Director's Welcome

Welcome to the redesigned and refreshed wexarts.org—still a work-in-process, but already a significantly improved portal to all things Wex. Please bear with us as we continue to refine and amplify the site, particularly with respect to the center’s rich history of pioneering programs, artist residencies, and socially engaged initiatives.

This fall, we’re thrilled to present Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me, which fills our galleries with over 50 brave and stunning works by the artist. Her singular portrayals of women of color—all of whom figure intimately in her life—explore identity, desire, and the highly charged relationship between artist and muse. The exhibition also premieres a new piece created during Thomas’s artist residency here: a multichannel video work set to music by Grammy Award–winning drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington. The artists will appear together at the Wex on October 4 for a live performance of entrepe, inspired by their joint gallery installation.

Also in October, the center presents the second iteration of its Unorthodocs. film festival. We invite you to spend a weekend with visiting directors who expand the possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking in order to probe today’s most provocative issues. Highlights include the Columbus premieres of Bisbee ’17 and Minding the Gap, both introduced by their respective filmmakers. Why not pick up a festival pass to enjoy all five days of talks, screenings, and special events?

This fall’s performance lineup likewise embraces the most vital topics of the day, even while reveling in spectacle. Choreographer André M. Zachery’s Untamed Space offers a rousing look at 21st-century African American identity through the lens of maroon colonies, migration, and his own life journey. Lars Jan’s staging of Joan Didion’s era-defining essay The White Album slyly brings the social and cultural upheavals of the late 1960s into uncanny dialogue with today’s headlines. Fusing the talents of video artist Charles Atlas and choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, Tesseract offers a thrilling glimpse of the body as transformed by digital media.

This year’s Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change features acclaimed author Wil Haygood and a panel discussion centered around his new book Tigerland—an inspiring chronicle of Columbus’s East High School’s triumphant 1968–69 basketball and baseball seasons set against the era’s struggle for civil rights. We’re pleased to partner with Haygood on this latest of installment of programs examining the intersection of art and social justice. And we’re proud to be a part of the citywide celebration I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 that’s he done so much to originate.

Keep your finger on the pulse of what’s new by subscribing to Wex emails—and letting us know when and how you want them. Make it your Wex by signing up today, and I look forward to seeing you at the center this fall.

Warmly,

Sherri Geldin