SaturdayJanuary 31
Auntie Karen Day11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Auntie Karen Day
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.

    Cost:

  • Free
SaturdayFebruary 7
Film: Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of ExpressionNoonFilm: Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression
A documentary about the life and work of one of America’s great painters, Jacob Lawrence, the first African American to be represented by a New York Gallery. Emphasis is placed on the epic narratives he painted about the struggles of the African-American people. Central to the film is the attention given to the emotional aspects of creating art as well as the importance of motivation and determination for success. 28 minutes.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
TuesdayFebruary 10
ArtBreak: Ward Briggs10:30 a.m. - NoonArtBreak: Ward Briggs
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 classicist Ward Briggs discusses mythology and its impact on art through the ages.

Ward Briggs served as Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics and Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities Emeritus at USC until 2011. He has published widely in the field of classics, with particular attention to Roman authors and the history of classical studies in the US.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
TuesdayFebruary 17
Columbia Burning: A Sesquicentennial Reappraisal 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Columbia Burning: A Sesquicentennial Reappraisal
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Panel Discussion on the Burning of Columbia- Free

By bringing in scholars who are generating new work on the burning of Columbia, our goal is to shed fresh light on the meaning of the events of February 17, 1865, as an example of urban disaster and recovery. The arrival of the Union army marked a day of jubilant emancipation for blacks, thousands of whom followed in the wake of Sherman’s advance northward. These and other topics, including the evolution of modern warfare, will be discussed.

Moderator: Dr. Thomas Brown, University of South Carolina

Dr. Ann Sarah Rubin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Megan Kate Nelson, Harvard

Caitlin Verboon, Yale




Noon: Luncheon- $30

Presentation on mid-to-late-19th-century foodways by Dr. David Shields with period-appropriate meal by Scott Hall Catering.




2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Discussion on Advancing Civic Dialogue around History – Free session

Dr. Tom Sugrue (University of Pennsylvania) will lead this discussion looking at the role of public history/public intellectuals in shaping and advancing civic dialogue to deal with difficult pasts, as well as the role of the academy in preparing students for community and public engagement.



All sessions require advance registration. Morning and afternoon sessions are free. Luncheon costs $30. For registration and more information please visit, burningofcolumbia.com
WednesdayFebruary 18
Evening for Educators4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Evening for Educators
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.
FridayFebruary 20
Lecture: Charles Courtney Curran: Tilting Toward ImpressionismNoonLecture: Charles Courtney Curran: Tilting Toward Impressionism
The paintings of Charles Courtney Curran are, first and foremost, beautiful. Thirty years ago, Curran was included in William H. Gerdts’ important book, American Impressionism, but during his lifetime Curran also exhibited in the Paris Salon where he was certainly not considered an impressionist painter. Now, with the work of this masterful painter as the focus of the new retrospective, Seeking the Ideal, CMA Chief Curator Will South asks: Was Curran really an impressionist? Or, as the show’s catalogue asks, was he a realist or an idealist, and what, if anything was truly “American” about his art?

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
Opening Celebration and Member Appreciation Day11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Opening Celebration and Member Appreciation Day
Join us to celebrate Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal, organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, with Spark Tours, a lecture, a film, a Member Appreciation Lounge, and more.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
Spark Tours: Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal 2:00 p.m.Spark Tours: Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal
The CMA is offering quick, 30-minute lunchtime “Spark Tours” of the Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal. The tours spark the imagination of busy weekday workers and lunch-goers with limited time to visit the museum or those interested in a brief overview of the show before exploring further on their own. A guided tour provides an overview highlighting select works of this treasured American painter.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
Film: In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists3:00 p.m.Film: In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists
In Open Air: A Portrait of the American Impressionists captures the essence of the impressionist movement in America, a pivotal period in American art from 1880 to 1915. With the pace of life quickening at the end of the 19th century, painters were seeking new ways to look at and preserve traditional American scenes that were rapidly disappearing—stone fences, open countryside, picturesque settings. These tranquil images were painted outside, in open air. Visually stunning, In Open Air features some of the finest impressionist paintings created during this period and travels to favored locales that inspired the artists’ work. It explores the influence of the French impressionists and reveals how the American painters developed their own styles. 28 minutes.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
SaturdayFebruary 21
Gallery Tour: Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal1:00 p.m.Gallery Tour: Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal
A guided tour provides an overview of the retrospective exhibition, Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal, featuring 58 Curran masterpieces sure to astonish with their jewel-like color, soaring vistas, garden landscapes, and love for beauty.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
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TuesdayFebruary 24
Tatara Fire: A Discussion with Henry MandellHappy hour 6:00 p.m. │Lecture 7:00 p.m.Tatara Fire: A Discussion with Henry Mandell
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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    Cost:

  • $10 / $8 members / $5 students. *Free for Contemporaries and Palladium members.
FridayFebruary 27
Artist Salon: Columbia NowNoonArtist Salon: Columbia Now
This series features gallery talks about a wide range of subjects, topics, and disciplines. For this salon talk, the CMA welcomes three photographers Vennie-Deas Moore, Robert Clark, and Meg Griffiths, who will discuss their work in the Columbia Now exhibition, a show that celebrates the city through the photography of local contemporary artists.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
SaturdayFebruary 28
Gallery Tour: Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal1:00 p.m.Gallery Tour: Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal
A guided tour provides an overview of the retrospective exhibition, Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal, featuring 58 Curran masterpieces sure to astonish with their jewel-like color, soaring vistas, garden landscapes, and love for beauty.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
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FridayMarch 6
Seeking the Ideal Lecture and Book Signing with Jane FaquinNoon - 1:00 p.m.Seeking the Ideal Lecture and Book Signing with Jane Faquin
Jane Faquin, Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal curator and author of the exhibition catalogue, will discuss Curran's life and work in the Gilded Age and the importance of his career in American art. Seeking the Ideal is the first retrospective exhibition of Curran's work and career since his death in 1942. It has been estimated that he produced more than 1,500 pictures during his career, mostly using family members as models, experimenting with a variety of artistic styles including impressionism, symbolism, tonalism, and naturalism. Co-sponsored by USC's College of Arts and Sciences.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
SaturdayMarch 7
Gallery Tour: Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal1:00 p.m.Gallery Tour: Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal
A guided tour provides an overview of the retrospective exhibition, Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal, featuring 58 Curran masterpieces sure to astonish with their jewel-like color, soaring vistas, garden landscapes, and love for beauty.

    Cost:

  • Free with membership or admission.
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