Making its world premiere in this solo exhibition, interdisciplinary artist Stanya Kahn’s short film No Go Backs (2020) follows teenagers who renounce the world they’re set to inherit and leave the city for the wild.
Shot on Super 16mm film and created with the support of a residency in the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio, No Go Backs is an intensely visceral, highly compressed work that begins by following two teens, immersing viewers in fragments of their journey. The pair moves along sites of California’s water wars of the early 1900s—a political conflict over natural resources with still-unfolding consequences—and amid the Eastern Sierra’s monumental landscapes in a haze of adolescent distraction, malaise, and ultimately wonderment. When more kids take off for the wilderness, the film becomes an allegorical epic for an entire generation that must find a new way forward.
Kahn’s short, looped animations that use marks, motifs, and characters from her paintings and drawings will also be on view in our lower lobby.
On view January 22, 2020 through April 26, 2020.
Update 3/12/2020 from The Wex:
We’ve been tracking developments regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), and have made the difficult decision to temporarily scale back our programming. We hope normal programming will resume Monday, March 30. This aligns with The Ohio State University’s actions to suspend all face-to-face instruction during this period.
This was not an easy decision and one not made lightly—we are very much in uncharted waters in many respects—but I feel it best serves the safety and well-being of our staff, patrons, and visiting artists.
As of now:
Due to travel restrictions, all Performing Arts events through the spring have been cancelled, with plans to reschedule as many as possible. We will work to notify ticket buyers and other key groups about these changes.
Education events through March 29, including On Pause, walk-in tours, and Wex Lab, are cancelled.
Film/Video programming through March 29 is cancelled. The program with Annie Atkins planned for March 28 will be rescheduled for a TBD date in June.
La Neve’s performance in the galleries scheduled for this Thursday has been cancelled.
The Wex’s exhibition galleries and Store will remain open, though with limited hours (closing at 6pm), and we will be monitoring how the situation evolves to ensure that this continues to be the best course of action.
If you have purchased tickets in advance for any of the events noted above, we will be in touch with you via email regarding refund options. If you have any questions, please contact our Patron Services desk at 614-292-3535.
The health, safety and well-being of our guests and supporters are of the highest importance to us and we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding during this particular moment.
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URBAN LIVING TOUR 2020
This year’s Urban Living Tour event has been postponed due to COVID-19, but will be returning later this summer!