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Columbia Museum of Art February 2014 Calendar


Japan and the Jazz Age

On View in the Lipscomb Family Gallery Friday, February 7, through Sunday, April 20

Japan and the Jazz Age features a dynamic range of material, enticing visitors to discover this rich period in world history and visual culture. This exhibition recreates the energy and excitement of the Art Deco age in Japan between the two world wars-from the 1920s to 1940s. The artists celebrated in this exhibition transformed the traditional motifs in Japanese art to reflect their more cosmopolitan lifestyle while capturing the rapidly changing and modernizing Japanese culture during the jazz age, including flappers and music halls.

This beautiful and historically fascinating exhibition tells the story of how the traditional transformed into the modern. With extraordinary skill and creativity, Japanese artists married the urbane decorative styles emerging in Europe with revered forms of the past: geisha became flappers; ancient origami cranes turned into sleek, gold statuettes; kimono morphed into emblems of fashion chic. Art Deco injected new style into everything from traditional woodblock prints and textiles to sculpture. The contradictions of this epic era in world history of the 1920s and 1930s, and the astonishing innovation that can result from a clash between the old and the new are evident in Japan and the Jazz Age.

The exhibition is drawn from Levenson Collection-one of the world's premier collections of Japanese art in the Art Deco style-and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia under the title DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945.

This exhibition is presented through the generosity of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina, Sylvan's Jeweler, Mikimoto (America), Dr. Suzan D. Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers, Colonial Life, Fuji Photo Film, Inc., Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough LLP, Benjamin and Jerry Dell Gimarc, Robin and John Mark Dean, Smith Family Foundation, The Japan Foundation, New York, Japan America Association of South Carolina, and Kay and John Bachmann.


Meiji Magic: Imperial Porcelain from Japan

On view in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway, Jr. Gallery 15

Friday, January 3, through May 18

After years of shogun rule, in 1868 Japan was once again ruled by an Emperor. He took the name Meiji which means "enlightened rule". This period is called the Meiji Restoration and lasted until 1912. The government realized that Japanese arts and crafts could be exported to answer the Western curiosity about Japanese culture and to help stabilize the Japanese economy. The province of Satsuma was a particularly important producer of porcelains and stoneware during this rich period of production.

The Satsuma ceramic pieces in this exhibition represent the characteristics that attracted collectors in the West as well as at home in Japan. The artists painted with delicate brushes, applying tiny strokes of enamel on the ceramic surface. Their compositions were intricate and highly detailed scenes of Japanese life. Each piece is unique with designs that tell stories about Japanese customs, the landscape, and life at court and in the countryside.

These images captured the imagination of turn of the century collectors just as they do today. The level of detail requires close study to uncover all the nuances of each piece. Through them, the viewer can be transported into a fantasy world of ancient Samurai and festivals under blooming sakura trees in Japan's parks.

This exhibition is sponsored by Walda Wildman, CPA, LLP.


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Book a Tour and Save on Admission

Gather your friends and make a reservation to enjoy a docent-led or self-guided tour of the exhibition and save on admission. Hungry? Choose the tour with a lunch option or enjoy wine and cheese after your tour. Details at .

Art Explorer Backpacks and Gallery Guides

Art Explorer Backpacks are designed to encourage families to not only have fun in the galleries with interactive activities but also to feel like the galleries are accessible and welcoming. Each backpack includes a sketchbook with colored pencils, a pair of binoculars, a compass, and hands-on activities that relate to the theme of the backpack chosen. Themes to choose from are pattern, color, shape, and the current exhibition. Ask for one at the admission desk.

Gallery guides are your source to family fun. Guides include insider information about some of the works and a gallery hunt to discover shapes and patterns. Available for free at the Family Friendly Kiosk by the Education Gallery.

Gallery Tour: Japan and the Jazz Age

Every Saturday | 1:00 p.m.

A guided tour of the exhibition, Japan and the Jazz Age, offers insight into age of Art Deco during the inter-war period of Japan. Free with membership or admission.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection

Every Sunday | 2:00 p.m.

A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries. Free.

About Face Drawing Sessions

Mondays, February 3 & 17: Topics vary | 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, February 11 & 25: Portrait Drawing | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Figure Drawing | 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There's no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Must be 18 or older to participate. Mondays: $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students. Tuesdays: $10 / $8 for members / $5 for students. Includes both sessions.

Gladys' Gang: Animal Forms!

Ages 2-5

Wednesday, February 5 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Journey through the galleries learning about form as you look for different animal sculptures. Then, in the studios, make an animal portrait that is popping with color and shapes. Participants and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape and texture during the Gladys' Gang series. This program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the art exploration theme.

Japan and the Jazz Age Lecture Series: In Our History Lies the Secret of Our Future: The Syncretic Arts of Modern Japan

Thursdays, February 6 & 13 | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy the last two classes of this four-week lecture series tracing dramatic developments in the art world of modern Japan. Each lecture focuses on a dimension of the modern Japanese artist's struggle to reconcile oppositional forces of global modernity and artistic tradition, touching on themes such as Nihonga ("Japanese-style painting") and the formulation of a national style, the introduction of Y?ga ("Western-style painting") and the rise of an avant-garde, the role of the moga ("modern girl") in the arts, and an international Art Deco style in the commercial arts of 1920s and 1930s Japan. Amanda Wright earned her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Kansas and is Assistant Professor of East Asian Art History at the University of South Carolina. $15 per lecture.

