Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera
On View in the Lipscomb Family Galleries through Sunday, January 18, 2015
The CMA presents a landmark exhibition of the most famous and beloved of American illustrators, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera. This is the first exhibition to explore in-depth Rockwell’s richly detailed study photographs, created by the artist as references for his iconic paintings. Rockwell is known for his depictions of everyday life created with humor, skill, and emotion. However, it is little known that he staged photographs to make his popular covers of the Saturday Evening Post. Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera includes 50 photographs that show the careful procedure Rockwell used to make his art, as well as 16 original paintings and drawings, and takes viewers behind the scenes in the creative process of one of America’s great masters.
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera brings together prints of Rockwell’s study photographs and original paintings and drawings from the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum linked to the photographs on display. The result is a fascinating frame-by-frame view of the development of some of Rockwell’s most indelible images. At the same time, the photographs themselves–painstakingly staged by Rockwell and involving an array of models, costumes, props, and settings–are fully realized works of art in their own right.
The CMA is the last venue in the national tour of the exhibition. It is a last chance to see the selection of photographs and paintings, and the creative process of an American master.
This exhibition is presented through the generosity of Presenting Sponsor: the City of Forest Acres; Gold Sponsors: Hannah and Ron Rogers; Silver Sponsors: John Baynes and Susan Thorpe, Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, Marcia and Allen Montgomery, and SCE&G; Bronze Sponsors: Elliott Davis LLC and the Smith Family Foundation; Friends of Rockwell Sponsors: Anonymous and Governor and Mrs. James H. Hodges; and the ongoing support of the City of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Lucy Hampton Bostick Residuary Trust.
ALSO ON VIEW
Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection
On View in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through Sunday, January 4, 2015
This intimate and colorful exhibition uses 24 still life paintings from the CMA collection, including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Julie Heffernan, and Lionel Gilbert, to tell the story of American art. From polished photographic apples, to loosely, but lovingly, painted bowls on the kitchen table, Tabletop Art History offers the opportunity to see how artists can use one theme in many different styles. Along the way, we also learn the difference between realism, impressionism, and expressionism. Arrangements on a tabletop remain fascinating to artists who use everyday objects to create wildly varied images.
Columbia Now: Four Photographers Show Us Our City
On View in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 January 9 through April 5, 2015
This exhibition highlights our hometown as interpreted through photographs by four local photographers. Columbia Now is a selection of 24 photographs by Robert Clark, Vennie Deas Moore, Eliot Dudik, and Meg Griffiths that paint a portrait of a city. The works form an up-to-the-minute document about the city of Columbia, including snippets of residents as well as landscape and architecture. Columbia Now is part of a city-wide commemorative series of events marking the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia. The show stresses Columbia’s emergence as a vital city within the American landscape, one that has risen from the ashes to be a home for a diverse and forward-moving community. Supporting Sponsor: Steven Ford Interiors, Inc.
On View in the Wells Fargo Education Gallerythrough Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The CMA presents an exhibition of South Carolina student art from around the state. Students explore the processes and techniques used by Norman Rockwell to create their own work capturing their personal histories. Free.
Best of USC Portfolio Review
On View in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery January 5 through March 1, 2015
Opening Reception Tuesday, January 20 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This exhibition highlights a selection of the most compelling student photography from the USC School of Visual Art and Design’s 6th Annual Photo Festival. Free.
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit columbiamuseum.org or call 803-799-2810.
Book a Tour and Save on Admission
Gather your friends and make a reservation to enjoy a docent-led or self-guided tour of the exhibition and save on admission. Hungry? Choose the tour with a lunch option or enjoy wine and cheese after your tour. Details at columbiamuseum.org.
School group visits include an in-depth guided tour of Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera and a hands-on art project that connects to language arts, social studies, and key areas of the core curriculum. For more information contact CMA Education Manager Kayleigh Vaughn at 803-343-2163 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides
Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to have fun in the galleries with interactive activities. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a compass, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. Themes include: pattern, color, shape, and the current exhibition. Ask for one at the admission desk.
Gallery guides are your source to family fun. Guides include insider information about some of the works and a gallery hunt to discover shapes, patterns, and more. Available for free in the CMA lobby.
Gallery Tour: Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera
Saturdays, January 3, 10, & 17 | 1:00 p.m.
Sundays, January 4, 11, & 18 | 2:00 p.m.
A guided tour provides an overview of the landmark exhibition, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, featuring 50 photographs that show the careful process Rockwell used to make his art, as well as 16 original paintings and drawings. Free with membership or admission.
About Face Drawing Sessions
Mondays, January 5 & 26: Topics vary | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, January 13 & 27: Portrait Drawing | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Figure Drawing | 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
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. Must be 18 or older to participate. Mondays: $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students. Tuesdays: $10 / $8 for members / $5 for students. Includes both sessions.
Gladys’ Gang: Family Tree
Wednesday, January 7 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Join us for this popular series! Gladys’ Gang is a free, early childhood arts and literacy program for ages 2-5 that focuses on preparing children for kindergarten. Using art as a guide, children and their adult caregivers enjoy story time in the galleries followed by a hands-on art project in the CMA studios. The program is held the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Inspired by the Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera exhibition, this month’s Gladys’ Gang is all about family. Registration required as space is limited. Free.
Lecture and Book Signing: Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum Laurie Norton Moffatt
Friday, January 9 | Noon
Laurie Norton Moffatt, director of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is one of the nation’s leading specialists on Norman Rockwell. She shares her expertise on the life and works of the famed illustrator. Experience the latest ways of viewing Rockwell’s work in this talk, presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera. Moffatt will sign copies of the fully illustrated hardback exhibition catalogue following the lecture. Free with membership or admission.
