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Director’s Message The Year in REVIEW Exceptional Artistry Research and Education Outreach and Engagement Wexner Center Programs 2015–2016 Thanks to You—Our Donors Wexner Center Staff and Volunteers
A large-scale photo of Noah Purifoy’s outdoor assemblage sculpture No Contest (Bicycles) (1991) welcomes visitors to Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in nearly 20 years. The exhibition made its only stop outside of LA at the Wex this spring.
As I reflect on the 2015–16 season at the Wexner Center for the Arts, a powerful theme emerges—one of crucial creative connectivity. Whether in our galleries, on stage, on screen, or at the mic, the foremost social, economic, scientific, and political issues facing our world today sparked lively discourse and debate among artists, experts, thought leaders, and diverse audiences. Taking our cues from provocative artists the world over, Wex programming touched on everything from human trafficking and race relations, to LGBTQ issues and gender barriers, to environmental perils that threaten our planet. No matter how resolute the center’s contemporary lens, there is no escaping the warp, weft, and weight of human history—for artists or the rest of us. What better example than Daughters of the Dust, the first US feature by an African American woman to see wide theatrical release. We were elated to present the world premiere of this film’s magnificent restoration in May, more than 20 years after first sharing it with Wex audiences. This poignant saga of Gullah Geechee culture (communities descended from slaves who settled along the South Carolina and Georgia coasts) in the early 1900s was exquisitely told by director Julie Dash—and hailed by critics as a touchstone for Beyoncé’s 2016 “visual album” Lemonade, released just a month before our screening. An avid and sold-out audience welcomed Dash back to the Wexner Center, where she was hosted as an artistin-residence over two decades ago. To underscore the film’s continued resonance, we invited scholar and media celebrity Melissa Harris-Perry to join Dash and the audience in conversation after the screening. Topics ranged from the complexities of cultural identity, the notion of “black girl magic,” and, of course, the challenges faced by women in Hollywood. The latter subject was again at the fore less than two months later when the Wex launched its powerful summer film series Don’t Call Me Honey: Fierce Women of Film, curated in collaboration with several academic colleagues. There’s no question that Dash
and her magnificently fierce female characters served as something of a prologue to the series, conceived as a brazen broadside (excuse the pun) to our national discourse about the paucity of women calling the shots in cinema yet today. Further connecting celluloid sprockets to socio-economic and political realities, the Wexner Center organized and presented Witness: Black Independent Film, a series showcasing 70 years of African American filmmaking. Among our special guests for this sequence was director Arthur Jafa (the phenomenal cinematographer for Daughters) who discussed his own powerful documentary from 2014, Dreams Are Colder Than Death. And while the nation has struggled to contain escalating levels of mistrust and violence between police and African American communities, our fall screening and extended public conversation around Cincinnati Goddamn could not have been more timely. This searing documentary, made over a period of 12 years, was directed by April Martin and our Film/ Video Studio Editor Paul Hill, with support from the Wexner Center and other institutions. Providing the spark for this year’s Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change, the screening and subsequent panel discussion engaged an impassioned audience of nearly 1,000 around one of the most complex and alarming issues of our time. Our June screening of local filmmaker Gabrielle Burton’s Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens—exploring Columbus’s vibrant drag culture—attracted exuberant capacity crowds over two nights. Both the film and the boisterous public dialogue that followed celebrated the significant strides made in recognizing LGBTQ rights, even while acknowledging that real social justice is still a work in progress. How tragically we were reminded of this when, just a few days later, the most deadly mass shooting in this nation’s history took place at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida. Sadly, the center’s annual Lambert Family Lecture also took place amidst a tragedy of global magnitude. Just as Diana Widmaier Picasso—the artist’s granddaughter—took the stage in Mershon Auditorium on November 13 to talk with the Lichtenstein Foundation’s Jack Cowart about our fall exhibition After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, the world learned of the terrorist attacks in her native Paris. Widmaier Picasso had recently
Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin (center) stands with Ohio State President and Wexner Center Foundation Vice Chair Michael V. Drake, MD, and his wife Brenda J. Drake, a newly appointed foundation trustee.
curated a parallel exhibition there demonstrating the indisputable impact of Picasso’s work on generations of international artists in the hundred years since his creative genius first emerged. As an early pioneer of collage, Picasso’s influence surely, if indirectly, touched the work of Noah Purifoy, the artist/alchemist featured in our winter exhibition. Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada was the first major retrospective devoted to this African American artist who spent a lifetime forging his own aesthetic idiom, even as he veritably prefigured the concept of “art as social practice”—dedicating significant time to education, social work, and introducing underserved youth to the transformative power of art and creativity. From his early years as a furniture maker to the watershed moment when he and other artists produced haunting assemblage sculptures from the charred debris of the 1965 Watts Rebellion in Los Angeles, and through his self-exile to the desert where he forged acres of monumental works from found material—Purifoy was a singular figure in American art. In tribute to his legacy, the Wex invited several Columbus arts collectives each to build a mixed-media sculpture around the armature of a letter from the show’s title. The resulting suite of works was then assembled on our plaza to greet visitors and announce the exhibition. That installation
remains on public view outside Milo Arts center a few miles east of the Wex, the kind of place that Purifoy would have embraced. We seized the opportunity to present yet another overdue and critically acclaimed retrospective, this time of urban visionary Martin Wong, an artist of Chinese American heritage. His utterly distinctive paintings summoned the flavor of the gritty, multiethnic Lower East Side Manhattan neighborhood he called home in the 1980s and 90s (pregentrification) and later of his hometown of San Francisco. Not unlike Purifoy, Wong paid witness to often marginalized yet authentic and cohesive communities of color. Calling himself a “human instamatic,” he captured the world around him with works deeply anchored in 20thcentury American urban realist painting. Though immensely talented, both Wong and Purifoy went woefully underrecognized in their lifetimes, and we were pleased to participate in belatedly bringing them the attention they so richly deserve. It must be said, however, that contemporary art is not always so directly concerned with societal circumstance. We were equally pleased and, truth be told, relieved to offer up moments of humor, levity, and good-natured mischief, such as our March
presentation of Faye Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming: Attendance (pictured on the cover of this publication). This project, the first in a trilogy, seeks fresh ways to connect artists with audiences, sometimes with a personal greeting the moment they enter the building. That direct address might continue during the performance as audience members hear their names called out in song or physically interact with the dancers by exchanging costumes and props. Driscoll returns to the Wex in fall 2016 with the world premiere of Thank You for Coming: Play, a work she’s developing over a multiweek creative residency supported by the Wexner Center’s longtime Artist Residency Award Program. We’re eager to see what unfolds and share the process with local audiences, including students—an integral part of our educational mandate. Our 2015–16 season was replete with special milestones, awards, premieres, “firsts,” and, most importantly, examples of the center’s sustained commitment to support the creation and presentation of new work. To wit: • Our nationally celebrated Film/Video Studio Program toasted 25 years of artist residencies with Picture Lock, featuring an impressive cast of filmmakers, professional peers, and critics who converged here for a four-day festival of screenings and discussions. It was a banner year for the program overall, which received major grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. • Cutting-edge Flemish choreographer Jan Martens brought his amazingly muscular yet sensuous company for its Wex debut—the US premiere of his work Sweat Baby Sweat—in one of their few stops on a North American tour. And like so many of our visiting performing artists, Martens took time to lead a masterclass with Ohio State dance students. • England’s Improbable Theatre, a perennial Wex favorite, was back offering audiences a sneak peek at their latest work-in-progress, Opening Skinner’s Box. Wex audiences will have a chance to see the finished version here during the 2017–18 season, just as with the
many productions we’ve “incubated” through commissions and residencies over the years. This particular occasion to engage directly with one of Britain’s pioneering theater ensembles was free for all audiences. •A cclaimed director Whit Stillman (known for such films as Metropolitan, Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco) appeared here to present and discuss his newest film, Love & Friendship, based on an early and lesser-known work by Jane Austen. Wex members and Ohio State students filled the house for this area premiere of the film, highlighted by Stillman’s first-person commentary. • Acclaimed artist and Ohio State distinguished professor Ann Hamilton—a brilliant creative force, cherished collaborator, and longtime friend of the Wex—was awarded a National Medal for the Arts, presented by President Obama at the White House in October 2015. This came mere weeks after the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award was given to the Wexner Center for having commissioned the theater is a blank page—a sweeping, evocative, and wholly immersive work cocreated by Hamilton and Ann Bogart (of SITI Company) under the auspices of a Wex residency award and presented here in spring 2015. Finally, though I debated whether to mention here the unprecedented tragedy that occurred in our galleries last fall, I am moved to gratefully acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of concern, compassion, and moral support from across the community and throughout the art world. You sustained us through those difficult days, replenished our spirits, and reaffirmed our commitment to this institution’s core values. To one and all—our trustees, university leaders, staff and volunteers, corporate and community partners, patrons, members, and friends—I thank you for your truly crucial connection to the Wex. It means the world to us.
The Wexner Center is the regionâ€™s leading destination for contemporary art and a conduit for bringing world-class visual art, film, dance, theater, and music to Columbus.
Participants in Pages, the center’s arts-based literacy program for high school students, enjoy Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, the first museum retrospective in some 20 years to survey the artist’s career—a major portion of which was devoted to arts education (below and opposite page, bottom left).
The exhibition included more than 50 of the California-based artist’s vibrant assemblage sculptures (bottom left) plus archival material illuminating his career (top left). The exhibition’s cocurator Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (center left) engaged audiences at the well-attended opening.
“This spectacular survey of Purifoy’s complex, politically charged, and, until now, largely hidden oeuvre is a total revelation.”—HUFFINGTON POST
Patrons celebrate the opening night of After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, an exhibition that explored Pablo Picassoâ€™s legacy through nearly 150 works by such luminaries as Louise Lawler, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. Featuring a site-specific installation by Alexander Woolf, the exhibition
attracted Wexner Center supporters and members of the Ohio State community, including (bottom left, left to right) Donor Circles members Dave and Nancy Gill; Lisa Florman, chair of the Department of History of Art; and her husband David Weinberg, chair of the Department of Astronomy.
“One of the best museum shows to open last year.” —HYPERALLERGIC ON MARTIN WONG: HUMAN INSTAMATIC
Martin Wong: Human Instamatic curators Antonio Sergio Bessa and Yasmin Ramírez (below) discuss the life and work of the Chinese American artist at the exhibition’s opening celebration. The center’s presentation of the career-spanning survey included a large-scale reproduction of Wong’s vibrant 1991 painting La Vida (at right), which captures Loisaida, his neighborhood in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
“Miss these two dances at your own peril. In a season rife with pleasures, this is a prime example of what the Wexner Center brings to Columbus.” —COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND ON JAN MARTENS
Flemish choreographer Jan Martens (at left) leads a masterclass for Ohio State dance students. A fast-rising talent in Europe, Martens brought two productions to the Wex this fall, including the US premiere of Sweat Baby Sweat (center inset, below), a duet exploring the push and pull of intimate relationships. His ensemble piece The Dog Days Are Over (left and right inset, below) employed incredibly complex jumping sequences that tested his dancers’ endurance.
