Talks and Tours
Hard Hat Tour of the CMA
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the CMA renovations with Executive Director Della Watkins.
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
George Clair Tooker, Jr.
John Steuart Curry
Mary Ann "Toots" Zynsky
Renovations are Underway The CMA is building more galleries in which to show our collection. To protect the art from construction, the upstairs collection galleries are closed through late 2018. We will remain open throughout the entire process.Learn More
Visitors to the CMA will discover a world-class collection of Renaissance and Baroque art, a major gift to Columbia from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Among the Kress masterworks is a tender and beautiful Nativity by the legendary Florentine artist, Botticelli. This Nativity is the only fresco by the artist in the United States and the only one in a location outside of Italy.
And, there is the CMA's spectacular View of the Seine by the immortal French impressionist, Claude Monet, the centerpiece of the museum's later European art. It is a treasure for our audience to come upon, as is the CMA's rich display of decorative arts that includes silver, stained glass and an impressive array of Chinese export porcelain. Indeed, the CMA's holdings in Asian art—from snuff bottles to elegant ceramic camels—is a breathtaking collection unto itself.
In American art, the CMA enjoys extensive holdings in all media. In sculpture, there is Frederic Remington's classic and still-thrilling Bronco Buster; in painting, Charles Willson Peale's sanguine portrait of our first President, George Washington; in furniture, Duncan Phyfe's elegant sofa; and on paper, Edward Hopper's mysterious and evocative Night Shadows. These works and more serve as prelude to the CMA's growing collection of contemporary art that now features Tom Wesselman, Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, and Sally Mann among many others.
If the mention of a pianoforte conjures up images from works by Jane Austen and the Brontës, you’re not alone. While today we typically view pianos as a luxury item, in the 19th century they were vitally important as sources of entertainment as well as status symbols.Learn More
Most viewers feel separated from the works sitting on the wall; it is hard to see how a painting from six centuries past could have any relevance to our modern society. But the fact of the matter is these seemingly ancient works retain historical and cultural relevance and can tell us a lot about our modern selves.Learn More
The Columbia Museum of Art recently acquired the suite of Mao Zedong prints by Andy Warhol. After a trip to the art conservator they are finally here! Chief Curator, Will South, describes the process of conservation these prints underwent before making their way to our door.Watch the Video