Opening Day Lecture on Japan and the Jazz Age by Curator Victoria Cooke

Friday, February 7 | Noon

Members only. RSVP in advance by Monday, February 3. Free.

Arts & Draughts

Friday, February 7 | 7:00 p.m.

Art, drink, and be happy! Enjoy beer tastings from the Whig, musical performances from Great Peacock, Bombadil, Jordan Igoe, The Great Book of John, and more: D.I.Y art projects, interactive art, scavenger hunts, unique perspective tours with the Free Times Tug Baker through the CMA collection, and docent-led tours through Japan and the Jazz Age. Sponsored by The Whig, WXRY, and Free Times. $8 / $5 members / Join or renew your membership that night and get in for free!

Sweet on CMA

Saturday, February 8| 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Families are invited toFeel the Love (of ART) at Family Fun Day: Sweet on CMA!

Get creative at art stations throughout the museum and make a valentine for that someone special or the whole class. Take a "Love-Struck" Tour, participate in the "Birds of a Feather" Gallery Hunt and smile for the camera in the "Be Mine" selfie booth. The Riverbanks Zoo will be here too with a Valentine-themed animal Bio Facts Table. Don't forget to purchase some sweet treats or hot cocoa and rock out with the band Lunch Money at 1:00 p.m.! Sponsored by Junior League of Columbia. Free!

Passport to Art: Beautiful Blooms

Sunday, February 9 | Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Be inspired by CMA's exhibition, Japan and the Jazz Age, as you create budding cherry blossoms out of paper in this FREE monthly open studio program for families. Enjoy a themed family tour at 1:00 p.m., or take a self-guided tour of the Museum.

CMA Chamber Music on Main

Thursday, February 13 | Happy Hour at 6:00 p.m. | Concert at 7:00 p.m.

Music plus art equals a magical experience with this critically acclaimed chamber concert series featuring world-renowned artistic director Edward Arron and intimately set in the Museum's gorgeous DuBose Poston Reception Hall. Benjamin Hochman, piano, Arnaud Sussmann, violin, Max Mandel, viola, and Edward Arron, cello, perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Mahler/Schnittke, and Schumann. Cash bar. $40 / $30 for members / $5 for students.

Film: Between The Folds

Saturday, February 15 | Noon

Between The Folds chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid scientists who abandoned careers and scoffed at hard-earned graduate degrees-all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paperfolders. The film paints an arresting portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels this ever-changing art form, fusing science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new. Free with membership or admission.

Columbia Design League Presents: Dinner by Design

Sunday, February 16 | 6:00 p.m.

In the mood for a unique Valentine's dining experience? Dinner by Design showcases a modern take on traditional Japanese cuisine against the backdrop of the Museum's latest exhibition, Japan and the Jazz Age. Food provided by the Kobayshi family, owners of Camon Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, featuring creative dishes prepared with an artistic flair. The Columbia Design League is proud to partner with the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina Philharmonic for this unique dining experience. $75 / $60 for CDL members.

Alliance Française Presents: dîner de cons / The Dinner Game

Friday, February 21 | Happy Hour at 6:00 p.m. | Performance at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 23 | Performance at 2:00 p.m.

Francis Veber's hilarious 1994 Le dîner de cons / The Dinner Game, was a smash stage hit in France before becoming an internationally-acclaimed film starring Jacques Villeret and Thierry Lhermite. The Club Théâtre of the Alliance Française brings it to the Columbia stage in its original French at the Columbia Museum of Art. Successful Parisian editor Pierre Brochant's and his friends' cruel hobby of inviting unsuspecting cons or idiots to dinner to make fun of them ends up turning Pierre's life upside down. In the space of two hours, the mild-mannered and well-meaning con, François Pignon, whose life's passion is building scale models out of matchsticks, inadvertently wrecks the smug Pierre's relationships, both conjugal and extra-marital, and triggers a potentially ruinous tax audit. A perfect jewel of modern French comedy. Performed in French. English synopsis provided in the program. Cash bar. $10 / $5 members / Free to students with valid student ID.

Salon Talk with Morihiko Nakahara

Friday, February 21 | Noon

Morihiko Nakahara, music director and conductor of the South Carolina Philharmonic, discusses his influences and shares insight into his musical process in relation to the exhibition. Salon talk is free with membership or admission.

Baker and Baker Foundation presents, ts, Art of Music: Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Tuesday, February 25 | Happy Hour at 7:00 p.m. | Concert at 8:00 p.m.

Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, born and raised in Osaka-Japan, currently resides in Easton, PA. Nakatani performs and tours all over the world. He has taught master artist classes, workshops and given lectures, revolving around his unique sound, at a number of universities. His music has been published in over sixty CD recordings in the USA and Europe. Nakatani's primary music activities include solo percussion performance, Nakatani Gong Orchestra, and collaborations with musicians and dancers both in live performance and recordings. $10, $8 for members, $5 students

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