“I’m on record as stating the 2015–16 Wexner Center jazz season is their most exciting season in recent memory…. in keeping with their mix of legends and cutting edge work.” —JAZZ COLUMBUS A powerful performance by bassist Linda Oh’s Sun Pictures, followed by two sold-out shows featuring tenor sax star Joshua Redman teaming up with hard-hitting jazz trio The Bad Plus (below) kicked off a stellar jazz season. Other highlights included Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Charlie Parker–inspired Bird
Calls project; the return of Guillermo Klein and Los Guachos; and jazzelectronica collaboration Kneedelus. All-star jazz quartet Charles Lloyd and the Marvels—led by the 2015 NEA Jazz Master saxophonist and featuring Wex favorite Bill Frisell—wowed a packed Lincoln Theatre.
THE BEST ROOM FOR IN TOWN Linda Oh Sun Pictures | The Bad Plus Joshua Redman Kneedelus | Julian Lage Trio | Charles Lloyd & The Marvels Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls | Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos Steve Lehman Octet | Mark Lomax Trio
“With [its] spectacular scenic installation … this cunning show finds universal common ground in one man’s field of detritus.” —NEW YORK TIMES ON THE OBJECT LESSON
Theatergoers of all ages reveled in The Object Lesson, a comic rumination by Geoff Sobelle about the stuff we cling to and the stuff we leave behind. Sobelle performed several sold-out evenings of this magical solo work that transformed the Black Box on Mershon Stage into an immersive, attic-like environment that blurred the line between performer and audience. Here Sobelle (above center) is pictured with high school students from Pages, the Wex’s arts-based literacy program, who were invited to rifle through boxes (right) and interact with Sobelle in this uniquely engaging work.
“The beauty of this restoration ... may be enough to move you to tears…. If these aren’t the most beautiful films ever made, they’re the most beautiful ones I know.” —STEPHANIE ZACHAREK, VILL AGE VOICE ON THE APU TRILOGY
The Wexner Center’s film/video program is proud to screen cinematic treasures, past and present, in the best possible formats. Notable among the classics screened this year were the three films of Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy, each presented in a new 4K restoration (inset above, top left and lower right). Capacity crowds enjoyed the stunningly rejuvenated masterpieces, which were introduced by Ohio State faculty Abhijit Varde, Assistant Director for Technology at the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Brian Joseph, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Linguistics and chair of the South Asian Studies Initiative. Last February Wex audiences learned about the trilogy’s meticulous reconstruction—and rescue from a fire—from the Criterion Collection’s Technical Director Lee Kline, who spoke at the inaugural Cinema Revival festival.
The Wex-organized series Witness: Black Independent Film offered a much-needed focus on pioneering African American cinema, screening works that spanned genres, subject matter, and more than 70 years of filmmaking. Audiences enjoyed Spike Lee’s 1986 debut feature She’s Gotta Have It (inset, lower left) and Khalik Allah’s dreamlike 2014 documentary Field Niggas (inset, top right), among other films. Cinematographer Arthur Jafa (right) joined us to introduce his own riveting documentary Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014), which asks what it means to be black in the 21st century, among other works that showcased his innovative perspective.
Since our launch in 1989, the Wex has brought visiting filmmakers from around the globe to share their work with local audiences. Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro (top left inset) introduced his exquisitely shot features August Winds (2014) and Neon Bull (2015) (middle and right insets) while here during an ongoing residency in the centerâ€™s Film/ Video Studio. As part of a complete retrospective, acclaimed independent filmmaker Whit Stillman joined Director of Film/Video David Filipi on stage (right and left, middle of page) to present the area premiere of his Jane Austen adaptation Love & Friendship (below) in a free screening for Ohio State students and Wex members.
“So excited to hear @MHarrisPerry will be joining the lovely @JulieDash at the @wexarts on May 20th. We’ll be there! #Columbus #ArtMakesCbus.” —@BL ACKCHICKMEDIA VIA TWIT TER
Filmmaker Julie Dash (middle left inset) and noted author and media celebrity Melissa Harris-Perry (above, center) engaged audiences in a Q&A after the world premiere of the new restoration of Dash’s Daughters of the Dust (1991, at top). The pair also joined members and fans for a VIP reception.
“Wexner Center does it again! Thanks Wex for bringing great films and programs to Columbus!” —@FILMCOLUMBUS VIA TWIT TER
Research and Education
Over the years, the centerâ€™s Film/Video Studio Program has welcomed a remarkable array of artists and filmmakers from around the world to work in our state-of-the-art postproduction facility. The Wex celebrated this illustrious history with Picture Lock: 25 Years of Film/ Video Residencies, a four-day series that invited some of our favorite guests back to present their own work (including documentary filmmakers Lucy Raven and Sam Green, pictured above) along with rare screenings from our extensive archive. The series was accompanied by a commemorative publication and a special installation in our lower lobby that featured dozens of Polaroids of visiting artists from over the years (a studio tradition). It was a banner year for the studio, which received generous grants from both The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Wexner Center actively supports the creation of new work across disciplines through artist residencies, develops illuminating public programs, and offers a forum for diverse audiences to engage with the art and ideas of our time.
Picture Lock attracted an all-star roster of filmmakers-in-residence, many joining current and past studio staff for engaging public talks. Acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson (middle left inset, pointing) catches up with studio editor Mike Olenick and Jennifer Lange, curator of the Film/ Video Studio Program. Wex Curator at Large and founding Media Arts Director Bill Horrigan (below, seated left) recounts the early years of the studio with former studio curator Jason Simon (seated right). Studio Editor Paul Hill (further below, seated left) discusses Ohio-made filmmaking with Selena A. Burks-Rentschler and Steven Bognar. Many studio-supported projects are screened in The Box, the center’s free exhibition space for video. The space’s first commissioned work, Melissa Vogley Wood’s Boxed (bottom left), and The Adventures of Paulo Bruscky, by Brazilian filmmaker-in-residence Gabriel Mascaro (bottom right), were among this year’s highlights.
“I can think of no other program that matches the Wexner Center’s ability to not only show work, but to develop it and actually produce it.” —BARBARA KRUGER ON THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM
Every year, the Wexner Center selects a handful of artists across creative disciplines to receive our Artist Residency Award, which offers substantial financial and professional support to develop new work. This past July, London-based theater ensemble Improbable (left) gave a free workin-progress discussion about Opening Skinner’s Box, developed with the support of their 2015–16 award. Award recipient Sarah Oppenheimer (middle inset, far left) works with a College of Engineering student on a site-specific project, the focus of an upcoming exhibition. Award recipient Kelly Reichardt (below) premiered Certain Women, developed with support of a 2015–16 award, at the Sundance Film Festival in January; she’ll return for a full retrospective in fall 2016. Choreographer Faye Driscoll (bottom, in gray), shown here conducting a masterclass for Ohio State dance students this April, is the recipient of a 2016–17 award, which will support the completion and world premiere of Thank You for Coming: Play at the Wex in fall 2016.
“Favorite sights of the year: artists from near and far, past and present, on view.” —COLUMBUS DISPATCH ON AFTER PICASSO
Established to promote dialogue about global issues in art and contemporary culture, this year’s Lambert Family Lecture featured a conversation with Diana Widmaier Picasso, the artist’s granddaughter, and Jack Cowart, executive director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation (top). Their talk, delivered to a crowd of over 400, explored interconnections between the two titans of 20th-century art. Widmaier and Cowart stand with longtime Donor Circles member Sheila Lambert and Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin (inset above, left and right). Ann Hamilton, Distinguished University Professor in Ohio State’s Department of Art, receives the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama (at left). This past fall the Greater Columbus Arts Council recognized the Wex with a Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for presenting theater is a blank page, created by Hamilton in collaboration with SITI Company as part of a 2014–15 Artist Residency Award.
Cinema Revival returned for a second year with a six-day celebration of recently restored gems from around the world and fascinating talks by restoration experts such as Criterion Collection’s Lead Restoration Artist Phoebe Harmon and Technical Director Lee Kline (at left). Attendees at this year’s festival enjoyed Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar (1954) with Joan Crawford; John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962), starring Angela Lansbury; and Charles Vidor’s Cover Girl (1944), starring Rita Hayworth, among other newly rejuvenated classics (counterclockwise from top left). Below, a radiant Sophia Loren makes her English-language debut in Jean Negulesco’s Boy on a Dolphin (1957), shot on location in the Greek Isles. Other featured experts included Schawn Belston (20th Century Fox), Grover Crisp (Sony Pictures), Tim Lanza (The Cohen Collection), Tenzin Phuntsog (Tibet Film Archive), and Mark Toscano (Academy Film Archive).
This season marked the 10th anniversary of Pages, the center’s arts-based literacy program for high school students. Every year, participants experience an exhibition, film, and performing arts event at the Wex and respond by creating their own prose, poetry, and art—works highlighted in a limited-run anthology and celebrated at a year-end open-mic reading. Pages is led by Wex educator Dionne Custer Edwards (pictured middle inset, far left, and below, facilitating a conversation about Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada with guest artist Bryan Moss, in hat). Since 2005, Pages has served over 2,000 students in collaboration with over 25 area teachers and dozens of teaching artists.
“This program changed the lives of everyone it touched.” —CYRUS MCKINNEY III, 2007–9, BROOKHAVEN HIGH SCHOOL
Outreach and Engagement
Advancing the role of the arts in sparking meaningful discussion about contemporary issues, last fall’s Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change featured the Wexsupported documentary Cincinnati Goddamn (2014). A crowd of over 1,000 turned out for the film, which examines the deaths of 15 African American men at the hands of Cincinnati police from 1995 to 2001 (insets above), and a panel discussion with (seated from right to left) the film’s codirectors April Martin and Paul Hill, an editor in the center’s Film/Video Studio; Cincinnati community activist Iris Roley; Rhonda Y. Williams, founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University; and Treva Lindsey, a professor in Ohio State’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
More than ever the Wex serves as a cultural and civic hub, welcoming all audiences and communities with programs that provoke discussion, encourage debate, and spur engagement with today’s pressing issues.
