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Media Overview Fall 2011 THROUGH Spring 2012

Table of Contents INSTITUTIONAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 02–07 exhibitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08–14 Gen Wex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 FILM/VIDEO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16–18 performing arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19–26 Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 café | heirloom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Institutional | WEX-STAR event

February 26, 2012

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Erin Moriarty

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Institutional | WEX-STAR event

April 7, 2012

An interview with Carrie Fisher When asked to have her publicity agent send photos, Carrie Fisher doesn’t miss a beat. “Sure,” she quips. “I hope you like the nude photos, especially.” It’s that sense of humor and irreverence that the actress, novelist and screenwriter will bring to the Victoria Theatre stage for the next two weeks when she presents “Wishful Drinking,” her one-woman Broadway show based on her own colorful life. The play will be in town from Tuesday through April 22 and was the winner of the 2010 Outer Critics’ Circle Award in New York. “I’ve probably drawn some challenges to me just to practice my sense of humor, just give it some exercise,” she said during a phone interview. Among those life challenges are addiction, a diagnosis of a bipolar illness and divorce—including her own divorce from musician Paul Simon. Carrie Fisher jokes about them all.

Fisher also is scheduled to talk about her life at Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts in May, and will speak and sign books Friday at Books & Co. at The Greene in Beavercreek. Her most recent book, “Shockaholic,” references her experiences with electric shock treatments. After one of her Dayton performances, Fisher will meet with members of the Behavioral Services departments from Premier Health Partners and Samaritan Behavioral Health.... …What has saved her, she believes, is her openness to any sort of help that might be available to her—medication, all forms of therapy. “There’s nothing I won’t try,” Fisher says. “It either works or it doesn’t.”

“I don’t think anything is for everybody, but I believe in the 12-Step programs; they are basically a Christian ethic of helping others,” she says. “It’s about being honest, a good person.” Fisher, who has received a number of awards for her commitment to fighting mental illness and the stigmas associated with it, has appeared on the Senate floor urging state legislators to increase government funding for people living with mental health issues. She says her one-woman show allows her to laugh at her pain. “I think a lot of humor comes from pain,” she says. “I laugh at the experiences I’ve had and talk about what I’ve learned from them and how I’ve coped.” Although not every child grows up with a laundress and a projection room and begins working in films and nightclubs at age 13, Fisher says she wasn’t immune from the common concerns of childhood—wondering if you’re fat, wondering if you said something dumb. Her own daughter, she says, somehow managed to avoid many of the pitfalls that have plagued her life. Billie, now 19, is studying at New York University. On Carrie Fisher’s bucket list? “I had been obsessed with going to Northern China for the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, and it was awesome!” She says she’d also like to clear up any outstanding agitation that exists between herself and anyone from her past. “My goal now,” she concludes, “is being a good friend, a good daughter, a good mother.”

A selection of Tweets…

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“If it’s true that you’re only as sick as your secrets, then I’ll be healthy for a very long time,” she says. “I was ashamed about a lot of these things for years, but then they rule you. If I can make light of these heavy things, then I have problems, but they don’t have me.”

She believes it’s best to find other people who’ve faced similar issues and find a community of people that have had some of the same experiences “so that you don’t feel like the village idiot.”

Director’s dialogue: Filmmaker Liza Johnson

Q&A | Liza Johnson: Ohio roots have helped filmmaker of ‘Return’ READ THE FULL PIECE ONLINE

February 29, 2012

Wexner Center to host film, panel about female war veterans READ THE FULL PIECE ONLINE


WOSU: All Sides with Ann Fisher March 1, 2012

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Unique challenges facing America’s women veterans Panel featuring filmmaker Liza Johnson and other guests

March 12, 2012

Meredith Vieira on her film production company, new movie Former TODAY host Meredith Vieira and writer/ director Liza Johnson discuss their new film “Return,” which addresses the problems women veterans face when returning to their home lives after serving in active duty.

@bradalive This will be a blast. I promise. RT @Jackie_Mantey: Wex Drive In movie for June: The Royal Tenenbaums via @wexarts

Image courtesy of Dada Films

February 29, 2012

Institutional | New Wex education facility

Wexner education facility to take wing Within a few years, young people will find much more to do and learn at the Wexner Center for the Arts. In its first expansion since its founding in 1989, the Ohio State University institution plans an education facility next to the arts center at 27 W. 17th Ave.—a below-ground space occupied for now by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. The cartoon library is expected to move by the fall of 2013 into a larger and more prominent space in Sullivant Hall, a campus building being renovated.

