Past Special Events | Exhibitions

Spring 2024 Exhibition Opening Celebration

Two women and one man smile and laugh while they have a conversation in a gallery.

Join us for the free opening of the first museum exhibition dedicated to Sarah Maldoror (1929–2020), a trailblazing French filmmaker hailed as the “mother of African cinema.” 

Be among the first in the US to explore Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema, which includes film projections and archival documentation that highlight Maldoror’s involvement with anti-colonial and anti-racist movements across Africa, the Caribbean, and metropolitan France. The exhibition also features works by modern and contemporary artists, including Wifredo Lam, Melvin Edwards, and Kapwani Kiwanga.

From 4:30 to 6 PM Wexner Center Advocate members are invited to a private preview with early access to the exhibition. At 6 PM, both members and the public are invited to a conversation and Q&A in the Film/Video Theater with exhibition curators François Piron and Cédric Fauq along with Maldoror’s daughter Annouchka de Andrade. The talk will be moderated by scholar Yasmina Price and introduced by Wexner Center Associate Curator of Exhibitions Daniel Marcus.

At 6 PM, the exhibition opens to the public. Starting at 8 PM everyone is welcome to gather in the Performance Space for music by ASL PRINCESS and PeaceofMND and dancing to round out the evening.

Continue the celebration throughout the weekend with a performance by the Art Ensemble of Chicago on Saturday at 8 PM and a screening of Maldoror’s film Sambizanga on Sunday at 1 PM.

Not an Advocate member and want to enjoy early access? Join now.

Two women and one man smile and laugh while they have a conversation in a gallery.

Spring 2023 Exhibitions Opening Celebration, photo: Kathryn D Studios.

Headshots of the speakers: Annouchka de Andrade, Cédric Fauq, Yasmina Price, and  François Piron.

Clockwise from top left: Annouchka de Andrade, photo: Patrick Box Saif-images; Cédric Fauq, photo: Paris+ by Art Basel; Yasmina Price, image courtesy of the speaker; François Piron, image courtesy of the speaker.

About the speakers

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Annouchka de Andrade was until recently the Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Amiens, a film festival focused on arthouse cinema and African and South American films. With over 30 years of experience, de Andrade has worked in international cultural cooperation with a strong focus on audiovisuals, cultural heritage, and production in France, Spain, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador. With her sister, Henda Ducados, she has developed a project to preserve and share the work of their parents, Sarah Maldoror and Mário de Andrade.

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François Piron is an exhibition curator, art critic, teacher, and publisher. He is currently a curator at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He created several independent organizations in the field of contemporary art and comanages the cooperative publishing house Paraguay in Paris. His curatorial work focuses on the relationships between art, literature, history, and the social sciences. He strives to make marginalized areas of culture visible with a political aim of questioning the role of institutions. Recent projects include a book of interviews with philosopher and publisher Sylvere Lotringer and the exhibition Exposed (Palais de Tokyo, 2023), which examines the impact of the AIDS epidemic on artistic practices.

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Since September 2021, Cédric Fauq has served as chief curator at CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux where his most recent projects include the exhibitions Amour Systémique (Systemic Love), Barbe à Papa (Cotton Candy), and Le Club du Poisson-Lune (The Moonfish Club) as well as the never-ending festival L’Académie des Mutantes (The Mutant Academy). At CAPC, he also collaborated with artists Abbas Zahedi, Olu Ogunnaike, Sung Tieu, Aria Dean, and Maxime Bichon. From 2020 to 2021, he worked as a curator at Palais de Tokyo. He was previously exhibitions curator at Nottingham Contemporary (UK).

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Yasmina Price is a New York–based writer and film programmer completing a PhD at Yale University. She focuses on anti-colonial cinema from the Global South and the work of visual artists across the African continent and diaspora, with a particular interest in the experimental work of women filmmakers. She has participated in public conversations and dialogues with filmmakers. Her curatorial work includes shorts programs at Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry, as well as longer series at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Pan African Film & Arts Festival. Recent writing has appeared in Lux Magazine, The Nation, Artforum, Film Quarterly, and Criterion.

Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema is organized by Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. The exhibition is curated by Palais de Tokyo Curator François Piron and CAPC Musée d'art Contemporain de Bordeaux Chief Curator Cédric Fauq. The Wexner Center presentation of the exhibition is coordinated by Associate Curator of Exhibitions Daniel Marcus with Head of Exhibitions Kelly Kivland.

The exhibition has benefited from the generous assistance and support of Annouchka de Andrade and Friends of Sarah Maldoror and Mário de Andrade.

THIS PRESENTATION MADE POSSIBLE BY 
Etant donnés Contemporary Art, a program of Villa Albertine

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Galería Nueveochenta

EXHIBITIONS 2023–24 SEASON MADE POSSIBLE BY 
Bill and Sheila Lambert 
Carol and David Aronowitz 
Crane Family Foundation 
Mike and Paige Crane

FREE GALLERIES MADE POSSIBLE BY 
American Electric Power Foundation 
Mary and C. Robert Kidder 
Bill and Sheila Lambert

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR FREE GALLERIES PROVIDED BY 
Adam Flatto 
CoverMyMeds 
PNC Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council
, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
CampusParc

Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
Nancy Kramer
Ohio State Energy Partners
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection
Larry and Donna James
Bruce and Joy Soll
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate

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Spring 2024 Exhibition Opening Celebration