Enthusiastic fans flocked to the center for the local premiere of Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens (below), a documentary that celebrates Columbus’s thriving drag culture while exploring the expression of gender identity in contemporary society. Director Gabrielle Burton joined us for two sold-out screenings, a reception with patrons in our lower lobby, and audience Q&A
sessions alongside performers featured in the film, (top right) including Andrew Levitt (middle right), who performs as Nina West. Burton (bottom right, third from left) celebrated with Stonewall Columbus Executive Director Karla Rothan, Program and Pride Coordinator Lori Gum, a longtime Wex member, and Becky Harrison, who performs as Reverend Roy Rogers.
“It was fabulous! Entertaining, hilarious, educational and moving all at the same time.” —SUSAN CORNS L APENS VIA FACEBOOK
The Wex partnered with several Columbus arts organizations—Columbus Idea Foundry, 400 West Rich Street, Milo Arts, MINT Collective, 934 Gallery, Ohio Art League, and Wild Goose Creative—along with Ohio State’s Department of Art (Sculpture) and Office of Student Life to celebrate our Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada exhibition by creating sculptural letterforms. Inspired by Purifoy’s work, the groups used modest, everyday materials to construct the assemblage sculptures, which welcomed visitors to the Wex during the run of the exhibition and now reside outside Milo Arts center in Columbus’s Milo-Grogan neighborhood.
In a new initiative that expands on Super Sunday, our monthly day of free gallery admission and activities, the Wex partnered with the local collective MINT to present Super Sunday Studio: Trash to Treasure. MINT artists led some 200 patrons in hands-on, interactive activities for all ages inspired by the assemblage works of artist Noah Purifoy.
“Good music, fabulous food— here’s why you can’t miss @wexarts’ Off the Grid party.” —@CAPST YLEMAG
Eight corporate sponsors, 16 participating restaurants and vendors, and over 500 revelers came together to make the 2016 Off the Grid fundraiser a blazing success. Partygoers enjoyed the sounds of BEARCAT, UMFANG, Kenny Lectro, and DJ Adam Scoppa while raising funds for a good cause: the center’s robust offering of education programs. The evening’s décor was inspired by exhibiting artist Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum in Joshua Tree, California
“Wow. Kudos @wexarts ... @throttleclark and @Daedelus are playing in Columbus later this year?!?! Literally buying tickets IMMEDIATELY.” —@COLINFDRAKE VIA TWIT TER
With a sold-out special performance that included acoustic and electric sets, Yo La Tengo (above) was a highlight of our popular Next@ Wex concerts featuring indie music scene innovators. Other 2015–16 highlights included a double bill featuring former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (bottom left) and Warp records artist Clark (far right), as well as such up-andcoming acts as London-based duo Oh Wonder (at right).
The Wexner Center offers programs that bring diverse crowds together for accessible, affordable—and often free—fun. The Wex was a proud participant in the first Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, a citywide festival celebrating the cartoon arts. Above, artist Craig Thompson signs books for a fan after a free talk in Mershon Auditorium. Our screenings of the world’s most inspiring outdoor adventure films from Banff Mountain Film Festival (far left inset) continue to attract capacity crowds. The popular Big Picture series showcased our commitment to presenting films in the best—and most entertaining—formats, including a rare 70mm screening of the original Tron (1982). Below visitors enjoy a free Wex Drive-In screening under the stars—a Columbus summer tradition. Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil (1958) and John Waters’s Cry-Baby (1990) closed out our 2015 season, while Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (2012) kicked things off in 2016.
Zoom: Family Film Festival is Columbus’s only annual celebration of affordable, family friendly cinema from around the world. This year’s fest featured Zoom traditions like our cereal and pajama party plus the brand-new Adventures in Cardboard—where kids and parents teamed up to build a super-cool cinematic screening environment.
In a new partnership led by Director of Education Shelly Casto, Art & Environment student Dempsey Ewan was selected by power2give donors to create a semi-permanent installation for the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Casto and Ewan stand next to the work, unveiled this May.
“Happy 26th anniversary to @wexarts. Here’s to many more years as an innovative arts treasure.”—@OSUPREZDRAKE The Wexner Center’s most generous supporters came out to celebrate the our 26th anniversary at a Picasso-inspired affair. This year’s honored guests included Donors Circles Council members Amy Grace and Doug Ulman (below inset), Jim and Judi Stillwell and Angela and David Meleca (middle inset, from left), and Alan and Lisa Hinson and guests (inset left, from left).
Members of the center’s Shumate Council hosted a reception to celebrate the Wex debut of the Mark Lomax Trio, which closed out this year’s stellar jazz season. Lomax, a Columbus-based drummer, composer, and educator (above) stands with trio member Dr. William Menefield
and Shumate Council members Ruth Lomax and Renée and Alex Shumate (above left inset). Also attending were (bottom left inset, from left) Shumate Council members Anita Davis and Melissa Crum, along with Melissa Roshan, Joni Acuff, and Wex educator Dionne Custer Edwards.
*Catherine Opie: Portraits and Landscapes May 16–August 2, 2015
Organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and curated by Bill Horrigan, Curator at Large, Wexner Center. Gallery guide published by the Wexner Center.
*Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting May 16–August 2, 2015
WEXNER CENTER ARTIST RESIDENCY AWARD RECIPIENT Sarah Oppenheimer *Featured artists, curators, or other creative
professionals associated with these exhibitions participated in artists’ talks, discussion sessions, and other events for Ohio State students and the public.
Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and curated by Kathryn Kanjo, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
*After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists September 19–November 29, 2015
Organized in cooperation with Deichtorhallen Hamburg and curated by Dirk Luckow, General Director, Diechtorhallen Hamburg. Gallery guide published by the Wexner Center.
*Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada January 30–April 10, 2016
Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and curated by Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Yael Lipschutz, Independent Curator. Gallery guide published by the Wexner Center.
*Martin Wong: Human Instamatic May 14–August 7, 2016
Organized by The Bronx Museum of the Arts and curated by Antonio Sergio Bessa, Director of Curatorial and Education Programs, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Yasmin Ramírez, Adjunct Curator.
Programs from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015
*Improbable Opening Skinner’s Box July 16
Wexner Center Artist Residency Award project. Work-in-progress discussion.
*Linda Oh Sun Pictures October 3 *Jan Martens Sweat Baby Sweat October 8–9 US premiere.
The Dog Days Are Over October 11–12 The Bad Plus Joshua Redman October 20 *Geoff Sobelle The Object Lesson October 28–31 Kneedelus A Live Collaboration between Kneebody + Daedelus November 6 Julian Lage Trio November 18 *Toshiki Okada God Bless Baseball February 4–7 Charles Lloyd & The Marvels featuring Bill Frisell, Eric Harland, and Reuben Rogers February 6 *600 HIGHWAYMEN Employee of the Year February 19–21 Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls February 27 Bang on a Can All Stars and David Lang February 29
Company Wang Ramirez Monchichi March 1 Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos March 18 Carrie Rodriguez The Sacred Heart Tour featuring Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs March 25 *Faye Driscoll Thank You for Coming: Attendance April 14–17 Steve Lehman Octet May 6 Mark Lomax Trio June 3 NEXT @ WEX Tyondai Braxton Clark September 10 An Evening with Yo La Tengo January 30 Oh Wonder with Paperwhite June 9 SOAK. with Overcoats June 20 WEXNER CENTER ARTIST RESIDENCY AWARD RECIPIENT Improbable *The featured artists or representatives of these companies participated in discussion sessions, masterclasses, or other programs with Ohio State students.
Picture Lock: 25 Years of Film/Video Residencies
Warren Sonbert Retrospective Program 1: Queer Identity
The Big Picture: A Summer of 3D, Technicolor, CinemaScope, and 70mm
+ Presented by Jason Simon and Bill Horrigan
Amphetamine (1966), Noblesse Oblige (1981), Whiplash (1995–97)
Zulu (Cy Endfield, 1964)
Made in Ohio
Program 2: Carriage Trade
+ Presented by Steven Bognar and Paul Hill
In widescreen Technirama.
Art & Technology: The Early Years
Film Lives Here
It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Stanley Kramer, 1963)
+ Presented by Deborah Stratman and Kevin Jerome Everson
War of the Worlds (Bryon Haskin, 1953)
+ Presented by Tom Kalin and Liza Johnson
Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney, 1953)
Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (Mark Rappaport, 1992)
In Cold Blood (Richard Brooks, 1967)
+ Presented by Jennifer Reeder and Mike Olenick
The Tingler (William Castle, 1959)
The Measures (Jacqueline Goss and Jenny Perlin, 2014)
In 35mm Technicolor In 3D
In 4K restoration
+ Introduced by Bruce Goldstein, Director of Repertory Programming at New York’s Film Forum In Expanded Cinema presentation
New Queer Cinema and Beyond
Anatomy of an Edit
+ Introduced and narrated by Jacqueline Gross and Jenny Perlin
The Bridge on the River Kwai (David Lean, 1957)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, codirected by Evan Johnson, 2015)
In 4K restoration
+ Introduced by Guy Maddin
+ Presented by Sam Green and Lucy Raven
The Tales of Hoffmann (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1951)
Flag Wars (Linda Goode Bryant and Laura Poitras, 2003) October 29–November 1
In 4K restoration Restored by The Film Foundation, in association with the BFI and STUDIOCANAL.
Tron (Steven Lisberger, 1982) In 70mm
July 9–August 29 Wex Drive-In Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958) July 16, 2015 Cry-Baby (John Waters, 1990) Aug 13, 2015 Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
+ Preceded by Radiohead’s Daydreaming (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2016), in 35mm
June 16, 2016
Zoom: Family Film Festival Jellyfish Eyes (Takashi Murakami, 2015, Japan)
Postcards from Warren (Jeff Scher, 1999), Carriage Trade (1972)
Program 3: 60s New York
Where Did Our Love Go? (1966), Hall of Mirrors (1966), The Tenth Legion (1968)
Program 4: Silent Rhythms/Sound Symphonies
Warren (Jeff Scher, 1991), The Cup and the Lip (1986), Friendly Witness (1989)
January 20 & 27 The Warren Sonbert Legacy Project has been developed by archivist Jon Gartenberg. 16mm distribution prints courtesy of Light Cone, Paris.
Witness: Black Independent Film She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1986) Field Niggas (Khalik Allah, 2014) Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, 1982) Bless Their Little Hearts (Billy Woodberry, 1984) The Blood of Jesus (Spencer Williams, 1941) The Cry of Jazz (Edward Bland, 1959) When It Rains (Charles Burnett, 1995) I Am Somebody (Madeline Anderson, 1970) Dreams Are Colder Than Death (Arthur Jafa, 2014)
My Skinny Sister (Sanna Lenken, 2015, Sweden)
+ Arthur Jafa in person
Kid Flix Mix
Ganja & Hess (Bill Gunn, 1973) January 21–February 18
Golden Kingdom (Brian Perkins, 2014, Germany/USA) Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (Various directors, 2014, Canada/ France/Lebanon/Qatar/USA) Ballet Boys (Kenneth Elvebakk, 2013, Norway) Buster Keaton Comedy Classics Maya the Bee Movie (Alexs Stadermann, 2014, Australia/Germany/Belgium) Party Mix
+ Zoom Family Studio: Julian McFaul’s Adventures in Cardboard + Saturday Morning Cereal and Pajama Party (Hosted by Heirloom) + Hands-On Crafts and Activities + Ice Cream Social (featuring Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams)
Not Sustainable: Films on Environmental Loss Darwin’s Nightmare (Hubert Sauper, 2004) Manufactured Landscapes (Jennifer Baichwal, 2006) Still Life (Jia Zhang-ke, 2006) February 5–19 Presented in conjunction with Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society, an initiative launched by Ohio State’s Center for Ethics and Human Values.
Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration Rocco and His Brothers (Luchino Visconti, 1960)
Restored by Cineteca di Bologna and L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Titanus, TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, and The Film Foundation.
Raid into Tibet (Adrian Cowell, 1966)
+ Introduced by Tenzin Phuntsog, Founder, Tibet Film Archive Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at the Cineric Inc. laboratory in association with the Tibet Film.
Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
Whit Stillman Retrospective Metropolitan (1990)
+ Whit Stillman in person
The Last Days of Disco (1998) Love & Friendship (2016)
+ Whit Stillman in person Free sneak preview for members and Ohio State students.
Damsels in Distress (2011) Barcelona (1994) March 4–19
Restored and released by Paramount Pictures.
Gabriel Mascaro X 2
Restoration at the Criterion Collection
August Winds (2014)
Alexandra Shiva How to Dance in Ohio (2015)
+ Alexandra Shiva and producer Bari Pearlman in person
Rehad Desai Miners Shot Down (2014)
+ Rehad Desai in person
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Departments of African American and African Studies, Comparative Studies, and the Center for African Studies.
NSEW: Films by Vanessa Renwick + Vanessa Renwick in person
+ Presented by Lee Kline, Technical Director, and Phoebe Harmon, Lead Restoration Artist
+ Gabriel Mascaro in person for both screenings
The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976)
March 31–April 1
Short Films 1968–98 October 22
+ Introduced by Schawn Belston, Vice President of Library and Technical Services, 20th Century Fox Restored and released by 20th Century Fox.
Dirigible (Frank Capra, 1931)
Restored and released by Sony Pictures. Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
Neon Bull (2015)
Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fengyang (Walter Salles, 2015)
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, 2015)
The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962)
I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (Marianne Lambert, 2015)
Five Day Lover (Philippe de Broca, 1961)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
Restored by the Criterion Collection from the original camera negative.
+ Introduced by Tim Lanza, Vice President and Archivist, The Cohen Collection Restoration by TF1 International from a 2K scan of the original negative. Released by the Cohen Media Group.
Cover Girl (Charles Vidor, 1944)
Sembène! (Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman, 2015) Black Girl (Ousmane Sembène, 1966) April 6–20
+ Introduced by Rita Belda, Vice President Asset Management, Film Restoration and Digital Mastering, Sony Pictures Restored and released by Sony Pictures.
Pollyanna (David Swift, 1960)
I’m Not Patrick (2014)
Restored by Walt Disney Studios and released by Buena Vista Distribution.
Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965) Digital restoration undertaken in 2015 by Janus Films and the Criterion Collection, sourced from Filmoteca Española’s scan of the original 35mm negative.
Boy on a Dolphin (Jean Negulesco, 1957) Restored and released by 20th Century Fox.
Experimental Treasures from the Academy Film Archive
+ Introduced by Mark Toscano, Preservationist, Academy Film Archive Prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
February 24–March 1
Eric Obenauf + Eric Obenauf in person
The Garden of Earthly Delights: Recent Films by Ben Russell + Ben Russell in person
Copresented by The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects.
S. Louisa Wei Golden Gate Girls (2013)
+ S. Louisa Wei in person
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures.
+ Penelope Spheeris in person
The Decline of Western Civilization: Part II, The Metal Years (1988) The Decline of Western Civilization: Part III (1998) October 25 Roddy Bogawa Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis (2012) + Roddy Bogawa in person
Lacey Schwartz Little White Lie (2014)
+ Lacey Schwartz in person
Copresented with the Columbus Jewish Film Festival, Leventhal Visiting Artist Fund, Columbus Jewish Foundation, Ohio State Film Studies Program, and OSU Hillel.
Nancy Andrews The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (2015) + Nancy Andrews in person
Michael Almereyda Experimenter (2015)
+ Michael Almereyda in person
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
+ Jem Cohen in person
Steve Reinke Rib Gets in the Way (2014)
+ Steve Reinke in person
February 2 Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Living Culture Initiative Visiting Artist Program.
Barbara Kopple Harlan County USA (1976)
+ Barbara Kopple in person + Performance of music from the film by Appalachian singer David Morris and his son Jack Ballengee Morris
March 2 Organized by The Appalachian Project, Ohio (a collaboration between Ohio State’s Center for Folklore Studies; Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Student Life’s Department of Social Change) and cosponsored by Ohio State’s Departments of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy; Comparative Studies; Film Studies; English; and the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.
Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky Colliding Dreams (2015)
+ Oren Rudavksy in person
March 6 Supported by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Arts Fund and the Adrienne and Sidney Chafetz Wexner Center for the Arts Endowment Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Cosponsored by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Columbus Jewish Film Festival. Preserved by The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film and Television, and The Academy Film Archive.
Vera Brunner-Sung Bella Vista (2014)
+ Vera Brunner-Sung in person
Nicholas Rombes The Removals (2016)
+ Nicholas Rombes in person + Book signing
+ Julie Dash and Melissa Harris-Perry in person May 20
May 20–21 Restoration world premiere. Restored from the original internegative at Modern Videofilm by Cohen Film Collection.
Gabrielle Burton Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens (2016)
+ Gabrielle Burton in person with select performers from the film
June 7–8 Support for this screening provided by Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. Reception hosted with support from Equitas Health. Community partners: Stonewall Columbus, Human Rights Campaign, and Equality Ohio.
Cemetery of Splendors (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015) March 25–26 River of Fundament (Matthew Barney, 2015) April 9 The Club (Pablo Larraín, 2015) May 5 Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, 2015) May 12 & 14 Aferim! (Radu Jude, 2015)
+ Preceded by Radiohead’s Daydreaming (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2016), in 35mm
Sunset Song (Terence Davies, 2015)
+ Preceded by Radiohead’s Daydreaming (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2016), in 35mm
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, 2014) Aug 14–15
+ Preceded by Radiohead’s Daydreaming (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2016), in 35mm
Sundance Film Festival Short Films September 1 The Kindergarten Teacher (Nadav Lapid, 2014) September 20 Court (Chaitanya Tamhane, 2014) September 25 Horse Money (Pedro Costa, 2014) October 3 Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello, 2014) October 9 Taxi (Jafar Panahi, 2015) October 15–16 Best of the Ottawa International Animation Festival October 27 The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015) December 10–12 My Friend Victoria (Jean-Paul Civeyrac, 2014) January 16 Eisenstein in Guanajuato (Peter Greenaway, 2015) February 6
Bleak Street (Arturo Ripstein, 2015)
Rams (Grímur Hákonarson, 2015) June 9 & 11 From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas, 2015) June 24–25 NEW DOCUMENTARY The Best of Enemies (Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, 2015) Aug 21–22 Stray Dog (Debra Granik, 2014) November 12 Hitchcock/Truffaut (Kent Jones, 2015)
+ Kent Jones in person December 17
The Winding Stream (Beth Harrington, 2014)
+ Preceded by a performance from country music group The Corndrinkers (Springfield, Ohio)
The Pearl Button (Patricio Guzmán, 2015) January 22–23
Censored Voices (Mor Loushy, 2015) March 9
Support provided by the Adrienne and Sidney Chafetz Wexner Center for the Arts Endowment Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.
Eva Hesse (Marcie Begleiter, 2015) March 10 In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman, 2015) March 18 Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (James Crump, 2015) April 2 Theory of Obscurity: A Film about The Residents (Don Hardy, Jr., 2015) April 23 Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (Stig Björkman, 2015) April 28–29
Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy
Pather Panchali (1955)
Hotel Sahara (Ken Annakin, 1951) Albert R.N. (Lewis Gilbert, 1953) June 1
+ Introduced by Brian Joseph, Distinguished University Professor in Ohio State’s Department of Linguistics and chair of the South Asian Studies Initiative
+ Introduced by Abhijit Varde, Ohio State’s Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
CARTOON CROSSROADS COLUMBUS
Apur Sansar (1959)
A Tribute to Walter Lantz and Universal Studios Animation
+ Introduced by Abhijit Varde, Ohio State’s Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
The Night of the Shooting Stars (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 1982) September 11
Kate Beaton, Craig Thompson, and Jeff Smith in Conversation October 1–3
Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)
Jane B. par Agnès V. (Agnès Varda, 1988) Kung-Fu Master (Agnès Varda, 1988) October 10
CLASSICS Rebels of the Neon God (Tsai Ming-liang, 1992) July 17–18 A Tale of Winter (Eric Rohmer, 1992) July 24–25
Jeff Lemire Bill Griffith
+ With live music by Alloy Orchestra
Presenting Princess Shaw (Ido Haar, 2015) June 17–18
+ Presented by Jerry Beck
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s South Asian Studies Initiative.
Hockney (Randall Wright, 2014)
+ Preceded by Radiohead’s Daydreaming (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2016), in 35mm
Pretty Poison (Noel Black, 1968) June 16
Red Luck (Mike Olenick, 2014) A Married Woman (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964) November 6 Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954) November 27 Presented in conjunction with Zoom: Family Film Festival.
Grey Gardens (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde, and Muffie Meyer, 1975) July 31–Aug 1
Out 1 (Jacques Rivette, 1971) February 13 & 20
A Poem Is a Naked Person (Les Blank, 1974/2015) Aug 7–8
Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946) February 14
The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949) September 3–4
City of Women (Federico Fellini, 1980) May 6–7 Short Eyes (Robert M. Young, 1977)
+ Preceded by Radiohead’s Daydreaming (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2016), in 35mm
May 19 Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Martin Wong: Human Instamatic.
Participating organizations include Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the Columbus College of Art & Design, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Thurber House, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, and the Wexner Center. Developed by Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer.
SECRET CINEMA The Adventures of Hajji Baba (Don Weis, 1954) June 14 SPECIAL EVENTS John Matthias: Automystifistical Plaice
+ Multimedia performance piece
September 16 Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of English and Film Studies Program.
Byrd 1933: Films from the Discovery Lecture Series
+ Introduced by Lisa Carter, Ohio State Libraries and Pamela I. Theodotou
October 20 Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Byrd Polar Research Center.
