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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 to Saturday, November 7, 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, 6-8PM 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).

 



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

Where Are We Now: 30 Years of HIV/AIDS Research
Panel discussion: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:15-6:30PM

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

"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. 

 



 

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.

Blake Byrne Interview from OSU Urban Arts Space on Vimeo.

Blake Byrne on Thomas Houseago (edit 6/2/15) from OSU Urban Arts Space on Vimeo.

Blake Byrne on Christopher Williams (edit 6/2/15) from OSU Urban Arts Space on Vimeo.

 


 

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. 

 


Image Credits (left to right): 

Andy Warhol, Open This End, 1962. Screenprint on linen, 8 x 11 inches (20.32 x 27.94 cm). Collection of Blake Byrne, T’57. Image courtesy of TheMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California. Copyright 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, New York. Photo by Brian Forrest. copyright 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. “Reproduction, including downloading go Warhol works is prohibited by copywriter laws and international conventions without the express written permission of the Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.”

Wangechi Mutu, Pretty Double-Head, 2010, mixed media,  ink, collage, and spray paint on Mylar, 34 x 42 3/4 inches (86.4 x 106.1 cm) Collection of Blake Byrne. Image Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; photo by Robert Wedemeyer.


Jack Pierson, Nothing (Yellow, Blue, Red), 1992, mixed media, 54 x 112 x 1 inches (137.2 x 284.5 x 2.5 cm) Collection of Blake Byrne. Image Copy-write Jack Pierson; courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Photo by Alan Shaffer.


Ed Ruscha, The Briefcase, 1973, gunpowder on paper, 13 x 21 1/2 inches (33 x 54.6 cm) The Museum of contemporary Art, Los Angeles, partial and promised gift of Blake Byrne. Image Copy-write Ed Ruscha.

 


 

Please note: You will be asked to check backpacks, large purses and bags, umbrellas before entering Urban Arts Space for the duration of this exhibition. 

 

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