The cost of the project is estimated at $2.5 million to $3 million, with an initial grant of $500,000 already secured from the American Electric Power

Columbus Underground

A group of “leading thinkers in design and art education,” she said, will be asked to “imagine what kind of habitat is conducive to learning.” Geldin will join Shelly Casto, director of education at the center, in meeting today for the first in a series of periodic sessions with a group of national leaders in design and education. “We essentially have a blank slate, but we don’t simply want to replicate the educational spaces of other institutions,” Geldin said. “We aim to create a truly innovative habitat for discovery and learning—one that complements but doesn’t duplicate other such resources in Columbus.”

March 8, 2012

Wexner Center Announces Education Center Expansion

Columbus Monthly

March 2012

Arts Beat: The Wexner Center expands READ THE FULL PIECEs ONLINE

@JonLampleyMusic Also...gettin pumped to play the ‘Race Riot Suite’ with the @jfjo when they come to the Wexner Center on May 12!!

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The new education wing—to be named later—is to have more than 7,200 square feet and include classrooms, offices, art studios, computer labs, meeting and storage space, a gallery, a library and a learning lab for teenagers. And, as part of what is becoming a growing priority for the Wexner Center, after-school programs and activities for teens will be offered.

Foundation. The rest of the money is expected to be raised during the next 18 months through donations from individuals, corporations and foundations, center Director Sherri Geldin said.

Photo © Brad Feinknopf

March 4, 2012


February 8, 2012

Stills from the Wexner Center for the Arts Residency award video

“…the thing about the Wexner Center’s movies is that I don’t have to look into it at all. I know that when I go there, even if I don’t know anything about the movies that they’re showing, they will always lead to great conversation afterward.”

March 2012

Wexner Center releases video to celebrate 20 years of artist residency awards 06 media overview / Fall 2011–Spring 2012

April 21, 2012

Coverage of cross-campus residency project HOUSE/DIVIDED Big Ten, a TV network that has a potential reach of 40 million households nationwide, aired a piece on April 21 about the Builders Association’s HOUSE/DIVIDED, a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award and Creative Campus Innovations project. A multimedia theater show about the contemporary foreclosure crisis through the lens of The Grapes of Wrath, it premiered at the Wex in October 2011 and is on its way to New York in October 2012.

Photo by Jodi Miller

Best date you’ve had in Columbus: Jeni Britton Bauer


@RitaRemixed @wexarts is bringing annie leibovitz’s work to columbus??? I’m beyond pumped

Institutional 614 Magazine May 1, 2012 ColumBEST 2012: People and Places Best Art Gallery: Wexner Center for the Arts

@AKAlTurki Annie Leibovitz will have a major show at the Wexner Center-speaking of her, she will receive MOCA award to distinguished women in the arts

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“A reputation as one of the greatest artistic hubs in the Midwest is rightly deserved. The Wex does it all. Situated at the forefront of the Ohio State campus, the center announces itself with some of the most avant-garde architecture you’ll see around town. Inside, its unique corridors play host to sculptures, paintings, dance, music and film exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists. Also, isn’t it about time that Heirloom, the Wex’s stellar cafe, got its due?”

Exhibitions | Annie Leibovitz

April 22, 2012


Columbus Underground April 23, 2012

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Annie Leibovitz Exhibition Coming to Wexner Center This Fall The Wexner Center announced today that they will be hosting an exhibition this fall devoted to the work of photographer Annie Leibovitz. Over 200 photos will be on display throughout the entirety of the gallery space at The Wex. The majority of the exhibition consists of work from Leibovitz’s “Master Set”, which is a large collection of images that she personally chose in 2009, and oversaw the printing of large archival prints for the set. The Wexner Center will be the first institution to display the Master Set as a whole.

© Annie Leibovitz.


Annie Leibovitz, Plano, Illinois, 2011

Sensory Overload (alive! blog) April 23, 2012 Wex announces fall exhibit artist: Annie Leibovitz “Annie Leibovtiz’s revered photographs that document the most important players of modern social history will dominate all of the gallery space at the Wexner Center this fall.”

@zabadu Can not WAIT for this exhibit! Wexner Center for the Arts: Exhibitions - Annie Leibovitz http:// via @wexarts

Exhibitions | alexis rockman

October 25, 2011

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@yourvinylsiding Nice job to @wexarts getting Annie Leibovitz. Very big name.