Where Soldiers Come From (Heather Courtney, 2011)
+ Heather Courtney in person
November 12 Screened as part of the symposium Responsibility, Morality, and the Costs of War.
Dreamcatcher (Kim Longinotto, 2015)
+ Postscreening panel discussion with Brenda Myers-Powell, Stephanie Daniels-Wilson, and Homer King (all with the Dreamcatcher Foundation and all featured in the film) and Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Professor in Ohio State’s College of Social Work.
The Peanuts Movie (Steve Martino, 2015)
FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM ARTISTS
Primary Green (Karin Schneider and Nicolás Guagnini, 2002) July
Nancy Andrews, The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (webisodes) (2016)
The Invisible World (Jesse McLean, 2012) August
Chris Bournea, Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African American Women in the Ring (2016) Gabrielle Burton, Drag Queens Made Me a Better Parent (work-in-progress)
From Columbus, Ohio to the Partially Buried Woodshed (Tacita Dean, 1999) September
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s College of Arts & Sciences, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and the Wexner Center.
Hacked Circuit (Deborah Stratman, 2014) October
Charles Fairbanks, Modern Jungle (2016)
Telephones (Christian Marclay, 1995) November + December
William E. Jones, work-in-progress
Juke: Passages from the Films of Spencer Williams (Thom Andersen, 2015) January
Gabriel Mascaro, Anonymous (2016)
+ Steve Martino in person
Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, 2015)
+ Preview party
Presented in partnership with the Gateway Film Center.
Dance@30FPS February 11
Cosponsored by the Department of Dance.
Banff Mountain Film Festival March 29–30
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Recreational Sports Outdoor Adventure Center.
Very Semi-Serious (Leah Wolchok, 2015)
+ Introduced by Bob Mankoff, New Yorker Cartoon Editor
May 10 Copresented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Dedini: The Art of Humor, on view Feb 13–May 22, featuring the work of former New Yorker and Playboy cartoonist Eldon Dedini.
Samba #2 (chameckilerner, 2014) February
Commissioned and supported with a production residency by EMPAC I Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.
The Adventures of Paulo Bruscky (Gabriel Mascaro, 2010) March Boxed (Melissa Vogley Woods, 2016) April High Arctic Link (Tom Snelgrove, 2015) May Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, and Galen Johnson, 2015) June WEXNER CENTER ARTIST RESIDENCY AWARD RECIPIENT Kelly Reichardt
Jonathas de Andrade, O Peixe (2016) Hope Ginsburg, Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy (2016) Erik Levine, Still Lifes (2015) Tracye Matthews, work-in-progress Bruce McClure, work-in-progress My Barbarian, work-in-progress Jennifer Reeder, Crystal Lake (2016) Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women (2016) Tom Snelgrove, High Arctic Link (2016) Deborah Stratman, The Illinois Parables (2016) Melissa Vogley Woods, Boxed (2016) Clifton Watson, Stone by Stone (2015) Karen Yasinsky, The Man from Hong Kong (2016) and The Perpetual Motion of My Love for You (2016) Works finished in the studio this year went on to screen at galleries and festivals worldwide. Highlights include: Karen Yasinsky’s The Perpetual Motion of My Love for You (2016) screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Jennifer Reeder’s Crystal Lake (2016) premiered at Berlinale. Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women (2016) and Deborah Stratman’s The Illinois Parables (2016) both premiered at Sundance. Hope Ginsburg’s Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy (2016) exhibited at Temple Contemporary and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Melissa Vogley Woods’s Boxed (2016) was commissioned for The Box, our exhibition space for video, and screened throughout April 2016.
Education and Public Programs PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS Tours for school groups (Grades K–12) Expanded Classroom: Contemporary Art in Practice (Grades K–8) WorldView: Cultural Intersections in Contemporary Art (Grades 9–12)
Seminar for students that builds on the cross-cultural understandings and perspectives that engage and influence many contemporary artists. Discussions follow screenings and exhibition tours.
PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATORS AND DOCENTS
SELECTED ADULT PUBLIC PROGRAMS
In-service programs and networking/outreach with educators and teachers in training
Exhibition and Artist’s Talks, Panel Discussions, and Endowed Programs
Gallery education programs for docents: an academic-year-long initial training course and ongoing enrichment and practicum sessions serving new and continuing docents. Capital Day Mindful Creativity October 16
Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change: Cincinnati Goddamn (April Martin and Paul Hill, 2015)
+ Discussion with codirectors April Martin and Paul Hill, activist Iris Roley, and Professor Rhonda Y. Williams
September 2 Wexner Center Director’s Dialogues are made possible in part by a lead endowment gift from an anonymous donor. This year’s Director’s Dialogue was presented in partnership with Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion with additional support from Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
Featured Event: The Hunting Ground December 11
Art in Action
Art & Environment (Grades 11–12) Fall 2015
Art in Action brings teachers and their students, teaching artists, and the Wex together to create art that effects change.
Curator’s Talk: Dirk Luckow September 18
Fort Hayes High School Reception May 17
Artist’s Talk: Basia Irland October 13
Interventions: Students Respond to the Environment
Art & Environment
Online Course for Teachers
+ Reception: December 17 + Exhibition: December 19
Art & Environment Student Art Commission
PROGRAMS FOR FAMILY, YOUTH, AND TEENS
Outreach programs in the Weinland Park neighborhood with the Huckleberry House, Godman Guild, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus.
Opening Reception Grange Insurance Audubon Center
Zoom Screenings for School Groups My Skinny Sister December 9 Pages: An Art & Writing Program (Grades 9–12) Pages 10th Anniversary Open Mic Night and Reception May 10
Zoom: Family Film Festival
(see complete program list in the film/video section)
November 27–December 7 WexLab Workshops
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Chadwick Arboretum, the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society program of the Ohio State’s Center for Ethics and Human Values.
Artists’ Talk: Fallen Fruit October 27
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, Chadwick Arboretum, and the Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society program of Ohio State’s Center for Ethics and Human Values.
Lambert Family Lecture 2015: A Conversation with Diana Widmaier Picasso and Jack Cowart November 13 Made possible by generous support from the Lambert Family Lecture Series Endowment Fund.
Face the Strange/Distort the Figure
Curator’s Talk: Franklin Sirmans January 29
Writer’s Reading: William E. Jones April 13
Teen workshop with Jean Pitman and Bryan Moss
Teen workshop with Liz Roberts
Other Prom: Superheroes May 28
Cosponsored with Kaleidoscope Youth Center.
Gene Luen Yang: Workshop for Teens June 10
Curators’ Talk: Antonio Sergio Bessa and Yasmin Ramírez May 13
Gallery Events Art on the Brain October–November Double Take Gallery Talks
Conversations suggested by current exhibitions with Ohio State guests from varied disciplines Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada Featuring Joni Boyd Acuff (Department of Arts and Administration, Education and Policy) and Townsand Price-Spratlen (Department of Sociology)
Group exhibition tours Walk-In Tours Selected Cosponsored Events Writer’s Talk: William T. Vollmann
+ Interviewed by Brian G. McHale, Distinguished Humanities Professor of English at Ohio State University
September 15 Cosponsored by Ohio State’s University Libraries and Department of English.
Artist’s Talk: Sarah Oppenheimer September 16 Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture, as part of their Baumer Lecture Series.
Artist’s Talk: Lyle Ashton Harris October 1
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Art.
Artist’s Talk: David Rothenberg October 28
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Humanities Institute, as part of the 2015–16 Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society discussion theme on Sustainability, the Department of Art’s Living Culture Initiative, the School of Music, the BioPresence project, and the Borror Laboratory of BioAcoustics.
Artist’s Talk: Zhang Hongtu November 5
Cosponsored by the Wexner Center and the Ohio Art Education Association.
Symposium: Responsibility, Morality, and the Costs of War November 12
Artist’s Talk: Dana Hoey March 3
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Art.
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Theatre, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Department of Political Science, Committee on Medicine and the Arts, and the Wexner Center. Organized by Kevin McClatchy and Janet Parrott.
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Art & Technology Student Organization and The Temporary Collective.
Where Soldiers Come From (Heather Courtney, 2011)
Writer’s Reading: Jarett Kobek I Hate the Internet
+ Postscreening discussion with director Heather Courtney; artist Dominic Fredianelli; Mike Carrell, Assistant Provost, Ohio State’s Office of Military and Veterans Services; and Genevieve Chase, Founder of American Women Veterans. Moderated by Jennifer Siegel, Associate Professor in Ohio State’s Department of History.
Artist’s Talk: Kristin Lucas January 22
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Art.
Artist’s Talk: Edgar Heap of Birds January 22
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Art and American Indian Studies program.
Writer’s Reading: Timothy Snyder Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning February 1 Cosponsored with Ohio State’s Humanities Institute, Melton Center for Jewish Studies, and the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.
Screening and Discussion: The Mask You Live In (Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 2015) February 9 Cosponsored with Ohio State’s Girls Circle Project and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Franco Boggero and Dr. Danilo Galliani Cartelami—Sacred Scenography and Visual Narrative March 2 Cosponsored by Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences, La Soprintendenza Belle Arti e Paesaggio della Liguria, the Roman Catholic Diocese of AlbengaImperia, and the Wexner Center.
Artist’s Talk: Jill Magid March 8
+ Discussion with Ohio State’s Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English Robyn Warhol.
March 8 Cosponsored with Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the Wexner Center, and Ohio State’s Popular Culture Studies, Department of English, Department of Classics, and Department of Comparative Studies.
Symposium: THIS IS A TEST: Landscape as Site for Research April 1 & 2 Organized by Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Cosponsored by the Graham Foundation, Ohio State’s College of Engineering, and the Wexner Center.
Short North Mural Artist’s Talk: Omarthan Clarke April 2 Cosponsored by The Short North Alliance.
Artist’s Talk: Bonnie Collura April 4
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Art.
Gene Luen Yang Asian Americans and Comics June 10 Copresented by Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in conjunction with its exhibition Good Grief!: Children and Comics (June 4–October 23, 2016) and the Children’s Literature Association’s national conference at Ohio State, June 9–11, 2016.
Selected Community, University, and Member Events First Sundays Free Thursdays (after 4 PM) Featuring free gallery admission
Super Sundays In the Style of… (After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists) November 1 Trash to Treasure with MINT (Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada) March 6 Exhibition Previews and Receptions After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists September 18 Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada January 29 Martin Wong: Human Instamatic March 13 Fall Student Party September 18 Jazz Season Preview Party September 28 Anniversary Party November 14 Member Appreciation Days December 3–6 GenWex Presents Made in Ohio Reception October 29 Art Speed Dating February 14 Off the Grid Warm-up HEATWAVE! February 6 Off the Grid March 12 POGA: Pop-Up Yoga on the Wex Plaza June 2
Copresented by lululemon athletica Columbus, Thank Yoga Studio, and the Wexner Center.
