October 31 is going to roll around no matter what you do, but don’t you think it would be more festive if you spent time indulging in the season’s offerings? This week alone, Columbus is playing host to eight Halloween events to get you prepared for the spookiest of holidays.
Whether you’re putting an “eek” in your week or a “boo” in your booze, celebrate fall with any or all of these fun events!
The idea to curate an exhibition commemorating the Stonewall riots started over dinner. After working together on Shared Intelligence: American Painting and the Photograph, artist and art historian Jonathan Weinberg and Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes were “being the art geeks they are, when they started talking about doing something else together,” says Melissa Ferguson, CMA’s director of marketing and communications. “They were looking for something relevant and fun to do.”
It was 2011, and with the 50th
anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall
Riots still eight years away, Weinberg
and Maciejunes began compiling their
wish list of artworks from museums
and private collectors around the
country. Because it can take a long
time for those requests to be granted,
they started early, in 2016. They soon
realized that they were going to
have the largest and most comprehensive
exhibition for the 50th anniversary of
Stonewall, because they were getting all
the pieces they requested.
Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989 will come
home to CMA on March 6, following stops
in New York and Miami. CMA curated the
groundbreaking exhibit, which ARTnews
named one of the best and most important
exhibitions of the decade. This expansive
survey features more than 200 works of art
and related visual materials that explore
the profound impact of the LGBTQ civil
rights movement on the art world.
“It’s well over 200 objects, and the range of objects in the exhibition and the artists is incredibly broad and diverse,” explained Daniel Marcus, Roy Lichtenstein Curatorial Fellow at CMA, who was responsible for the installation in Miami and New York. “I think people in Columbus will be taken with the depth of opportunity this exhibition affords. There are a range of emotional experiences the show offers; I think it warrants repeat visits.”
Ferguson says that lesser-known artists, such as Vaginal Davis, are represented equally alongside celebrated artists like Keith Haring. “So many artists in the show are under-represented in a way,” said Marcus. “Although I am not sure all the artists would see that as a deficit.” Another notable theme the show highlights is the extraordinary explosion of activism after the Stonewall riots of 1969.
“For many of the artists who became activists, the idea of having a gallery or museum career was sort of anathema to how they saw themselves as ambassadors of visual culture,” Marcus said. He explained that this creates a palpable tension in the exhibition that stems from the post-Stonewall politics of visibility. It is a combination of “coming out with sexuality and organizing with other people, and on the other hand, a sort of measured arms-length approach to the official institutions of the art world.”
The exhibition has received critical
acclaim in New York and Miami, where
it opened in 2019. Although Marcus has
worked in the New York art world and has
seen his fair share of exhibition openings,
he says the Art After Stonewall exhibition
opening at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of
Art in New York was like none he had ever
experienced, in that it was “kind of like a
“Because [the exhibition] takes us
through the 1980s, there’s a perception
that many of the artists aren’t still with
us, but so many artists are,” Marcus says.
“The atmosphere at the opening was totally
enthused and a familial scene. It was
amazing, especially for us who had worked
on the show for so long. It was incredible to
see people taking photographs with their
own work, especially for the artists who
have struggled to gain recognition.”
Just because the exhibition has already opened in New York and Miami, don’t think that Columbus is getting the short end of the stick. In fact, Marcus said the Columbus tour stop and grand finale of the exhibition is really the definitive version of the show, the way it was originally intended.
In addition, it will include several projects that reflect Columbus histories. For example, there will be a section of works by local gay icon and trailblazer Corbett Reynolds, owner of the now-shuttered club Rudely Elegant in Franklinton that was host to many outrageous all-night parties in the late 1970s and 80s.
CMA also commissioned an audio installation from a collective of local artists to reflect on their own community with an eye toward the city’s nightlife. Artists involved include Emma Levesque-Schaefer, Bobby T Luck, Twinkle Panda and Prince Shakur. This project explores the diversity of queer histories and stories in Columbus and will interject a range of voices—including artists, activists, DJs, and dancers—into the exhibition galleries. “We felt it would be important to include Columbus histories in the show because these histories matter to the larger story we’re telling,” Marcus said. “It’s going to be so amazing; minds will be blown.”
Art After Stonewall will be on display at the Columbus
Museum of Art from March 6 – May 31. To learn more,
Believe it or not, this year will mark the twelfth season of Clippers baseball in Huntington Park. As Columbus celebrates a decade in its new home for baseball, let's take a look back at the Stadium that gave the Clippers (among other C-Bus teams) their start.