Exhibitions | David Smith

January 6, 2012

Whitney and Storm to Share a David Smith “The sculpture will be included in the current exhibition when it travels to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. But after the exhibition closes, on April 15, Cubi XXI will return to Storm King, where it will be on view until the Whitney’s new building opens in the meatpacking district of Manhattan in 2015.”

February 23, 2012

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@Janine_Renee I can’t wait! RT @ColsUnderground 200 Annie Leibovitz photographs will be on display this Fall at the Wexner Center

Exhibitions | Alina Szapocznikow

(cover story)

november 2011

Touching from a distance Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone 1955–1972 Coming to the Wex in Spring 2012

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@Jaijai01 Very excited for the Annie Leibovitz exhibit @wexnercenter this fall!

Exhibitions | Alina Szapocznikow

April 2012

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May 4, 2012

On an Island, Worker Bees Fill a Long White Hive Frieze New York Contemporary Art Fair “Being by temperament a content-seeker, I find myself drawn to spaces with work that seems to require close looking and reading. I was rewarded at Broadway 1602 with a selection of small pieces by several remarkable female artists who had visibility decades ago, only to drop out of sight. One of them, Alina Szapocznikow (1926-73), who worked in ceramics, has recently come back into view.”—Holland Carter

@Natasha64 YES YES YES !!! Wexner Center for the Arts: Exhibitions - Annie Leibovitz ex/index.php?eventid=6355 via @wexarts


(Culture Monster) March 10, 2012

‘More American Photographs’ offers a glimpse of America’s recession “In the 1930s and ‘40s, the federal Farm Security Administration ran a photography program headed by Roy E. Stryker to document the plight of rural farm workers affected by the Great Depression. Courtesy the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

It launched the careers of many extraordinary photographers, including Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Gordon Parks…. Inspired by the mission of this program, curator Jens Hoffmann incorporated those classic images alongside newly commissioned works from contemporary photographers assigned to capture life in an America reeling from the so-called Great Recession. The result: “More American Photographs,” an exhibition of 100 works from past and present at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver… The exhibit will travel to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio in early 2013.”

Walker Evans’ photo of Floyd Burroughs, cotton sharecropper, Hale County, Alabama (circa 1935)

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The Serious Comic Art of Daniel Clowes

“After closing on Aug. 12 the show will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Gallery in Washington; the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio; and very likely to Europe and Asia.... Mr. Clowes, 50, may have a fascination with the mordant and the downtrodden, but he is also one of today’s most successful and respected graphic novelists, lauded for his stylistic genius, his mixing of heartfelt emotion and biting cynicism, and his prolific output: 14 books, not to mention dozens of comics like the pioneering Eightball.” READ THE FULL PIECE ONLINE

@jacobmanser This is huge: @wexarts to exhibit over 200 Annie Leibovitz photographs this fall. #columbus200

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Humanity’s Discomfort, Punctured With a Pen

May 7, 2012

WEX EXHIBITIONS ON TOUR Mark Bradford This exhibition was organized by and premiered at the Wexner Center in 2010, continues its massive tour on the west coast, showing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this winter. It has been to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Dallas Museum of Art. From the critics: “Light and fleet....”—New York Times “Gorgeous, thick, meditative, relevant....”—Huffington Post “Quietly radiates meanings, emotions, and no end of visual satisfactions....”—Boston Globe On the microsite traveling with the show: “That’s the kind of generative impact that just a handful of institutions can have on the larger art world.”—Dallas’s D Magazine


“And impressive solo show….Bradford shows that in the new century lineages such as painting and installation thrive not by mimicking their ancestry, but by reanimating it.”

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—San Francisco Chronicle

Elliott Hundley: The Bacchae This exhibition, also organized by the Wex and on view here in the fall, is currently at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. From the critics: “Their complexity practically defies description, and the range of materials is remarkable.”—Dallas’s D Magazine “A veritable bacchanalia of textures and found objects.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram “Ours is an age of overstimulation, of sensory overload. That makes Los Angeles artist Elliott Hundley thoroughly au courant, even when interpreting a fifthcentury B.C. tragedy.” —Dallas Morning News

@_NoStress Played at Weigel w/ @elmonashville, went next door to @wexarts, caught @miguelzenon, @ luisperdomo, @henrycoledrums and Hans Glawischnig. #OSU

GenWex | Off The Grid

April 12, 2012

Staff Pick: Off the Grid “This annual Wexner Center party has the reputation of a must-attend for the town’s young culturati.”

