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Columbia Museum of Art May 2014 Calendar

Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed

On View in the Lipscomb Family Galleries Friday, May 16, through Sunday, September 14, 2014

The CMA is the first museum to present a career retrospective of American artist Shelley Reed.

This exhibition is an impressive selection of 37 large-scale black and white paintings of animals, including a wall-length mural. These oils on canvas are based on Old Master paintings where animals often stand in for people and are used to create visual parables about the strengths and failings of human nature. Animals in lush, gorgeous paintings communicate with each other, flirt with each other, and consume each other.

Reed is an unexpected painter because she does not use color in her current work, although she started out as a colorist. Her palette shrank as she became less interested in exploiting color and more interested in exploring the meaning of Old Master paintings.

Reed not only makes Old Master paintings feel contemporary by making them large and dismissing color, but she focuses on the contrasting mixture of wildness, as represented by tigers, lions, birds, and other animals, with high culture. She is fascinated with how human beings tend to understand the world in terms of themselves, yet wild animals have their own natures. She explores this complexity in both complicated narratives and simple animal portraits. The result is that we readily identify animals that boast, strut, threaten, or attract other animals, and at the same time realize that despite being the subjects of fine art, wild animals resist civilization. It is not their nature. The art says they fit in, and so Reed has a built-in tension to her narratives. The grandest narrative in the show is a 47-foot-long mural entitled In Dubious Battle, where a panorama of fighting, playing, and posing unfolds. The mural, with its cast of characters and dynamic action, feels like a silent movie where we get to invent the story along with the animals and the artist.

Reed is represented by the Sears-Peyton Gallery in New York. She has had solo shows in New York, Toronto, and Boston and has participated in many group shows around the country. The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has awarded her both the 2005 Maud Morgan Award and a Traveling Fellowship in 2013. Reed’s work can be found in public and private collections including: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Lila Acheson Wallace Collection, Bank of Boston, Rose Art Museum, Danforth Museum, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. The artist is based in Boston.

This exhibition is sponsored by Joyce and George Hill with support provided by Susan Thorpe and John Baynes.

Cheer for the Home Team! Animal Mascots in the Collection

On View in the Lipscomb Family Galleries Friday, May 16, through Sunday, September 14, 2014

This exhibition is comprised of 37 works from the CMA collection featuring animals that serve as college mascots. The exhibition explores the qualities of certain animals that make them popular as symbols of luck to lead their schools to victory on the field, like the fighting gamecock and the tiger. A diversity of objects is drawn from all aspects of the collection, including European paintings, American folk art, and Asian ceramics.Cheer for the Home Team! features a number of the Museum’s Audubon prints, as well as works by Eugène Delacroix, Romare Bearden, Edmund Yaghjian, Constantine Manos, and Sigmund Abeles. Many of these pieces are being shown for the first time in a number of years.

Sports fans have a good time identifying the mascots for various teams across the U.S., while children, animal lovers, and fine art enthusiasts revel in the various styles and assortment of wildlife portrayed in the pieces. Visitors learn about the history of mascots for college sports teams, as well as some of the unlikely and unusual mascots that have come to lead the rallying cry for their schools.

This exhibition is sponsored by Pierrine and Hootie Johnson, Nell V. Mellichamp and Pied Piper Interest Funds of Central Carolina Community Foundation.


Meiji Magic: Imperial Porcelain from Japan from the collection of Alex and Barbara Kasten

On view in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15 through May 18

After years of shogun rule, in 1868 Japan was once again ruled by an Emperor. He took the name Meiji, which means “enlightened rule.” This period is called the Meiji Restoration and lasted until 1912. The government realized that Japanese arts and crafts could be exported to answer the Western curiosity about Japanese culture and to help stabilize the Japanese economy. The province of Satsuma was a particularly important producer of porcelains and stoneware during this rich period of production.

The Satsuma ceramic pieces in this exhibition represent the characteristics that attracted collectors in the West as well as at home in Japan. The artists painted with delicate brushes, applying tiny strokes of enamel on the ceramic surface. Their compositions were intricate and highly detailed scenes of Japanese life. Each piece is unique with designs that tell stories about Japanese customs, the landscape, and life at court and in the countryside.

These images captured the imagination of turn-of-the-century collectors just as they do today. The level of detail requires close study to uncover all the nuances of each piece. Through them, the viewer can be transported into a fantasy world of ancient Samurai and festivals under blooming sakura trees in Japan’s parks.

This exhibition is sponsored by Walda Wildman, CPA, LLP.


To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit columbiamuseum.org.

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.

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides

Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to not only have fun in the galleries with interactive activities, but also to feel like the galleries are accessible and welcoming. 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 to choose from are pattern, color, shape, and the current exhibitions. 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 by the Interactive Education Gallery.

Gallery Tour: Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed and Cheer for the Home Team! Animal Mascots in the Collection

Every Saturday | 1:00 p.m.

A guided tour of the exhibitions, Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed and Cheer for the Home Team! Animal Mascots in the Collection offers insight into the works of Shelley Reed and the history of mascots for college sports teams found in selections from the collection. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection

Every Sunday | 2:00 p.m.

A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, and the American galleries. Free.

