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: Dr. Suzan D. Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers, Joyce and George Hill, and City of Forest Acres. Supporting Sponsors: Glenfield Capital & 1441 Main, and F2T. Contributing Sponsors: Bank of America, The Schneider Company, and The Pollock Company. Friend Sponsor: Hotel Trundle. Patron Sponsors: David and Jane Kulbersh. Lipscomb Sponsor: Marcia and Allen Montgomery. Grantors: South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism; Richland County; City of Columbia; and South Carolina Arts Commission.
A Life with Art: Gifts from Dwight and Sue Emanuelson
On view through May 19, 2019
Dwight and Sue Emanuelson have generously given artworks to the CMA for 35 years, and this sweeping four-gallery exhibition celebrates the couple’s ardent engagement with art and artists. Highlights include Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and midcentury design, with work by Pierre Cardin and Charles and Ray Eames. This is a unique collection of modern and contemporary art assembled through the lens of one couple’s life with art and each other.
Shades of Greene: The Art of Sanford Greene
On view April 4 – June 23, 2019
Sanford Greene has worked professionally in comic illustration and related industries for over 15 years, including work for mainline publishers Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image Comics. Greene’s most recent work with Marvel series Power Man and Iron Fist as well as covers for Black Panther and Luke Cage have made him well known in the comic-book scene, but his work is multidimensional. Taking a broad look at his artistic evolution, this exhibition explores Greene’s versatility as an artist and illustrator from an early age into his professional career.
Latinidad: Latin American Art from the Collection
On view April 26 – September 1, 2019
Latinidad: Latin American Art from the Collection features 20 rarely seen gems from the collection made between the 1950s and early 1990s by artists born in Chile, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, including Roberto Matta, René Portocarrero, Ruffino Tamayo, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. With styles and influences on view including Mexican folk art and Surrealism, the installation also showcases a complete 1953 portfolio by important print collective Centro de Arte Puertorriqueño (Center for Puerto Rican Art) and contemporary photography by Jorge Otero.
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit columbiamuseum.org or call 803-799-2810.
Book a Tour and Save
Gather your friends and enjoy discounted admission as you get an inside look at our exhibitions or collection with a docent-led tour. 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 visit columbiamuseum.org/learn/educators/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: Jackson Pollock: Mural and A Life with Art: Gifts from Dwight and Sue Emanuelson
Thursday, May 2 | 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays, May 4, 11, and 18 | 1:00 p.m.
Join us for a closer look at a collection that provides a cross-section of modern art through the eyes of the Emanuelsons, a couple who has been purchasing art since the 1960s. A Life with Art features works of Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and midcentury design, including examples by Pierre Cardin and Charles and Ray Eames. This is complemented by Jackson Pollock’s seminal Mural, which served as both a launching pad for Pollock’s artistic fame and a cornerstone of collector and visionary Peggy Guggenheim’s world-class collection.
Gallery Tour: CMA Collection Highlights
With revamped collection galleries 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, May 5 and 26 | 1:00 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
Sunday, May 12 | 1:00 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, May 19 | 1:00 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: How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, May 1 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This month we explore things that grow outside in the springtime, from flowers and leaves to the tallest of trees. Key topic: growth.
This program is specially designed for 2- to 3-year-old participants and their adult companions as a way to explore art through movement and play. It includes story time, gallery exploration, and a creative studio activity related to the art exploration theme. Siblings welcome! Free. Registration required for all participants as space is limited.
Art Class: Painting, Painting, Painting
Wednesdays, May 1, 8, and 15 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Brush up on your painting skills in this three-part class! Create three unique pieces of art using chalk pastel, acrylic paint, and oil paint to better understand color blending, brushwork, and glazing. Taught by Laurel Archie, a professional painter and instructor who studied art in Chicago, Italy, and Paris before receiving her MFA from USC and teaching at their School of Visual Art and Design. All skill levels welcome. Some familiarity with drawing and painting will be helpful. Ages 15 and up. Supplies and equipment provided. $140 / $112 for members.
Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, May 2 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Come experience an evening filled with art! Enjoy improv with The Mothers of Trustus Theatre at 6:30, a guided gallery tour of A Life with Art: Gifts from Dwight and Sue Emanuelson and Jackson Pollock: Mural at 7:00, and bands and a pop-up beer and wine garden from The Whig on the newly renovated Boyd Plaza. Cash bar. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation. Free admission all day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
FAAAC presents Back to Our Roots: Celebrating African American Food Culture
Thursday, May 2 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join the Friends of African American Art & Culture to explore food culture across the African Diaspora, the cultural connections to the land, and the benefits of plant-based eating in a unique twist on our annual meeting. The evening kicks off with a brief year-in-review followed by a conversation with local chefs, a food tasting, and music by Beyond the Deep. Featuring Chef Folami Geter of A Peace of Soul; Chef Saa of Rawtopian Bliss; Health Educator Bonita Clemons of Dianne’s Call; and KJ Kearney, founder of Charleston’s Red Rice Day (moderator). $10 / $5 for FAAAC members. Ticket includes two tasting tickets. Additional food available for purchase.
