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Catherine Opie: Portraits and Landscapes opens May 16

New work by the seminal American photographer includes portratits of Matthew Barney, Kara Walker, John Baldessari, Jonathan Franzen, Diana Nyad, and Miranda July

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Opening in May, the Wexner Center for the Arts will present Catherine Opie: Portraits and Landscapes, an exhibition of approximately 50 recent works by the influential American photographer. Featuring formal portraits of Opie’s family and friends and nearly abstract views of landscape, the series draws upon the traditions of classical painting and the artist’s longstanding interest in American nature photography. Among the portraits’ subjects—“friends and people that I admire,” according to Opie—are visual artists Kara Walker, Matthew Barney, John Baldessari, Glenn Ligon, performers Elizabeth Streb, Ron Athey, Miranda July, Olympic athlete Diana Nyad, and writers Hamza Walker, Hilton Als, and Jonathan Franzen. Opie will also adapt one of the landscapes featured in the show so that it will fully cover the 30-foot-long wall adjacent to the Wexner Center’s café.

First retrospective of boundary-pushing artist Jack Whitten opens in May

Career-spanning exhibition highlights five decades of work by the groundbreaking painter

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting, the first career-spanning retrospective of the groundbreaking artist, goes on view at the Wexner Center May 16–August 2, 2015. Featuring more than 60 canvasses by the dynamic African American artist, the exhibition traces the trajectory of Whitten’s restless formal experimentation from the mid-1960s to the present, with paintings that, while abstract, often contain cultural, political, and social references.

20th annual Ohio Shorts selections announced

See the best in Ohio-made short films Saturday, April 25

Tue, Apr 21, 2015

The Wexner Center is pleased to announce the Ohio filmmakers whose films and videos will be screened at the Ohio Shorts adult and youth division showcase this Saturday, April 25, at 7 pm. The 20 works selected for this year’s showcase include a wide range of styles and genre—from animation to documentary to dramatic fiction. Admission to the screening is $3 for all audiences.

World premiere from Ann Hamilton and SITI Company

Immersive Artist Residency Award Project performance the theater is a blank page debuts onstage April 23–26

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Next month, the Wexner Center for the Arts will present the world premiere of the theater is a blank page, an immersive performance created by renowned visual artist Ann Hamilton and theater innovators SITI Company. The production, the first full collaboration between the artists, was created through a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award and is a signature moment of the Wexner Center’s 25th Anniversary Season.

Combining Ann Hamilton’s conceptual, visual art–based perspective on performance with SITI Company’s skills as theater-makers, the theater is a blank page, which will be performed April 23–26, 2015 at Mershon Auditorium, pushes the artists’ aesthetics into fresh experimental territory.

Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration begins February 25

Five-day, twelve-film series features new restorations, visits from film preservation experts, filmmakers

Fri, Jan 30, 2015

The Wexner Center for the Arts is thrilled to introduce Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration, a new series celebrating recently revitalized and restored classic, experimental, animated, and documentary films. The five-day series runs February 25­–March 1, 2015.

Statewide call for entries to Ohio Shorts 2015

Popular showcase for Ohio film and video artists celebrating its 20th year

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

Calling all Ohio film- and video-makers! The Wexner Center is now accepting submissions for the Ohio Shorts 2015 juried short film and video festival, for both the Adult and Youth divisions. Entries for this event will be accepted through Monday, March 30 at 5 pm. New to Ohio Shorts this year, selected entries in each division will be screened together on Saturday, April 25, at 7 pm in the center’s Film/Video Theater with a reception in Heirloom Café afterward. Each artist whose work is selected for the showcase will receive two complimentary tickets for the screening and reception, and cash prizes will be awarded in both divisions.

Vibrant, groundbreaking Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present opens in February

Exhibition traces four decades of fiber-based art

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

“Splendid, viscerally engaging…
[a] groundbreaking exhibition.”—Boston Globe

This winter, the Wexner Center presents Fiber: Sculpture 1960­–present, the first exhibition in four decades to examine the development and diversity of fiber-based work in contemporary art. The survey, which features works by 33 artists whose boundary-breaking pieces explore abstraction, materiality, and the blurred lines between art and craft, is on view February 7–April 12, 2015.

New video installation by Hassan Hajjaj makes Midwest debut in February

Three-channel video work documents "rock star" performers from around the world

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

“Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj fuses a fascinating mix of fashion, art, and pop culture in his striking work.”—Harper’s Bazaar

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

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

First retrospective of boundary-pushing artist Jack Whitten opens in May

Career-spanning exhibition highlights five decades of work by the groundbreaking painter

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

“Celebrates...a career dedicated to infusing abstraction with political and social content.”ARTNews

Catherine Opie, Untitled #1, 2012

Be sure to RSVP for our Spring Exhibitions Preview on Friday, May 15—and don't miss a conversation with Catherine Opie and Jack Whitten right before the reception.

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