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What’s Happening at the CMA: February 2017

Columbia Museum of Art February 2017 Calendar


CUT! Costume and the Cinema
On view through February 19, 2017
This exciting exhibition includes 43 period costumes from 26 modern films, depicting five centuries of history, drama, and comedy. An experience like no other awaits visitors as they discover the glamour and artistry of cinematic couture, delight in sumptuous fabrics and unparalleled embroidery, and bask in the allure of famous film stars. The amazing costumes in this exhibition come from a collection of more than 100,000 costumes and accessories made by the renowned British costumer Cosprop Ltd. Presented by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, England.

CUT! Costume and the Cinema is presented through the generosity of our sponsors and grantors. Presenting Sponsors: Marriott Columbia and Hannah and Ron Rogers. Supporting Sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Dr. Suzan D. Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers, and Governor and Mrs. James H. Hodges. Contributing Sponsors: Susan Thorpe and John Baynes and Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC. Friend Sponsors: Dr. Carolyn Kressler-Greenberg and Dr. Stanley H. Greenberg, Dr. and Mrs. David L. Kulbersh, Jamie and Dick Harpootlian, and Mrs. Dorothy A. Poston. Fashion Sponsors: Brittons, London and Lace, Non(e)such, and The Blake. Patron Sponsors: Jessica Kross, Mary and Clinch Belser, Ms. Margo Newton and Mr. Thomas E. Collins, Hugh and Evon McAngus, and John C. and Joanna S. Stuart. This project is supported by a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation, with additional grant awards from Richland County Government and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Media Sponsors: Free Times, WXRY, and WIS-TV. Additional support for the CMA exhibition program is provided by Lipscomb Sponsors: SCE&G and Marcia and Allen Montgomery.


Fame and Fashion: The Photography of John Engstead
On view through February 5, 2017, in the Caroline Guignard Community Gallery
In the spirit of Old Hollywood, the Columbia Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring the movie star portraiture of photographer John Engstead in all its vintage glitz and glamour. Engstead began his career in 1926 when he was hired as an office boy for Paramount Studios. In 1927, he was promoted to art director after arranging creative photo sessions for actresses Clara Bow and Louise Brooks. After a photographers’ strike in 1932, he assumed the position of studio portrait photographer even though he had never photographed anyone. Actor Cary Grant posed for his practice shots. In 1941, Engstead started his own business in Los Angeles as an independent still photographer until his retirement in 1982.  Fashion photography assignments from magazines included VogueMademoiselleLifeLook, and McCall’s.  He also photographed publicity stills for numerous television shows such as BewitchedBonanza, and Petticoat Junction. Other work includes photos of political figures, society portraits, and album covers. His autobiography Star Shots was published in 1978. Upon his death in 1983, Engstead bequeathed his body of work to his beloved nephew Victor Cain, longtime South Carolina arts educator and a Director Society Member of the CMA.

From Page to Person: An Exploration of the Character
On view through February 19, 2017, in the Interactive Education Gallery
As part of the Richland One Costume Design Program, students work with Richland One Arts Coordinator Nancy Pope and theater and visual arts teachers to interpret characters from literature. Middle and high school students create sketches and construct designs to bring these literary characters to life through costume. While explaining their process, student designers present their finished costumes at the Opening Party for CUT! Costume and the Cinema. The sketches and costumes are exhibited in the Interactive Education Gallery, where visitors can try on period-inspired costumes.

Psychedelic Design: Rock Posters from the Mel Byars Collection, 1966–1971
On view through March 12, 2017, in the BB&T Paper Gallery
From the collection of esteemed design historian and Columbia native Mel Byars, this exhibition offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the rock poster renaissance of the late 1960s San Francisco Bay area. Designers interwove text and image in a complicated game, requiring viewers to stare meditatively in order to read band names and concert dates. While still promotional, these posters were radically different from Madison Avenue’s fast-paced commercial advertising. Featuring 18 original posters from 10 artists, including Victor Moscoso, Wes Wilson, Alton Kelley, Bonnie MacLean, and Stanley Mouse, this exhibition nostalgically recalls some of the most famous musicians of the era, including Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Muddy Waters.