April 11, 2012

April 16, 2012

3-D goes Off the Grid at Ohio State’s Wexner Center Off the Grid put its attendees’ senses on high alert as art, food, drinks and music collided. 15 media overview / Fall 2011–Spring 2012

The Wexner Center for the Arts throws Off the Grid annually to raise money for Wexner Center education programs, which aim to educate grades K-12 in art, video production and writing. “All the money raised through ticket sales and raffle tickets goes to the education program,” said Erik Pepple, community outreach and marketing manager for the Wexner Center. Tickets were sold out and priced at $55. Raffle tickets were $10 for one or $50 for six. Prizes ranged from two American Airlines tickets to gift certificates to Columbus’ The Refectory Restaurant and Bistro.

This year’s event was 3-D-themed with three dimensions of the Wexner Center occupied: Heirloom Café, Mershon Auditorium lobby and the black box performance space, which was set up like a nightclub.

@TylerGreenDC Maybe the best kunsthalle shop in US. MT @wexarts: [A]dd @WexStore to your Record Store Day shopping this Sat. Discounts, rarities, & more.

Photos by A.J. Zanyk

Attendees dressed to kill for the event. Women wore dresses with heels while men donned pants with sport coats.

Film/Video | Keyhole

April 5, 2012

A Gangster Named Ulysses Goes Home and Homeric Image courtesy of Monterey Media

“Keyhole, which was commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, represents something of a departure, even as its weird, almost-familiar, monochromatic images are stamped with Mr. Maddin’s unmistakable sensibility… Keyhole may also be a perfect gateway into the bizarre and fertile world of a unique film artist.” READ THE FULL PIECE ONLINE

April 5, 2012

Guy Maddin’s Keyhole: Ghost of Movies Past 16

April 13, 2012

Keyhole: A gangster locked in and locked out

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“Shot in smoky black and white, punctuated with

“On another level, this work, commissioned for

superimpositions, filled with dissolving images, and

the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State

riddled with non sequiturs, this gorgeous, turgid,

University, is conceptual, an exercise in repeatedly

voyeuristically-titled affair could be Maddin’s most

frustrated narrative closure, which makes for

abstract work. (It was commissioned by the Wexner

a repeatedly intriguing, repeatedly frustrating,

Center for the Arts.)”

exercise: A mystery with no solution.”

April 13, 2012

From the madhouse to the art house “Maddin is an acquired taste, but this exquisite black-and-white puzzle is one of his more exhilarating confections.”

@antiheroine Next Tuesday, @wexarts is screening a new 35mm print of LAURA: fv/index.php?eventid=6211 You guys know I know noir. This is one of the best.

Film/Video | Rare Baseball Films

April 5, 2012

“Baseball inspires loyalty in its fans, and Filipi, as director of film/video at the Wexner Center for the Arts (and still a Twins man), indulges his passion each spring with the “Rare Baseball Films” program at the center.”

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@lisaanfang j jasperse’s canyon @wexarts-powerful hour of dance. final segment was beautiful ensemble piece set 2 electonic/drum & bass-style by h rowe.


The Reel Deal: Queer Cinema at the Wexner Center “One thing that really sets our programming apart is the network of relationships we enjoy with filmmakers, producers, and distributors” —Dave Filipi, Director of Film/Video

Image courtesy of Marie Losier and Bernard Yenelouis

April 2012

April 5, 2012

Ohio State University: Highlights include Monroe tribute, films tied to city “Some like it hot, and the Wexner Center for the Arts aims to be hot with a tribute to Marilyn Monroe.”

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April 10, 2012

Wexner Center to expand on film (Expanded Cinema program)

May 10, 2012

Body image goes head-to-head with power of sport

“‘Line Describing a Cone’ is really one of the most important works, not just of this genre, but within film and art history,” [Associate Curator of Film/Video Chris] Stults said. “You couldn’t really teach a class on film and video and not show this.”

