Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA
On view through February 24, 2019
Jasper Johns is one of most influential American artists of the 20th century. He painted symbols like numbers and flags, things that were ordinary. This radical vision led to the art movements known as Minimalism and Pop Art. Johns spent much of his childhood right here in Columbia. He never forgot his home state, and in 1999 he gave the CMA 39 works from his personal collection. Some are by Johns himself; others are by artists he admired, like Josef Albers, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.
Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA is presented through the support of our generous sponsors and grantors. Presenting Sponsors: Elliott Davis LLC, and Wells Fargo. Supporting Sponsors: Governor and Mrs. James H. Hodges. Contributing Sponsors: Barbara B. Boyd, Benjamin and Jerry Dell Gimarc, and Jeffry Caswell. Friend Sponsors: AgFirst, The Braddock Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, and C. Carroll Heyward and Susan B. Heyward. Patron Sponsor: Walda Wildman, CPA, LLC. Lipscomb Sponsor: Marcia and Allen Montgomery. Presenting Grantor: City of Forest Acres. Grantors: South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Richland County, City of Columbia, and South Carolina Arts Commission.
Jackson Pollock: Mural
On view through May 19, 2019
Jackson Pollock’s 20-foot-wide Mural changed the destiny of modern art. Not only did it catapult Pollock into the spotlight, but it also brought audacious new scale and experimentation to Abstract Expressionism. Through advanced technical imaging, conservators learned how the painting was created, and visitors are in for a unique treat as their results join the mural to fill two entire galleries with detailed looks into Pollock and his techniques.
Jackson Pollock: Mural is presented through the support of our generous sponsors. Presenting Sponsors: Suzan D. Boyd and Ed Sellers, Joyce and George Hill, and City of Forest Acres. Supporting Sponsors: Glenfield Capital & 1441 Main, and F2T. Contributing Sponsors: Bank of America, Schneider Company, and Pollock Company. Friend Sponsors: David and Jane Kulbersh, and Hotel Trundle. Patron Sponsors: David and Jane Kulbersh. Lipscomb Sponsor: Marcia and Allen Montgomery. Presenting Grantor: City of Forset Acres. Grantors: South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Richland County, City of Columbia, and South Carolina Arts Commission.
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit columbiamuseum.org or call 803-799-2810.
Book a Tour Free with Admission
Gather your friends and make a reservation to enjoy a docent-led or self-guided tour of the galleries at half the price during the renovations. Details at columbiamuseum.org/visit/tours.
Student programs support classroom instruction and meet state standards by providing opportunities to engage with works of art and culture from around the world. Using visual thinking strategies, our docent-led tours encourage the use of 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and visual literacy while touching on the three key areas of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate: world class knowledge, and life and career characteristics. Hands-on art-making sessions focus on the creative process, introduction to different art materials and techniques, and encouragement of self-expression while connecting to ideas discussed during the tour. For more information, contact us at 803-343-2163 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit columbiamuseum.org/field-trips.
Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Hunts
Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to enjoy the galleries with interactive activities. Themes can include color, line, shape, movement, and more! These art backpacks have options for younger and older children. To check out a backpack, just ask at the visitor services desk.
Gallery hunts mean fun for the whole family. Grab one and see what shapes, patterns, and colors you can spot. Available to borrow from the Gladys cart in the CMA lobby.
Gallery Tour: Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA and Jackson Pollock: Mural
Thursday, January 3 | 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26 | 1:00 p.m.
See work by pioneer artists of the midcentury and beyond in this insightful tour of two exhibitions. Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA includes works by Warhol, Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, and Johns himself. Explore the impact of these artists and learn how Johns was both shaped by and influenced his contemporaries. Then get an in-depth look at Jackson Pollock: Mural, featuring a work that helped catapult the famous artist’s career. Free with membership or admission.
Gallery Tour: CMA Collection Highlights
We’ve revamped the collection galleries, and with that come revamped tours. Each tour sheds light on the collection from a different angle. Free with membership or admission.
Gallery Tour: Cornerstones of the Collection
Sunday, January 20 | 2:00 p.m.
From corner to corner, see key works in the collection from East to West and from ancient to modern. This tour includes gems by artists like Botticelli, Monet, and Warhol, along with the first piece ever purchased by the CMA.
Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection
Sundays, January 6 and 27 | 2:00 p.m.
Discover the rich artistic tapestry of South Carolina. See works by artists in our state and treasures that once adorned local homes. Learn about the Charleston Renaissance, Catawba pottery, and artists right here in Columbia while you explore works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Samuel Roberts, Osamu Kobayashi, Georgia O'Keeffe, and more.
Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection
Sunday, January 13 | 2:00 p.m.
Get a glimpse into the story behind the art: the science to create the materials, the lives that shaped the artists' views, the thought process that leads a museum to acquire a piece, and the care required to keep a work of art in excellent condition for thousands of years.
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Hip to be Square
Wednesday, January 2 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition focuses on movement, motor skills, and visual literacy skills. Each program includes a story, gallery time, and an age-appropriate studio activity that emphasizes the process of artmaking rather than the final product. The toddler edition is specially designed for 2- and 3-year-old participants and their adult companions as a way to explore art through movement and play. Siblings welcome!
This month we’re focusing on shapes. Art is full of shapes—shapes like squares can be windows, quilts, or just, well, squares! Join us as we explore modern works of art in Midcentury Masters and create our own geometric compositions. Key topic: shape. Free. Registration required for all participants as space is limited.
Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, January 3 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join us for a fabulous evening filled with art! Enjoy a Focal Points: From Yesteryear to New Year tour with Executive Director Della Watkins at 6:00 p.m., laugh with The Mothers sketch comedy troupe of Trustus Theatre at 6:30 p.m., and take a gallery tour of Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA and Jackson Pollock: Mural at 7:00 p.m. Free admission all day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Focal Points: From Yesteryear to New Year
Thursday, January 3 | 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8 | 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 23 | 2:00 p.m.
The CMA collection has over 7,000 works. Meet the new, never-before seen, or finally-back on view with Executive Director Della Watkins. Learn the fascinating story of these pieces: from whence they came, what they are about, and why they are displayed now in the newly renovated galleries.
Focal Points is a series of gallery talks that feature topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of the CMA staff and tour guides. Come learn more about the collection while getting acquainted with the talented people who work here. Free with membership or admission.
Focal Points: An Artistic Epiphany
Sunday, January 6 | 11:00 a.m.
In the Christian tradition, January 6 is celebrated as the Feast of Epiphany and the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem. For many, it also represents Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the Christmas season. Join longtime docent Ann Holtschlag for a look at Medieval and Renaissance works of art that celebrate Christmas and the Nativity at this last moment before the holidays are over.
Focal Points is a series of gallery talks that feature topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of the staff and tour guides. Come learn more about the CMA collection while getting acquainted with the talented people who work here. Free with membership or admission.
Saturday, January 12 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us for the launch of Stop-In Studios, a creative drop-in for all ages, held on the second Saturday of every month. Check out the CMA’s brand new studios, get inspired in the galleries, and get hands-on with your own art project. Free with membership or admission.
Ikebana Flower Arrangement Demonstration and Display
Sunday, January 13 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement combining nature with an artistic touch. Local Ikebana Chapter 182 will be on hand to display their creations inspired by Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA and Jackson Pollock: Mural. At 12:30 p.m. enjoy a tea demonstration and at 2:00 p.m. see traditional Chinese dancing by Laura Yin. Free. Galleries free with membership or admission.
Gladys’ Gang Preschool Edition: Hip to be Square
Wednesday January 16 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Gladys’ Gang Preschool Edition is specially designed for 4- and 5-year-old participants and their adult companions as a way to explore art through play and inquiry and build skills for kindergarten readiness. Each program includes a story, gallery time, and an age-appropriate studio activity that emphasizes the process of artmaking rather than the final product. Siblings welcome!
This month we’re focusing on shapes. Art is full of shapes — shapes like squares can be windows, quilts, or just, well, squares! Join us as we explore modern works of art in Midcentury Masters and create our own geometric compositions. Key topic: shape. Free. Registration required for all participants as space is limited.
