New-look CMA reopens today

Today, the CMA collection returns to the galleries with a whole new way of looking at art.

Columbia Museum of Art

Columbia Museum of Art

The mainstay museum in the state capital is still undertaking an aggressive renovation plan begun in 2016, but Phase 1 is now complete. After being closed completely for the last three weeks to finalize that work, it’s back in business today. (Work on Phase 2 continues through 2018.)

Each gallery examines a different theme, such as Art and Identity or Vice and Virtue, placing works from all over the globe and all throughout history in conversation with each other. Many of these works will be on view for the first time, and a number have been restored especially for the occasion. Three brand new galleries are devoted to modern and contemporary art.

You’ll see work from Botticelli, Monet, and Warhol along with works by artists like Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Samuel Roberts, and Georgia O’Keeffe. You’ll be invited to contemplate, connect, and create with activities sprinkled throughout the galleries. All new brochures and a multimedia TAP tour give you multiple perspectives through which to consider what you see. And lightweight, collapsible stools make it easy to sit and think a while anywhere you’d like in the galleries.

Two new exhibitions will open at the same time:

Explore on your own with a companion(s) or join a public tour (offered free with membership or admission every Sunday).

CMA is open Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See weekend and other hours here.