About Face Drawing Sessions

Mondays, May 5 & 19: Topics vary | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, May 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.

About Face Exhibition

On view Thursday, May 1, through Sunday, August 24, 2014, at The Gallery at City Hall

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Weekdays | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
First Thursdays on Main | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

About Face is a classroom, a studio, a support network, and a circle of friends. The group’s members are as diverse as the personal styles in this annual exhibition exemplifying their individual creativity, discipline, and dedication.

Arts and Draughts

Friday, May 2 | 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Art, drink and be happy! Enjoy beer tastings from the Whig, musical performances from Dear Blanca, The Tills, and more, D.I.Y Art projects, interactive art, scavenger hunts and unique perspective tours through the CMA collection. Sponsored by The Whig, WXRY, and Free Times. $8 / $5 for members / join or renew your membership that night and get in for free.

Membership Appreciation Day

Tuesday, May 6 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A great day to become a member! Enjoy a members’ lounge, an opportunity to meet Chief Curator Will South, a members-only docent-led tour of the Kress Collection, 20% off in the Museum Shop, and more.

Midlands Gives

Tuesday, May 6

The CMA is participating in Midlands Gives, a 24-hour online giving challenge, and we need your support! Visit mislandsgives.com on May 6 to donate.

Music 101:  Italian Music and Art from Caravaggio to Canaletto.

Wednesdays, May 7 – May 28 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy the last four classes of CMA Adjunct Curator of Music Peter A. Hoyt’s fun and informal six-week exploration of Italian culture during the exciting 17th and 18th centuries, a period that encompassed not only the dramatic canvases of Caravaggio, but also the invention of opera, the concertos of Vivaldi, and artists–such as Crespi, Canaletto, and Piranesi–represented by masterworks in the CMA collection. $15 per class.

Gladys’ Gang: Chihuly’s Fire

Wednesday, May 7 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Warmer, warmer, warmer… learn about warm colors as you travel through the galleries and get ready for summer. In the studios, make an expressive painting–just like artist Dale Chihuly. Participants and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape and texture. This FREE monthly program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the theme.

Kress Anniversary Lecture Series

Friday, May 9 | Noon

The CMA is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first Kress gift of Renaissance, Baroque and 18th-century art, which established the foundation of the Museum’s collection. The Kress Anniversary Lecture Series invites four scholars to the Museum this year to deliver talks lectures on topics that highlight our Kress Collection through their particular expertise in their field. Once a month, from May through August, an expert lecturer will broaden our understanding and appreciation of the collection.

Kicking off the series is Dianne Modestini, conservation consultant to The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and senior research fellow and paintings conservator for the Samuel H. Kress Program at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts in at NYU. $20 / $16 for members / $5 for students. Visit columbiamuseum.org or call 803.799.2810 to reserve your tickets by May 5 as spaces are limited.

Film: Masters of Illusion

Saturday, May 10 | Noon

The film examines artistic and scientific discoveries of the Renaissance, offering new insights into what was a remarkable visual revolution. While Columbus and Copernicus were changing our understanding of the world, the Renaissance masters were dramatically changing the way we see the world. Free with membership or admission.

Passport to Art: Spinning Fast!

Sunday, May 11 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Learn about thaumatropes, a popular 19th-century toy in which partial pictures on the two sides of a card appear to merge when the card is twirled rapidly, as you make one in this FREE monthly drop-in studio program for families. Enjoy a themed family tour at 1:00 p.m. or take a self-guided tour of the Museum.

Furniture in the Lower Southern Piedmont:  New Findings and Projected Projects

Tuesday, May 13 | Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. | Lecture 6:30 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Historic Columbia Foundation

Dale Couch, curator of decorative arts at the Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts at the Georgia Museum of Art, lectures on furniture from northwest South Carolina and northeast Georgia. Crouch leads a discussion on scholarship in the field, the establishment of a survey project for the region, as well as a compelling story about a Scots-Irish cabinetmaker. A native South Carolinian, Couch has published and lectured widely regarding the material culture of the lower Southern Piedmont, as well as 18th-century turned chairs of the South. Free.

Columbia Museum of Art Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 15 | Noon

The CMA hosts its annual meeting to review fiscal year 2013, present awards to individuals for their service, and provide an update on Museum activities. In addition, the CMA announces the winner of the crowd-sourced fundraising initiative, “Be the Curator.” Seven art-loving volunteers each chose a piece from the Museum’s collection that is not currently on view and spent the better half of a year making pitches, through their own words and efforts, to their friends, family, and the public as to why their piece should win and be exhibited. The volunteer who raised the most money will have their piece placed on view this summer. Free.

Learn to Draw in a Day

Saturday, May 31 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Take a crash course in the fundamentals of drawing. This back-to-basics approach presents the core concepts needed to draw from observation, such as line, gesture, proportion, light and shade, and covers the materials used in the artist’s studio. This is a great course for the absolute beginner or anyone who wants to improve their skills.

Instructor Grant N. Jackson holds an M.F.A. in painting from Florida State University and has a taught a variety of courses at the Columbia Museum of Art since 2003. He has also taught design, drawing, and photography in the art department at USC Columbia. He is currently employed with SCETV. $100 / $80 for members.

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