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Generations of Art – The Sunami Family

January 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, repeating until January 5, 2019 12:00 am

“Generations of Art – The Sunami Family” at the Cultural Arts Center
Opening celebration on November 30, 2018 from 6–9 pm
(139 W. Main Street, Columbus OH 43215, 614-645-7047).
Exhibition on view: November 30 – January 5, 2019

The Cultural Arts Center, in collaboration with the Columbus Symphony
and the Columbus Modern Dance Company, is proud to present “Generations
of Art – The Sunami Family,” an exploration of identity, connection and
creative expression spanning the work of four generations of artists in
a single, Columbus-based family. The opening reception will feature a
rare, authorized recreation of one of Martha Graham’s early dances,
“Heretic” (the subject of one of the photographs on display). Other
highlights will include tableaux vivants by CoMo Dance and the premiere
of six original pieces of music, by CHRISTOPHER SUNAMI, as performed by
an ensemble of the Columbus Symphony.

The visual art exhibition will continue through January 5th and include
the following artists:

Born in the late 1800s, SOICHI SUNAMI emigrated from Japan and learned
photography in Seattle, later moving to New York where he studied art
under John Sloan alongside mobile inventor Alexander Calder. Soichi
created some of the most iconic photographs of early modern dancers,
including Ruth St. Denis, Agnes DeMille, and Martha Graham, with whom he
maintained an artistic partnership for over five years. He later was a
founding staff member at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and
remained as their official archival photographer for more than
thirty-five years.

His son JOHN SUNAMI has been a Columbus resident since 1976. A pioneer
of digital art, he was the winner of one of the first ever digital art
competitions, as sponsored by MacWorld Magazine in the early 1980s. His
public art and sculptures are now found across town; at the entrance of
the Livingston Streetcar District at Livingston and Nelson Avenues, at
the Worthington Recreation Center, on the planters around the Ohio
Statehouse, and on the side of the All People’s Fresh Market on Parsons
Avenue. His latest sculpture will be featured in the recently built Ohio
Health Riverside Methodist Neurology Hospital.

Granddaughter JENNIFER SUNAMI is a commercial artist currently based out
of Seattle, Washington. She has a cartoon-influenced aesthetic inspired
by the vibrant Columbus comics community, and has had work featured on
the covers of the scientific journals Cell and the Royal Society of

Granddaughter-in-law APRIL SUNAMI is one of Columbus’s best-known young
artists. Recently described by the Columbus Dispatch as an heir to art
luminaries Kojo Kamau and Aminah Robinson, April’s work has been
featured in museums across Ohio, including a solo show at the Museum of
Southern Ohio (Portsmouth), and group shows at the Columbus Museum of
Art and the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center in
Wilberforce. Her work is also featured at the Columbus Convention
Center, the King Arts Complex and in numerous private collections across
the United States and abroad. She is a featured artist in the current
Columbus celebration of the art of the Harlem Renaissance, and was
previously featured in the Shadowbox “Gallery of Echoes.” She also
created an award-winning installation as part of the Columbus Arts
Pop-Up project.

Great-Grandson RIVER SUNAMI, aged 10, at the intersection of two
artistic lineages, has been painting since infancy and has developed his
own unique style reminiscent of Basquiat.

CAC Gallery Hours:
Monday | 1-4 pm & 7-10 pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs | 9 am-4 pm & 7-10 pm
Fri, Sat | 9 am-4 pm

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Columbus Cultural Arts Center
139 W Main St
Columbus, 43215 United States
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