@jaslinnell Also seeing a sold out! @miguelzenon show @wexarts with @HenryColeDrums, @luisperdomo, H Glawischwig. Great night of jazz on the Latin side

Wex | Shakespeare

November 17, 2011

Take one classic Shakespearean tragedy; sprinkle in a live audition, some Irish wit, audience participation and a bit with a dog. Now shake. The result is The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane—theater company Pan Pan’s award-winning deconstruction of “Hamlet,” which will be presented this week at the Wexner Center. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

Fresh off performances in the Big Apple last week, Ireland’s inventive Pan Pan ensemble is making its second trip to Columbus after a successful 2008 visit with “Oedipus Loves You.”—Columbus Alive

(Weekender) November 17, 2011

Audience plays key role in who’s who of Irish Hamlet

Irish troupe invites OSU audiences to give Shakespeare’s Hamlet a new shake

November 17, 2011

Hamlet wannabes kick off ‘Year of Shakespeare’

WOSU radio November 19, 2011 Audio review of Pan Pan

@aaronquinnmusic Beautiful film by Marie Losier. Its also playing tomorrow at 7. Dont sleep cbus @wexarts

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November 16, 2011



February 29, 2012

Wexner jazz series to set a cozy scene Jazz lovers value intimate settings, artist diversity and the chance to discover something new.

Key among the results, according to the Ohio State University center, was fans’ desired atmosphere: cozy, casual and close to the onstage action. “It reinforced how important the feel for the room is—to get that kind of connection to this particular art form,” said Chuck Helm, the center’s director of performing arts and a research partner facility in the audience study. 20 media overview / Fall 2011–Spring 2012

To that end, the center will have seven jazz shows during a five-month period, hosting six of them with a cabaret-style setup in the building’s 200-capacity performance space with an on-site bar (the venue doesn’t offer alcohol at rock shows). The center, Helm said, typically hosts about five jazz artists a year using the existing club-inspired seating and will use feedback from the series to help guide programming. “Each show presents opportunities to bring new people into the room,” he said. The Donny McCaslin Group on Thursday kicked off the concerts. The remaining offerings, all in the Wexner performance space unless noted: • Saturday: the collaborative trio known as Tirtha— featuring jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, guitarist Prasanna

Photo courtesy of the artist

That’s what the Wexner Center for the Arts learned from an extensive Jazz Arts Group nationwide survey in October that detailed what the genre’s listeners want most when seeking a live show.

Ambrose Akinmusire

and tabla player Nitin Mitta — which fuses classically based Indian stylings with jazz. • March 31, Drake Center’s Thurber Theatre, 1849 Cannon Dr.: filmmaker Bill Morrison, jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and a quartet focusing on the 1927 Mississippi River flood. • April 19: Puerto Rican progressive jazz saxophonist, Grammy nominee and MacArthur “ genius grant” recipient Miguel Zenon and his quartet. • May 3: the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet, whose trumpeter won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition. • May 12: the indie-scene foursome Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey of Tulsa, Okla., with a multimedia history lesson on the city’s 1921 race riots—with a horn section provided by OSU students. • June 5: Argentine composer-pianist Guillermo Klein, leader of the 11-piece outfit Los Guachos, with futuristic folklore melded with jazz sounds. Tickets for all shows cost $18, or $15 for members. Call 614-292-3535 or visit www.wexarts. org.

@meganr Looking forward to Trip to the Moon tonight @wexarts!

Performing Arts | The Builders Association Ohio State Alumni Magazine November/December 2011

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@KatieKeidan love sitting at the @HeirloomCafe in the @wexarts it makes me feel artsy #hipsterwannabe

PERFORMING ARTS | doris duke artists awards

21 artists were each awarded a $225,000 grant. Among the grantees are Wexner Center regulars Anne Bogart, Vijay Iyer, Bebe Miller (who will be premiering a piece this fall at the Wex at the culmination of a residency), Bill Frisell (who was just here in March) and Young Jean Lee.

april 18, 2012

Show & Tell: Entertainment News

“The commonalities were in the maturity of artistic

Twenty-one artists, including Ohio State University faculty member Bebe Miller, have been named in the first class of Doris Duke artists, with each receiving an unrestricted grant of $225,000. Miller—a dancer, choreographer and director who serves on the OSU dance faculty— has performed frequently with her company at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation recognizes artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and multidisciplinary work.

director for the arts. “These are artists who continue to challenge themselves in a rigorous and new direction. This is not a lifetime-achievement award.”

