Director’s Letter Welcome

Marianne Richter_edited2        The Columbus Museum has many programs and exhibitions this summer for you and your family. Why not escape the heat and join us for the return of our Summer Concert Series, featuring monthly performances complemented by tours of the collection? The ever popular Fantastic Fridays will also be back in June and July. These educational programs include performances and hands-on activities for families and summer camp groups. Best of all, these programs are free!

          From the nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries, the American West captured the romantic imaginations of many Americans and Europeans as a place of open spaces and endless possibilities. This conception of the West expanded in the late twentieth century to encompass and relate the histories of the native peoples who were displaced by westward expansion and the experiences of all who had moved or immigrated to the region. Two exhibitions on the Third Floor Galleries offer reflections on the beauty and the complexities of the American West. We are excited to present Ansel Adams: The Masterworks, featuring 30 photographs from the Booth Western Art Museum’s collection by the acclaimed photographer. Also on view on the third floor, The Idea of the West features the work of three contemporary photographers, Jeremiah Ariaz, Will Wilson, and David Taylor, who examine current issues facing the region and the contrast between notions of the American West found in popular literature and the reality of life there.

          For lovers of contemporary ceramics, Eddie Dominguez: Garden of Eden offers a wonderful opportunity to see the work of an artist whose work is in major museums such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Dominguez draws inspiration from his native New Mexico, including flora and Hispano-Catholic imagery. The exhibition, organized by the Museum’s Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of American Art, Jonathan Frederick Walz, will travel to the Dubuque Museum of Art in Iowa after closing here. I am pleased to report that the Museum’s new fundraising event, Farm to Table(aux), held April 14, exceeded our expectations for its inaugural year. Its success was only possible due to the support of generous sponsors and volunteers, the latter led by event co-chairs Kathelen Amos, Eliza Brewer, and Ivey Evans. We are grateful for the contributions of the participating restaurants, chefs, and artists, and for the recreation of favorite works of art by a team of enthusiastic volunteer performers. Thank you to everyone who made Farm to Table(aux) such an outstanding and fun event! More information about all of these programs and exhibitions, as well as many others, can be found in this issue of The Muse. I hope to see you at the Museum for these wonderful new exhibitions and summer programs!

          Marianne Richter

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