Recent Press Releases
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.
Free Wex Drive-In Outdoor Films Return June 19 with Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket
Enjoy big-screen works in the great outdoors this summer with the return of the always-popular (and always free) Wex Drive-In series, which kicks off Thursday, June 19 on the Wexner Center Plaza with Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket (1996).
Kellie Morgan Hired as Community Outreach & Marketing Manager
Kellie Morgan is the new community outreach & marketing manager at the Wexner Center effective today, April 21, 2014. Morgan, a Cleveland native, previously held positions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, as well as at Drag City Records in Chicago, as a label publicist.
Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University presents first-ever exhibition of the extraordinary Wexner Family Collection
Superlative works by Picasso, Giacometti, and Dubuffet on view
This fall, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University will present an unprecedented exhibition of the personal collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner. On view September 21 through December 31, Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection features an exceptionally in-depth selection of masterworks by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet. The Wexner collection, with its concentrated focus on these three 20th-century virtuosos, is incomparable to any other private collection formed over the last 50 years. Guest curated by Robert Storr, professor and dean of the Yale University School of Art and former senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition brings fresh curatorial and scholarly perspective to these artists and examines the figurative impulses that connect them.
Pair of exhibitions bring to light comic artist Daniel Clowes’s unique vision
Columbus, OH—Internationally renowned comic book artist Daniel Clowes is at the center of two exhibitions at the Wex this spring and summer: Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, the first-ever survey of Clowes’s extensive body of work, and Eye of the Cartoonist: Daniel Clowes’s Selections from Comics History, an exhibition curated by Clowes. Both exhibitions will be on view at the Wexner Center May 17–August 3, 2014.
Adventurous and bold Comic Future alights at the Wex May 17–August 3
Columbus, OH—Comic Future, an exhibition of work by contemporary artists freely mixing figurative painting and gestural abstraction with the visual strategies of cartoons and comics, will be on view May 17–August 3, 2014 at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Appropriating subjects from mythology, advertising, print culture, consumerism, and children’s television, the fifteen artists whose work is on view in Comic Future employ discordant approaches that twist representations of their immediate environment into skewed, often apocalyptic visions of the future.
Playwright and director Young Jean Lee returns to Wex for residency and world premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
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.