Columbia Museum of Art April 2020 Calendar

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

Notes from the Underground: Poster Design from the Hippie Era
On view through April 26, 2020
Each of these ephemeral objects represents an event — a musical show at a venue that encouraged dancing, psychedelic light shows, and hallucinatory drug taking. The designers of these posters created complicated visual experiences with image mashups and vibrating color combinations. This was an intentionally dense style, distinct from the easy-to-read marketing of New York’s Madison Avenue advertising firms. In the summer of 2017, the Columbia Museum of Art acquired over 100 rock posters from the collection of design historian Mel Byars. A selection from this gift is on view.

TRIBE: A Celebration of South Carolina Hip-Hop Culture
On view through April 12, 2020
This exhibition examines the fluid story of South Carolina’s hip-hop culture along with the art form’s national identity, spanning four decades of historical events and individual contributions from around the state. Including posters, graffiti, clothing, audio and video media, and photography, TRIBE brings together a creative compilation that celebrates the intergenerational connections of the genre’s creators and its lasting impact, evolution, and empowerment.

This project is a collaboration between the CMA; Love, Peace & Hip Hop; and Czar Records; and is supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant at Central Carolina Community Foundation.

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection
On view through May 17, 2020
Best known as lead guitarist of the famed rock band Metallica, Kirk Hammett is also an obsessive collector of visually arresting horror and sci-fi film art and has dedicated the last three decades to creating one of the world’s most important collections. It’s Alive! features more than 100 pieces of graphic art, many hailing back to the days of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, that have seeped into the public imagination and reflected society’s deepest fears and anxieties for nearly a century. Not only do these objects explore the power of graphic art in its own right, they have inspired Hammett’s work throughout his own artistic career.

Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

Frankenstein Sponsor: Sam and Sandy McGuckin. Dracula Sponsors: Sheila and Tony DiCioccio, Governor and Mrs. James H. Hodges, and Home Team BBQ. Mummy Sponsors: Coal Powered Film Works, William and Justine Roberts, Myrtle T. Robinson, and Susan Thorpe and John Baynes. Werewolf Sponsors: Barbara B. Boyd, The Braddock Group of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Craig Dawson and Rhonda Cortes, Columbia Arts Academy, The Fowler Company, John Frick, Hotel Trundle, Michel G. Moore, Bill Schmidt, and Marcia Stine. Media Sponsors: Free Times, Grace Outdoor, and WXRY 99.3 FM. Grantors: City of Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina Arts Commission, and Town of Lexington.

Live Nation presents The Kirk Hammett Guitar Experience
February 15 through May 17, 2020
Get your guitar shredding skills on in the guitar experience as part of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. Rock out on one of two limited edition ESP guitars customized with art selected personally by Kirk Hammett. $5 to play.

Presenting Sponsor: Live Nation. Sponsors: Crisp Event Rentals, ESP Guitars, Dunlop, and Special Event Services.

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
To purchase tickets or register for classes, visit columbiamuseum.org or call 803-799-2810.

Book a Tour and Save
Gather your friends and enjoy discounted admission as you get an inside look at our exhibitions or collection with a docent-led tour. Details at columbiamuseum.org/visit/tours.

School Tours
Student programs support classroom instruction and meet state standards by providing opportunities to engage with works of art and culture from around the world. Using visual thinking strategies, our docent-led tours encourage the use of 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and visual literacy while touching on the three key areas of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate: world class knowledge and life and career characteristics. Hands-on art-making sessions focus on the creative process, introduction to different art materials and techniques, and encouragement of self-expression while connecting to ideas discussed during the tour. For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org/field-trips or contact us at 803-343-2163.

