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Past Exhibitions

Jonathan VanDyke: The Patient Eye Live Performance & Exhibition

Live Performance - April 7 - April 12, 2018 - Galleria

Installation on View April 5 - October 14, 2018 - Leebern Gallery

In a time where art is viewed for an average of 17 seconds, the Columbus Museum is delighted to present The Patient Eye, a live performance and exhibition by artist Jonathan VanDyke.

VanDyke is an internationally recognized visual and performing artist whose pieces often allude to the work week or make reference to commonplace activities, blown up to theatrical proportions.

VanDyke’s 48-hour performance begins at 10 am on April 5 and concludes at 4 p.m. on April 12. The artist will closely contemplate, for three hours a piece, 16 handmade, historic quilts in an installation he designed for the Museum’s Galleria. The durational performance runs continually during public open hours. Two of VanDyke’s own paintings, cut and sewn from stained fabrics, will appear in a concurrent exhibition.

We invite you to observe the artist’s practice of “slow looking” and the ritualized process involved in displaying the extraordinary group of functional quilts that the artist chose from the Museum’s collection. VanDyke will discuss his ideas in a curatorial roundtable and community talkback, after the conclusion of the performance, at 6 p.m. on April 12. Curator of Art Jonathan Frederick Walz will moderate a discussion the artist and Curator of History Rebecca Bush, with time allotted for questions and comments from the audience.

In addition, VanDyke has selected an eclectic group of little known and rarely seen objects from the Museum’s collection that will be displayed alongside two of his paintings the artist has selected specifically for the Museum.


This exhibition is generously sponsored by the W.C. Bradley Company with additional support from Marleen De Bode Olivié, Marc Olivié, and the Landrum Educational Endowment Fund.