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This fall, we conclude a year of exhibitions featuring solely women artists (!) with a survey that showcases one of the most influential creative figures of our time (and easily one of the most significant living artists of any gender). Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life features nearly 100 works from four decades of her unparalleled career, and the Wex is thrilled to be its only stop outside LA. Don’t miss this expansive look at Sherman’s incisive and unforgiving exploration of female archetypes and stereotypes through ingenious feats of masquerade and disguise, often filtered through a cinematic lens.

And speaking of cinema, one genre that the Wex has championed (and funded) from our inception is that of the documentary. This October 19–22, we invite you to discover this rich and ever-evolving field of cinema practice with Unorthodocs., a new festival illuminating the dynamic spectrum of nonfiction filmmaking. In addition to experiencing documentaries in all shapes and sizes—with many making their regional premieres—you’ll hear from the filmmakers themselves, including Steven Bognar, Tony Buba, Jeff Malmberg, Jonathan Olshefski, Julia Reichert, and Chris Shellen, among others. We’re also honored to bring pioneering director Charles Burnett to the Wex in conjunction with a 40th-anniversary screening of his first feature, Killer of Sheep.

Our fall performing arts season offers its own bountiful cornucopia, with more standout music, dance, and theater events than I can possibly touch on here, but allow me to note some special collaborations. Farmhouse/Whorehouse features actress Lili Taylor in a playful onstage “artist’s lecture” by Suzanne Bocanegra (Sept 30–Oct 1). Taylor also joins us for a screening of her films on Oct 2. The Bad Plus Bill Frisell ’85–’95 (10/8) brings the jazz luminaries together for one of only four performances nationwide. And the Wex proudly joins with BalletMet (on its 40th anniversary) and Ohio State’s Department of Dance to present a riveting program of works by familiar Wex choreographers William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, and Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company) in Parallel Connections (Oct 20–21).

Don’t forget that fall also brings our annual Zoom: Family Film Festival, with new surprises including a rare screening of a beloved Disney film in 70mm, as well as free treats like our morning cereal and pajama party, ice cream social, and more.

So much happens at the Wex that it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out. You need only take a look back at 2016–17 with our Year in Review publication to see what I mean. You’ll definitely want to mark January 25 in your 2018 calendar for the world premiere of A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet, commissioned by the Wex. Why not make it easy on yourself by signing up for Wex e-mails—convenient reminders of what’s up next delivered right to all your devices!

Sherri Geldin
Director

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