Gallery Tour: It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection
Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 | 1:00 p.m.
Printmaking is a technique that dates back centuries. In the early days of cinema, the movie poster itself became its own art form, using screen printing to design and mass-produce images that would encapsulate a dramatic film. It’s Alive! brings together dozens of these posters from the first decades of cinema with particular attention to horror and film noir. On this guided tour learn more about the poster designs and films themselves, along with a few insights about the collector, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: CMA Collection Highlights
Each tour sheds light on the collection from a different angle. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: Cornerstones of the Collection
Sundays, April 5 and 26 | 1:00 p.m.
From corner to corner, see key works in the collection from East to West and from ancient to modern. This tour includes gems by artists like Botticelli and Warhol, along with the first piece ever purchased by the CMA.

Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection
Sunday, April 12 | 1:00 p.m.
Discover the rich artistic tapestry of South Carolina. See works by artists in our state and treasures that once adorned local homes. Learn about the Charleston Renaissance, Catawba pottery, and artists right here in Columbia while you explore works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Samuel Roberts, Osamu Kobayashi, and more.

Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection
Sunday, April 19 | 1:00 p.m.
Get a glimpse into the story behind the art: the science to create the materials, the lives that shaped the artists’ views, the thought process that leads a museum to acquire a piece, and the care required to keep a work of art in excellent condition for thousands of years.

Play on the Plaza
Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come out and play on Boyd Plaza with the CMA! Join us every Saturday to build and create with colorful building materials, perfect for guests of all ages and abilities. Try a design challenge or use your imagination to tap into your engineering ingenuity. Sponsored by Bank of America. Free.

Earth Day Five – Oh!
Saturday, April 25
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with the CMA, the City of Columbia, Sonoco Recycling, and Soda City Market! Enjoy interactives, art projects, and more. At 11:00 be entertained by Trash Can Tim’s kid-friendly performance packed with magic, comedy, and audience participation.

Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Size, Shape, Space
Wednesday, April 1 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Go beyond the museum’s walls to explore art outside that takes up space. We’ll explore all three dimensions as we look at art from new angles before making our own mass-terpieces.

This program is specially designed for 2- to 3- year old participants and their adult companions as a way to explore art through movement and play. This program includes story time, gallery exploration, and a creative studio activity related to the art exploration theme. Siblings welcome! Free. Registration required as space is limited.

Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA
Thursday, April 2 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Come enjoy an evening full of art! Take a Focal Points tour of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection at 7:00, stroll through a Bizarre Bazaar of unique handmade items, and catch the premiere of a documentary on TRIBE: A Celebration of South Carolina Hip-Hop Culture. Free admission all day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Bizarre Bazaar
Thursday, April 2 | 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Stroll this macabre market where you’re sure to find something a little… unusual. With handmade jewelry, art, clothing, toys, and even taxidermy, you’ll discover vendors from around the region who pique your interest. Free.

TRIBE Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 2 | 6:00 p.m.
Join Columbia-based rap artist Fat Rat da Czar and guests to learn about South Carolina’s hip-hop culture through a documentary and talk-back about the Guignard Gallery exhibition TRIBE, a celebration of 40 years of impact from the state’s artists and musicians on the national hip-hop scene. Free.

Focal Points: Monsters, Masks… and Mirrors
Thursday, April 2 | 7:00 p.m. and Friday, April 10 | 2:00 p.m.
The posters lure us in, the films leave us trembling, but what if these monsters are inescapable? Join CMA Education & Engagement Assistant Sylvia Feghali for a critical conversation on the personal and political side of visual storytelling as we investigate It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection and how these classic creatures produce an “Other” that continues to haunt us today. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of tour guides and staff. Free with membership or admission.

Art Class: Mosaics
Saturdays, April 4, 11, and 18 | 10:00 a.m.  Noon
In this three-part class, learn the process of making a mosaic from planning a design to using glass and tile-cutting tools, grouting, and cleaning your completed work. Plus, get tips for a more creative mosaic. Taught by local art educator Kevin Pettit. Pettit earned a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina and has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2008. All materials and supplies included. Ages 15 and up. $100 / $80 for members.

It’s Alive! on Boyd Plaza featuring Repo: The Genetic Opera
Thursday, April 9 | 7:00 p.m. | Film at sundown
In celebration of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, the CMA partners with The Nickelodeon Theatre to bring you a horrifically fun outdoor film experience on Boyd Plaza. Begin your evening with a happy hour and guided tours of It’s Alive!. Take a seat at sundown for the outdoor screening of Repo: the Genetic Opera. Bring your own chairs and blanket for the outdoor viewing. Some seating provided. Cash bar. Popcorn available for purchase. Rated R. 1 hour and 38 minutes. $15 / $12 with membership to the CMA or The Nick.

Free Admission Day
Saturday, April 11 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In celebration of the closing exhibition TRIBE: A Celebration of South Carolina Hip-Hop Culture and World Famous Hip-Hop Family Day, the CMA welcomes you to enjoy free admission all day courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Stop-In Studios
Saturday, April 11 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Get creative in the studios at this drop-in for all ages held on the second Saturday of every month. This month we’re marbling psychedelic posters inspired by Notes from the Underground: Poster Design from the Hippie Era. Free admission courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

ArtBreak: The Rise and Fall of American Horror Comics
Tuesday, April 14 | Pop-up café 10:30 a.m. | Program 11:00 a.m.
UofSC librarian David Shay explores the rise of the American horror comic book in the post-war society of the late 1940s, its evolution from existing media like film and radio, the resulting moral panic that led to industry self-censorship, and the effective end of the genre by the late 1950s. Begin the morning at the museum at 10:30 a.m. with pastries and coffee at a pop-up café provided by Curiosity Coffee Bar.

ArtBreak is a program that looks at art through a different lens. Each session features a speaker who gives insight into their worldview by sharing their interpretation of works of art at the CMA. Free with membership or admission.

Gladys’ Gang Preschool Edition: Size, Shape, Space
Wednesday, April 15 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Go beyond the museum’s walls to explore art outside that takes up space. We’ll explore all three dimensions as we look at art from new angles before making our own mass-terpieces.

This program is specially designed for 4- to 5- year old participants and their adult companions as a way to explore art through play and inquiry. Gladys’ Gang builds skills for kindergarten readiness through story time, gallery conversations, and a creative studio project related to the art exploration theme. Siblings welcome! Free. Registration required as space is limited.

Focal Points: Flora in Focus
Thursday, April 16 | 2:00 p.m.
In honor of spring, take a tour that focuses on blooming blossoms and growing gardens. Longtime docent and master gardener Harriette Edmonds leads a plant-forward tour of the galleries. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of tour guides and staff. Free with membership or admission.

Trivia Night of the Living Dead
Thursday, April 16 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Test your braaaains in five rounds of trivia centered on all things creepy, crawly, and macabre. Inspired by It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection and hosted by trivia guru Eric Bargeron with spooky tunes courtesy of the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul. Win prizes for top score, best costume, and best team name. Cash bar. $15 per team (limit 6 people per team).

Baker & Baker presents John, Joel, and Noel: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel
Friday, April 17 | Doors 6:30 p.m. | Concert 7:00 p.m.
Piano man and artistic director Noel Freidline is joined by a six-piece band — vocalists Maria Howell (The Color Purple, Hunger Games, Hidden Figures) and Adam McKnight (Elton John’s vocal arranger for a decade), saxophonist Juan Rollan, guitarist James Hogan, bassist Zack Page, and drummer Rick Dior — as they weave in and out of reinterpretations of such classics as “New York State of Mind,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Only the Good Die Young,” and “Rocket Man.” You won’t be required to sing along, but it certainly won’t be discouraged! Four-person tables (includes one bottle of wine): $200 / $160 for members. Individual tickets: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students.

Focal Points: Getting a Sense of Art
Saturday, April 18 | 2:00 p.m.
Sometimes art can seem daunting or hard to understand, but what if you stopped worrying what to think and concentrated on what you feel? Join docent Bauer Westeren to explore art through the senses and emotions. Focal Points is a series of gallery talks featuring topics and themes near and dear to the hearts of tour guides and staff. Free with membership or admission.

