Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 to Friday, October 30, 2015

Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and the facade of the former Long's bookstore on 15th Ave and High St.

Reception: Friday, September 25, 2015, 6:00PM at Urban Arts Space


Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne features a selection of work from renowned artists spanning the past 50 years, including works by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Mike Kelley, David Hammons, Tony Smith, and many others. The exhibition incorporates numerous themes important to contemporary art, including Pop Art and Conceptualism, the Pictures Generation, performance art and the Abject Body, California Conceptualism, Minimalism, German Pop and European art since the 1980s, identity politics, and portraiture and self-portraiture. The collection is intertwined with social issues of the contemporary world, including race, gender, technology, education, philanthropy, communication, and ethics. 

Full Curator's Themes

The majority of Open This End is on display at Urban Arts Space, downtown, while Hopkins Hall Gallery features the work Jimmy Carter by Jennifer Steinkamp. Just off campus on the façade of the former Long’s Bookstore on the corner of 15th Ave and High St, is a work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled" (For Parkett) (1994).

 



About Jimmy Carter by Jennifer Steinkamp at Hopkins Hall Gallery

Image: Jennifer Steinkamp, Jimmy Carter, 2002, animated installation, dimensions variable, Collection of Blake Byrne. Image Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York, Greengrassi, London and Acme, Los Angeles.

Jennifer Steinkamp is a multi-media artist who creates site-specific installations using projected animations. Jimmy Carter is one of these installations from 2002, re-rendered for the dimensions of Hopkins Hall Gallery. Her works are abstract and non-narative. The title “Jimmy Carter” is a last minute dedication to the late president when he received the Nobel Prize just days before she first exhibited the work at ACME gallery in Los Angeles, where Byrne purchased the work.
 



Open This End Panel Events
 

The Cultural Politics of Identity
Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 6:30 - 8:00PM, Urban Arts Space, 50 W Town St, Suite 130, Columbus, OH 43215

Video and New Media Art in the Last 50 Years
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 4:30 - 5:30PM, Hopkins Hall Gallery

"You don't own the work, you only rent it": Philanthropy Ethics and Art 
Barnett Speaker Series panel discussion: Thursday, September 24, 2015, 4:30–6:00PM
The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, Barnett Collaboratory, Sullivant Hall. 

Where Are We Now: 30 Years of HIV/AIDS Research
Panel discussion: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 4:30-6:00PM

The Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, Barnett Collaboratory, Sullivant Hall. 

 

Open This End Educational Programing
 

Contemporary Art 101
Urban Arts Space, 50 W Town St, Suite 130, Columbus, OH 43215

Thursday, September 3, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Thursday, October 1, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Teen Contemporary Art Intensive
Urban Arts Space, 50 W Town St, Suite 130, Columbus, OH 43215
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 12-5PM. 
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 12-5PM.

Additional programing can be found on our calendar of events.

The Arts Initiative galleries Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery offer customized educational programming and tours for area k12 classes. Download a sample lesson plan, and contact us at 614 292 8861 or uasengagement@gmail.com to schedule a program with your class. 

 



Open This End Ohio State Courses
 

Classics H2220:  Classical Mythology/Contemporary Art, Richard Fletcher
Follow the class progression on Fletcher's blog: Minus Plato

History of Art 4640: Contemporary Art Since 1945, Visual arts of Europe and the United States from 1945 to the present, Kris Paulsen

History of Art 5001: The Task of the Curator, Kris Paulsen
Follow the class progression on Paulsen's blog: Curationism5001



About "Untitled", Ed 84/XV (1994), Parkett Edition 39 by Felix Gonzalez-Torres on the former Long’s Bookstore facade
 

Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ work combines principles of Conceptual Art, minimalism and political activism. As a part of the artists collective, Group Material, Gonzalez-Torres contributed to community education and awareness during the AIDS epidemic in the 80’s and 90’s. His works frequently incorporate ideas of comfort, intimacy, loneliness, or loss while using audience participation to complete them.  "Untitled" (For Parkett), (1994) is a part of a series of billboard-sized prints that are completed when hung for public viewing. 

 

Feliz Gonzalez-Torres "Untitled" (for Parkett), 1994 from OSU Urban Arts Space on Vimeo.
 


Image Credits (left to right): 

Image: Jennifer Steinkamp, Jimmy Carter, 2002, animated installation, dimensions variable, Collection of Blake Byrne. Image Courtesy of the artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York, Greengrassi, London and Acme, Los Angeles.

Installation view, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled" (For Parkett), 1994, Billboard on Appleton coated stock, 125 x 272 inches (317.5 x 690.9 cm) dimensions vary with installation, Edition 84, 15 APs, Published by Parkett-Verlag, Zurich, Collection of Blake Byrne. Photo by Jeremy Stone.


 

Organized and supported by The Skylark Foundation
Supported by The Ohio Arts Council
Additional support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Caroline Whitacre PhD, and Michael Para MD, and CityScene Magazine

Curated by Joseph R. Wolin, Senior Curator
More information on Open This End is available on the Skylark Foundation Website

The Arts Initiative at The Ohio State University would like to thank Blake Byrne, Elizabeth Burns, Kathy Chase, CityScene, Joel Diaz, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Amanda Gluibizzi, Peter Hahn, Rich Hall, Garett Heysel, Garry Jenkins, Wayne Lawson, Abbey Lerman, David Manderscheid, Sonia Mañjon, Mark Miller, Michael Para, Kris Paulsen, Ann and Ron Pizzuti, Barbara Schwan, Alan Shaffer, Andy Shelton, Sergio Soave, Carolyn Staskiewicz, Steve Volkmann, Caroline Whitacre, and Joseph Wolin. 

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