As 2021 drew to a close and art lovers were getting vaccinated, museum and gallery attendance improved.
The end of the year saw the opening of two impressive but very different exhibitions dedicated to Vincent van Gogh: the “Immersive Van Gogh” light show of paintings North of Columbus and at the Columbus Museum of Art, “Through the Eyes of Vincent: Van Gogh and His Sources ”, more than 100 works by the Post-Impressionist and those who inspired him.
While what a van Gogh exhibit was that (and where) may have confused some viewers, Nannette V. Maciejunes, the museum’s executive director and CEO, said she believed the museum had “benefited from the increasing level of interest and curiosity for Van Gogh. We are delighted to have the galleries full of visitors again.
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The “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit extended its duration until February and the museum’s van Gogh exhibit was strong, drawing nearly 9,000 visitors in its first two weeks alone.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Columbus Museum of Art welcomed an average of 250,000 visitors per year. There were less than 100,000 visitors in 2020. The museum is on track to reach around 135,000 visitors this year.
In 2021, the Columbus Museum of Art welcomed its first artist in residence, Johnathan Payne, to the restored home of the late Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson.
This year was missing the Columbus Arts Festival, canceled for the second year due to the pandemic. The Greater Columbus Arts Council plans to resume the festival in 2022 at a new location in the Arena district.
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Transition will be up for grabs at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Johanna Burton, director of the Wexner Center for nearly three years, left in November to become director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.
And the arts community has said goodbye to beloved patron of the arts, Loann Crane, who passed away in November.
Among the best visual arts exhibitions of 2021:
• “Raggin ‘On: The Art of Aminah Robinson’s House and Newspapers”, 21 Nov 2020-Oct 3, 2021, Columbus Museum of Art – The massive exhibit featured multimedia works, writings and artefacts from the home of the beloved Columbus artist.
• “Distinctly Paramount: Fashion and Costumes from the Paramount Pictures Archives” From June 5, 2021 to January 2, 2022, Ohio Decorative Arts Center, Lancaster – In the fourth costume exhibition at the Paramount Archives Center, visitors are treated to flamboyant clothing from “Rocketman”, “Zoolander”, “Dynasty “,” Indecent proposal “and more.
• “Crossover: paper trends”, From August 8 to October 3, 2021, Ohio Craft Museum – In the remarkable exhibit, paper – in a variety of embodiments – was art. Forty-two works by 11 artists used commercial and handmade paper in surprising and impressive ways.
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• “Nina Katchadourian: to feel something that was not of our world”, From August 28, 2021 to April 24, 2022, Collection Pizzuti – Katchadourian, fascinated like a child by the 1972 story of a British family lost at sea, recreated their adventure in a striking multimedia art exhibition.
• “Jacqueline Humphries”, From September 18, 2021 to January 2, 2022, Wexner Center for the Arts – Humphries’ abstract paintings use emojis, digital text and images, stencils, video game graphics, black light, white noise and many more even more to offer an often surprising experiential look at art.
• “Immersive Van Gogh”, October 28 to February 27, 2022, Lighthouse ArtSpace – In an environment of surround sound and images, starry nights, sunflowers, irises, potato eaters and many more images from Vincent van Gogh’s paintings are presented in a larger format than life light show.
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• “Through the eyes of Vincent: Van Gogh and his sources”, November 12 – February 6, 2022 – Seventeen van Gogh paintings are interspersed with over 100 works by artists of his time – Degas, Gaugin, Manet, Monet and more – in a clever and beautifully presented exhibition.