Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas
On view through September 8, 2019
Mimi Kato draws on the rich history and visual traditions of Japanese culture as well as the absurd everyday elements of contemporary life and merges them in imaginary landscapes. In her lengthy artistic process, Kato photographs herself as a range of costumed characters — from everyday Japanese citizens to fantastical creatures in the forest — and embeds these images into large photomontages. Her work is narratively complex and darkly humorous.
Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas is presented through the support of our generous sponsors. Supporting Sponsors: Susan Thorpe and John Baynes. Patron Sponsor: Bill Schmidt.
Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle's Inflatable Art
On view through September 8, 2019
Jimmy Kuehnle is a performance and sculpture-based artist who creates large-scale, high-tech inflatables that expand our notions of abstract art. For this exhibition, Kuehnle fills four exhibition galleries with touchable, interactive environments using inflatables that combine, sound, light, space, and texture to create unexpected experiences for visitors as they move under, through, and around these works. Kuehnle has also created a bright pink inflatable sculpture that projects dramatically out of our façade’s architectural grid overlooking Boyd Plaza, literally spilling out into the city as a calling card to the wonder inside.
Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle's Inflatable Art is presented through the support of our generous sponsors. Supporting Sponsors: The Contemporaries of CMA. Contributing Sponsors: Haynsworth, Sinkler, Boyd; Quackenbush Architects + Planners; and Carolina Conservation. Friend Sponsors: Kathleen and Kirkman Finlay, Mr. and Mrs. Kester S. Freeman, Jr., and ReNewell,Inc. Fine Art Conservation. Patron Sponsors: Bill Schmidt, and Hotel Trundle. Additional support from Sheila and Tony DiCioccio.
Indie Grits Lower Richland StoryLab: Places of Freedom
On view through September 15, 2019
These works were born of the Lower Richland StoryLab: Places of Freedom, a year-long in-school media program that focuses on the issues faced by rural communities in and around Hopkins, South Carolina, in the 21st century. With the instruction of artist-in-residence and Lower Richland native Mahkia Greene, over 50 Lower Richland High School students created new works of media art that examine their community’s past, tell its stories, challenge misconceptions, explore challenges identified by residents, and present a vision for the future of Lower Richland County.
Lower Richland StoryLab is a collaboration between Lower Richland High School and Indie Grits Labs, an arts organization that serves Columbia and the Southeast through three central pillars: community-based arts projects, media education programs, and an annual film festival.
Latinidad: Latin American Art from the Collection
On view through 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, Rufino 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.
Seeing Through the Layers: Linocuts by Maryanna Williams
On view September 6 through December 29, 2019
Maryanna Williams’ imagery creates a dialogue between simple forms and intricate patterns. In her prints she has explored moths, jellyfish, and even Italian Renaissance portraits, each subject chosen for its inherent beauty, delicate patterning, and vibrant hues. Close up and filling the picture plane, her subjects shift between realism and abstraction, at times dissolving into facets of color and marks vibrating across surfaces. Williams’ work is not about scientific illustration or realism, but about transforming subjects from nature and art into images that express her deep passion for the intense beauty that she sees in the world.
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
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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, visit columbiamuseum.org/field-trips or contact us at 803-343-2163.
Gallery Tour: Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas and Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art
Thursday, September 5 | 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 7 | 1:00 p.m.
Experience dynamic and playful works of art from two contemporary artists. In Ordinary Sagas, Mimi Kato photographs herself as a vast range of characters with theatrical poses — from everyday Japanese citizens in suburbs to fantastical creatures in the woods — and embeds these images in large, colorful archival pigment prints to explore a range of contemporary issues. In Wow Pop Bliss, Jimmy Kuehnle fills four galleries with touchable, interactive environments using inflatables that combine sound, light, space, and texture to create unexpected experiences for visitors as they move under, through, and around these artworks. Free with membership or admission.
Gallery Tour: CMA Collection Highlights
Each tour sheds light on the collection from a different angle. Free with membership or admission.
Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection
Sundays, September 1 and 22 | 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.
Gallery Tour: Cornerstones of the Collection
Sundays, September 8 and 29 | 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, September 15 | 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, and more.
Play on the Plaza
Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come out and play on Boyd Plaza with the CMA! Join us every Saturday to build and create with our big blue blocks, perfect for guests of all ages and abilities. Try a design challenge or use your imagination to tap into your engineering ingenuity. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation. Free.
Play on the Plaza with The South Carolina State Fair
Saturday, September 7 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The SC State Fair celebrates their 150th Anniversary on Boyd Plaza! Spin their giant prize wheel to win big, try your best at some favorite retro fair games, or grab your fair tickets early from FRED, The SC State Fair’s portable ticket booth.
Focal Points: Hats Off!
Tuesday, September 3 | 2:00 p.m.
Docent Ann Holtschlag devotes a tour to headwear of all types and examines what these adornments may have signified. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of staff and tour guides. Free with membership or admission.
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: City Streets
Wednesday, September 4 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Buildings, cars, people. What makes a city? This month we explore urbanscapes in the galleries before creating our own city scenes. Key topic: city.
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. This program 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.
Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, September 5 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Come experience an evening filled with art! Have a laugh with improv group The Mothers of Trustus Theatre at 6:30, explore Black artistry in the CMA collection at 6:30 with Docent Nancy Tolsen, and take a guided tour of featured exhibitions at 7:00. Plus, see screenings of Lower Richland High School student films from the Guignard Gallery exhibition Indie Grits Lower Richland StoryLab: Places of Freedom and pop into the studios to create your own landscape inspired by Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation. Free admission all day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
CMA Freshman Mixer
Thursday, September 5 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Incoming college freshmen — come learn about local art events, community resources, and the perks of becoming a museum member during Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA. Explore current exhibitions with a competitive scavenger hunt for prizes. Enjoy a photobooth; a complimentary mocktail bar; an interactive vignette from CMA affinity groups the Contemporaries, Columbia Design League, and Friends of African American Art & Culture; and art activities from the CMA and USC printmaking club Ink & Paper. Snow cones and food available for purchase. Free. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
Focal Points: Black Cultural Art
Thursday, September 5 | 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 | 2:00 p.m.
Docent Nancy Tolson explores the extraordinary Black artistry in the CMA collection. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of staff and tour guides. Free with membership or admission.
An Evening of Serious Whimsy
Friday, September 6 | 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a closing party for the summer exhibitions Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas and Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art, both on view through September 8. Enjoy original, playful contemporary classical music inspired by the art of Kato and Kuehnle, party in the Keuhnle-inspired dance bubble, and Instagram your experience in a Kato-inspired immersive photo backdrop with props and fashion help from O.P.T. Collective. In the concert at 8:00 p.m., musicians from USC’s School of Music perform works that explore new and fresh ways of merging music with visual inspiration. Known for their work with Spark Collective, the musicians include bassoonist Avery Dabe, soprano Catherine Howland, flutist Sabrina Raber, pianist and composer Grace Shepard, and pianist and composer Jacob Wylie. Food trucks and cash bar featuring beer, wine, and sake. $5 / free for members. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
Educator Workshop: The Artful Designer: Using Art Objects to Develop Design Thinking Skills
Saturday, September 7 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Designed for elementary school teachers (all subject areas)
Saturday, September 28 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Designed for middle and high school teachers (all subject areas)
With design at its core, this half-day workshop gives an overview of the South Carolina Design Thinking Standards and how art can be infused in cross-curricular design projects. Take a curator-led look at the museum’s design gallery and participate in hands-on games and activities that can be modeled and modified for use with students, encouraging them to work collaboratively to develop design thinking mentality. All materials provided. Registration fee includes gallery admission and one set of CMA Person, Place, Product cards. Participants earn four hours of professional renewal credit. Sponsored by Colonial Life. $25 / $20 for members.
CMA Chamber on Main
Thursday, September 12 | 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 chamber concert series featuring artistic director and pianist Andrew Armstrong. Amy Schwartz Moretti on violin, Ayane Kozasa on viola, Glenn Fischbach on cello, and Jeewon Park on piano join Armstrong to play works by Von Dohnányi, Fauré, Boulanger, and Suk. CMA Chamber Music on Main, a longtime fan-favorite program, brings together world-class musicians who are acclaimed in their respective instruments. Presented by Bank of America Private Bank. $42 / $35 for members / $5 for students.
Family Fun Night
Friday, September 13 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Show at 6:00 p.m.
Meet us on Boyd Plaza for an evening of fun! FBN Opera for Kids presents the story of The Three Little Pigs based on scenes from operas by Mozart. Come early or stay late to enjoy design challenges, games and art activities on the plaza. Food available for purchase. Free. This project was supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
Focal Points: The Art of Disability
Saturday, September 14 | 2:00 p.m.
Docent Bauer Westeren focuses on the depiction of bodies that are in some way disabled. As someone with a disability, he is intrigued by bodies that are not “ideal” within art and what that art might be saying about physical limitations. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of CMA staff and tour guides. Free with membership or admission.
Saturday, September 14 | 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 new studios, get inspired in the galleries, and create pieces that bid farewell to the summer season. Free with membership or $5 Soda City Saturday admission.
Gladys’ Gang Preschool Edition: City Streets
Wednesday September 18 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Buildings, cars, people. What makes a city? This month we’ll be exploring urbanscapes in the galleries before creating our own city scenes. Key topic: city.
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 as space is limited.
School Administrators’ Preview Night
Wednesday, September 18 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
School administrators (principals and above) from across the state are invited to join the CMA for a free preview of our school tour program. Experience firsthand both a tour through the recently reorganized collection galleries and the corresponding studio program in our renovated studio spaces. See for yourself the impact that a visit to the art museum will have on your students. Free. Registration required as space is limited.
Chaye Alexander presents Live at Boyd Plaza: The Reggae Jazz Experience
Sunday, September 22 | 5:00 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. Live at Boyd Plaza features an impressive group of musicians and vocalists known for their vast repertoire of tunes and crowd pleasing performances. At the third and final concert of the season, Mike Frost and Company featuring Beth Inabinett and Lauren Meccia take you on a musical journey to the islands with the best of Bob Marley, Maxi Priest, Inner Circle, Third World, and other favorites set to jazz. Cash bar. Food available for purchase. Free. Galleries free from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
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.