The Columbia Museum of Art celebrates outstanding artistic creativity through its collection, exhibitions and programs, interacting in ways that engage the mind and enrich the spirit.
Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, SC, CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its collection, which encompasses more than 8,800 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1950, the Museum now welcomes more than 125,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, Arts & Draughts parties and craft haven gatherings.
Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade 1940-1950
September 14, 2012 – January 6, 2013
This extraordinary show explores Rothko’s work in the 1940s in a way that has never
been done before. It features 37 works including paintings, watercolors and works on
paper drawn largely from the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington,
DC, and is the first significant exhibition of Rothko’s work in South Carolina.
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