Spoken: Making Maps: The Art of James Williams
On view through February 5, 2017, in Gallery 15
Human beings draw maps to document their understanding of what is known. In truth, maps are continuously morphing layouts of geographic landscapes, people, and ideas. In Making Maps: The Art of James Williams, the artist explores the world around him, creating graphic representations of his spatial reality: restaurants, amusement parks, the geometric patterns of trash, found objects, and more. This exploration is made through a series of works where Williams acts as a traveler, using acrylic paint, ink, tape, paper-weaving, and graphite to investigate different spaces through maps of dense, layered color. Just as we settle into what is known, the artist leads us on to a new adventure, seeking new places to discover, inviting viewers to make maps of their own regardless of whether they feel lost or found. This show, Williams’ first museum exhibition, is about possibilities and perspectives. It is about how each of us creates relational, physical, and emotional maps each day of our own choosing as we navigate our complicated interiors and exteriors.

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 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, world class skills, 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, contact CMA Education Assistant Dana Witkoski at 803-343-2163 or tours@columbiamuseum.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 picture book, games, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. Themes include: pattern, color, shape, line, and the current exhibition. Check one out for free at the visitor services desk.

Gallery guides are your source for 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.

Spark Tours
Fridays, February 3, 10, and 17 | 2:00 p.m.
The CMA is offering quick, 30-minute Spark Tours of featured exhibitions. These fun tours spark the imagination of busy people with limited time to visit the museum or those interested in a brief overview of the show before exploring more on their own. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: CUT! Costume and the Cinema
Saturdays, February 4, 11, and 18 | 1:00 p.m.
A guided tour provides an overview of CUT! Costume and the Cinema, in which visitors discover the glamour and artistry of cinematic couture, delight in sumptuous fabrics and unparalleled embroidery, and bask in the allure of famous film stars. This exciting exhibition includes 43 period costumes from 26 films, depicting five centuries of history, drama, and comedy. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
Sundays | 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Come learn more about the museum’s exciting collection before gallery renovations begin. 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.

Gladys’ Gang: Me and My Shadow
Wednesdays, February 1 and 15 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Have you ever seen your shadow? This month at Gladys’ Gang we’ll take a closer look at how light can make shapes with shadows. You have a shadow – and so do works of art! Participants (ages 2-5) and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape, and texture during the Gladys’ Gang series. This program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the art exploration theme. Key topic: shadow. Free. Registration required as space is limited.

First Thursdays on Main at the CMA featuring Nepotism and Izms of Art
Thursday, February 2 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join Nepotism and Izms of Art as they premier the new visual to War Zone (Choppa) at the Columbia Museum of Art at 6:00 p.m. War Zone (Choppa) is lifted from Nepotism’s latest tape, “The Free Lunch Program.” Nepotism will be joined by The Dubber for a live concert experience and Izms of Art will showcase. Free. The CMA galleries will also be open, with a tour of the collection at 5:30 p.m. and a Spark Tour of CUT! Costume and the Cinema at 7:00 p.m. The CMA Shop hosts the final day of a clearance sale and offers tasty samples from Zoe’s Kitchen. Sponsored by Bank of America.

The Contemporaries present The Famously Hot Havana Nights Ball
Saturday, February 4 | 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Join the Contemporaries as we celebrate the famously hot city—Havana Style! Promising to be the hottest event at the coolest place in town, the Ball features a silent auction showcasing art from the collections of South Carolina artists, live music by Fantasy, vibrant event design by Fern Studio and Jessica Rourke, and an authentic Cuban-inspired menu from Classic Catering. Grab your fedoras and meet us for an unforgettable night! $90 per person or $155 per couple / $70 per person or $125 per couple for Contemporaries members.

About Face Drawing Sessions 
Mondays, February 6 and 20: Topics vary | 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, February 14 and 28: 
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.

Arts & Draughts
Friday, February 10 | 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, interactive art, scavenger hunts, unique perspective tours, and more. $9 / $5 for members. Join or renew your membership that night and get in free. Presented by McDaniels Subaru and Cyberwoven. Sponsored by The Whig, WXRY, and Free Times.

