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From Japanese Art Deco to Wild Animals to Norman Rockwell: Columbia Museum of Art Brings Exhibitions of Beloved Masters and New Artists to Columbia in 2014

CMA presents a year of diverse and exciting art exhibitions that offer art experiences and education for all ages and audiences

Columbia, S.C. - The Columbia Museum of Art announces eight exhibitions for 2014 that bring renowned and revered artists to our city and state and that span geographic borders as well as style and form. The CMA is home to outstanding art exhibitions of national and international caliber and is the premier art museum in the state that offers exhibitions of this range and magnitude. These unique exhibitions offer new experiences to delight and inspire everyone. Throughout the year, a variety of fine art from the U.S. and abroad offers opportunities for education and enjoyment for all as the CMA fulfills its mission to provide the public with vibrant cultural and educational enrichment.

"We are pleased to offer such a wide range of special exhibitions in 2014," says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. "The CMA brings shows of dynamic and appealing art and artists to Columbia and South Carolina that add greatly to the quality of life for our community and our visitors. In addition, we are bringing to the public this year exhibitions of works rarely or never before seen from our own collection. As South Carolina's premier international art museum, the CMA presents exhibitions that attract the attention of diverse audiences, young and old. There is so much to experience throughout the year."

Main Exhibitions

Japan and the Jazz Age is currently on view through April 20, 2014. This beautiful and fascinating exhibition breaks new ground with a collection of exquisite, handcrafted Japanese objects from the 1920s and 30s-the Art Deco period seen through exquisite Japanese craftsmanship and artistry. Japan and the Jazz Age is the first exhibition in the United States to explore how the Jazz Age in America and Europe swept Japan by storm and created a new, exciting culture of innovative and sophisticated design. This blending of East and West and traditional and modern is seen in more than 120 works of art and design, including kimonos, screens, sculpture, furniture, prints, and photography.

Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed is on view from May 16 through September 14, 2014. Based in Boston, Mass., Reed is an unexpected painter because she does not use color in her current work, although she started out as a colorist. Her palette shrank as she became less interested in exploiting color and more interested in exploring the meaning of Old Master paintings. The result of her ongoing "conversations" with the Old Masters is Animal Instinct, an impressive selection of approximately 40 large-scale black and white paintings of animals posing as people, including a wall-length mural. The CMA is the first museum to present a career retrospective of American artist Shelley Reed.

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is on view from October 17, 2014, through January 18, 2015. Norman Rockwell is one of the most famous and beloved American illustrators for his depictions of everyday life created with humor, skill, and emotion. However, it is little known that he staged photographs to make his popular covers of the Saturday Evening Post. This landmark exhibition includes 50 photographs that show the careful process Rockwell used to make his art, as well as 16 original paintings and drawings. Selecting props and locations, choosing and directing his models, he carefully orchestrated each element of his design for the camera before beginning to paint. This exhibition takes viewers "behind the scenes" in the creative process of one of America's great masters.

Main Floor Exhibitions from the Collection:

Cheer for the Home Team: Animal Mascots from the Collection is on view from May 16 through September 14, 2014. This family-friendly exhibition includes 41 works featuring animals that serve as college mascots. The exhibition explores the qualities of certain animals that make them popular as mascots, like the fighting gamecock and the tiger. A diversity of objects is drawn from all aspects of the CMA collection, including European paintings, American folk art, and Asian ceramics. Some of the works have not been on view before and will be new to visitors.

Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection is on view from October 17, 2014, through January 8, 2015. This exhibition represents the fastest-growing area of the CMA collection - modern and contemporary art. This installation features new works shown for the first time and notable abstract works by many of America's most eminent artists: Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, and Adolph Gottlieb among them. This exciting show brings together sculpture, painting, photography and mixed media in over three dozen works of art sure to engage the eye and provoke discussion.

Second Floor - Gallery 15 Exhibitions:

This focus gallery presents thematic installations that often complement the main exhibitions on the first floor. These shows offer depth and insights on related artistic ideas and styles along with presenting the CMA audiences with new points of view, artists, or media. In this gallery, works are drawn from CMA's holdings, fellow museums, and private special collections.

Meiji Magic: Imperial Porcelain from Japan is currently on view through May 18, 2014. This show presents the artistic history of Japan and its culture prior to the pieces seen in Japan and the Jazz Age. The 29 porcelains in the exhibition, from the private collection of Alex and Barbara Kasten of Hilton Head, South Carolina, reflect the Japanese artistic renaissance that flowered during the Meiji period (1868-1912). The artists and artisans developed an extravagant palette, creating intricate patterns all hand painted with such care that pieces often required a year to complete. The intricate scenes on these vases and platters portray courtly pageantry, Samurai warriors, and the general public enjoying everyday activities in Meiji Japan.

Daryl Trivieri's Fantastic Animals: Selections from the Vogel Collection is on view from May 30 through August 31, 2014. This show features the work of an artist of wild imagination with tremendous drawing skills. Trivieri's obsession with fantastic animal imagery is the subject of this whimsical exhibition of two dozen works on paper. His influences range from the dreamlike masterworks of Brueghel to the surrealism of Dali. Throughout his career, Trivieri has been fascinated with the endless possibilities of pencil on paper. This jewel of an exhibition is organized from the CMA's extensive Vogel Collection of nearly 1,800 contemporary works given to the Museum in 2012 by the New York collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel.

Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection is on view from September 12, 2014, through January 4, 2015. This intimate and colorful exhibition uses still life painting to tell the story of American art. From polished photographic apples, to loosely, but lovingly, painted bowls on the kitchen table, Tabletop Art History offers the opportunity to see how artists can use one theme in many different styles. Along the way, we also learn the difference between "realism," "impressionism," and "expressionism." Twenty-four of the CMA's greatest still life paintings are displayed.

Please visit the Columbia Museum of Art all yearlong to see marvelous exhibitions you will not find anywhere else. As the cultural anchor of downtown Columbia, the CMA is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org

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