Children of the Night: How Americans Learned to Love Horror
Sunday, April 19 | 2:00 p.m.
The sheer number of vampires, unquiet spirits, and zombies that shamble around in pop culture makes it difficult to believe there was a time when many Americans saw horror as literally un-American. W. Scott Poole explains how World War I and figures like Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, and Boris Karloff created the first golden age of horror in the 1930s and 40s, as seen in It’s Alive!. Free with membership or admission.

Poole writes about monsters. A professor of history at the College of Charleston, he has been short-listed for the Bram Stoker award and is the author of a number of books on history, politics, and horror culture including the award-winning Monsters in America (2011, revised edition 2018) and his most recent book Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror (2018). His essays have appeared in multiple collections as well as PopMatters, Salon, and the Washington Post.

Art Class: Insect Pinning
Mondays, April 20 and 27 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
In this two-part class, learn how to preserve and display your very own unique piece of insect art with real and ethically sourced butterflies and moths. Taught by local artist and Looking Glass Insects creator Jesse Cody. Ages 15 and up. All materials and supplies provided. $90 / $72 for members.

Teacher Listening Sessions
Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 30 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The CMA is developing an exciting new tool for teachers, and we want your input! Share your thoughts and insights to help determine how the CMA can better serve you and your students. Food and drinks provided as well as a swag bag for all participants. Free. Registration required as space is limited. Must be an active South Carolina teacher of any area or grade level with a current teacher ID.

Women in Horror Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 23 | 7:00 p.m. | Galleries open until 10:00 p.m.
In response to many of the works in It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, Nikyata Jusu, writer, director, and professor of film at George Mason University, leads a panel on the history and sometimes troublesome portrayal of women in horror film. Jusu is joined by Meeghan Kane, Benedict College instructor and editor of Unsweetened Magazine; Julia Elliott, Ph.D., associate professor of women’s and gender studies at UofSC; and Alice Lilitu, programming coordinator for Nick After Hours at The Nickelodeon Theatre. Followed by a screening and talkback of Jusu’s short film, Suicide by Sunlight (17 minutes). $10 / free with membership.

Ghoul’s Night Out
Friday, April 24 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Ghoulish glamour comes to life as Patti O’Furniture emcees a frightful fashion show where guests walk the haunted runway with their own looks inspired by It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. Costumes encouraged with prizes available for each round including Bloodlust, The Otherworldly, She-Devil, Science-Faire, and Prized Possessions. Cash bar featuring creepy cocktails and snacks. Ages 18 and up. Guided gallery tours at 6:30. Program begins at 7:30. $20 / $10 for members.

Greater Columbia Record Fair
Sunday, April 26 | Noon – 5:00 p.m.
That’s right! The Greater Columbia Record Fair is back at the Columbia Museum Art for the 13th consecutive year. Vendors from across the Southeast bring everything from well-loved classics to rare and highly collectible finds. Along with record sifting, fairgoers can grab food and drinks at the pop-up beer garden by The Whig. Enjoy live music from The Restoration, Brandy and the Butcher, and Boo Hag, plus DJ sets by the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul, guided gallery tours, and art projects. Free admission to record fair and collection galleries; admission for It’s Alive! and The Kirk Hammett Guitar Experience each $10 or less.

CMA Chamber Music on Main
Tuesday, April 28 | Happy hour at 6:00 p.m. | Concert at 7:00 p.m. | Galleries open during happy hour.
Music plus art equals a magical experience with this chamber concert series featuring artistic director and pianist Andrew Armstrong. Jennifer Frautschi on violin, Jonathan Vinocour on viola, Raphael Bell on cello, Joseph Phillips on double bass, and Marta Aznavoorian on piano join Armstrong to play works by Rossini, Bridge, Ravel, and Schubert. CMA Chamber Music on Main, a longtime fan-favorite program, brings together world-class musicians who are acclaimed in their respective instruments. Presented by Bank of America Private Bank. $42 / $35 for members / $5 for students.