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Published on July 8th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Columbia Museum of Art August 2019 Calendar

EXHIBITIONS

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 July 2 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.

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.

Summer Field Trips
Our collection and exhibition-based tours offer an opportunity for children of all ages to engage with works of art and cultures from around the world firsthand. These tours incorporate group discussion and open-ended questions to encourage the development of 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and visual literacy. Each tour focuses on a different topic and can be adapted for audiences with various needs, from toddlers to teens. For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org/learn/educators/field-trips or contact us at 803-343-2163.

CMA Summer Camps
Ages: 4 – 7 | 8 – 12 | 13 – 18
This summer, the CMA is offering a variety of unique camps to capture the interest of any young artist. Having your child participate in summer camps is a great way for them to think creatively, practice problem-solving skills, and have fun! With updated galleries and three new studios, the CMA has more summer camps than ever before for children ages 4 – 18.

Camp Pricing
Ages 4 – 7: $200/ $160 for Solo members and above
Ages 8 – 12: $225 / $180 for Solo members and above
Ages 13 – 18: $250 / $200 for Solo members and above
The CMA also offers needs-based scholarships. Call 803-343-2170 to learn more about donating to the scholarship fund.

From Art to Z
August 5 – 9 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 4 – 7
Instructor: Wilson Bame
Paint, paper, textiles, and beyond—explore all kinds of media as you learn about the elements of art and principles of design. Young artists let their creativity soar as they create art incorporating different materials every day.

Painting
August 5 – 9 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon | Ages 13 – 18
Instructor: Connie Jones Manley
Watercolor, acrylic, and gouache—campers work with different media and techniques to perfect their painting panache.

Comic Creations
August 5 – 9 | 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Ages 13 – 18
Instructor: Rachel Bird
Study techniques for designing characters and backgrounds and creating a compelling story through storyboarding. Campers create a one-page comic of their own and collaborate with each other to create more comics.

Gallery Tour: Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas and Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art
Saturdays | 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 1 | 6:00 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: Carolina in the Collection
Sundays, August 4 and 25 | 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.

Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection
Sunday, August 11 | 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
Sunday, August 18 | 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.

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 Historic Columbia
Saturday, August 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join Historic Columbia to get in the spirit for their upcoming Historic Happy Hour: Water Balloon Battle. Participate in a water balloon toss, create your own penny boat, build a bridge, or make your own ice cream!

Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, August 1 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Come experience an evening filled with art! Enjoy an artists’ reception for Indie Grits Lower Richland StoryLab: Places of Freedom at 6:00, take a guided tour of featured exhibitions at 6:00, have a laugh with improv group The Mothers of Trustus Theatre at 6:30, and join Columbia Design League founders Adrienne Montare and Tom Savory at 7:00 for a lecture on inflatable art and architecture. On Boyd Plaza, enjoy a pop-up beer and wine garden from The Whig with live music benefitting the Jam Room Music Festival, and stay for an 8:00 outdoor screening of Miss Hokusai. 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.

Places of Freedom Reception and Book Reveal
Thursday, August 1 | 6:00 p.m.
Meet the student artists featured in the exhibition Indie Grits Lower Richland StoryLab: Places of Freedom, along with a book reveal featuring all of the projects. 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, 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. Free.

Inflatable Art and Architecture Lecture
Thursday, August 1 | 7:00 p.m.
Join Columbia Design League founders Adrienne Montare and Tom Savory for a lecture on inflatable art and architecture. Montare worked for award-winning firms before becoming the executive director of AIA South Carolina. Savory developed critically acclaimed projects throughout the U.S. and Europe before coming to Columbia. Free.

Japan on Screen
Thursdays, August 1, 8, and 15 | 8:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
Meet us on Boyd Plaza for a Japanese film series curated by Dr. Yoshitaka Sakakibara, who taught Japanese film and culture for more than 20 years at USC. In celebration of Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas, these screenings touch on themes Kato brings to her artistic practice, including navigating gender roles and corporate culture. Bring your own lawn chairs or come early to snag one of our new pieces of inflatable furniture. Free. Complimentary popcorn. Cash bar with beer, wine, sake, and coffee from Curiosity Coffee Bar. This project is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.

Japan on Screen: Miss Hokusai
Thursday, August 1 | 8:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
Miss Hokusai (2015) is an animated film that explores the life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai as seen from the eyes of his daughter Katsushika O-Ei. English. Rated PG-13. 1 hour and 33 minutes.

Japan on Screen: Your Name
Thursday, August 8 | 8:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
Your Name (2016) is an animated film where two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart? English. Rated PG. 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Japan on Screen: Departures
Thursday, August 15 | 8:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
Departures (2008) is a drama about a newly unemployed cellist who takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Japanese with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Strike a Pose
Wednesday, August 7 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Leaping, dancing, falling, soaring. How can works of art capture these things? This month we look at the work of Mimi Kato in her Ordinary Sagas exhibition. Together we explore how she uses her own body to create expressive poses before we create our own figural works of art. Key topic: pose.

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.

Stop-In Studios
Saturday, August 10 | 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 get hands-on with your own art project based on works in Mimi Kato: Ordinary Sagas. Free with membership or $5 Soda City Saturday admission.

Family Fun Night
Friday, August 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Film at sundown
In celebration Wow Pop Bliss: Jimmy Kuehnle’s Inflatable Art, enjoy a screening of the Pixar favorite Up! on Boyd Plaza. Come early to enjoy design challenges, games, and art activities. Bring your own lawn chairs or come early to snag one of our new pieces of inflatable furniture. Galleries open 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free. Complimentary popcorn. Food and drinks available for purchase. Rated PG. 1 hour and 36 minutes. 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: Fabulous Femmes
Sunday, August 18 | 2:00 p.m.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, securing women the right to vote, the CMA is highlighting its own pioneering women. Join docent Nancie Shillington-Pérez for a tour that focuses on strong female figures from ancient Rome to the 21st century. 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.

Focal Points: Famous Faces
Tuesday, August 20 | 2:00 p.m.
David and Goliath, Buddha, Diana the Huntress, the Virgin Mary… Have you noticed there are a few figures popping up again and again in the CMA collection? Join longtime docent Ann Holtschlag for a veritable who’s who of some of the galleries’ heaviest hitters. 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 Preschool Edition: Strike a Pose
Wednesday, August 21 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Leaping, dancing, falling, soaring. How can works of art capture these things? This month we look at the work of Mimi Kato in her Ordinary Sagas exhibition. Together we explore how she uses her own body to create expressive poses before creating our own figural works of art. Key topic: pose.

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.

Arts & Draughts
Friday, August 23 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Art, drink, and be happy! Enjoy beer tastings from The Whig, live musical performances, D.I.Y. art projects, scavenger hunts, unique perspective tours, and a variety of food vendors! $10 / $5 for members. Join or renew membership or volunteer that night and get in free. Presented by Cyberwoven. Sponsored by The Whig, Free Times, MacMogul Real Estate Consulting, and WXRY 99.3 FM. 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.


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