Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two general-admission tickets to the Columbia Museum of Art (up to a $20 value). Named the best local or regional museum in Columbia by Free Times' Best of Columbia 2010, the museum casts a loving parental eye over its bustling household of European and American art, as well as a fast-growing collection of Asian art. Inside a sleek, airy space, converted from a former downtown department store, you'll find 25 galleries filled with masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, modern, and contemporary art, as well as works by signature furniture and silver makers and an extensive selection of men’s apparel. Works of particular interest include Sandro Botticelli's Nativity and Claude Monet's The Seine at Giverny.
The museum is currently featuring the work of contemporary American artist Lesley Dill in the I Heard a Voice exhibit, which will run through January 23. An English major turned artist, Dill's artistic vision stems from her love of Emily Dickinson's poetry, her travels in India, and her interest in Buddhism—in this exhibition, she uses bronze work, photography, poetry, thread, wire, and paper to sculpt figures and build tapestries. Dill's 34 pieces provide a visual accompaniment to poetic texts by Dickinson, Franz Kafka, Salvador Espriu, and more. We are Animals of Language, a documentary created by Dill's husband, is also showing in the gallery to provide insights into the creation, background, and meaning of Dill's intriguing pieces, while providing a guide to speaking in dolphins’ native tongue. See the website for a list of regular museum and holiday hours.
Columbia Museum of Art offers free admission on Sundays and buy-one-get-one-free adult admission on Wednesdays; plan ahead to make sure you're using your Groupon at the most opportune time.
Lesley Dill’s exhibit at the Columbia Museum of Art was featured in the State. The museum was voted Best Local or Regional Museum by the Free-Times. Four TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 owl eyes, and four Yelpers give it a perfect five-star average.
- Clothing has its own language, is her point. It’s like your spokesperson or public relations staffer, the message people read before you speak. Language is the centerpiece of “I Heard a Voice: The Art of Lesley Dill,” the retrospective exhibition that opens at the Columbia Museum of Art Friday. The show contains more than 30 pieces, which includes sculpture, photography, prints on textiles and bronze work. – Otis R. Taylor, State
- I love this place. This museum gets some of the most interesting and well-curated exhibits – Rebecca B., Yelp
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