Weekend reading: November 20 edition

Melissa Starker, Creative Content & PR Manager

Nov 20, 2020

Spike Lee sits in front of a projection screen in a blue New York Knicks sweatshirt and matching knit cap

Around Ohio

An abstract painting with a curving form in bright green, orange, and brown on a field of dark pinkish red

Laura Bidwa, Well, 2020. Oil on panel, 22 x 17 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

  • ICYMI, the Wex has closed temporarily due to Columbus’ recent ascension to severe purple status on the state COVID map. 
  • The Columbus Museum of Art has decided to do the same.
  • The Thurber House has put out a call for help.
  • Columbus Alive caught up with our virtual presentation of Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker.
  • And spoke with Cameron Granger about the work he’s been doing with us.
  • Writer Scott Woods got a first look at Aminah Robinson’s restored home.
  • The annual Small and Wonderful show is up at Hammond Harkins, with work by Laura Bidwa, Dennison Griffith, Jenny Holzer and many others. Private appointments are available.
  • The Columbus Metropolitan Library has started a new book club: “Let’s Talk About Race: One Book - One Community.”
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers has hired artist Daniel Arsham as its new Creative Director.


Around the globe

Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984, image courtesy of Warner Bros.

  • A new survey from the American Alliance of Museums reports that one in three museums in this country are currently closed.
  • With institutions around the country shutting down in response to COVID, Art News compiled info on some virtual museum offerings worth checking out.
  • This is another: the National Gallery is selling tickets to a virtual tour of its blockbuster Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition.
  • A new virtual exhibition is crowdsourcing information on missing artworks by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne.
  • Here’s a virtual view of the new gallery show by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, one of the contributors to our upcoming show Climate Changing.
  • Sunday brings a concert and conversation with Lonnie Holley.
  • Flag Wars codirector Linda Goode Bryant is among the recipients of the Anonymous Was a Woman grants for 2020.
  • Artforum film critic Amy Taubin is on the list of 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writer Grant recipients.
  • In major movie industry news, director Patty Jenkins’ sequel to her superhero hit Wonder Woman will debut simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.
  • Spike Lee (seen at top of page at the Wex in 2008) is reportedly making a musical about the discovery of Viagra.
  • Patton Oswalt reviewed the new oral history of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused.
  • Steve McQueen wrote a remembrance of his friend Okwui Enwezor as part of a special issue he’s guest edited of the Observer New Review.
  • The Studio Museum of Harlem’s Thelma Golden and Legacy Russell from MoMA spoke with filmmaker Garrett Bradley about her acclaimed documentary Time.
  • There’s a new startup school in New York City focused on Black Art History.
  • German arts magazine Monopol has put Black Lives Matter at the top of its 2020 list of the most powerful players in the art world. 
  • The Museum of Modern Art has rehung its permanent collection galleries with a shift toward internet-age works.
  • Here’s a profile of Shanghai art collective Slime Engine and its hybrid work in the physical and virtual worlds.
  • Charles Yu won the National Book Award for fiction for his book Interior Chinatown.
  • And Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize for his novel Shuggie Bain.
  • A Singapore-based nonprofit commissioned a booklet full of hacks to make IKEA furniture friendlier to people with dementia. 
  • A new collection by H&M made from upcycled fabrics was inspired by the 2019 Venice Biennale.  
  • Lastly, the man under the mask of New York City subway performance artist “Pizza Rat” squeaks—er, speaks.


Stay safe, everyone.

Top of page: Spike Lee on the stage of Mershon Auditorium in February 2008, for an appearance to accept the Wexner Prize

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