Play on the Plaza
Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come out and play on Boyd Plaza with the CMA! Join us every Saturday for free, drop-in design challenges for guests of all ages and abilities. Use our lesson plans or your own imagination to tap into your engineering ingenuity. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation. Free.
Walking Tour: Main Street Columbia
Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25 | 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Offering more than 150 years' worth of architectural trends, Columbia's Main Street is a physical legacy of its citizens' aspirations and accomplishments. Join Historic Columbia to see the city's oldest "skyscraper," an IBM-punch-card-inspired office building, and the State Capitol. Walk through Columbia's first indoor shopping mall and learn how an old department store became an art museum. Allow approximately 60 minutes for this tour. Meet at Boyd Plaza 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation. $10 / $5 for CMA and Historic Columbia members / 17 and under free. No preregistration; walkup tickets only.
Tuesday, May 7 | 6:00 a.m. – Midnight
We need your support in this online giving event! Please visit midlandsgives.org on May 7 to make your charitable, tax-deductible gift to the Columbia Museum of Art in support of the museum’s award-winning arts education and community enrichment programs. This day of philanthropy that brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits, is hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation.
Focal Points: From Dynasties to Dictators
Tuesday, May 7 | 11:00 a.m.
Join Docent Joyce Leet to explore China through art, from early Buddhist sculpture all the way up to Andy Warhol’s take on Chairman Mao. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of the staff and tour guides. Free with membership or admission.
CMA Chamber Music on Main
Tuesday, May 7 | Happy hour and galleries open at 6:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.
Music plus art equals a magical experience with this critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring new artistic director Andrew Armstrong. In the season finale, Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes and cellist (and former CMoM artistic director) Edward Arron join Armstrong on piano to play works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Dvořák. CMA Chamber Music on Main, a longtime fan-favorite program, brings together world-class musicians acclaimed in their respective instruments. Presented by U.S. Trust. $42 / $35 members / $5 students.
Saturday, May 11 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come enjoy 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 inspired by works in A Life with Art: Gifts from Dwight and Sue Emanuelson. Free with membership or admission.
Focal Points: Thinking Outside the Galleries
Tuesday, May 14 | 11:00 a.m.
Art at the CMA isn’t just behind glass doors — you can find sculptures, paintings, and brand new installations throughout our public spaces. Join Exhibition Designer/Preparator Mike Dwyer and Preparator Daniel Richardson as they give us an inside look at how these pieces are installed, whether by drawing 10,000 lines or lifting an 1,800-pound work of art one story above the ground. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of the staff and tour guides. Free with membership or admission.
Gladys’ Gang Preschool Edition: How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, May 15 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This month we explore things that grow outside in the springtime, from flowers and leaves to the tallest of trees. Key topic: plants.
This program is specially designed for 4- to 5-year-old participants and their adult companions as a way to explore art through play and inquiry. This program builds skills for kindergarten readiness through story time, gallery conversations, and a creative studio project related to the art exploration theme. Siblings welcome! Free. Registration required for all participants as space is limited.
Columbia Design League presents Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Documentary Screening
Thursday, May 16 | Social Hour 6:00 p.m. | Film 7:00 p.m.
In 1960, urban activist Jane Jacobs penned The Death and Life of Great American Cities — a book that explored how modern cities were being developed and detailed the consequences of urban renewal. The Citizen Jane documentary retraces her battles during the midcentury urbanization of New York City and examines the cities of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions. The film is presented by the Columbia Design League and will be introduced by City of Columbia preservation staff. Light refreshments and cash bar. Free. Registration required as space is limited.
Chaye Alexander presents Live at Boyd Plaza
Sunday, May 26 | Galleries open and free 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Concert 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Experience an evening of music on the beautiful new Boyd Plaza. Chaye Alexander — creative producer, former broadcast talent, and owner of the popular performance venue Chayz Lounge — partners with the CMA for a dynamic outdoor concert series. This season premiere features electric violinist extraordinaire JaVonne Jones, a talented musician known for mesmerizing performances of jazz, soul, and popular music with hints of classical undertones. Cash bar. Food available for purchase. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation. Free.
Hamptons on Hampton
Friday, May 31 | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Kick off summer in style with the 2nd annual Hamptons on Hampton, a unique fundraising event that brings Montauk to the museum. Dress in your stylish all-white outfit and celebrate on Boyd Plaza. Be among the first to preview the art of Jimmy Kuehnle as his giant pink inflatable sculpture bursts from the museum’s façade. Dance to tunes spun by DJ D DUBB and enjoy summer-inspired hors d’oeuvres, rosé wine, local craft beer, and a signature cocktail. $60 / $50 for members / $85 per person for limited VIP cabana seating with complimentary champagne and a dedicated bar. Priority member registration April 12 – 19. Tickets available to the general public on April 20. Hamptons on Hampton raises significant funds to support the museum’s award-winning arts education and community enrichment programs. Sponsorships available; contact Samantha Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-343-2207.
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.