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Summer 2024 Exhibitions Opening Celebration

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Join us for the free opening of exhibitions featuring multimedia works by Wex Artist Residency Award recipients Jonas N.T. Becker and Tanya Lukin Linklater. 

Explore the connections between the environment, economics, class, and culture in these moving presentations. Jonas N.T. Becker: A Hole is not a Void, their largest museum exhibition to date, represents Becker’s ongoing work connecting issues of land, labor, and extraction—including in Appalachia— to broader questions of environmental injustice and inequity. The exhibition premieres several new photographic and video works, including the Film/Video Studio–supported Class Struggle. Tanya Lukin Linklater: Inner blades of grass (soft) inner blades of grass (cured) inner blades of grass (bruised by the weather), her first US overview exhibition, features installations, performance works, and a Wex-commissioned project informed by her visit to Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Newark, Ohio. Her works speak to Indigenous cultural lineages and resilience, converse with Indigenous artifacts, and explore the power of weather. 
 
The exhibition opens to both members and the public at 5 PM. At 5:30 PM, everyone is invited to a conversation and Q&A with Jonas N.T. Becker. 

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About the artists

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Jonas N.T. Becker has exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; FotoFocus Biennial at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles; and Lancaster Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California. Awards include the Magnum Foundation Counter Histories Fellowship (2022–23); Lucas Artist Residency Fellowship at Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, California, (2016–19); Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Switzerland (2015); and Six Points Fellowship (2011–13). Becker is a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a 2023–24 Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme External Fellow at Ohio State. They live and work between West Virginia and Chicago.

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Tanya Lukin Linklater has recently participated in the Aichi Triennale, Japan; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; New Museum Triennial, New York; and Toronto Biennial of Art. Her work has also been shown at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; among other institutions. Her first collection of poetry was Slow Scrape (published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism in 2020 and by Talonbooks in 2022). A forthcoming catalogue, Tanya Lukin Linklater: My mind is with the weather—copublished by the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Oakville Galleries; and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin—will be released in spring 2024. Lukin Linklater’s Alutiiq/Sugpiaq homelands are in southwestern Alaska where much of her family continues to live. She is a tribally enrolled member of the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in the Kodiak archipelago. 

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Jonas N.T. Becker’s A Hole is not a Void is organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and curated by former Head of Exhibitions Kelly Kivland and former Curator Lucy I. Zimmerman, with support from Curatorial Assistant Jonathan Gonzalez and Curatorial Intern Madelyn Thompson.

Tanya Lukin Linklater: Inner blades of grass (soft) inner blades of grass (cured) inner blades of grass (bruised by the weather) is organized by Kelly Kivland, former head of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts and director and lead curator at Michigan Central, with support from Curatorial Assistant Jonathan Gonzalez. 

TANYA LUKIN LINKLATER'S EXHIBITION IS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Teiger Foundation
Canada Council for the Arts

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

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 
Axium Packaging

Nationwide Foundation

Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

Mike and Paige Crane


Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners  
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection  
Larry and Donna James

David Crane and Elizabeth Dang

Bruce and Joy Soll

Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle

Jones Day  
Alex and Renée Shumate

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