Columbia Museum of Art November 2018 Calendar


Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns’ Gifts to the CMA
On view November 16, 2018 – 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, and The Braddock Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Patron Sponsor: Walda Wildman, CPA, LLC. Lipscomb Sponsor: Marcia and Allen Montgomery. Grantor: City of Forest Acres.

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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

School 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 us at

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
Saturdays, November 17 and 24 | 1:00 p.m.
See works by pioneer artists of the midcentury and beyond in this insightful tour. 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 shaped by his contemporaries. 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
Saturday, November 10 | 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 18 | 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, November 4 and 25 | 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
Saturday, November 3 | 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 11 | 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 that's required to keep a work of art in excellent condition for thousands of years.

First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, November 1 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the completion of phase two of our three-phase renovation project. Enter through the new Main Street entrance and explore the new art studios and CMA Shop. Drop in to the studios to make your own bamboo book or mini Pollock painting. In the CMA Shop, Bruges Chocolaterie brings their delicious hand-painted chocolates. At 6:00 p.m., explore some cornerstones of the CMA collection with a brief tour. Enjoy a laugh with The Mothers sketch comedy troupe from Trustus Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Free. Tour and galleries free with membership or admission.

CMA Contemporaries Farm to Table Harvest Dinner
Thursday, November 1 | 6:30 p.m.
Join the Contemporaries of the Columbia Museum of Art for their second annual Farm to Table Harvest Dinner at City Roots. Enjoy expertly created, farm-driven cuisine with ingredients sourced right from the farm. The dinner is four courses served family style and includes a signature cocktail and three wine pairings. $85.

Get Out the Vote! Gallery Tour
Tuesday, November 6 | 11:00 a.m.
Make sure your voice is heard today! In honor of Election Day, this family-friendly tour focuses on political or civic minded figures in the CMA collection. Vote on your favorites after the tour. Free with membership or admission.

Columbia Design League presents The Public Restroom: Fear, Decency, and Design
Wednesday, November 7 | Social hour at 6:00 p.m. | Lecture 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Harvey Molotch, professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at New York University and co-editor of the book Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing, has a beef with American public bathrooms—the physical design often makes an important everyday experience exceedingly uncomfortable. Join us to learn about historical and contemporary public restroom design and how it reflects persistent cultural attitudes toward three key aspects of life: gender, class, and disability. Light refreshments, beer, and wine will be served. $10 / free for CDL members. Please RSVP.

Gladys’ Gang: Leafy Greens (and Yellows and Reds)
Wednesday, November 7 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
It’s autumn! Join us as we celebrate the season by highlighting art with thick forests and falling leaves. Participants (ages 2 – 5) and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape, and texture during the Gladys’ Gang series. This program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the art exploration. Key topic: trees. Free. Registration required as space is limited.

CinéCola 2018
Friday, November 9 | 6:00 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Screening
To mark the centennial of the Armistice ending World War I, join us for Xavier Beauvois’s 2017 film Les Gardiennes / The Guardians. An adaptation of Ernest Pérochon’s 1924 novel of the same name, the film centers on women in rural France keeping up the home front. Starring Nathalie Baye, her daughter Laura Smet, and Iris Bry. Rated R. 138 minutes, in French with English subtitles. Reception offered by the Alliance Française of Columbia. Free.

Leatherworking 101
Saturday, November 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn the fundamental skills of leathercraft. Through step-by-step instruction, participants stamp, carve, etch, and dye unique designs into leather to create something wearable or sharable. Taught by local leathercraft artist Ashley Nichole. All supplies and materials included. Ages 15 and up. $90 / $72 for members.

Baker & Baker presents VS Guitar Duo
Sunday, November 11 | 3:00 p.m.
VS Guitar Duo unites music from different parts of the world and conquers the hearts of audiences with incendiary melodies and dances that originated centuries ago in the Romani camps of Russia and Europe. Russian 7-string guitarist Vadim Kolpakov and his nephew, young virtuoso Sasha Kolpakov Jr., give colorful performances that delight spectators with a unique combination of Roma-Gypsy traditions and modern sound.

