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, on view now through December 31. 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, 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 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 on a self-guided tour of the exhibition should contact Marisa Espe at mespe@wexarts.org 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.


Walk-ups welcome, reservations available.

Walk-ups to Transfigurations are welcome, but you can reserve a timed ticket in advance, which is suggested during potentially busy times (such as the last two weeks of December). To make a reservation, use the links on the right or call (614) 292-3535. 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 ticket for entry; just stop by the Patron Services desk when you arrive if you haven’t made a reservation ahead of time.

Due to the tremendous public response and the amount of requests, our tour calendar is full, and docent-led tours are no longer available. Please feel free to contact Marisa Espe at mespe@wexarts.org or (614) 292-6493 for more information about self-guided tours.

To expedite your entry into Transfigurations, please take a moment to review the updated gallery policies and check-in procedure outlined here. There are certain common items not permitted inside the galleries, such as pens and bottled water, that you may find more convenient to leave at home or in your car than to check in our free lockers.

Visiting Transfigurations

In order to expedite your entry into Transfigurations, please take a moment to review the check-in procedure outlined below.

  • Bag Inspection

    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.

  • Prohibited Items

    It is recommended that you travel lightly to increase the speed and ease with which you may enter the galleries.

    The following items are not permitted in the galleries:
    • Sharp items, such as knives (including pocket knives), box cutters, and scissors
    • Weapons
    • Aerosols, including pepper spray or Mace
    • Liquids of any type
    • Wet media, including paint, pens, markers, and crayons
    • Backpacks of any type (child carriers worn on the front of the body are permitted)
    • Gum, food, and beverages, including bottled water
    • Oversized or double strollers
    • Umbrellas
    • Sketchbooks larger than 12 inches by 18 inches

    In accordance with Ohio law, possession of concealed handguns is not permitted on university property, including the Wexner Center for the Arts.

    The Wexner Center for the Arts and its employees reserve the right to determine which items may be brought into the building and the galleries, including, but not limited to, the items listed above.

  • 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 is not allowed in the galleries.

  • Strollers

    Patrons may use small strollers inside the galleries. However, for the safety of both visitors and the artwork on display, double and oversized strollers are not permitted. Patrons may borrow a stroller during their visit on a first-come, first-served basis. Diaper bags containing food and drink are required to be checked.

  • Wheelchairs

    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 are 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 continues.

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 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.

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 you'll enjoy priority access and ticket savings to the fantastic performances and films presented as part of our 25th Anniversary Season (watch for the member-only presale period beginning December 1). And don’t forget, members save with year-round discounts in the Wexner Center Store and Heirloom Café.

Join right here, right now.

For information on exclusive VIP events for Donor Circles and corporate members, please contact Katy Reis at kreis@wexarts.org or (614) 292-0444.

Engage and Explore

Interested in learning more about the artists represented in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection?

Visit our dedicated website 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 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.
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.

The Events Photo: David Levine
Jodie Mack: Let Your Light Shine Image courtesy of Jodie Mack
Miranda July Photo: Todd Cole

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Presenting Sponsors

Alfred Taubman and Taubman Centers

Wolfe Associates, Inc.

Major Season Sponsors

  • Cardinal Health
  • The Columbus Foundation
  • The Forbes Company
  • General Growth Properties
  • Glimcher Realty Trust and the Glimcher Family
  • Bob and Mary Kidder
  • Nancy Kramer and Christopher Celeste
  • Megan and Mark Kvamme
  • Bill and Sheila Lambert
  • M/I Homes Foundation
  • Mills James
  • Orange Barrel Media
  • Paramount Group, Inc.
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
  • Peggy and Bob Walter
Supporting Season Sponsors
  • Carol and David Aronowitz
  • The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • The Georgetown Company
  • Richard and Mary L. Gray Foundation and Dedrea and Paul Gray
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge, Inc.
  • LT Custom Furnishings Inc.
  • Madesin General Contractors Ltd.
  • Mall of America
  • Oxford Properties Group
  • Simon Property Group
  • Diane and Martin Trust
In addition to our Season Sponsors, Transfigurations is supported by the following individual and corporate donors
  • Acme Plastics, Inc.
  • Nick and Donna Akins
  • Susan and Bob Alexander
  • All New Glass, Inc.
  • American Electric Power
  • Arminak & Associates, LLC
  • Aronov Realty Management, Inc.
  • Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation
  • Axium Plastics
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Big Lots Inc.
  • Bocchi Laboratories
  • Brad Jobe Inc.
  • CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
  • CBRE New York
  • Christie’s
  • Continental Office Environments
  • Copley Motorcars
  • Curv imaging
  • Eyethink
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Firmenich Foundation
  • Alex Fischer and Lori Barreras
  • Don and Eydie Garlikov
  • Nancy and Dave Gill
  • Thomas F. Havens
  • Jim Henderson and Katherine Kuck
  • Honda
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Charlotte and Jack Kessler
  • Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Knowlton Development Corporation
  • David T. Kollat
  • The Macerich Company
  • Matrix Psychological Services, Inc.
  • Mershad Family
  • Mishcon de Reya
  • Betsy and Craig Morrison
  • Nationwide
  • The Olshan Family
  • Onyx Packaging Corporation
  • Permasteelisa North America
  • Ann and Ron Pizzuti
  • PNC
  • Primaris Management Inc.
  • Edward G. Razek
  • Regina Miracle International Limited
  • Rouse Properties
  • Schwarz Supply Source
  • Stefan and Heidi Selig
  • Thekla and Don Shackelford
  • Joyce and Charles Shenk
  • Alex and Renée Shumate
  • Sitt Asset Management
  • Tim and Jenny Smucker
  • Sogeti USA LLC
  • Joy and Bruce Soll
  • Sotheby’s
  • The Trueman Family
  • Vee Pak, Inc.
  • Michael and Arlene Weiss
  • Anonymous donor
General Operating Support for the Wexner Center
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council
  • The Columbus Foundation
  • Nationwide Foundation
  • Ohio Arts Council

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