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.
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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
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.
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.