The Wexner Center for the Arts has a busy fall semester schedule

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“Zola” was a movie based on a viral Twitter feed from Aziah “Zola” King. Credit: Courtesy of A24

The Wexner Center for the Arts is making the transition to in-person events with a fall program filled with new arts and events for everyone.

Melissa Starker, public relations manager at the Wexner Center for the Arts, said that although the center has increased its calendar of events and stepped up in-person events similar to those before the pandemic, it still offers virtual events for those who can remain suspicious. participate in person.

“We’re just starting to sort of get back to where we were before COVID, in terms of the number of events we hope to share with people,” Starker said. “While some of these are virtual or hybrid, we will certainly give people options depending on their level of comfort.”

Starker said the Wexner Center plans to return to live performances primarily in person and is hosting their first in-person art event featuring a musical group. Moviola, as well as additional and multimedia players on September 24 in the Mershon Auditorium.

The center has partnered with Otherworld, a futuristic entertainment center in Columbus, to create a performance lab for musicians and artists. The event has been running since August 11 and will continue until Wednesday, when Mistar Anderson will perform their final records, Starker said.

The Wexner Center will continue to host events throughout the fall, with its next performing arts event on October 16 featuring Arooj Aftab and the Prince Vautour Ensemble.

The Performing Arts won’t be the only in-person events returning to the Wexner Center. The center has partnered with Columbus International Noir Film Festival for a screening of the film “Zola“said Cristyn Steward, CEO of the film festival.

The film festival has partnered with the Wexner Center for five years, and for this year’s festival, Steward said the theme was “transcendence,” which prompted her to choose “Zola” as her first screening.

“I wanted to do something more current,” Steward said. “Our theme this year is ‘transcend’ and I think what we see with this film is that it represents a part of genuine black life.”

“Zola” was a film inspired by a viral Twitter feed from Aziah “Zola” King, and the non-traditional format in which this film was created is one of the main reasons it was chosen for the evening of opening this year, Steward said.

“In terms of transcendence and seeing the films and how they are made, I think it’s very different because it started out as a Twitter thread and is literally just a story a girl was telling on Twitter,” he said. Steward said. “That that materializes two years later into real functionality is pretty amazing. I think this is a testament to the creativity of black people in general.

In addition to cinema-related events and screenings, Starker said the Wexner Center will host learning events for the community, such as Bela Koe-Krompecher on love, death and photosynthesis August 31 at 7 p.m. and Elaine Heumann Gurian: Museums in the post-COVID era September 2 at 4 p.m.

The event information on the Wexner Center website said Koe-Krompecher will read his memoir and discuss the recent donation of his archives to the Wexner Center during the event.

According to a press release from the Wexner Center, Heumann Gurian will address the role institutions play in society, especially as people collectively navigate COVID-19.

Fine and visual arts will also have their place on the calendar of events this fall. Exhibition by Jaqueline Humphries, “jHΩ1🙂Will be on display at the Wexner Center from September 18 to January 2, 2022. The exhibition will feature over 30 paintings and will also house Humphries’ largest creation to date: a multi-panel painting inspired by the unique architecture of the Wexner Center .

Johanna Burton, executive director of the Wexner Center, said in a press release that the center is delighted to welcome the work of such a talented artist.

“We are delighted to host this important exhibition, which comes at a key moment in the artist’s career,” said Burton. “Jacqueline’s paintings are not only beautiful, but powerful, large-scale creations that push the boundaries of abstract painting as we think we know it. Seeing this work in playful combat with the architecture of the Wex will be an unforgettable experience for viewers.

The Wexner Center will also host a free preview of the exhibit featuring a conversation between Humphries and curator Mark Godfrey on Sept. 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to the press release.

A full list of events that the Wexner Center for the Arts will be hosting this semester is available on the Wexner Center Event calendar.


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