What’s new at the CMA
This weekend, there’s not one, but two new exhibits to check out at the Columbia Museum of Art.
The first is “Big & Bold: Selections from the Collections.” Curators have pulled some of the most outsized, colorful, in-your-face works from the museum’s collection.
The show includes a wide variety of contemporary work, with artists like Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Chuck Close (whose work is ironically better viewed from afar).
“‘Big & Bold’ is a bright, fun exhibition that can be enjoyed on many different levels,” executive director Karen Brosius said.
The second is a photography series called “Daufuskie Memories.” Daufuskie is an isolated island near Hilton Head that is only accessible by boat. Gullah, the islands native residents, are descendants of freed slaves. Photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe vividly captured life on Daufuskie Island from 1977–1982.
Daufuskie Memories is organized into four categories: People, place, everyday life and spiritual grace and offers a slice of Daufuskie life.
“Through her art, we may feel the rhythm and pulse of this bygone era and appreciate the beauty of Gullah life on Daufuskie,” chief curator Will South said.
Moutoussamy-Ashe, wife of the late tennis great Arthur Ashe, will visit the CMA on Thursday to give talks and sign copies of her catalogue, ”Daufuskie Life: Photographs.” Registration is required.
Thursday is also Member Appreciation Day at the Museum.
The museum is at 1515 Main St. Visit www.columbiamuseum.org to learn more.
OTHER ARTS EVENTS AROUND THE MIDLANDS
DaDaGala(da): A Dress Dada Special Event
DaDaGala(da) is the finale of The 701 Center for Contemporary Art’s programming marking the 100th anniversary of Dada, the early 20th-century art movement.
This 701 CCA fundraiser will feature a DJ, impromptu performances and a cash bar. DaDaGala(da) attendees are encouraged to “dress Dada” (think outrageous and gaudy). The event also marks the final days of 701 CCA’s current exhibition, “Dadadesque,” which will be open during the event.
Board chair Wim Roefs said the space will be “full of surprises in terms of decorations, with ‘common’ objects masquerading as art work, including a rocket head.”
7-10 p.m. Wednesday at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., second floor. $20 for 701 CCA members; $25 for non-members. www.701cca.org
“Richard Burnside: Who is King?”
This exhibit is the first museum retrospective of Richard Burnside’s artwork, featuring paintings and drawings along with interviews with the artist, his friends and fans who collect his work.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday at McKissick Museum, 816 Bull St. Free. artsandsciences.sc.edu/mckissickmuseum
Carolina’s Caribbean Culture Festival
The four day-festival has five events, including a concert and carnival on Saturday featuring performances by Teddyson John, DJ Avalanche, Cham and Kerin Dubois.
Thursday to Sunday. The CCCF South Carolina Carnival is 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Garners Ferry Sports Complex, 8620 Garners Ferry Rd. $10-$65. www.cccfestival.com/