Opening in in 1931 as the home of the minor-league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, Red Bird Stadium (as it was then called) was constructed using the same blueprints as Red Wing Stadium in Rochester, New York. In Red Bird Stadium's inaugural game, the 1932 season opener, more than 15,000 fans watched on as Columbus obliterated the Louisville Colonels, winning 11-2.
Known for its formidably-long outfield, legend has it that Joe DiMaggio and Ralph Kiner were the only players who managed to hit the ball out of the stadium's 457-foot left field.
Another team would make the stadium its home in 1955, when the Ottowa A's relocated to Columbus. The new Columbus team was dubbed The Jets, with the stadium renamed Jets Stadium. And so it remained until 1970, when Columbus officials refused to renovate the stadium at the expense of taxpayers. The owners of the Jets moved the team to Charleston, West Virginia, and Jets Stadium lay dormant for six years.
1977 saw the dawn of Columbus baseball as we know it today, when the International League granted a new franchise to the city and the Columbus Clippers were formed. Named for Harold Cooper, a baseball promoter who worked to preserve the old stadium and bring minor league ball back to Columbus, the home of The Clippers was officially dubbed Cooper Stadium in 1984. The Coop would remain The Clippers' home until the relocation to Huntington Park in 2009.
Aside from baseball, Cooper Stadium played host to many memorable events throughout the years. President Franklin D. Roosevelt kicked off his first campaign in the stadium in 1932. The Columbus Bullies, a professional football team from the American Football league, played games there from 1939 to 1942. The Coop even hosted concerts from acts like Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, and Garth Brooks over the years.
Today, few signs remain of Cooper Stadium's former glory. The grounds are overgrown with weeds and much of the structure has fallen to disrepair. The site has become a destination for graffiti taggers and abandonment tourists alike. Proposed plans from a developer to convert the grounds into a racetrack have apparently stalled, leaving the future of the old stadium uncertain.
While thinking back on the history of the Coop is bittersweet given it's current decaying state, there are still plenty of bright spots from Ohio's sports history to enjoy. Visit The Ohio History Connection this weekend to explore their new exhibit titled Ohio-Champion of Sports.
What are some of your favorite memories from The Coop? Let us know in the comments.
Welcome to Discount Date Destinations,where we’ll bring you the best places in the city to take your date on budget. The restaurants we’ll be highlighting all have that date-night-worthy atmosphere with food and drink specials that won’t break the bank. In today’s installment, we’re heading to happy hour at The Avenue Steak Tavern.
The Avenue Steak Tavern is a Cameron Mitchell restaurant serving upscale American fare and, as the name suggests, great steaks. There are two locations: Grandview Heights and Historic Dublin. Both offer delicious food, classic atmosphere, and happy hour deals every weekday from 4pm-6pm. My husband and I can walk to the Grandview location from our home, and it’s quickly become one of our favorite date night spots.
When you walk in, The Avenue feels both upscale and inviting, with a beautifully crafted interior and friendly, attentive staff. We enjoyed happy hour in the bar area, where warm wood, red leather, and checkered floors come together to create an ambiance ideal for date night. Another plus: the bar seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of room to spread out and unwind after a day at work.
Atmosphere aside, the best part of happy hour at The Avenue is that the menu is filling and diverse, giving a taste of all the restaurant has to offer from seafood specialties to French fries. The drink specials include discounted wine pours, draft beer, and rotating daily cocktail specials.
My husband and I started with the baked cheese fondue, which is served with crusty sourdough bread and topped with honey for that perfect sweet and salty combination. I got a glass of wine ($6) and he had the Old Fashioned ($7) that’s offered on Fridays, a drink that pairs well with the traditional steak tavern feel. From there, we split parmesan green beans ($4), steak bites ($10), and sliders ($6). Each dish was fantastic, and the portions were more than enough to satisfy. I wish we’d had room to try more, but we were beyond full. As 6pm approached, I noticed that the staff checked in with everyone to take any last-minute food or drink orders before happy hour ended.
We got in an out of The Avenue For $40...$50 with tip. What a steal!
We’re never disappointed when we visit The Avenue. We can always count on great food and a great experience. I highly recommend their happy hour for anyone looking to enjoy food, drink, and sophisticated date-night vibes without spending a fortune.