3 major art exhibits happening at Columbus museums this winter

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A broad variety of artists and media will be showcased in the Columbus-area visual arts community this winter.

More than 70 artists will be featured in a retrospective of the Wexner Center for the Arts’ history.

Early works by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, who spent many years at Ohio State University, will be on display at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Also, a group of professional quilters from the area will show their art at the Ohio Craft Museum, brightening the gray winter with vibrant color.

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Feb. 5 to May 8: 'To Begin, Again: A Prehistory of the Wex 1968-89,' including an untitled piece from 1984 by graffiti artist Futura2000
Feb. 5 to May 8: 'To Begin, Again: A Prehistory of the Wex 1968-89,' including an untitled piece from 1984 by graffiti artist Futura2000

'To Begin, Again: A Prehistory of the Wex 1968-89'

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY’S WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 1871 N. HIGH ST.

Details: A new exhibit will look back at the avant-garde center’s history. The exhibit will showcase pieces by more than 70 artists — works that were acquired or presented by Ohio State during the 1970s and ‘80s. Included is art by American graffiti artist Futura2000, sculptor Eva Hesse, conceptual artist Adrian Piper, multimedia artist Sol LeWitt and painter, sculptor and printmaker Frank Stella.

Times: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 5 to May 8; closed Mondays

Admission: $9; or $7 for senior citizens, OSU faculty and staff; free for members, college students, age 17 and younger, active military and veterans; free to all Sundays and after 4 p.m. Thursdays

Parking: Hourly rates in campus parking garages

COVID policy: Masks required

Contact: 614-292-3535, wexarts.org

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Feb. 6 to April 3: "Kuumba Connection," Ohio Craft Museum, including Wendy Kendrick's "Amani, Queen of Diamonds."
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'Kuumba Connection'

OHIO CRAFT MUSEUM, 1665 W. 5th AVE.

Details: Emerging and professional Ohio artists formed a group to share ideas and expertise during the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The result is “Kuumba Connection,” an exhibit of narrative quilts curated by Bettye Stull.

Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 6 to April 3

Admission: Free

Parking: Free in the lot east of the museum

COVID policy: Masks required

Contact: 614-486-4402, ohiocraft.org

March 4 to June 5: 'Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Marking 1948-1960,' Columbus Museum of Art, including  Lichtenstein's "Self-Portrait at an Easel"
March 4 to June 5: 'Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Marking 1948-1960,' Columbus Museum of Art, including Lichtenstein's "Self-Portrait at an Easel"

'Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making 1948-1960'

COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART, 480 E. BROAD ST.

Details: This is the first major museum exhibition to investigate the early work of the celebrated 20th-century American pop artist. More than 90 works in a range of media are included in this touring exhibit. Born in New York, Lichtenstein spent his formative years in Columbus, including his college years, and served as a professor at Ohio State University.

Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, March 4 to June 5

Admission: special exhibition fee $7 for nonmembers plus regular general admission: $18, or $9 for senior citizens, students, ages 4 to 17; free for age 3 and younger; $5 Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m.; free for veterans and active military and their families

Parking: $5; free to members

COVID policy: Masks and dated admission tickets are required.

Contact: 614-221-6801, columbusmuseum.org

This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus art museums showcase Roy Lichtenstein, quilts, Wex history

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