The Baker & Baker series is devoted to highlighting diverse musical performances, ranging from contemporary classical and jazz to global music. This season features some of the themes found in the CMA collection brought to life through musical performance. The pieces in this performance explore the idea of place. Free.

Passport to Art: Don’t Forget Your Layers
Sunday, November 11 | Noon – 3:00 p.m. | Family Tour at 1:00 p.m.
Artists can use many layers in a work of art. Get creative and use layers to make your own multimedia landscape of an autumn scene in the drop-in studio. At 1:00 p.m. take a brief tour to explore some of the pieces in the CMA collection that have multiple steps, from landscape paintings to ceramics. Free.

Cocktails that Care: An FAAAC Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 14 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mosey down Main to join the Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) for a philanthropic happy hour hosted by the Capital City Club (1201 Main St. #2500). At this meet and greet, learn how the FAAAC adds to a vibrant museum experience and the ways you can be involved. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktail with a $10 donation to the FAAAC at the door. All are welcome. No registration required.

Basic Bookbinding: Soft-Cover Journals and Sketchbooks
Thursday, November 15 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Explore the basics of bookbinding in this three-hour workshop. Learn how to prepare paper for hand-bound books, gain familiarity with bookbinding tools, and discover the skills to start a new hobby. By the end of this workshop, you will complete two beautiful soft-cover books to use as journals or sketchbooks. Taught by local artist Allison Cicero Moore. All supplies and materials included. Ages 15 and up. $60 / $48 for members.

The Write Around Series with Joy Priest and Tim Conroy
Sunday, November 18 | 3:00 p.m.
Join poets Joy Priest and Tim Conroy as they share work inspired by the dynamic themes of the newly installed collection galleries.

The Write Around Series, part of the CMA's Writer-in-Residence program, features poetry and prose inspired by art in the museum. Free with membership or admission. Supported by South Carolina Humanities.

Black Friday Gallery Tour
Friday, November 23 | 2:00 p.m.
Sometimes art can be kind of dark. In this special edition tour, see pieces in the CMA collection that explore the use of the color black and some that are just a bit moody. Free with membership or admission.

Focal Points: Reinstallation
Tuesday, November 27 | 11:00 a.m.
Come learn more about the CMA collection while also getting acquainted with the talented people who work here. Exhibition Designer and Preparator Mike Dwyer details the careful process of planning and physically executing the reinstallation the collection during renovations. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks that feature topics and themes that are near and dear to the hearts of the CMA staff and docent volunteers. Free with membership or admission.

CMA Chamber Music on Main
Tuesday, November 27 | Happy Hour at 6:00 p.m. | Concert at 7:00 p.m. | Galleries open during happy hour.
Music plus art equals a magical experience with this critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring new artistic director Andrew Armstrong. Yura Lee on violin, Salley Koo on violin,Tanner Menees on viola, Gabriel Cabezas on cello, and Renana Gutman on piano play works by Mozart, Beethoven, Zwilich, and Dvořák. CMA Chamber Music on Main, a longtime fan-favorite program, brings together world-class musicians who are acclaimed in their respective instruments. Presented by U.S. Trust. $42 / $35 member tickets / $5 student tickets.

Evening for Educators
Wednesday, November 28 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Educators from across the state are invited to join the CMA for an evening of art, wine, and nibbles as they enjoy a sneak peek of our newest exhibitions. USC professor Brad Collins will be on hand to discuss modernism in light of our newest exhibitions, Jackson Pollock: Mural and Midcentury Masters: Jasper Johns' Gifts to the CMA. Educators are invited to explore the exhibition galleries and learn about new tour scripts and try out lesson plan materials focusing on the latest exhibitions. Attendees will receive documentation for professional development renewal credit. Free. Registration required as space is limited. Sponsored by Bank of America.

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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

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