About the Exhibition
This fall, in celebration of our 25th anniversary, the Wexner Center for the Arts will mount Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection, an unprecedented exhibition of the personal collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner. With its concentrated focus on 20th–century virtuosos Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet, along with works by Edgar Degas, Willem de Kooning, and Susan Rothenberg, the Wexner Family Collection is truly 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, Transfigurations will be accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue featuring essays by Storr, Ohio State History of Art professor and Picasso scholar Lisa Florman, and art historian/curator Diana Widmaier-Picasso, a prologue coauthored by Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin and Storr, and entries on each of the works in the show. The catalogue will bring fresh perspective to these artists and examine the figurative impulses that connect them. Pick up your copy of Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection in the Wexner Center Store.
This will be the first-ever public exhibition of this remarkable collection—and the Wexner Center is the one and only venue where you can intimately experience these timeless treasures. Continue your visit to the galleries and delve further into the collection at wexarts.org/explore, where you can explore the artists, works, and techniques featured in this extraordinary exhibition.
“A collection of this caliber and magnitude requires rare discipline, passion and discernment....Those who take the opportunity to view and absorb this exhibition will count themselves incredibly lucky to have looked over the shoulder of such avid collectors.” —Robert Storr
About Educational Opportunities
Dedicated Website Learn more about the artists and works featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection at our dedicated exhibition site (coming soon), which will provide a more detailed study of the lives and working techniques of the artists represented in this extraordinary collection. Educators will also find curriculum resources designed to support their K–12 classrooms.
School Tours All Wexner Center programs for school groups are free. In addition, the Wexner Center supports schools through bus and substitute teacher subsidies. This fall only, all K-12 schools who wish to visit Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection are eligible for bus subsidies; find out more by calling (614) 292-6493. Educators interested in bringing students to tour the exhibition should contact Marisa Espe at email@example.com or (614) 292-6493 to arrange their visit.
Exhibition-Related Events The Wexner Center will welcome artistic experts throughout the fall to discuss the artists and works featured in the collection. Scheduled events include a lecture from preeminent Picasso scholar T. J. Clark, a reading from Joshua Wolf Shenk, and the 2014 Lambert Lecture—a conversation between Transfigurations curator Robert Storr and contemporary artist Carroll Dunham. Teachers can spend a professional development day with the masterworks in the galleries, and teens can explore the historical context and figurative work of the artists featured in the exhibition in a WexLab on the human form in modern art. In our Film/Video Theater, a screening of Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies allows audiences to explore the link between cubism and early film.
To ensure the best experience for all, entry to Transfigurations is conducted via timed ticketing.
Purchase tickets in advance of your visit using the links on the right or by calling (614) 292-3535. Tickets are also available from our Patron Services Desk, but availability may be limited. Passes—with the exception of Transfigurations-specific vouchers—will not be accepted for this exhibition.
Your exhibition ticket will allow you to enter the exhibition at any time during the selected half-hour window; once inside, you can stay as long as you like. If the galleries are at capacity, you may experience a brief wait to enter the exhibition.
Please note: all visitors to the exhibition will need a timed ticket for entry, including Wexner Center members, students, and those wishing to visit the galleries for free on Thursdays after 4 PM or on the first Sunday of each month.
To schedule a tour of the exhibition, please contact Marisa Espe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 292-6493.
To expedite your entry into Transfigurations, please take a moment to review the updated gallery policies and check-in procedure outlined here.
In order to expedite your entry into Transfigurations, please take a moment to review the check-in procedure outlined below.
All bags will be inspected before being checked or allowed into the galleries. Backpacks, regardless of size, are not permitted. All bags, including purses and diaper bags, must be smaller than 14 inches by 14 inches by 4 inches to be allowed into the galleries. Oversized bags and backpacks may be checked after inspection in our staffed coat check or self-serve lockers. Both options are available at no charge.
Cameras, Cell Phones, iPads, Mobile Devices
Photography of any kind is not permitted in the galleries due to artist rights agreements. Cell phone, iPad, and mobile device usage will not be allowed in the galleries.
Patrons may use small strollers inside the galleries. However, for the safety of both visitors and the artwork on display, double and oversized strollers will not be permitted. Patrons may borrow a stroller during their visit on a first-come, first-served basis. Diaper bags containing food and drink will be required to be checked.
There are no size restrictions on wheelchairs. A limited number of wheelchairs are available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis at coat check. Patrons may also reserve a wheelchair in advance of their visit.
