcher Lecture on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. For the free public talk, Holl will discuss his ideas about architecture and design, as well as his own practice, which includes startling and significant additions to existing buildings, such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and inventive designs for new buildings around the world.
World Premiere of Quays' UN)MISTAKEN HANDS: EX VOTO F.H. on Nov 2
Pioneering filmmakers the Quay Brothers will debut UN)MISTAKEN HANDS: EX VOTO F.H., their latest short film, at the Wexner Center on Saturday, November 2 at 7 pm. Stephen and Timothy Quay are recipients of a 2013–14 Wexner Center Residency Award in film/video; UN)MISTAKEN HANDS: EX VOTO F.H. will be completed in the center’s Film/Video Studio during the month of October.
As part of their residency, they will also introduce the Pre-Code cult classic Freaks on October 31.
Wexner Center's Fall Jazz Series Kicks off September 24
The Wexner Center’s fall jazz series, which kicks off next week, features performers from around the country—and homegrown talent, too. The series, which runs through December, is presented in the intimate Performance Space, the best room for jazz in town, in a cabaret-style set-up that provides concert-quality sound in a club atmosphere.
The full series includes the following: Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints (Tuesday, September 24, at 7 and 9 pm); Mehliana featuring Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana (Wednesday, October 23, at 8 pm); Byron Stripling Quartet featuring Bobby Floyd (Friday, November 22, at 7:30 and 9:30 pm); and Bill Frisell’s Big Sur Quintet featuring Eyvind Kang, Hank Roberts, Rudy Royston, and Jenny Scheinman (Tuesday, December 3, at 8 pm).
Blues for Smoke at the Wex this fall
This fall, the Wexner Center will devote the entirety of its gallery space to present Blues for Smoke, a major interdisciplinary exhibition exploring a wide range of contemporary art through the lens of the blues and “blues aesthetics.” The exhibition, on view September 21–December 29, 2013, features works from more than 40 artists from the 1950s to the present, as well as materials from music and popular entertainment. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, where it was on view at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from October 21, 2012–January 7, 2013, the exhibition more recently completed a run at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Jill Malusky Hired As Wexner Center Community Outreach & Marketing Manager
Jill Malusky is the new community outreach & marketing manager at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, effective August 29, 2013.
Wexner Center hosts exclusive Midwest screening of Lee Daniels' The Butler August 14
The Wexner Center for the Arts will host the Columbus premiere of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the latest film from Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm at AMC Easton, 275 Easton Town Center. The star-studded new film, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, will be introduced by Pulitzer Prize-nominated Washington Post journalist and Columbus native Wil Haygood, who wrote the 2008 Post article that inspired the film. Haygood will be joined at the screening by Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin, and Wexner Center Foundation Trustees.