APRIL 19, 2012

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Doris Duke Foundation Announces Inaugural Doris Duke Artists, Receiving $225,000 Grants; Anne Bogart, Rinde Eckert Among Recipients Provided to honorees through a process of peer review—no applications are accepted—the grants are not tied to any specific project, but are made as investments in the artists’ personal and professional development and future work. To qualify for consideration, all of the Doris Duke Artists must have won grants, prizes or awards on a national level for at least three different projects over the past ten years, with at least one project having received support from a DDCF-funded program.

Bebe Miller Dance Company Necessary Beauty, 2008

@ruhrkraut1 Can’t believe @MikeSimonetti was at @wexarts last night. Obsessed with The Third of the Storms played in @Skins #replay

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

New York Artists Lead Doris Duke Awards voice,” said Ben Cameron, the foundation’s program


APRIL 23, 2012

PERFORMING ARTS | the great flood

Photo credit: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois (band) and Fox Movietone University of South Carolina Newsfilm Library (film image)

march 28, 2012

Fischer’s Fab Five (the other four) “In a project co-commissioned by the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Great Flood combines the talents of Grammy-Award winning jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell and Obie-winning filmmaker Bill Morrison. The film is a portrait, using archival footage, of the Mississippi River flood of 1927, also including images from last year’s flood. Frisell, along with Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen, will perform Frisell’s original score at a screening of the film Saturday, March 31, in the Thurber Theatre at OSU’s Drake Union.”

march 29, 2012

Filmmaker, musicians resurrect old footage

‘The Great Flood,’ rushes into Drake Center READ THE FULL PIECE ONLINE

april 1, 2012

(Weekender) march 29, 2012

Director looks at history through artistic lens “Morrison said, ‘You’re looking through a prism of history, and film is the connection to it.’ On Saturday, his latest work—The Great Flood (2012), which traces the effects of the Mississippi River floods of 1927—will be presented with live musical accompaniment in the Drake Center’s Thurber Theatre on the Ohio State University campus.”


Bill Frisell and Bill Morrison: Music underlies story of ‘27 tragedy (Review) The Wexner Center for the Arts explored exquisite connections between film and music last night in Drake Union’s Thurber Theater with a master collaboration between jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and filmmaker Bill Morrison.

@KristaKae1 Thank you @wexarts for a fabulous evening last night full of good people, food, art and music. Looking fwd to next years #OffTheGrid :)

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“[Morrison] will be in town for the Wexner Center debut of his new work, The Great Flood, made from newsreels of the historic 1927 Mississippi River disaster. The film will be presented Saturday with a soundtrack provided by none other than guitarist Bill Frisell and two other musicians.”

march 30, 2012


March 21, 2012

Preview: Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM at the Drake Center

Photo: Michael Slobodian

“Those who saw dance company Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM’s Lost Action at the Wexner Center in September 2009 will remember the performance’s sense of benevolent intimacy shaped both by physical contact and its absence. The German-based troupe returns to the Wex on March 29 with Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s 2010 The You Show, a four-act work that focuses on duets.”

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MAJOR MINOR by John Petric: Four days (and nights) of jazz

Image courtesy of Unlimited Myles

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April 19, 2012

“Vocabulario is the word that comes to mind when I listen to Zenon’s music. He speaks every nuance of jazz—introspective, smooth, intense, suave, ethereal, conversive.”—John Petric, The Other Paper

April 5, 2012

Staff Pick: Miguel Zenón Quartet at the Wexner Center The quartet’s sound is warm and accessible, a welcome new twist on the jazz we find more familiar. Get comfortable in the Performance Space in cabaret-style seating, and enjoy the offerings of a cash bar.

@ZGLow Good Lord, I’m DYING to see “Keyhole.” Commissioned by @wexarts! Guy Maddin can do no wrong.

PERFORMING ARTS | Shearwater Ape Wind blog April 1, 2012 Shearwater at The Wexner Center for the Arts I was fortunate enough to catch Shearwater’s show at The Wexner Center for the Arts, an inviting and intimate setting for a romantic evening.


April 25, 2012

Preview: John Jasperse’s Canyon at the Wexner Center “‘We are trying something different at the Wexner and we are definitely embracing its defiantly asymmetrical architecture,’ [Jasperse] said. ‘Instead of a frontal presentation, we are placing the audience on three sides, both on the floor and in the balcony.’ He hopes the effect is to create something of an audience canyon with the performers at the bottom.”


@bucksactually @wexarts So looking forward to showing of Rare Baseball Films. Third time here. Always a great time.

