Anna Betbeze: Dark Sun

February 24 – June 24, 2018
Third Floor Galleries

  • Anna Betbeze, Mimosa
    acid dyes
    ash from burning on wool carpet
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Anna Betbeze, Dark Sun
    industrial dye on sheepskin
    Courtesy of the artist

To create her current body of work–large-scale abstract painting on wool rugs–Anna Betbeze employs fire, water, acids, and colorful industrialstrength dyes. With vivid hues and battered sculptural surfaces, Betbeze’s works are layered and visceral. She describes the experience of making as well as viewing as “when seeing becomes breathing, stroking, tasting, and sound–often simultaneously.” By exploring the dichotomies of abjection/ beauty, abandonment/care, and destruction/creation, each painting gives the viewer a sense that these peculiar objects were found in their decayed but colorful state rather than made, allowing them to fluctuate anachronistically between the historical and the contemporary. Anna Betbeze: Dark Sun, which was organized by the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, also includes a new series of smallerscale works on paper that continues the artist’s investigation of the inherent qualities found in her materials.

In this case, Betbeze explores the paper’s rate of absorption through her use of saturated pigments, staining, and layered media. The relationship between the works on paper and the rugs is made apparent not only in her use of vibrant colors and textured surfaces but also in the areas where the white of the walls and the white of the paper peek through from behind the areas of color, creating a visual resting point for the viewer. Like the recent eclipse where the moon negated the sun, providing a moment of darkness and reflection on our relationship to light, Betbeze’s paintings are born from a similar negation.

Using destruction as a force for creation, what remains are works that can be sensed as well as seen. Anna Betbeze was born in Mobile, Alabama, grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and received a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.F.A. from Yale University. Her work has been shown at institutions such as MOMA PS1, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, among other galleries and institutions around the world. Her works are in the permanent collections of The Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University and the High Museum in Atlanta. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, and The Los Angeles Times. Betbeze is a recent recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize. She currently lives in New York City.

Museum-CLOSED due to Inclement Weather
Jan 17 all-day
Harris County Pound Gallery Reception
Jan 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Civic Spirit Exhibition Closes
Jan 21 all-day
YAP Kickoff
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Experience art and history in new ways as we kick off another YAP year! From live art demonstrations to music, dance, and culinary art, every turn of the night will bring something new to broaden the scope of what art is and can be. Come see “what all the YAP” is about as we celebrate the diversity of art and regional history and unveil the 2018 calendar of events. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

RSVP by January 26

Alma Thomas Acquistion Event
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us to cast your vote for what will become the newest acquisition to the collection of The Columbus Museum supported by the Alma Thomas Society and the Fund for African American Art. Peruse the options and hear Dr. Jonathan Fredrick Walz propose each potential piece. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be served as the votes are counted. The winning artwork will be revealed at the end of the evening. Several of the inaugural acquisitions made by the Alma Thomas Society and the Fund for African American Art will also be on display during the event. Attire is cocktail.

Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday
Feb 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Columbus Museum is one of many museums across the state of Georgia that are celebrating Super Museum Sunday in partnership with the Georgia Historical Society. Join us for a POP! Up Art program where you can pop-in and create your own masterpiece inspired by the history and art in the Museum’s collection. You can also go on a tour of the Museum’s permanent collection and newest exhibitions with one of our guides. This program is open to all ages! No registration is required.

Signature Sunday
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Hosted by: Kathelen and Dan Amos

Join us for a private tour of the notable personal collection of Kathelen and Dan Amos. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP by February 2;

Look @ Lunchtime
Feb 13 @ 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

LOOK! @ Lunchtime is a collaborative viewing exercise and dialogue centered around works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Jonathan Frederick Walz, Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art, will facilitate LOOK! discussions every second Tuesday. Each month a new object will be explored.


Featured object:  Emil Carlsen, Still Life, 1904

Crafting Power Hour
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Theme: Alcohol Ink Painted Glasses & Coasters

Get your craft on! Each Power Hour will allow you to get hands-on with a variety of materials and create a work you can take home. All materials are included in the cost. Space is limited and registration is required.

Register by one week prior to each class;

Voices & Visions: The Future of Film
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Featuring: Jordan Beck, Director of Communications, Fun Academy Motion
Pictures & Kate McArdle, Director of Film Workforce Development and Capstone Projects, Georgia Film Academy

Join us for an engaging evening of exploring the art and the passion behind making motion pictures. Two film professionals will be on our panel of experts to talk about their careers and how the industry is shaping our region and state.

This program is held in conjunction with Close Up.

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