Sweet on CMA
Saturday, February 11 | Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Come have a love-ly time at the fifth annual Sweet on CMA family fun event. Get creative at art stations, play games, take the “Heart on your Sleeve” costume tour, or try the “Puppy Love” scavenger hunt through the galleries. Get a closer look at garments from duchesses, damsels, and dashing heroes in CUT! Costume and the Cinema and enjoy a live performance of Commedia Pinocchio from the Columbia Children’s Theatre Storykeepers. Sponsored by Dr. Kris O’Neil and Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers. Free.

Passport to Art: Go for the Gold
Sunday, February 12 | Noon – 3:00 p.m. | Tour at 1:00 p.m.
This month we’re talking all about glittery, glossy gold! Join us as we craft our own gilded creations and then at 1:00 we’ll take a trip through the galleries to learn more about the shiny substance. Free.

If Loving You is Wrong
Tuesday, February 14 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Escape the ordinary Valentine’s Day with an enchanting evening at the CMA. Start with a romance-themed gallery talk in CUT! Costume and the Cinema followed by a delicious catered chicken cordon bleu dinner complete with wine. Finish the meal with chocolate by Bruges Chocolaterie. Then stroll down Main Street for a screening of Shakespeare in Love at The Nickelodeon. Ticket price includes admission to the CMA, movie ticket to The Nickelodeon, gallery talk, dinner, dessert, and wine. Supported by CUT! Costume and the Cinema Fashion Sponsors: Brittons, London and LaceNon(e)such, and The Blake. $80 / $64 for members.

The FAAAC presents REMIX/REDUX Lecture and Reception
Thursday, February 16 | 6:00 p.m.
Innovative artists Michaela Pilar Brown and Colin Quashie discuss their creative processes as well as their respective works of art that the CMA recently acquired. Brown’s work, Speak No, uses everyday objects such as plastic soldiers and rhinestones to highlight the ways in which the black body is often seen as foreign and different in American society. Based on the popular board game, Quashie’s Plantation Monopoly retells the violent history of slavery through the memorable visuals of the game. Previously exhibited as part of REMIX: Themes and Variations in African-American Art and well-received by visitors, these pieces bring attention to the continuing discussion about race and culture in American society. Moderated by CMA Consulting Curator Porchia Moore. $8 / $5 for FAAAC members

The Alliance Française presents Nouvelles et Fort Joyeuse      
Friday, February 17  | Happy hour at 6:00 p.m. | Play at 7:00 p.m. 
Sunday, Februrary 19 | 2:00 p.m. 
The Club Théâtre de l’Alliance Française de Columbia is back for its tenth French-language production, a trio of late-medieval farces: two short domestic spats gone comically awry, The Farce of the Washtub and The Farce of the Fart, together with the most famous legal satire involving sheep ever written, The Farce of Maître Pathelin. All are complemented by live acoustic guitar renderings of French medieval tunes. Performed (and sung) in French prose and verse, with English synopses (and lyrics) provided. $12 / $5 for AF and CMA members / free for students. Cash bar (Friday only)

Baker and Baker presents Main Street Souvenirs with Scott Kirby 
Friday, February 24 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Concert at 7:00 p.m.
The music of the American heartland comes alive in this multimedia stage performance. Scott Kirby explores the narrative of small town American life through images and the music of Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster, John Philip Sousa, and others. Kirby has been called “one of the best interpreters of ragtime on the scene today.” Sponsored by Rice Music House. $12 / $10 members.

ArtBreak: The Life and Art of S.C. Native and Folk Artist Sam Doyle with Elijah Heyward III
Tuesday, February 28 | Café at 10:30 a.m. | Program at 11:00
Begin the morning at the museum at 10:30 a.m. with pastries and coffee sold at a pop-up café, followed by a lecture. Sam Doyle was a self-taught artist from St. Helena Island whose folk art celebrates important people and historical events within the Gullah community. Elijah Heyward III, a Beaufort, S.C., native and Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explores the lasting impact of Doyle’s oeuvre. Free with membership or admission.

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