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Photo courtesy of Tony Orrico



May 6, 2012

Jazz work recalls deadly Oklahoma race riot For years, the 1921 race riot that devastated Tulsa, Okla., was a hush-hush subject.

The quartet, featuring three Tulsa natives, will perform the critically acclaimed Race Riot Suite on Saturday at the Wexner Center for the Arts on the Ohio State University campus….


The group introduced the work a year ago. On tour, the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (its name is completely random) hires local musicians to augment its sound. Joining the group for the Wexner show will be two Ohio State University students: Jonathan Lampley on trumpet and Daniel White on saxophone, as well as trombonist Evan Oberla, a Grandview Heights native and a 2009 OSU graduate.

Photo: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

These days, the story is resounding from concert stages throughout the country, thanks to the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.

Chris Combs, who composed the suite

“I jumped at the chance to do this,” Oberla said. “This music has such a back story, and I like playing things like this that paint a picture and that have such great imagery.” Combs said the group has not tired of playing Race Riot Suite—in part, because the material is so meaningful.

media overview / Fall 2011–Spring 2012

April 19, 2012

Wexner Center, CD102.5 team up with Promowest “The prospect of an institution like the Wex teaming with PromoWest and CD102.5 should elate local arts and music fans, as it has the potential of doing more than raising funds. It also could raise general awareness of the breadth of the local arts scene.

may 3, 2012

My Morning Jacket’s August 12th LC Show to Benefit the Wex & Cd101 For the Kids “…think about that combination for a moment. There will be good ALL-AGES shows that will receive proper radio promotion that will also raise money for children and our city’s asset to the Arts.”

Those who like My Morning Jacket’s music, Basquiat paintings and Wes Anderson movies probably would enjoy what the Wexner Center is doing or be interested in smaller PromoWest shows. CD102.5’s participation also could help young listeners become more aware of the all-ages options they have at the Wexner Center and the PromoWest venues.”

@TWTheBeat: BeatBlogging on the partnership between Wexner Center for the Arts, PromoWest Productions and CD101 fm. Benefit show? My Morning Jacket? What’s not to like?


(Weekender) march 8, 2012

Shakespeare Adaptation Made for One Woman “In her Nearly Lear, the actress tells the tragedy of King Lear through stories, film and music—plus some of the original text. The show received an award in January for best performance at the International Performing Arts for Youth conference in Austin, Texas. On the OSU campus, the work is being cosponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Arts Initiative. A pair of performances will be staged as part of the ‘Year of Shakespeare.’” Photo courtesy of Doug Forster


Theatre Chat: Nearly Lear “The best audiences for me are when there are people of all ages together, with everyone getting something a little different from the experience. I think that there is a need for a truly rich shared family or inter-generational theatre-going experience.” —Susanna Hamnett,

200 reasons why Columbus is a great place to raise a family “The Wexner Center for the Arts: The cool quotient at the Wex is off the charts from visual arts to performing arts, and now they’re expanding their community-education efforts, including a teen learning lab.”

actress and writer, Nearly Lear


@littband Excited to be playing for the always-lovely crowd @wexarts tonight!! Hoping someone will bring us yummy cupcakes again....

media overview / Fall 2011–Spring 2012

April 2012

march 8, 2012

Café | Heirloom On Sustainability (The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences blog) march 9, 2012

Growing Local Foods: Heirloom Café and Chef’s Garden at the Wexner Center “They plan to build a sustainable chef’s garden behind the café to grow their own produce for the menu… This way, the Heirloom Café can provide locally grown food to its customers in every season… The Heirloom Café and chef’s garden will be a great way for students and visitors to Ohio State to choose to eat healthfully, sustainably, and locally!” —Bobby D. Moser, vice president and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, on the chef’s garden, which received a grant from Coca-Cola this spring

Chef’s garden in process


Interview Chef John Skaggs of Heirloom Café John has worked at many Columbus restaurants such as L’Antibes, Giorgio, RJ Snapper’s and was a founding chef at Northstar Cafe (Yes, he does know the secret of the Northstar veggie burger). Recently he worked with Two Caterers. John is also an avid gardener and composter. He runs Heirloom with his wife Kimberly. © Blair Perry

media overview / Fall 2011–Spring 2012

(WCBE Weekly Radio Show) march 24, 2012

@aslowdescent So excited to see @littband and @poormoonband at @wexarts tonight!

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Media highlights, May 2012