When a renowned architectural scholar falls ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana. Set against the city’s modernist buildings, this visually stunning film follows the son (John Cho) as he strikes up a friendship with Casey, a local architecture enthusiast (Haley Lu Richardson). As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their own conflicted emotions.

The screening of Columbus will be contextualized by Jonathan Nesci and Anne Surak from Exhibiti Columbus.  They will share exhibition highlights and after the film discuss how Columbus plays into the film's cinematography.

About Exhibit Columbus

For more than 70 years the modest American city of Columbus, Indiana, has shown the world that good design can create an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Today, Columbus consistently ranks among the best cities of its size, and its exceptional design heritage includes seven National Historic Landmarks.  With an inaugural symposium in fall of 2016 and its first exhibition in fall of 2017, Exhibit Columbus seeks to celebrate Columbus’ design heritage while making it relevant to new audiences. Visit Exhibit Columbus to learn more.

The 2017 exhibition features 18 site-responsive installations that connect with and comment on Columbus’ design legacy. Visiting the exhibition is free and open to the public. Programming for Exhibit Columbus will occur downtown and attract world-renowned talent while at the same time re-energizing the local community.
Exhibit Columbus appeals to a broad community, including tourists, designers, engineers, students, and builders and makers of all kinds, while re-establishing a global conversation about design in Columbus.

Anne Surak
Director of Exhibitions, Exhibit Columbus
Anne is an innovative cultural leader, curator, and art dealer with more than 15 years of experience creating collaboration-based projects and gallery exhibitions. She is the owner of the consulting firm, art + space, and was the inaugural director of Project 4 gallery in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Nesci
Washington Street Installations Coordinator, Exhibit Columbus
Jonathan is a furniture and exhibition designer based in Columbus who works with a variety of producers in the Midwest that use conventional and digital fabrication processes to execute his designs in a myriad of materials and finishes. In 2009, "Wallpaper" honored Jonathan with a Design Award for Best Use Of Material for his “Library Bookcase,” a wall-mounted shelf in polished aluminum that was recently added to the permanent collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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