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.
Recent Press Releases
North America’s Largest Survey Of Brazilian Documentaries Begins at the Wex Next Month
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.
Via Brasil Goes Online with New Website
As it readies for the culmination of Via Brasil, a multiyear initiative exploring the art and culture of Brazil, the Wexner Center has launched a new companion website, wexarts.org/viabrasil. This dynamic and complex site serves as a resource regarding the center’s formal in-depth inquiry into contemporary art in Brazil and provides context for the rise of the country’s vibrant visual arts culture.
Retrospective: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italian director’s singular filmography will screen in January and February
Columbus, OH—The next two months will see the Wex present a nearly complete retrospective of work by famed director Pier Paolo Pasolini, with many titles screening in newly restored 35mm prints.
Best known in the US as one of the great Italian postwar filmmakers, Pasolini was also an influential, outspoken, and openly gay poet, novelist, critic, journalist, playwright, and painter who held seemingly conflicting philosophies as both a Marxist and a Catholic, and was a staunch leftist who once spoke out against left-wing student protests in favor of the working-class police.
Winter/Spring 2014 Season Announced
The upcoming season at the Wex will see the culmination of Via Brasil—the four-year initiative focusing on the vibrant culture of Brazil—in a major exhibition, Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil; an expansive film series, Cruzamentos: Contemporary Brazilian Documentary; education programs; and performing arts programming. Member presale began Sunday, December 1; tickets are on sale to the general public beginning on December 12.
David Norr Named Senior Curator of Exhibitions
Columbus, OH—David Norr will be senior curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts effective mid-March, 2014. Norr is currently chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. As senior curator, Norr will work closely with Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin and the center’s exhibitions team to help shape and realize a vital and rigorous exhibitions program, collaborate on cross-disciplinary programs within the center and across the university, identify visual arts residency award recipients, and cultivate an avid audience for the center’s exhibitions and related initiatives.
Wexner Center & Thurber House partner to present special preview screening of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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.
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.