Sneak Peek 2023–24: Director's Picks

May 09, 2023

A collage of six images reflecting a range of events coming to the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2023 and 2024

Our 2023–24 programming year is the Wex at its most energizing and exciting. In the coming year you will find a diverse and vibrant set of contemporary visual art, film, dance, music, theater, talks, and wellness programs all under one roof and extending into our communities. 

To help plan your Wex year, Executive Director Gaëtane Verna has selected a handful of programs she wants you to be the first to know about. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and we'll be announcing more in the coming months, so be sure to sign up for updates or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get the latest news.

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Retrospective: Dario Argento | Jul 6–Aug 17, 2023

A terrified woman looks straight into the camera with a blade in her right hand.

Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977), image courtesy of Criterion Pictures USA.

The legendary Italian filmmaker is one of the most influential and stylish horror filmmakers of the modern era. This summer-long series presents a dozen new restorations of his iconic work.

Outpost Office | Aug 2023

Overhead of colorful architectural mock-up. It is square in shape with a courtyard. The design elements are geometric in shape. Miniature figurines inhabit the space.

Outpost Office, Color Block, installation concept for Wexner Center for the Arts, 2023. Courtesy of Outpost Office.

Presenting its first engagement in Columbus, the design practice Outpost Office will present a project that engages the Wex interior and exterior in creative and unexpected ways that invite public dialogue and interaction.

Sahar Khoury: UMM | Aug 25–Dec 20, 2023

Transparent glass charm spelling "UMM". The charm is irregularly shaped and set against a deep blue background.

UMM, 2023. Cast glass and steel. 14 x 14 x 1 in. Courtesy of the artist. Commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts. Photo: Robert Divers Herrick.

Sahar Khoury’s UMM, the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date, features an assemblage of sculptures inspired by politics, music, food, community, dislocation, and the erosion of memory.

Wex Open House | Sep 14, 2023

Crowd of people standing and sitting throughout Wexner Center Plaza. Some people are playing instruments. The sun is shining through the Wex grid and green trees.

Students, staff, faculty, and their friends and family are invited to drop in for our free, informal welcome back to campus! Join us for music, performances, hands-on artmaking, in-gallery experiences with educators and artists, and film screenings.

Tere O'Connor: Rivulets | Sep 21–23, 2023

Four dancers in earth-toned, flowing outfits are leaping in air in a circular formation.

Rivulets by Tere O'Connor, image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Maria Baranova.

Over his 40-year career, Tere O’Connor’s movement pieces have explored the expansive human mind. In Rivulets, O’Connor’s choreography celebrates the unruly nature of consciousness.

Unorthodocs 2023 | Oct 26–30, 2023

People seated in a movie theater look up at a screen with the words Unorthodocs Wexner Center for the arts on it

Unorthodocs is the Wexner Center's film festival devoted to the possibilities of creative nonfiction filmmaking. The 2023 edition will feature a mix of emerging and legendary filmmakers from Lebanon, Serbia, and South Africa as well as filmmakers from Appalachia and the Midwest. 

Zoom: Family Film and Book Festival | Dec 8–9, 2023

A close-up of a family seated in a theater with the smallest child looking up at the screen

Launched in 2004, our all-ages weekend festival of free films, activities, demonstrations, books, and readings offers families the opportunity to meet literary and film artists. The Wex welcomes you to make memories together while exploring the contemporary arts.

Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema | Feb 2–Apr 28, 2024

Installation view with films projected onto rectangular apparatuses. A colorful wall mural to the left extends backwards. Ceiling scaffolding is exposed.

Installation view of Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema at Palais de Tokyo, November 26–March 13, 2022. Courtesy of Palais de Tokyo. Photo: Aurelien Mole.

See the first museum exhibition dedicated to Sarah Maldoror (1929–2020), an African filmmaker dedicated to decolonialist and feminist activism. The exhibition will also present work by several contemporary artists, including Melvin Edwards and Kapwani Kiwanga.

Jeff Parker | Mar 28, 2024

A man with a black goatee and thick, horn-rimmed glasses and leather jacket stands by leaves and branches

Jeff Parker, photo: Jim Newberry.

Jeff Parker is a master guitarist at the top of his game with 40+ years of experience playing guitar. A versatile and prolific composer, he brings a groove forward, dynamic band that creates an immersive listening experience, allowing each instrument to occupy its own creative space.

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