Art Class: Getting to Know Your Jewelry Metalworking Tools
Wednesday, January 16 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
In this beginner metalsmith and jewelry making class, gain the primary skills to create your own metal jewelry. Learn how to use the basic tools to saw, file, hammer, sand, and punch metal into your first jewelry piece. Leave class with a finished pendant or dangly earrings designed and constructed from a square inch of silver. Taught by local artist Heather Parsons. All tools and materials provided. Ages 15 and up. $90 / $72 for members.
Art Class: Digital Photography
Thursdays, January 17 and 24 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Get the most out of your digital camera in this two-part workshop. Learn about camera parts and modes, manual settings, composition, shooting, and editing techniques. Taught by local art educator Sara McGregor. You must bring a digital camera and a portable device for uploading and editing your photos. Ages 15 and up. $60 / 48 for members.
Arts & Draughts
Friday, January 18 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Art, drink, and be happy! Columbia’s most creative party is back and bigger, better, and bolder than ever. Check out new spaces like the studios, the Loft, and the Cross Hatch. Enjoy beer tastings from Columbia Craft Brewing Company and a sour beer station courtesy of The Whig. Live musical performances from H3RO, Numbtongue, and Stagbriar. Share some laughs with Soda City Standup. Plus, D.I.Y. art projects from Unsweetened Magazine, Girls Rock Columbia, and Subpar Magazine, scavenger hunts, unique perspective tours, food from Village Idiot Pizza, Curiosity Coffee, and Los Chicanos, and more. Cash bar. $10 / $5 for members.
FAAAC presents In Celebration of Dreamers
Monday, January 21 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In this unique MLK Day celebration, the Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) hosts a day of renewal to celebrate those who are keeping Dr. King’s dream alive — the doers, the change makers, the everyday people working to make our world a better place. Recharge by immersing yourself in art, culture, and community. This lively day of self-care features craft projects, wellness stations, artist-led workshops, music, performances, gallery tours, and more. Galleries open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Food available for purchase. Free admission presented by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Art Class: Learn to Draw in a Day
Saturday, January 26 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of drawing with this workshop taught by local art educator Mary Hendrix. Experiment with pencil, charcoal, conté crayon, and more. Hendrix earned a bachelor’s degree in art from East Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of South Carolina. All materials included. Ages 15 and up. $60 / $48 for members.
The Contemporaries Ball: A Modern Masquerade
Saturday, January 26 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Don your most elegant attire and a creative mask for the Contemporaries’ annual ball. See the unveiling of this affinity group’s latest gift to the CMA, a piece by New York-based artist Daniel Rozin. Rozin will be in attendance to discuss the piece and address the audience once the art has been unveiled. Dance along to The Reggie Sullivan Band in the Atrium and DJ D DUBB spinning in the Loft. Tickets include a full bar and heavy hors d'oeurves. $100 individual / $150 couple, $75 individual / $125 couple for Contemporaries members.
Tender Savages: The Masculine Construction of Jackson Pollock’s Destruction
Sunday, January 27 | 3:00 p.m.
Known for their grit, writers David Joy, Adam Vines, and CMA Writer-in-Residence Ray McManus will read from their latest works and discuss the mythos of masculine selfhood as embodied in the art of Jackson Pollock. Free with membership or admission.
Joy is the author of the Edgar-nominated novel Where All Light Tends To Go as well as the novels The Weight Of This World and The Line That Held Us and the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey, which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award. His latest short stories and essays have appeared in Time, The New York Times Magazine, Garden & Gun, and The Bitter Southerner. Joy lives in the North Carolina mountains.
Vines is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review. He is the author of Out of Speech and The Coal Life and coauthor of Day Kink and According to Discretion He has published recently or has poems forthcoming in Ecotone, The Hopkins Review, Five Points, Southwest Review, Green Mountains Review, 32 Poems, and The Greensboro Review. During the summers, he is on staff at The Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
McManus is the author of three books of poetry: Punch. Red Dirt Jesus, and Driving through the Country before You Are Born. His poetry has been published recently in SC Review, Cold Mountain Review, and Talking River. McManus is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter, where he directs the South Carolina Center for Oral Narrative. McManus also serves as Writer-in-Residence at the Columbia Museum of Art.
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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 recently underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, an entrance on Main Street, and a revamped CMA shop. Overall, more than 15,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit www.columbiamuseum.org.