Private exhibition and building tours Private receptions before or after selected event
Thanks to You— Our Donors The Wexner Center for the Arts thanks all our contributors and members for their generosity. We are proud to receive support from The Ohio State University and from individuals, foundations, corporations, and public agencies in this community, across the nation, and around the world. This public/private collaboration enables the center to pursue and strengthen our mission to serve as a creative laboratory, a place where diverse audiences can discover the arts of our time and where artists can realize, and share their work and vision. If you are interested in supporting the work of the Wexner Center, please contact the development office at (614) 292-3069 or the membership office at (614) 292-1777 or email@example.com. ENDOWMENT GIFTS The following endowments have been established to support the Wexner Center and our programs. Endowed funds may be created through direct donations or as part of your estate plan.
Planned Gifts The following donors have made contributions through bequests or other types of deferred gifts. Adrienne and Sidney Chafetz Jean Parish Ric Wanetik and David Hagans GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT 2015–16 The following donors have made unrestricted gifts to support the Wexner Center’s general operations. Greater Columbus Arts Council Ohio Arts Council The Columbus Foundation Barbara Clement Memorial Fund William C. and Naoma Denison Fund Nationwide Foundation SPECIAL PROJECT CONTRIBUTORS 2015–16
The Wexner Center for the Arts Building Fund Leslie H. Wexner in memory of Harry L. Wexner
The following donors have made contributions to support specific Wexner Center programs and/or capital projects.
Permanent Endowment Su Au Arnold Preservation and Maintenance Fund for the Wexner Center and Mershon Auditorium The Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change Endowment The Doris Duke Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts William Fung Family Endowment Fund Sherri Geldin Innovation Fund DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Program Fund The Anita and Michael Goldberg—Rite Rug Company and its founder, Duke Goldberg Endowment for Wexner Center Children and Family Programs Carl E. Haas Trust The Lambert Family Lecture Series Endowment L Brands Real Estate Division Fund for Architecture and Design Programs Ethel Manley Long Fund The John McKitrick Family Fund for Mershon Auditorium The Lawrence and Jean Mervis Education Endowment Fund The Ohio State University Class of 1985 Endowment Fund The Jean E. Parish Endowment Shumate Family Endowment Fund The Mark T. Tappen Fund Tuckerman Family Endowment for Children’s Programs Harrison Koppel Wexner Endowment for Children’s Programs Wexner Center Foundation Trustees Endowment Fund Wexner Center Program Endowment Fund
American Electric Power Foundation Ameriprise Financial and The Chaddock Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Art4Moore Fund Arts Midwest Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Trudy Bartley Big Lots Foundation The Blackwell Cameron Mitchell Premier Events Cardinal Health Foundation CarMax Foundation Adrienne and Sidney Chafetz Wexner Center for the Arts Endowment Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation Columbia Gas of Ohio Columbus Metropolitan Library and Friends of the Library Corna•Kokosing Eclipse Corp. Equitas Health Express Ivery and Debra Foreman Nancy and Dave Gill Grange Insurance Audubon Center Greater Columbus Arts Council Heidelberg Distributing Heirloom Café Stephanie Hightower Huntington Bank Ingram-White Castle Foundation Janet Jackson Donna and Larry James Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Nancy Kramer and Christopher Celeste James Kunk L Brands Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Richard M. Mershad National Endowment for the Arts National Performance Network Ohio Arts Council The Ohio State University OYO Pam’s Market Popcorn, LLC Performing Arts Japan Porter Wright PromoWest Productions Inc. Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. Rohauer Collection Foundation, Inc. Scott’s Miracle Gro Joyce and Charles Shenk Alex and Renée Shumate Sheila and Gene Smith Up Periscope The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Weinland Park Collaborative Abigail and Leslie Wexner Paul S. Williams ZenGenius PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT alive! CD102.5 FM The Columbus Dispatch Columbus Parent Experience Columbus Gatehouse Media Mills James The Ohio State University Orange Barrel Media Outlook (614) Magazine WBNS 10TV COMMUNITY PARTNERS Ace of Cups Angry Bear Kitchen Barcelona Big Room Bar Blick Art Materials Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus/R.I.S.E. Program Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Columbus City Schools Columbus College of Art and Design Columbus Idea Foundry Columbus Metropolitan Club Columbus Museum of Art Columbus Urban League Columbus Young Professionals Club Dewey’s Pizza Dine Originals Columbus
Double Comfort Restaurant 400 West Rich FUSIAN Gateway Film Center Godman Guild Association Harvest Pizza Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus Key Blue Prints King Arts Complex The Market Italian Village Mikey’s Late Night Slice Milo Arts MINT Collective Momentum: Excellence at the Speed of Dance Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice-Midwest Regional Chapter 934 Gallery Ohio Dance The Ohio State University Oh Snaps! Parsons Avenue Merchants Association Pierogi Mountain The Pizzuti Collection Pursuit Rowe Boutique Salt and Pine Seventh Son Brewing Co. Short North Alliance Stonewall Columbus The Sycamore The Table TRANSIT ARTS Traxler Custom Printing Two Caterers Used Kids Records Wagenbrenner Development The Walrus Watkins Printing Company WCBE Weinland Park Community Civic Association Wild Goose Creative WOSU YWCA Columbus
CORPORATE COUNCIL The following corporations have made unrestricted gifts or have matched their employees’ giving to the Wexner Center and/or the Wexner Center Foundation. International Council: $100,000+ National Council: $50,000–$99,999 Trustees Council: $25,000–$49,999 Benefactors Council: $10,000–$24,999 Chairman’s Council: $5,000–$9,999 Investors Council: $2,500–$4,999 Advocates Council: $1,000–$2,499 International Council L Brands Foundation National Council Live Technologies LLC Mills James Vornado Realty Trust Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Trustees Council Acme Plastics, Inc. Alliance Data Axium Plastics Bocchi Laboratories The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited CBL & Associates Management, Inc. CBRE New York Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Firmenich Foundation The Forbes Company The Georgetown Company GGP Ivanhoe Cambridge KDC Columbus LT Custom Furnishings Inc. Mac Broadway LLC Macerich Madesin General Contractors Ltd. Mall of America M/I Homes Foundation The Olshan Family Onyx Packaging Corporation Paramount Group, Inc. PREIT Regina Miracle International Limited Rouse Properties Simon Property Group Sitt Asset Management Taubman VeePak Inc. WP Glimcher
Benefactors Council Acadia Realty Trust American Electric Power Anomatic Corporation Aronov Realty Management, Inc. Artistic Carton Company Blatteis & Schnur Bogart Lingerie Ltd. Brad Jobe Inc. Cahill Construction, Inc. CBRE Ltd. Clover Group International Limited E.C. Provini Co., Inc. Fenwick & West LLP Fontheim Partners, PC Fragrance Resources, Inc. Geometric Results International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Jeyes, Inc. JPMorgan Chase & Co Karen Pearse & Co, LLC dba Karen Pearse Global Direct MAS Holdings (Pvt) Limited Sri Lanka Matrix Pacific Textiles Limited, Hong Kong Patriot Place Primaris Pyramid Controls/Matthews International RED Development RR Donnelley Sancoa Tubedec Schwarz Supply Source Seven Continents Corporation Sonoco Starwood Retail Partners Steiner + Associates The Superior Group Thibiant International Inc. Trademark Property Co. Troutman Sanders, LLP Turnberry Associates Urban Retail Properties, LLC Chairman’s Council Accel Inc. Acloché LLC Acock Associates Architects Aeron Lifestyle Technology Alberta Development Partners Alene Candles, LLC Ampac APL Logistics Array Avery Dennison RBIS Aware Products, LLC Ballard Spahr LLP The Brickman Group Ltd, LLC. Brook & Whittle
Brunet International (HK) Ltd. B.S.T. Co. John and Jackie Bucksbaum Bulkley Dunton Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Business Furniture Installations The Cafaro Foundation Capitol Light CASTO CBRE Central City Title Agency, Ltd. Cisco Systems, Inc. Commercial Contractors, Inc. Complete Management Solutions Continental Office Environments Cosmetic Laboratories of America Cypress Equities Debs Textile Corporation Decotech, Inc. DynamicAction Eckinger Construction Co. Emerson Network Power/Liebert Corporation FedEx Corporation Fitch Forest City Enterprises Fortner Upholstering Forward Air Solutions Fred Olivieri Construction Company Fuel Transport Inc. Garlock Printing and Converting Corporation Givaudan Fragrance Corp. Gregory Greenfield & Associates, Ltd. The Howard Hughes Corporation HudsonYards Impact Digital Jack Resnick & Sons Jim Wilson & Associates LLC Jones Day Lakeside Shopping Center & North Riverside Shopping Center Lambert Sheet Metal, Inc. Lee Hecht Harrison Leydig Voit & Mayer, Ltd. Lombardi Design & Mfg. McCaffery Interests M-Engineering MJB Electric Service Corp. Morguard Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Nelson’s Seasonal Decor, LLC Nick Savko & Sons, Inc. ODW Logistics, Inc. O’Neil Langan Architects, P.C. O’Rourke & Nappi, LLP Our Country Home, Inc. Parawin Industries Limited Perez & Morris LLC Performance Team Pinnacle Construction, Inc. Robin Enterprises Co. Rochester Malls
Royal Laser Mfg Inc. Schimenti Construction Company Senn Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, LLC SG360 Shremshock Architects, Inc. 644 BRDY Realty South Coast Plaza Splashlight Squire Patton Boggs, LLP Standwill Packaging Inc. Starr Digital Solutions Symrise T.P. Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Triangle Distribution Inc/Linear Logistics 20 VIC Management Inc. Vestar Vintage Hardwoods LLC Vista Packaging & Logistics West-Camp Press, Inc. WS Development Associates Xerox Foundation Zeiger, Tigges & Little LLP Investors Council Advanced Distribution Services Apropos Studio Arent Fox LLP Commercial Cutting & Graphics, LLC Dancor, Inc. Digico Imaging, Inc. Empire Express, Inc. Expolanka Freight Ltd. Loeb Electric Company Luen Thai Relevent Partners, LLC Robert B. Aikens & Associates, LLP SAJO Inc. Stevens Transport Strategic Design Consulting, LLC Trinity Logistics USA Underhill Yaross LLC Advocates Council The Andrews Moving and Storage Company Andrus Intellectual Property Law, LLP Anonymous The Boston Consulting Group Capital City Awning CaribEx Worldwide Danis Building Construction Co. DAVACO De Jager Construction Inc. Demar Logistics, Inc. DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express Expeditors Hamilton Parker Co. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter King Business Interiors, Inc. Kroll Associates, Inc. Lee M. Smith & Associates Co., LPA.
