Upcoming Events

  • Photography 101

    February 5, 20156:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us for a two-part workshop with Instructor Gordon Humphries to explore basic procedures and styles in the art of photography. Photography 101 is part of our Art School 101 series, which offers participants the perfect opportunity to dabble in printmaking, photography, watercolor painting, and drawing while learning new techniques. Sign up for all 4 and receive a 20 % discount. Participants must be 18 or older. $80 / $60 members.
  • Contemporaries' Black Jack Ball

    February 7, 20157:30 - 11:30 p.m.

    This annual fundraising gala is the Contemporaries’ premiere event and is expected to draw a crowd of over 400 to the elegant, modern environment of the Columbia Museum of Art. In its 10th year, guests will enjoy an evening of Vegas-proportions in honor of the Contemporaries’ 21st birthday celebration. The event will begin with a silent art auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres by Scott Hall Catering, casino entertainment by Party Time DJs, music by Sol Fusion, and dancing in a show-stopping casino atmosphere designed by Cricket Newman Designs. All proceeds from the event benefit the Contemporaries Art Acquisition Fund. $55 / $100 for Contemporaries members and $75 / $135 for non-members. For more information, visit columbiacontemporaries.com.
  • CMA Chamber Music on Main

    February 10, 2015Doors at 6:00 p.m.
    Concert at 7:00 p.m.

    Music plus art equals a magical experience with this critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the Museum's gorgeous DuBose Poston Reception Hall.

    Musicians
    Gilles Vonsattel, piano
    Todd Palmer, clarinet
    Bella Hristova, violin
    Edward Arron, cello

    Music
    Beethoven Piano Trio in c minor, Opus 1, No. 3
    Stravinsky Suite from L'histoire du Soldat for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
    Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Weber Grand 'Trio' Concertant for Clarinet, Piano and Cello (arr. Todd Palmer)
  • Photography 101

    February 12, 20156:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Join us for a two-part workshop with Instructor Gordon Humphries to explore basic procedures and styles in the art of photography. Photography 101 is part of our Art School 101 series, which offers participants the perfect opportunity to dabble in printmaking, photography, watercolor painting, and drawing while learning new techniques. Sign up for all 4 and receive a 20 % discount. Participants must be 18 or older. $80 / $60 members.
  • Evening for Educators

    February 18, 20154:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Enter the world of an American impressionist in the exhibition Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal. Curran's career blossomed in the decades when French impressionism had changed the art world. Charles Curran's heart was claimed by women, children and flowers, and he devoted a lifetime to painting them in the full light of day.
  • Tatara Fire: A Discussion with Henry Mandell

    February 24, 2015Happy hour 6:00 p.m. │Lecture 7:00 p.m.

    Henry Mandell was born in New York City and continues to live and work there, making abstract artworks with unusual methods. Paintings and works on paper are composed from text which is transformed into complex patterns from the outlines of all the words. Using stories, raw data, or poetry as a starting point and working by hand with a digital brush, Mandell transforms the shapes of letters into new forms using computers and drawing programs. Once completed, the paintings are printed on canvas with archival inkjet printers.



    In 2014, his 11 x 26 foot mural Tatara Fire was installed in the Columbia Museum of Art. Commissioned by the museum, Tatara Fire refers to the symbols of transformation through fire. From the forging of ancient Japanese steel in traditional clay tatara kilns to the burning of the city of Columbia at the end of the Civil War, the artwork aims draw viewers into its intricate patterns, perhaps to reflect on how our past informs our present. The mural contains most of the 10,000 words from the source texts used to create the painting.



    In addition to his fine art practice, Mr. Mandell is also Project Manager for the estate of Mark Rothko, working there to create digital archives of Rothko’s work and historical records, as well as overseeing all reproductions of the artist’s work and management of licensing. Mr. Mandell received a BFA in Fine Art from Ithaca College and has studied at Parsons School of Design and The School of Visual Arts in New York.



    This lecture is sponsored by the CMA’s Contemporaries and by The Palladium Society of Historic Columbia.

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