Writing and Drawing Implements
Pens are not permitted in the galleries. Patrons interested in taking notes may use a pencil. Sketching in the galleries is discouraged but sketchbooks smaller than 12 inches by 18 inches will be permitted, so long as patron circulation is not inhibited by those using sketchpads.
Food, Drink, Gum
Strict enforcement of the current prohibition of food, drink, and gum inside our galleries will continue.
Exclusive Hotel Partner Packages
The Wexner Center for the Arts is proud to partner with Crowne Plaza Columbus–Downtown and The Lofts Hotel for Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection. Both locations will offer the following package:
- Two tickets to see Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection
- One night’s accommodations
- Complimentary wi-fi
- Complimentary breakfast for two
- Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle
- Complimentary shuttle to/from the Wexner Center, based upon availability
- A Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection postcard set
These offers are valid for check-in and check-out dates September 21–December 31, 2014. For more information on either package, please call the in-house reservations office at (614) 461-2642.
Please expect increased traffic and a higher demand for parking in the campus area on home football Saturdays.
To book your package at the Lofts Hotel
Select “Check Availability”
Book your stay using promo code MASTERS
To book your package at the Crowne Plaza Columbus–Downtown:
Book your stay using this link to crowneplaza.com
Become a Member Today
If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Wexner Center member, now is the perfect time to join. As a member, you’ll receive free reserved admission to the exhibition and be invited to the Members-Only Preview Day on September 20.
For information on exclusive VIP events for Donor Circles and corporate members, please contact Katy Reis at email@example.com or (614) 292-0444.
Members also enjoy priority access and ticket savings to the fantastic performances and films presented as part of our 25th Anniversary Season. And don’t forget, members save with year-round discounts in the Wexner Center Store and Heirloom Café.
Engage and Explore
Interested in learning more about the artists represented in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection?
Visit our dedicated website (coming soon) for a more detailed study of the lives and working techniques of the artists represented in this extraordinary exhibition. Educators will also find curriculum resources designed to support their K–12 classrooms. Special thanks to Eyethink and Mills James for their help in developing the website.
Our 25th Anniversary Season
Inaugurated in 1989 as a bold experiment in presenting and supporting the creation of contemporary art in a university setting, the Wexner Center celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season this fall. We’re marking the occasion with the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of the Wexner Family Collection, a series of related talks and lectures, plus an amazing slate of events on stage and on screen. Don't delay in purchasing your tickets for this season’s signature events.
Performing Arts Our performing arts season includes Edinburgh Festival hit The Events, featuring Columbus’s community choir The Harmony Project alongside the outstanding UK-based cast; Landfall, the first collaboration between Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet; the US premiere of Rising, an acclaimed solo program by British dance sensation Aakash Odedra, and New Society, from performance artist and writer Miranda July—plus great Next@Wex and jazz performances.
Film/Video Our film/video program is rife with can’t-miss events, including visits from Catherine Breillat, one of France’s most significant and controversial contemporary filmmakers; Terry Zwigoff, appearing in conversation; Beth B, presenting her documentary on underground burlesque; and Jodie Mack, here to introduce her thrilling experimental animations. Our Film/Video Theater will also play host to Alloy Orchestra, providing a live score to a restoration of Buster Keaton’s beloved comedy, The General; a 4K restoration of the ultimate Spaghetti Western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; and a riveting 3D presentation of Charlie Victor Romeo, based on a theatrical production shown at the Wex in 2002.
Public Programs We’ll be joined this season by such artistic experts as art historian T. J. Clark, comparing two of Picasso’s works; author Joshua Wolf Shenk, who will read from his work on the power of creative partnerships; influential art critic Lucy Lippard; and artist Kerry James Marshall, here to discuss his career and the importance of art education. The annual Lambert Family Lecture features a conversation between Transfigurations curator Robert Storr and artist Carroll Dunham, and the conversations surrounding the masterworks in our galleries continue as teachers and teens explore the exhibition in workshops and WexLabs.
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In the Press
- "A Mogul Shrinks His Art Focus"Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2014
- "A Show of Thanks"Columbus Dispatch, April 10, 2014
- "Transfigurations: the Wexner Family Collection"osu.edu, April 10, 2014
- "Wexner Center to display Picassos, other 20th century art for 25th anniversary"Eleven Warriors, April 10, 2014
- "Wexner family’s Picassos, other art to be displayed in fall exhibition"Lantern, April 11, 2014
- "Modern Masters from Wexner Family Collection to Go on View"ArtFixDaily, May 27, 2014
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