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A message from the Interim Directors

Megan Cavanaugh & Kelly Stevelt

Jan 06, 2022

Wexner Center for the Arts exterior

January 2022

We write to wish you a very happy new year! Here at the Wex, there’s so much to look forward to as 2022 ramps up.

Opening February 5, our winter exhibition To Begin, Again: A Prehistory of the Wex, 1968–89 explores the cultural currents that led to the center’s founding and spotlights impressive yet little-seen highlights from our permanent collection. Get ready for a rare look at dozens of 20th-century artworks collected by or presented at Ohio State during the 1970s and ’80s—works by artists Futura2000, Eva Hesse, Adrian Piper, Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, and many others. Read more about the show from curator Daniel Marcus.

That same weekend, with our galleries fully activated, we’re pleased to announce that after a pandemic-related pause we’re finally able to present award-winning director Annie Dorsen’s Yesterday Tomorrow in the Performance Space. In this “funny, joyous, and twisting journey of sense to nonsense and back to sense again” (Exeunt Magazine), three vocalists sight-read an algorithmically generated score based on “Yesterday” by the Beatles and “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. It’s a marvel you won’t want to miss!

Things will also be lively in the Film/Video Theater starting January 14 when we’ll feature the series Soundtrack by Herbie Hancock, a look the phenomenal Grammy award–winning jazz musician and bandleader through his movie scores from the 1960s–90s. This unsung collection is not only a riveting musical catalogue but also provides a fascinating window into Black film history. Now in its eighth year, Cinema Revival: A Festival of Film Restoration returns February 24–28. This annual weekend celebrating the art and practice of film restoration welcomes back experts Lee Kline (Criterion Collection) and Tim Lanza (Cohen Film Collection) and features restored films by the likes of Vittorio De Sica, Nina Menkes, Sarah Maldoror, and Douglas Sirk. And lastly, our monthly, online YogArts series resumes January 15; relax and stretch with your family from the comfort of home! 

With so much happening at the Wex this winter, from exhibitions to live performance and films, we hope you’ll stop by and make a day of it: browse the exhibition, see a film, grab a snack at Heirloom Café, and peruse postholiday deals in the Wexner Center Store. We've put protocols in place to help keep you safe, including masking in all indoor spaces and reduced capacity to allow for safe distancing. And remember: gallery admission is free with your ticket to any Wex event.

We hope to see you soon and often!

 

December 2021

As we head into the final weeks of the year, we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude to you for your ongoing support and interest in the Wex. We have been energized to have so many of you join us in person for a film, performance, talk, or a stroll through the galleries and continue to appreciate the many ways we are able to connect online as well. These opportunities to come together through the arts in any format continue to motivate us and our work here at the Wex.

This month is especially exciting—and not just because we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday season where fellowship and gratitude are hopefully the order of the day. To encourage you to stop by before the new year, we’ve got a few opportunities made possible by our generous supporters that we know will inspire a visit.

This Sunday, our music series wraps up 2021 with an intimate performance by two of experimental music’s most riveting artists: Mary Lattimore and Walt McClements. If you’ve experienced our in-person performances by Grammy nominee Arooj Aftab or legendary guitarist Marc Ribot, you’ve seen and heard firsthand how music in Mershon Auditorium is a captivating, communal experience while providing plenty of space to socially distance. To help celebrate being together for our last concert in 2021, you can pick up an extra ticket to the show for a friend for free when you purchase yours (be sure to add two tickets to your cart online to enjoy this offer).

On December 11, the Zoom: Family Film Festival returns for a day full of films from around the world, plus activities, tours, and a few other surprises. This year’s Zoom is entirely free with a single ticket and will be held in Mershon to ensure safe spacing and ample room to enjoy this annual favorite. Masks will be required for all guests over the age of three.

The year rounds out with the closing week of Jacqueline Humphries: jHΩ1:), a milestone exhibition featuring an array of works by the vanguard painter. Admission will be free for everyone December 27–January 2, making it a perfect postholiday or new year treat.

We couldn’t do what we do without you and we hope to see you and yours at the Wex soon!

 

November 2021

You’ve likely heard that we have been asked to lead the Wexner Center as co-interim executive directors during the search for Johanna Burton’s replacement—and we’re deeply honored to serve in this capacity. We send our heartfelt thanks to Johanna for her tireless contributions over the past two and a half years and pledge to continue the work she so highly prioritized, particularly institutional progress toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

Before we point toward some of the exciting happenings this month at the Wex, we wanted to take a moment to briefly introduce ourselves.

Megan has been at the Wexner Center for nearly two decades. Before assuming her current role as chief operating officer in 2019, she served as the center’s director of exhibitions management, director of patron services, and head registrar, among other roles, including curating such exhibitions as Sarah Oppenheimer: S-337473Architecture Interruptus, and All of Everything: Todd Oldham Fashion. Megan is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and has earned both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration from Ohio State.

Kelly joined the Wex in 2019 and oversees all fundraising activity and government relations as chief advancement officer. Before coming to the center, she was the director of development and affinity for the Columbus Metropolitan Library and worked for the University of Maryland and the American Alliance of Museums. Kelly earned her Master of Arts in Arts Policy and Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Economics from Ohio State. She also was the inaugural deputy director of Ohio State’s Urban Arts Space, first managing administration, education, and programming before being promoted to oversee exhibitions as well.

Please be assured that during this important interim period we will work closely and collaboratively with one another, Wexner Center Foundation Board President Bill Lambert, Ohio State Provost Melissa Gilliam, and the Wex's leadership team and entire staff to build a strong foundation for the next executive director.

In the meantime, our fantastic programming continues unabated. On November 14, we’ll welcome legendary guitarist Marc Ribot—who’s performed with Laurie Anderson, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and many others—for a riveting solo show in Mershon Auditorium. New York–based painter Amy Sillman (featured in our 2018 exhibition Inherent Structure) joins us virtually on November 16 for the final Diversities in Practice talk of the year to discuss what gives her work its aesthetic and ethical shape. And on November 19, Bill Morrison will introduce and discuss his latest film, The Village Detective: a song cycle, created with the support of a 2018 Wexner Center Artist Residency Award and lauded as "strangely intoxicating" by the New York Times

As we embark on this next chapter for the Wex, we feel fortunate to do so surrounded by an amazing team of colleagues and the support of members and friends like you. Together, we’ll continue to further the center's mission while finding ever more ways to welcome and engage the community.

Thank you for your commitment to the Wex.