Maersk Line Mock Woodworking Co. Moody Nolan, Inc. National Delivery Systems New Plaza Garment Factory Co. Ltd. Nurian International Inc. Permit Resources, Inc. RCS Logistics Inc. Rochon Building Corporation SMBH, Inc. Sovereign Logistics, Inc. Special Dispatch of California, Inc. Stikeman Elliott VFP Fire Systems WESCO Distribution, Inc. DONOR CIRCLES MEMBERS Donor Circles members belong to our highest categories of individual annual giving. They provide essential funding for all Wexner Center programs, while enjoying special member privileges and access year-round, including private donor events with artists in all fields, generous discounts, priority ticket assistance, and more. Trustees Circle: $25,000+ Benefactors Circle: $10,000–$24,999 Armory Circle: $5,000–$9,999 Producers Circle: $2,500–$4,999 Director’s Circle: $1,500–$2,499 Trustees Circle Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Akins Denise and Michael Glimcher Agnes Gund Bob and Mary Kidder Megan and Mark Kvamme Bill and Sheila Lambert Ann and Ron Pizzuti Joyce and Charles Shenk The Trueman Family Abigail and Leslie Wexner Ann and John F. Wolfe Benefactors Circle George Barrett Loann W. Crane Peter and Suzie Edwards Sherri Geldin Nancy and Dave Gill Nancy Kramer and Christopher Celeste Jack Jackson and Robert Storbeck Armory Circle Carol and David Aronowitz Jamie Bersani Shelley Bird and Jerry Wiese Mike and Paige Crane Sam and Gigi Fried James Henderson and Katherine Kuck Donna and Larry James
Scott Kerby and Jason Mangum Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel John S. Kobacker and Catherine Chapin Kobacker Toby Devan Lewis Charles McGuigan Kelly Mooney and Scott Henningsen Mark A. Morrow and Jeffery D. Chaddock Mr. Douglas J. Preisse Carlos Radulovitch Lou Ann Moritz Ransom and Buss Ransom Skestos Family Foundation Tim and Jenny Smucker Joy and Bruce Soll Producers Circle Jeni Britton Bauer and Charly Bauer Dr. Brian and Teresa Biernat Elizabeth Boster and Sheila Clark Trish and John Cadwallader Jill and Jerry Dannemiller Johanna DeStefano Dr. Robert E. Falcone DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Cindy and Larry Hilsheimer Beth Jarvis Mary and Tom Katzenmeyer Sarah and Dan Kay Java and Mark Kitrick Robert F. Klaffky Denise Landman and Walter Palawsky Nancy Wolfe Lane Yung-Chen and Katherine K. Lu Mo and David Meuse Janet and Vikram Rajadhyaksha Shyam Rajadhyaksha and Ram Rajadhyaksha Lynne and Martyn Redgrave Susan and Jerome Scott Johnathan Sosebee Catherine Strauss and John Lowe Susan Tomasky and Ron Ungvarsky Judy and Steve Tuckerman Director’s Circle Dana and Brent Adler John G. Alexander Karim Ali and Ben Justice Jamie and Steve Allen Ted and Kate Bauer Tom Bauer Scott F. Bearse Jenni and David Belford The Bersani–d’Aversa Family Alfred H. Bivins Mrs. Andrew Broekema Cristina Ceresoli and Joseph Licata Anna and Nick Coe Marjie and Jeffrey Coopersmith Beth Crane and Richard McKee Tim Day and Jay Pascoe Roxana and Bill Deadman
Melanie Dheel and Scott Rhodes Janet and Sidney Druen Drs. Patricia and Steven Gabbe Dareth Gerlach Senator and Mrs. John Glenn Babette T. Gorman Linda and Bob Gorman Dedrea and Paul Gray Mary L. and Richard Gray Tracy and David Harrison Kim and Todd Helvie Dr. Robert and Marcia Hershfield Char Hinson Lisa and Alan Hinson Celeste Holschuh David G. Horn and Victoria E. Powers Vijaya Iyer and Jeff Smith Merilynn* and Tom Kaplin Linda and Frank Kass Charlotte and Jack Kessler Mark and Karen Koenig Monica and Doug Kridler Joe Kurzer Betty and Carl Lambert Mark and Jane Landon Mary Lazarus Jennifer and Andrew Loughnane Karin J. Lunau and Leigh A. Schmid Nancy and Thomas Lurie Barb and Doug Martin Tom and Trish Mazurek Melinda McClimans Jennifer McNally and Michael Flamm Angela and David Meleca Shelley Milano A. J. Montero Karen and Neil Moss Rhonda and Michael Murnane Lynne* and John Muskoff Cicely Wylde-Oubrerie and José Oubrerie D. Scott Owens and Kevin J. Kowalski Robert Palmer and Susan Simms Doug Parris David Renner and Jordanne Renner Neil Rosenberg Janice Roth Ann and L. Jack Ruscilli Patrick Sanderson Christy Schoedinger Jason Shonk Patti Shorr Marc A. Sigal and Amy R. Goldstein Maurice Stevens Judi and Jim Stillwell Linda B. and J. Scott Taylor Kerry Thompson and Steven Cox Una Yuhua Tsou and Ken Hunter Connie and Craig Tuckerman Sharen and Charles Turney Doug and Amy Grace Ulman Susan and Matthew Ungar
Anne Valentine and Kent Thompson Drs. John Wakelin and Anu Chauhan Donna and Rodney Wasserstrom Angela Westwater and David Meitus David Whitaker and R. Glenn Barker Sandra and Raymond Whitaker Craig White and Emerson White Ed Wolf Janice and Herbert Wolman Chris and Alex Yessios GENERAL MEMBERSHIP Support from Wexner Center members is crucial to our success; they are an integral part of the center’s vitality and enjoy generous benefits. Becoming a valued part of our member family is easy—just visit wexarts.org/join or call the membership office at (614) 292-1777. Memberships are also available at the Fellow ($500+), Patron ($250+), Household ($150+), and Friend ($75+) levels. Vanguard Circle: $1,000–$1,499 Vanguard Circle Randy Arndt and Jeffrey Baker Karen Bell and Ben Maiden Christie and Dan Crane David Filipi Miriam Freimer and Ed Levine Jerry Friedman and Julie Robbins J. Ronald Green and Louisa Bertch Green Helen and Mark Hogan Suzanne Karpus Gerald M. McCue Gyongyi and Tibor Nadasdy Fred and Kathy Ransier Cordelia Robinson and Grant Morrow Patti and Steve Steinour Mimi and Craig Taylor Sheila and Martin Torch We have made every effort to recognize all of our generous donors in this listing. If we have failed to acknowledge a gift accurately, please accept our apologies and call (614) 292-2395 so that we may include more accurate information in the future. All lists reflect gifts in the past year and are current as of June 30, 2016. *Deceased
Wexner Center Staff DIRECTOR’S OFFICE Sherri Geldin, Director Jack Jackson, Deputy Director James F. Petsche, Administrative Associate
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING Tim Steele, Building Services Coordinator Jayne Williams, Director
DESIGN Erica Anderson, Director, Creative Services Brandon Ballog, Senior Graphic Designer Kelly McNicholas, Graphic Designer Adam Tracht, Web Developer
FILM/VIDEO Amber DuPree, Administrative Associate David Filipi, Director Paul Hill, Studio Editor Jennifer Lange, Curator, Film/Video Studio Program Mike Olenick, Studio Editor Chris Stults, Associate Curator, Film/Video Adam Vincent, Film/Video Assistant
DEVELOPMENT Lindsey Beetem, Individual Giving Manager Julie Harrison, Development Coordinator Kyle Hatfield, Membership Assistant Stephen Morrow, Graduate Associate Christy Schoedinger, Director Karen Simonian, Advancement Projects Manager Mark Spurgeon, Membership Manager Lisa Wente, Senior Development Officer, Proposal Services EDUCATION Verónica Betancourt, Graduate Associate Shelly Casto, Director Dionne Custer Edwards, Educator for School Programs Marisa Espe, Education Assistant Jo Anne Jenkins, Purchasing Assistant Tracie McCambridge, Educator for Docent and Teacher Programs Jean Pitman, Youth and Community Programs Manager Amanda Potter, Educator for Public and University Programs EXHIBITIONS Allison Buenger, Assistant Registrar Megan Cavanaugh, Director of Exhibitions Management David Dickas, Senior Preparator Amber DuPree, Administrative Associate Bill Horrigan, Curator at Large Zak Kelley, Installation Manager Cheryl-Lynn May, Curatorial Assistant Nick Stull, Preparator Mark Van Fleet, Registrar Mary Van Wassenhove, Assistant Registrar Lucy Zimmerman, Curatorial Assistant
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Melanie Dheel, Director Peg Fochtman, Human Resources Manager Kevin Hathaway, Senior Accountant Maureen Thomas, Director Valerie Kohlwey, Business Systems Analyst MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Laura Hooks, Marketing Data Analyst Kristen Grayewski, Associate Editor Elizabeth Grunewald, Digital Content Editor Ann Jacobson, Graduate Associate Sylke Krell, Traffic, Production, and Publications Manager Kellie Morgan, Community Outreach and Marketing Manager Erik Pepple, Media and Public Relations Manager Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, Director Ryan Shafer, Publications Editor Jennifer Wray, Marketing and Media Assistant PATRON SERVICES Jeff Benham, Ticketing Manager Claudia Bonham, Special Events Manager Joanna Hammer, Ticketing Manager Marlin Hauff, House Management Coordinator Katie Laux, Director Helyn Marshall, House Management Manager Michaela Nardo, Assistant Ticketing Manager Matt Reber, Store Manager Ashley Stanton, House Management Coordinator Stephanie Varnacini, Assistant Store Manager
House Management Part-time Event Staff Tim Bachelor Marti Boyce Crystal Ceballos Brianna Collins Anne Courtney Lindsey Ehrman Amy Flowers Emilia Garber Susan Gregorek Dorian Ham Caitlin Hanner Scott Hartman Susan Hyde Jenny Jade Kristi Kloss Kaila Lee Taylor Lee Michelle Meier Patrick O’Donnel Allison Parks Stephanie Poole Jim Prater Jo-Ann Prater Alayna Reckner Katherine Reeb Danielle Rennick Tim Ryan Samina Shaw Beau Simmons Alli Sweeney Joel Treadway Linda Watts James Westfall Adrian Willis PERFORMING ARTS Charles Helm, Director Sarah Swinford, Program Manager Adam Vincent, Administrative Associate TECHNICAL SERVICES Scott Austin, Design Engineer Bill Barto, Stage Manager, Mershon Bruce Bartoo, Projectionist Andy Hensler, Stage Manager, Performance Space Steve Jones, Design Engineer John Smith, Technical Services Manager Mike Sullivan, Design Engineer
Wexner Center Volunteers COMMUNITY DOCENTS Mary Bauer Sonia Bazan Joy Benatar Dolores Blankenship Suzanne Cavazos Carol Collier Annamarie Dang Diane Driessen Monica Dunn Patricia Fertel Megan Fitze Sylvan Frank Susan Gerald Diana Gerber Chris Hill Mary Hockenbery Kari Hoyt Andrew Hudson Meagan Jones Gisela Josenhans Susan Levin Rebecca Lowther Eric Meiring Caryn Neumann Marlina Niezgoda Patricia Pound Cynthia Puckett Neil Rector Jessica Shakesprere Kate Sherman Janet Shumaker Angie Snapp Anna Talarico Joan Tallan Debbie Verona Gisela Vitt Jody Wallace Peter Wray Xi Zhan DONOR CIRCLES COUNCIL Joyce Shenk, Chair Judy Tuckerman, Chair Karim Ali Jamie Allen Lori Barreras Ashley Bersani Trish Cadwallader Sheila Clark Paige Crane Nancy Gill Angela Meleca Janice Roth Patti Shorr Renée Shumate Danielle Skestos
GENWEX ADVISORY COMMITTEE Lindsay Acker, Senior Chair Jessica Burton, Junior Chair Christin Brettel Jevon Collins Christie Crane Raeanne Ellis-Baker Amy Fleenor Emilia Garber Diana Gerber Molly Gilbride Joseph Licata Alex McCracken Elaine McLoughlin-Overholt Laura Oldham Betsy Pandora Nicole Pongonis Nikki Portman Jordanne Renner Kate Robinson Bauer Nate Schott Cat Sheridan Morgen Spon Samantha Stilp Yohannan Terrell OFF THE GRID 2015 HOST COMMITTEE Lindsay Acker Michael Bova Christin Brettel Jessica Burton Jevon Collins Christie Crane Cassandra Darling James Drakeford Raeanne Ellis-Baker Sandra Enimil Marisa Espe Amy Fleenor Elissa Francis Emilia Garber Diana Gerber Molly Gilbride Dale Grinstead-Mayle Derek Grosso Elizabeth Grunewald Lisa Henry Joseph Licata Hillary Lorton Alex McCracken Elaine McLoughlin-Overholt Heidi Negron Tom O’Gara Laura Oldham Betsy Pandora Nicole Pongonis
Nikki Portman Andrey Regalado Jordanne Renner Kate Robinson Bauer Cory Schmidt Nate Schott Cat Sheridan Morgen Spon Samantha Stilp Yohannan Terrell SHUMATE ENDOWMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL Jennifer Beard Kimberly Brazwell Tayo Clyburn Melissa Crum Anita Davis Erika Gable Charles Hill Mark Lomax Ruth Lomax Steven Moore Alex Shumate Renée Shumate Toni Smith Maurice Stevens VOLUNTEER USHERS Lisa Anfang Tsion Azanaw Mohamad “Ikmal” Naim Azmi Margaret Barga Rachel Barnes Steve Barrish Rebekah Bass Joachim Bean Pat Bebo Paul Beck Stephen Black Timothy Black Antonio Bowens Diane Brant Amanda Brenske Jeanne Budde Joshua Carroll Melissa Carter-Dempsey Vicki Chay-Wilkins Carly Cheton Cathie Cline Lee Cohen Sylvia Collard Esther Connors Patrick Copeland Deborah Cornelius Adam Crawford
Jim Crowley Mariann Crowley Marya DeBlasi Jennie DeStephano Pauline Dickey Barb Dittoe Mary Beth Donaldson Catherine Doran Diane Drotleff Jennifer Farmer Kathleen Fields Sam Folmar Jayce Fryman Sandra Furman Kathy Goldsmith Marty Goldsmith Bill Gresham Domanique Harris Debra Henrichs Alyssa Hill Carol Hines Dingyu Hu Xiaomeng Huang Jessica Jackson Shabnam Javadi Mottaghi Deborah Jones Michelle Jung Sharon Kessler Mary Jane “MJ” Kibby Clea Klagstad Natalia Krutovskaya Carol Larimer Cara Laviola Luann Laviola Cynthia Letjekides Syd Lifshin Brianne Linne Erika Loch-Test Holly Longfellow Kathleen Luebbert Margaret “Marge” Lynd
Katie McCracken Megan McGlone Erin McGovern Lance Mitchell Ryan Mitchell Marina Mogilevsky David Nassau Caryn Neumann Nancy Nixon Suzanne O’Leary Marquetta Peavy Stephanie Poole Marquita Queeley Teibatu “Sandra” Raimi Michael Rex Jamie Rhein Connie Riegel Tammy Roberts Robin Robinson Melinda Rosenberg Mary Jacqueline “Jackie” Ross Talia Shiroma Rachel Skwerer Robin Smith Stephanie Steelman Lexie Stoia Mengke “Iris” Sun Alondra Thompson Kirsten Tychonievich Amjad Waheed Kunjue “Quinn” Wang Richard Warren Siyu “Erica” Wei Mike Wilkins Megan Zaffini Sofia Zinkovskaya List reflects volunteers active between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.
WEXNER CENTER FOUNDATION BOARD OF TRUSTEES Leslie H. Wexner, Chair Michael V. Drake, MD, Vice Chair James Lyski, President TRUSTEES David M. Aronowitz Jeni Britton Bauer Shelley Bird Michael J. Canter Adam Flatto Sherri Geldin Ann Gilbert Getty Michael Glimcher Elizabeth P. Kessler C. Robert Kidder Nancy Kramer James E. Kunk Mark D. Kvamme James Lyski Ronald A. Pizzuti Robert P. Powers Janet B. Reid, PhD Joyce Shenk Alex Shumate Abigail S. Wexner John F. Wolfe* Ex Officio Peter L. Hahn Bruce A. McPheron Bruce A. Soll Mark E. Vannatta *Deceased
Photo/Image Credits Cover
Outreach and Engagement
Faye Driscoll, Thank You for Coming: Attendance, photo by Maria Baranova.
Cincinnati Goddamn, photos: Melvin Grier. April Martin, Paul Hill, Iris Roley, Rhonda Williams, and Treva Lindsey, photo: Katie Spengler. Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, image courtesy of Five Sisters Productions. Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens premiere event, photos: Brooke LaValley. Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada collaborative community sculpture construction, top photo: Bradley Williams. Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada collaborative community sculpture construction, bottom photo: Ken Webb. Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada collaborative community sculpture construction installation, photos: Bank Saelim. Super Sunday Studio: Trash to Treasure, photos: Brooke LaValley. Off the Grid, top, bottom, and inset photos: Nathan Ward. Off the Grid party-goers with Off the Grid sign, photo: Oh Snaps! Yo La Tengo performace, photo: Brooke LaValley. Oh Wonder, image courtesy of the artist. Tyondai Braxton, photo: Dusdin Condren. Clark, image coutesy of the artist. Craig Thompson booksigning, photo: Katie Spengler. Africa Fusion, image courtesy of Fresh Rock Films. Tron, image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures. Wex Drive-In screening, photo: Brandon Ballog. Zoom: Family Film Festival events, top and left two insets, photo: Brooke LaValley. Zoom: Family Film Festival events, right insets, photo: Bank Saelim. Shelly Casto and Dempsey Ewan, photo: Marisa Espe. Alan and Lisa Hinson with guests, photo: Nathan Ward. Jim and Judy Stillwell and Angela and David Meleca, photo: Nathan Ward. Amy Grance and Doug Ulman, photo: Nathan Ward. Mark Lomax, image courtesy of the artist. Mark Lomax, William Menefield, Ruth Lomax, and Renée and Alex Shumate, photo: Maddie McGarvey. Anita Davis, Melissa Crum, Melissa Roshan, Joni Acuff, and Dionne Custer Edwards, photo: Maddie McGarvey.
Inside Front Cover Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada installation view, photo: Bank Saelim. Director’s Message Sherri Geldin, Michael V. Drake, and Brenda J. Drake, photo: Katie Spengler. Exceptional Artistry Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada installation view, photo: Brooke LaValley. Franklin Sirmans, photo: Brooke LaValley. Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada installation view, photo: Katie Spengler. Pages participants at Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, photos: Katie Spengler. After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, photos: Katie Spengler. Antonio Sergio Bessa and Yasmin Ramírez, photo: Brooke LaValley. Martin Wong: Human Instamatic installation view, photos: Brooke LaValley. Jan Martens masterclass, photo: Katie Spengler. Jan Martens, Sweat Baby Sweat, photo © Klaartje Lambrechts. Jan Martens, The Dog Days Are Over, photos © Piet Goethals. The Bad Plus, photo: Katie Spengler. Geoff Sobelle, The Object Lesson, performance view, photos: Katie Spengler. The Apu Trilogy, images courtesy of Janus Films. She’s Gotta Have It, image courtesy of Island Records. Field Niggas © Khalik Allah. Arthur Jafa, photo: Saelim Bank. Gabriel Mascaro, photo: Jennifer Lange. August Winds, image courtesy of FiGa Films. Neon Bull, image courtesy of Memento Films International. Whit Stillman and David Filipi, photo: Brooke LaValley. Love & Friendship, image courtesy Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions. Daughters of the Dust, image courtesy of Cohen Film Collection. Julie Dash and Melissa Harris-Perry at Daughters of the Dust event, photos: Brooke LaValley. Research and Education Lucy Raven and Sam Green, photo: Katie Spengler. Picture Lock: 25 Years of Film/ Video Residencies title wall, photo: Brandon Ballog. Participants in Picture Lock, photo: Brooke LaValley. Jennifer Lange, Mike Olenik, and Kevin Jerome Everson, photo: Wexner Center for the Arts. Bill Horrigan and Jason Simon, photo: Katie Spengler. Paul Hill, Selena A. Burks-Rentschler, and Steven Bognar, photo: Katie Spengler. Boxed, photo: Christian Faur. The Adventures of Paulo Bruscky, image courtesy of the artist. Improbable work-in-progress discussion, photo: Brooke LaValley. Sarah Oppenheimer with student, photo: Katie Spengler. Kelly Reichardt on the set of Certain Women, image courtesy of IFC Films. Faye Driscoll and group, photo: Mark Oxier. Lambert Family Lecture, photos: Maddie McGarvey. Ann Hamilton and President Barak Obama, image courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts. Johnny Guitar, image courtesy of Paramount Pictures. The Manchurian Candidate, image courtesy of Park Circus. Cover Girl, image courtesy of Sony Pictures. Phoebe Harmon and Lee Kline, photo: Bank Saelim. Pages 10th Anniversary, photos: Katie Spengler.
Highlights from the 2015–2016 year at the Wexner Center for the Arts.