Passport to Art: Fabulous 1950s
Sunday, January 11 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Come get your Passport to Art and create a 1950s-inspired masterpiece like you see in the exhibition Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera. This free drop-in studio program for families features a new hands-on art project each month. After spending time in our open studios, explore our galleries at your own leisure or join us for the family tour at 1:00 p.m. Free.
Columbia Design League: Theatre Lighting at Longstreet Theater
Offsite: Longstreet Theater, USC, 1300 Greene St.
Tuesday January 13 | 6:00 p.m.
University of South Carolina Theatre Professors Robert Richmond and Jim Hunter discuss their recent collaboration mounting Richard the III and Julius Caesar at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC. The two productions, adapted and directed by Richmond, presented uniquely re-envisioned worlds for the unfolding of these Shakespeare classics for contemporary audiences. Hunter designed the lighting for the productions that were presented in two radically different staging formats. Learn how traditional meets modern and how shows like “American Horror Story” have inspired lighting for Shakespearean dramas, all in a historic, theatrical setting. Free for CDL members. $15 / $10 museum members /$5 students.
Thursdays, January 15 & 22 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join us for a two-part workshop with CMA instructor Jimmy Hiller to explore basic procedures and styles in the art of printmaking. Printmaking 101 is the first of 4 classes in the new the Art School 101 series which offers participants the perfect opportunity to dabble in printmaking, photography, watercolor painting, and drawing while learning new techniques. Participants must be 18 or older. Individual classes (two sessions each): $80 / $60 members. Sign up for all 4 and receive a 20 % discount: $256 / $192 members.
CMA Jazz on Main: Oscar, Ahmad & George: Three Legends of Piano Jazz
Friday, January 16 | Happy hour at 7:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
One was knighted by the Queen of England, another was named a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center, and another won eight Grammy Awards and was referred to as the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington. There is no shortage of world-class jazz pianists, but the names George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal, and Oscar Peterson stand out amongst the best. Each developed a signature sound in the 1950s that would become a point of reference. Their unique styles would go on to heavily influence countless musicians. The Noel Freidline Trio with special guest saxophonist Doug Henry presents an evening of music made famous by Shearing, Jamal, and Peterson, including such classics as “Lullaby of Birdland,” “So Rare,” “Poinciana,” “But Not for Me,” “Night Train,” and “Band Call.” Presented by Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina. Cash Bar.
Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students Premier Table Seating:
$300 – 6 guests & 2 bottles of wine $200 – 4 guests & 1 bottles of wine
Film: Norman Rockwell
Saturday, January 17 | Noon
Norman Rockwell was born in New York City on February 3, 1894. Talented at a young age, he received his first commission at age 17. In 1916, he created the first of 321 covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Rockwell’s Americana images were loved by the public, but not embraced by critics. He created World War II posters and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. He died on November 8, 1978. 46 minutes. Free with membership or admission.
Ikebana Flower Arrangement Demonstration
Sunday, January 18 | Noon
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement in which nature and humanity are brought together. Columbia’s Ikebana Chapter 189 will create and display flower arrangements inspired by the works of Norman Rockwell. Free with membership or admission.
ArtBreak: The Nature of Art with Naturalist Rudy Mancke
Tuesday, January 20 | 10:30 a.m. – Noon
ArtBreak is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker, typically from outside the art world, who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. This month, begin the morning at the museum with pastries and coffee sold at a pop-up café by Drip before Rudy Mancke, famed naturalist, USC professor, and longtime SCETV favorite, discusses the natural world as seen through the visual arts. Free with membership or admission.
Author and Dessert Designer Caitlin Freeman Lecture and Demo
Friday January 23 | Happy hour at 6:00 | Lecture at 6:30 followed by cake demonstration and tasting
A self-taught baker, Caitlin Freeman is the resident pastry chef for Blue Bottle Coffee. A former owner of the San Francisco cake and sweets shop Miette, Caitlin made a name for herself creating simple and lovely cakes and cupcakes using local and organic ingredients. Inspired to bake by the confectionery paintings of California painter Wayne Thiebaud, she saw her chance to re-create those very cakes when Blue Bottle opened a café in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Four years and many art-inspired desserts later, she wrote the book, Modern Art Desserts, to chronicle the desserts, inspiration, and adventures that happened when combining art and cake.$15 / $12 for members / $5 for students. Admission includes cake!
FAAAC presents a lecture with curator Victoria Cooke: African-American Art at the CMA
Thursday, January 29 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Get a sneak peek of two exciting exhibitions of African-American art premiering at the CMA in the spring of 2016. Organized by the Columbia Museum of Art, REMIX: Themes & Variations in African-American Art is a groundbreaking exhibition that includes a wide variety of work from the paintings of Hale Woodruff and Charles White to the contemporary sculptures of Willie Cole and Renée Stout and the paintings of Fahamu Pecou and Mickalene Thomas. REMIX highlights the practice among many African-American artists of retelling historical themes and stories in new ways and from their own unique perspective. The second exhibition runs concurrently with REMIX and features modern and contemporary work from CMA’s own collection of African-American art. With works by artists as diverse as Romare Bearden and Alison Saar, the CMA has built a collection for education and enrichment of the community and all who visit our institution. FAAAC members only. Free.
Auntie Karen Day
Saturday, January 31 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The eleventh annual Auntie Karen Celebration of African American History Program is designed to provide a venue to display the works and talents of local vendors and artisans. The 2015 program features local performers specializing in jazz and gospel, poetry, and visual arts. The Shops at Auntie Karen’s Place will feature local vendors and artisans throughout the entire program. Free.