Columbia Museum of Art September 2018 Calendar

Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell
On view August 17 – October 28, 2018
Katie Pell embraces the beauty in imperfection and the humor in insecurities, welcoming the downtrodden and enveloping them affectionately in oversized art. She engages an eclectic supporting cast to tell her story, including fallen rock angel Peter Frampton, Jesus of Nazareth, sensitive woodland creatures, and awkward teenagers. With a mix of hippie-era idealism, dark wit, and personal grit, Katie Pell reminds us that we are all performing our lives. We occasionally deserve a little luck and a standing ovation.

Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell is presented through the support of our generous sponsors and grantors. Presenting Sponsor: Marcia Stine. Friend Sponsors: Burnette, Shutt, and McDaniel, Ginny Newell and Bob Wilkins, and Jane and David Kulbersh. Patron Sponsors: Isvara Wilson. Support for the CMA exhibition program is provided by Lipscomb Sponsors: Marcia and Allen Montgomery.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed
On view August 17 – October 28, 2018
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed is a haunting portfolio of images that offer a primordial, nonlinear sense of time. The artist created these seascapes between 1980 and 1991, yet chose to use a large-format camera, long exposure, and 19th-century techniques. Transformed into a suite of 50 lithographs, these images capture vastly different bodies of water around the world in different conditions and at different times of day. Visually minimal, they represent wholeness, infinity, and the sublime beauty of quietude.


SC: Bridging the Past and Present
On view August 17 – October 28, 2018
This CMA-curated South Carolina student photography exhibition illustrates the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow. Every day in the Palmetto State, we revitalize and modernize vestiges of the past. This can be seen through buildings and landscapes, cultural events such as markets and festivals, and stories shared by all ages. Thanks to our eight-year partnership, in fall 2018 the exhibition will travel to Washington, D.C., where it will be installed in Senator Lindsey Graham’s Capitol Hill offices. This exhibition will be on view for approximately one year and will be seen by over 7,000 people.

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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: Featured Exhibitions
Saturdays | 1:00 p.m.
Explore the beauty of imperfection with rock ‘n’ roll icons and woodland adventures in Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell and dive into the quiet and meditative ocean scenes in Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: CMA Collection Highlights
Sundays | 2:00 p.m.
The collection is back! In celebration of this major renovations milestone, we are returning with revamped gallery tours of the collection. Each tour sheds light on the collection from a different angle. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection
Sundays, September 9 and 30 | 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.

Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection
Sundays, September 2 and 23 | 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: Cornerstones of the Collection
Sunday, September 16 | 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.

First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, September 6 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The collection is back! Check out our new themes like Vice and Virtue or Art and Identity and see works from East to West and from ancient to modern in a tour at 6:00. Have a laugh with The Mothers sketch comedy troupe from Trustus Theatre at 6:30. At 7:00 enjoy a 15-minute playlet with the final installment of the Ugly Art series. At 7:30 join us for a look at Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell with a brief tour. Galleries are free with membership or admission.

Columbia Design League Annual Meeting featuring Mike Lydon
Thursday, September 6 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Come meet the Columbia Design League and learn what this membership affiliate group is all about. Hear from Mike Lydon, a tactical urbanism expert with New York’s Street Plans, an award-winning urban planning, design, and research advocacy firm. Lydon is the creator of the Open Streets Project, the author of the globally acclaimed Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change, and an advocate for livable cities. Meeting and social hour at 6:00 p.m. Lecture at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments, beer, and wine served. $10 / Free for CDL members.

Passport to Art: That’s a Relief!
Sunday, September 9 | Noon – 3:00 p.m. | Tour at 1:00 p.m.
The CMA collection is back! Let’s explore the new galleries and look at relief sculpture, which combines 2D art with 3D sculpture to create a picture that pops off the background. Then create your very own metal embossed piece. This drop-in program for families features a new hands-on art project each month. Free.

About Face Drawing Sessions
Tuesdays, September 11 and 25
Portrait Drawing | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Figure Drawing | 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Meet at 701 Whaley
Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There's no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Drawing sessions are held at historic 701 Whaley throughout museum renovations. Must be 18 or older to participate. $10 / $8 for members / $5 for students. Includes both sessions.

Columbia Museum of Art Writer-in-Residence program: The Write Around Series with Ed Madden and Ray McManus
Sunday, September 16 | 3:00 p.m.
The Write Around Series invites writers to create poetry and prose inspired by the art in the CMA. Join award-winning poets Ray McManus and Ed Madden as they launch the series with work inspired by the dynamic themes of the newly installed collection galleries. Supported by South Carolina Humanities. Free with membership or admission.

Peace and Quiet: Yoga in the Galleries
Wednesday, September 19 | 11:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
In honor of Hiroshi Sugimoto: Time Exposed, the CMA offers yoga in the galleries featuring a gentle, meditative practice. Attendees will channel the serenity of these ocean prints, contemplating the peace found in the pieces and within themselves. Instructor Elizabeth Houck is a Columbia-raised artist and activist whose yoga practice implements meditation and movement as modes for exploration, empowerment, and empathy. Please bring your own mat and wear comfortable clothing. Registration required as space is limited. $12 / $10 for members.

For Freedoms Town Hall: Freedom of Expression – Arts and Justice
Monday, September 24 | 6:30 p.m.
Want to learn more about freedom of expression within our community and how art can be a lens for civil discourse? At this town hall, a panel of artists and lawyers has a high-level sociopolitical discussion on freedom of speech from artistic, global, and local perspectives. Afterward, “talk back” with a response wall and visit the voter registration booth to learn how your voice can be heard this November.

For Freedoms is a national platform for greater engagement in the arts and in civil society. The CMA is one of the few South Carolina locations participating in their 50 State Initiative, which models how arts institutions become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Free.

Enduring Spirit Awards
Thursday, September 27 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Friends of African American Art & Culture present the second annual Enduring Spirit Awards, honoring the outstanding achievements of African American women in the Midlands working to improve their communities. Awards presentation starts at 6:00 p.m. Reception to follow the presentation. $25 / $20 for FAAAC members. $30 at the door.

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