Engage with the Art of Your Time this Season at the Columbus Museum of Art


The Columbus Museum of Art is thrilled to offer a full slate of contemporary art experiences in 2023. Visit columbusmuseum.org to plan your visit today.

Gina Osterloh: Mirror Shadow Shape

On view now through October 8

Gina Osterloh, Dots front Misfire, 2008. 30 x 38.5 inches, archival pigment print.Image courtesy of the artist, Higher Pictures Generation (New York) and Silverlens (Manila and New York)

Mirror Shadow Shape features work by Filipino American artist Gina Osterloh. Osterloh draws parallels between the performative spaces of photography and identity. Through her studio-based practice, she uses photography, film, performance and drawing to examine the preconceived ways we understand ourselves and others, directing the viewer to consider just how much cannot be known by looking.

Basic Matters: Substance in Contemporary Art

On view now through May 21

Tyrrell Winston, A Panther Has No Stripes, 2022. Used basketballs, liquid plastic, steel, and epoxy. 36 x 39 x8 inches. Photo by PD Rearick, courtesy of the artist and Library Street Collective

A selection of recently acquired contemporary artworks are organized in seven media categories — metal, stone, found objects, painting, textiles, wood and ceramics. While some fit neatly into a single section, others incorporate multi-media and resist categorization. The show explores the importance of materials in artistic practices today, and shares the Museum’s efforts in collecting work that is conceptually and materially diverse for current and future generations of visitors.

PRESENT ’23: Building the Scantland Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art

On view starting June 8

Sarah Slappey, Daisy Chain, 2021. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 72 x 62 inches. Unframed: 72 x 62 x1 5/8 inches. Courtesy of Sarah Slappey and Sargent’s Daughters, New York

PRESENT ’23 unveils the second wave of promised gifts comprising the Columbus Museum of Art’s Scantland Collection. Featuring 32 works by the same number of artists, the evocative paintings and textiles in the exhibition show the vitality and stylistic range of contemporary art practice.

The Scantland Art Foundation comprises one of the most dynamic private collections of contemporary visual art in North America. From its position in Columbus, Ohio, the Foundation is committed to a broad perspective on the creative energies of this moment; its intention is to form an evolving and wide-ranging picture of art in the 21st century. With a growing list of gifts to the Columbus Museum of Art, the Scantland Art Foundation ensures that its ambitious program to collect the art of the present will remain part of its community for generations to come.

Artists include: Hayley Barker, Raphaël Barontini, Gabriella Boyd, Kenturah Davis, Angela Dufresne, Veronica Fernandez, Sayre Gomez, Asif Hoque, Devin B. Johnson, Heather Jones, Tidawhitney Lek, Amy Lincoln, Kat Lyons, Kylie Manning, Danielle McKinney, Jaime Muñoz, Robert Nava, Patrick Quarm, Lauren Quin, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Kenny Rivero, Lauren Satlowski, Marina Perez Simão, Sarah Slappey, Emma Webster, Blair Whiteford, Nicole Wittenberg, Mikey Yates, Oscar yi Hou, Guimi You, Yuri Yuan and Yesiyu Zhao.

Special exhibitions

Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth

On view April 21-September 3

Wendy Red Star, Spring-Four Seasons, 2006.Archival pigment print on sunset fiber rag,23 x 26 in. (58.4x 66 cm). The Newark Museum of Art, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D., 2016 2016.46.1.

Organized by the Newark Museum of Art Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date. An enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Tribe, Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society.

Red Star draws on pop culture, conceptual art and aspects of reservation life to push the boundaries of photography with self-portraiture, photo-collage and altered historical photographs. She often incorporates photography with textiles and fashion as bearers of tradition, using humor and materiality to confront the often-offensive ways in which Crow culture has historically been represented and perceived, bringing her unique perspective on American history to life.

A centerpiece of the exhibition is a new multi-media installation, Monsters, co-directed by Red Star and Amelia Winger Bearskin, artist and Google VR JUMP Start creator. The five-minute video is screened in a simulated sweat lodge and documents the Montana landscape in a 360-degree format, leaving the viewer immersed in aspects of Crow mythology related to the land.

Lesley Vance: always circled whirling

On view April 21-September 3

Lesley Vance, Untitled, 2019, Oil on linen. Photography: Fredrik Nilsen Studio. Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery

It’s easy to lose yourself in the fluid abstractions of painter Lesley Vance (born 1977). With quick gestures and hard contours, the Los Angeles-based artist creates swirling, interwoven forms that both delight and disorient the eye. Sometimes these spatial conundrums begin with something real in the world: an arrangement of objects, a glazed ceramic surface, or even another painting. Through Vance’s process of addition and erasure, these touchstones become distant but traceable memories, as her paintings emerge as their own indelible things in the world.

Presenting Vance’s first solo exhibition in a public institution, the Columbus Museum of Art has offered up its celebrated collection of American modernist painting as a point of departure for her work. For many years, Vance has found fellow travelers in artists like Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe. With 27 paintings, a few directly inspired by works in CMA’s collection, Vance reveals the affinities between her work and theirs. The echoes of these familiar modernist works rebound in this exhibition, transformed into something new, unstable, and strangely beguiling.

*Admission to Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth and Lesley Vance: always circled whirling is general admission + $8.

Visit columbusmuseum.org to plan your visit today.

About Columbus Museum of Art:

Admission to CMA is $18 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (18+) and children (4–17); and free for members and children 3 and under. On Thursdays from 5–9 p.m., general admission is $5. General admission is free for all on Sundays. Members always receive free admission to special exhibitions.

Author: Sarah Barenz, Columbus Museum of Art Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow



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