Spring Exhibition Opening Celebration
Artists’ Talk | 5:30 PM
Reception | 6–8:30 PM
Celebrate our spring exhibition, Gray Matters, at this festive, free event featuring Covert Histories, a discussion with Bethany Collins, Xaviera Simmons, and Carmen Winant. The three Gray Matters artists address the often-overlooked histories—or gray areas—buried within our shared cultural narratives. The artists’ talk takes place in the Film/Video Theater at 5:30 PM; stay afterward for complimentary snacks, a cash bar, and DJ Trueskillz in the lower lobby from 6 to 8:30 PM. The galleries open at 4 PM.
Gray Matters is a multifaceted survey of 37 contemporary women artists working in the surprisingly vibrant space between—and including—black and white. The exhibition is the first organized by Michael Goodson since he assumed the role of Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the Wex, and the survey enriches a calendar year of programming in which every artist featured in our galleries is a woman.
Bethany Collins is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the interactions between race and language in her conceptually driven projects. She has exhibited in solo and group shows nationwide, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Drawing Center, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Collins has been an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, MacDowell Colony, and Hyde Park Art Center, among others.
Xaviera Simmons is a multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, performance, video, sculpture, and installation. She has exhibited at numerous institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, the Kitchen, and the Sculpture Center (all New York) as well as venues around the world, and her works are in major museums and collections including the Guggenheim, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Deutsche Bank, and the Pérez Art Museum Miami, among many others.
Carmen Winant is a visual artist, writer, and assistant professor of visual studies at Columbus College of Art and Design. Her 2016 solo exhibitions included Who Says Pain is Erotic? at Fortnight Institute (NY) and Pictures of Women Working at Skibum MacArthur (LA), and she will present a solo exhibition at Cave in Detroit this year. Winant is currently working on an experimental book about the nature of practice.
Free for all audiences (RSVP requested)
SUPPORT FOR GRAY MATTERS
Mike and Paige Crane
Neil K. Rector
SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS
Cardinal Health Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation