The Columbia Museum of Art goes virtual with Museum from Home

Virtual events like April 17’s Friday Night Fright are just one part of the Museum from Home initiative

While its doors remain closed in accordance with anti-coronavirus measures, the Columbia Museum of Art has ramped up its virtual offerings. Museum from Home is an initiative that brings the museum to the people, encouraging them to connect with art and each other from the comfort of their homes.

Featuring an assortment of entertaining and educational content from fun new activities to fan-favorite recordings from the archives, Museum from Home includes:

  • Friday Night Fright, an online event on Friday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. In honor of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection, horror/sci-fi enthusiast and local collector Robin Hood Dial hosts a virtual film screening of George Romero’s 1968 masterpiece Night of the Living Dead followed by a Q&A session. Available on Kast.
  • More It’s Alive! content, including Dial’s conversation with Kirk Hammett and an ArtBreak with genetic counselor Jessica Fairey.
  • #ArtOasis, a campaign offering beautiful pieces of art from the collection as a momentary respite from the stress of current life. Available on social media, as Zoom backgrounds, and on the CMA’s billboards around Columbia.
  • #WalworthWednesday, a social media series featuring curator Catherine Walworth highlighting her favorite collection pieces from the vault.
  • Art activities for various ages, like spatter painting and paper marbling
  • TAP tours, the museum’s multimedia tours that share the stories behind the art on view in the collection and exhibitions.
  • A video in honor of National Poetry Month in which CMA writer-in-residence Ray McManus shares some new poetry from his home.
  • Interviews with artists Joseph Norman and Philip Mullen.
  • Behind the scenes at the CMA videos.
  • How it’s done videos explaining artistic processes and materials such as fresco, lithography, and oil paint.
  • Art talks featuring experts from inside and outside the art world.
  • Harlem South: A View Through the Lens, a jazz and theatrical performance of historical fiction chronicling the dynamics of African American life in Columbia, South Carolina, between 1920 and 1936 through the photography of Richard Samuel Roberts.

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