Save the dates at the Columbia Museum of Art: major exhibitions and events slated over the next year

Image courtesy Drew Baron / Columbia Museum of Art.

Image courtesy Drew Baron / Columbia Museum of Art.

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces dates for major exhibitions and key events in the coming year. Exhibitions include house-curated offerings like this summer’s The Ironic Curtain and traveling shows such as this fall’s 30 Americans, which has been winding its way through the country for nearly a decade while only increasing in relevance. Notable events include an invitation to Celebrate the Light on June 26 and the return of Arts & Draughts, Columbia’s favorite creative party, on September 10.
Currently open exhibitions include The Imaginative Worlds of M.C. Escher and Pressing Voices, both on view through June 6, 2021, as well as the freshly opened Assembly Required: Collage from the CMA Collection.

Art Blossoms
On view April 15 through April 18, 2021
This dazzling new exhibition fundraiser features floral art from designers and garden clubs across the greater Columbia region for four days of breathtaking delights and intriguing fun. General admission: $15 / $5 for members. Art Blossoms is a unique exhibition that also serves as a fundraiser for the Columbia Museum of Art. Every ticket you purchase for the exhibition and its related events supports the CMA's award-winning arts education and programming and helps to ensure a thriving creative community in the Midlands.

Celebrate the Light
Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 7:00 – 11:00pm
The weather is warmer. The sun stretches longer. After a long and far too quiet year, the sounds of cheer are returning to our world. Let’s break out our best attire, slip into shimmering fabrics, and sip from sparkling glasses. The light is here, and it tells us what summer in the South has always told us: It's time to shine. Join us for a champagne toast enveloped in a warm summer sunset and an evening of music and dancing surrounded by art. It's a new kind of masked ball where the capacity is capped, but the joy is overflowing. After a long year apart, your museum can't wait to welcome you back to savor the delight of being together and revel in the light. $175 / $150 for members. This summer fundraiser raises significant funds to support the museum’s award-winning arts education and community enrichment programs.

The Ironic Curtain: Art from the Soviet Underground
On view July 3 through September 12, 2021
The Ironic Curtain features artists who worked under political repression in the decades just before the fall of the Soviet Union, making “official” art by day and their own experimental art in secret. The results are wild and darkly witty, with symbols of the Soviet government used to parody its power rather than to celebrate it. Sots Art, a Soviet version of Pop Art, is well represented in this exhibition among paintings, sculpture, prints, and photography by nearly three dozen artists, including the artist duo Komar and Melamid, Ilya Kabakov, Alexander Kosolapov, and Leonid Sokov. Having been officially repressed or relatively contained to émigré centers such as New York City, many of these works are little known, and some works in the exhibition are being shown in the United States for the first time. The CMA has organized this exhibition from the premier Neil K. Rector Collection to create this rare opportunity.

Arts & Draughts
Friday, September 10 | 7:00 – 11:00pm
The museum’s signature event is back to mix things up once again with art, music, food, drink, activities, and more. Revel with friends and community creatives from around the corner and across the state and enjoy The Ironic Curtain in its closing weekend in an evening that invites you to art, drink, and be happy! More info to come.

30 Americans Opening Celebration
Friday, October 8, 2021
Join us for an elegant preview reception of this epic exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed contemporary Black artists. More info to come.

30 Americans
On view October 9, 2021, through January 17, 2022
Drawn from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, 30 Americans features an incredible “Who’s Who” list from among the most acclaimed Black artists of our time, including Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley. There is no one monolithic experience represented by these African American artists; this exhibition offers an intersectional series of varying gender, sexuality, and class perspectives. Traveling throughout the United States for a decade with each museum tailoring its own selection of works, the exhibition has helped fuel the drive to fill historical gaps in American museum collections. Organized by the Rubell Museum.

CMA Gala
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Join us to celebrate and support the arts, particularly the major exhibition 30 Americans, featuring the work of acclaimed contemporary Black artists. The Gala is the CMA’s largest fundraiser of the year and raises significant funds to support the museum’s award-winning arts education and community enrichment programs. More info to come.

Rodin: Contemplation and Dreams, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections
February 19 – May 15, 2022
Auguste Rodin saw the body as an envelope for the spirit, and the flickering surfaces of his modeled forms express this tension. His sculptures’ poses, directly inspired by Michelangelo’s powerful marble works, capture the human condition in all its elation and anguish. Rodin holds a prized place in the history of art, straddling the decades of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the world was striving for a new modern form of expression. Visitors will learn about his processes for drawing, modeling, and casting as they immerse themselves in more than 45 examples of the artist’s works in bronze.

Art Blossoms
On view May 5 through May 8, 2022
Held over Mother’s Day weekend, this dazzling annual exhibition fundraiser features floral art from designers and garden clubs across the greater Columbia region for four days of breathtaking delights and intriguing fun.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.


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