Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries Announce Annual Ball Featuring Unveiling of Interactive Artwork from New York Artist Daniel Rozin

The Columbia Museum of Art and the CMA Contemporaries Board are thrilled to unveil the theme of the Contemporaries’ annual Ball: Modern Masquerade. The event will be held Saturday evening, January 26, 2019 at the Columbia Museum of Art. Times for the event are 7:00 – 11:00 PM.

Modern Masquerade is a black-tie optional event that forecasts more than 500 attendees for this memorable evening. Event amenities include heavy hors d’oeurves and an open bar featuring liquor, beer and wine. Live music will be featured from the Reggie Sullivan band in the main atrium while D.J. D DUBB of Higher Level Entertainment will play in the new CMA loft event space. Hors d’oeurves will be provided by Southern Way Catering and Crisp Event Rentals will assist with equipment and décor.

This event will be an exciting night for both the Columbia Museum of Art and the Contemporaries. A new, custom interactive artwork by New York artist Daniel Rozin will be unveiled at the CMA during the event (approximately 9:00 PM). This piece, which has been under production for more than a year, is partially funded by money raised by the Contemporaries. Rozin will be present at the Masquerade to discuss the piece and address the audience once the art has been unveiled.

Acquiring Rozin’s interactive artwork is the latest philanthropic project the Contemporaries has conducted for the Museum. “The Contemporaries have a long tradition of supporting the CMA through a number of art acquisitions over the years,” shared Jase Glenn, chairman of the Contemporaries’ board of directors. “We are excited to have Danny Rozin add to that tradition with his latest work. We think Phase will be an incredible compliment to the other works in the CMA’s second floor atrium, including the Dale Chihuly and Henry Mandel pieces, which the Contemporaries also helped the Museum acquire over the last decade.”

The installation of Rozin’s work will coincide with the completion of significant renovations to the Columbia Museum of Art and the reconstruction of the adjacent Boyd Blaza which is maintained by the CMA. The renovations and construction are being completed under the leadership of Della Watkins, the executive director for the Columbia Museum of Art.

“The CMA promises to be vibrant and playful upon completing the construction renovation and the Rozin installation will mimic this vibe,” stated Watkins. “Museum guests will immediately be drawn to this one of a kind commissioned work specifically designed to dynamically commingle motion and light in the lobby and atrium spaces.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Daniel Rozin is an artist, educator and developer, working in the area of interactive digital art. As an educator, Rozin is an Arts Professor at ITP, Tisch School of The Arts, NYU where he teaches such classes as The World- Pixel by Pixel, Project Development Studio, Introduction to Physical Computing, Designing for Digital Fabrication and Kinetic Sculpture Workshop.

Born in Jerusalem and trained as an industrial designer, Rozin lives and works in New York. His work has been exhibited widely with solo exhibitions in the US and internationally and featured in publications such as The New York Times, Wired, ID, Spectrum and Leonardo. His work has earned him numerous awards including Prix Ars Electronica, ID Design Review and the Chrysler Design Award.

Rozin’s work is classified as interactive art. Interactive art includes installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases the viewer becomes the contents of the piece and in others the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece. Even though computers are often used in Rozin's work, they are seldom visible.

SPONSORSHIPS AND TICKETS
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information on sponsorship, please contact Brian Dolphin at bdolphin@columbiamuseum.org.
Early bird tickets are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased at https://bit.ly/2CP6rSu.

Ticket pricing and information are below:

Early Bird Pricing (October 15 - November 23):
Contemporaries Members: $60 individual | $90 couple
Non-members: $75 individual | $110 couple
Standard Ticket Pricing (November 24 - January 25): bdolphin@columbiamuseum.org
Contemporaries Members: $75 individual | $125 couple
Non-members: $100 individual | $150 couple

EVENT DETAILS
Time: 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Date: Sat., January 26, 2019
Where: Columbia Museum of Art Address: 1515 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
About the Contemporaries
The Contemporaries mission is to provide an opportunity to support the CMA through promoting the museum and its programs, diversifying the museum's membership, and leading the next generation of museum supporters. Each year, the Contemporaries host a series of social and cultural events that bring members of the Columbia community together at the museum. A major goal of the Contemporaries is to contribute artwork to the CMA. Since it's inception in 1994, the scale and grandeur of the art the Contemporaries have donated have significantly increased. In 1998 and again in 2000, the group contributed framed works to the CMA’s collection. In April 2010, using over $360,000 in funds raised by the Contemporaries, the CMA completed installation of the Dale Chihuly Chandelier in the museum’s David Wallace Robinson, Jr. Atrium. The installation marked the first of its kind in the state. In 2014, funds raised by the Contemporaries helped the CMA acquire a giant, wall-size mural named Tatara Fire by New York-based artist Henry Mandell. The mural is the first digital painting to enter the collection of the CMA. Now, the Contemporaries are doing it again. At the Modern Masquerade, a work of art from New York artist Daniel Rozin will be revealed in its new home on the ledge above the Boyd Plaza entrance to the Museum.

The Contemporaries Board includes: Jase Glenn (chair), Justin Drafts (vice chair), Heather McDonald (secretary), Carolina Jones (treasurer), Brian Dolphin (museum liaison and historian), Sheena Calliham, Selia Straus, Elizabeth Ross, Ellen Mundy, Chase Heatherly, Alexandra Cebry, Chris Campbell, Ashley Cady, David Borneman, Daniel Boan, Lauren Dillon, Ty Zeigler, Lizzie Weston, Beth Frost, Brink Hinson, Sean Foerster, Mary Cothonneau Eldridge, Justin Washburn, Elizabeth Crane, Katy Bair, Eric Meadows, Katie Montgomery, Virginia Adams, Jessica Nickles. The board is also supported by CMA registrar Amber Waterstradt.

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About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA is undergoing a transformation funded by a successful capital campaign. Though some sections of the building will be affected during some phases of the work, the CMA remains open throughout renovations. The project is expected to be complete in late 2018. To learn more, visit www.columbiamuseum.org.