Located in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 73,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.
Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions or participate in the museum’s wide range of art-related programs, activities and special events. General admission is always free for all. Museum members receive additional benefits.
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Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass celebrates a broad range of contemporary Native American and Indigenous Pacific-Rim artists working in glass. Featuring 120 pieces by 33 artists, the groundbreaking exhibition showcases works that reinterpret Traditional Stories and iconography, express contemporary issues affecting Indigenous Nations today, and meld Indigenous Traditions and Knowledge with the aesthetics and properties unique to the medium of glass.
The exhibition emerges from the historical context of the Native Glass Art Movement which began in the 1970s when Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee)—a founder of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico—initiated a collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to create a glass blowing program at the IAIA. RISD sent early-career artist Dale Chihuly to the IAIA for one month to assist in establishing the program and the hot shop that would grow to inspire generations of Indigenous artists to explore the expressive potential of glass.
Clearly Indigenous features artists who illustrate the lasting relationships and collaborative nature inherent within global studio glass today. Among those included are Dan Friday (Lummi), “Haila” Ho Wan Ut Old Peter (Skokomish/Chehalis), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), Tony Jojola (Isleta Pueblo), Carol Lujan (Diné), Priscilla Cowie (Māori) and Djambawa Marawili (Aboriginal Australian).
Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass was originated by The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The traveling exhibition was curated by Dr. Letitia Chambers, is toured by International Arts & Artists, and is accompanied by a catalog published by the Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe.
Whitfield Lovell: Passages
March 1–May 26, 2024
Ticketed. Free for Members.
Friends of American Painting, Sculpture, and Drawings
Whitfield Lovell: Passages urges viewers to contemplate the ordinary lives and extraordinary journeys of the African American experience, while raising universal questions about identity, memory, and America’s collective heritage. More than 80 evocative multisensory installations, conté crayon drawings, and assemblages comprise this most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date.
Born in the Bronx, Lovell, a 2007 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, creates exquisite drawings, finding inspiration in photographs of unidentified African Americans taken between the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil Rights Movement. He creates assemblages by pairing his drawings—on paper or salvaged wood boards—with found objects, many weathered by the passage of time. Some of Lovell’s assemblages appear in his larger installations, while others he presents as symbolic and enigmatic stand-alone tableaux. Works from his acclaimed Kin series evolve into his more recent productions, The Reds and Card Pieces.
Two of Lovell’s experiential installations, Deep River and Visitation: The Richmond Project, are brought together here for the first time. The monumental Deep River (2013) combines video projections, sound, drawings, and everyday objects. Documenting the perilous journey freedom seekers took by crossing the Tennessee River during the Civil War, Deep River addresses the struggle for freedom and its inherent themes of abandonment, death, life, and hope. At the same time, it invites viewers to consider the larger human quest for equality and the pursuit of a better life—matters that transcend time and geography. Visitation: The Richmond Project (2001) is a profound homage to the country’s first major Black entrepreneurial community. In this emotive installation, the artist pays tributes to the lives, names, and faces of the people of Jackson Ward in Richmond, Viriginia. Lovell explains, “the installations are about memory and heritage, and the markings that the past has made—and continues to make—on who we are.”
Whitfield Lovell: Passages is organized by the American Federation of Arts in collaboration with Whitfield Lovell. Major support for the national tour and exhibition catalogue are provided by National Endowment for the Arts and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
General public: $20
Gain a deeper insight into the exhibition Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass through this unique gallery experience for adult audiences. Join us for an interactive discussion of select works in the exhibition, led by curator Amy Dehan. Afterwards, learn more about glasswork with an exclusive in-depth demonstration of the glassmaking process with artists from Neusole Glassworks in their mobile hot shop.
*Please note: the glassmaking demonstration will be outdoors in the museum’s parking lot. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Registrants will be notified by email if the program must be canceled due to inclement weather.
Free. Reservations not required.
Art on The Rise will activate Art Climb from 1–3 pm with demonstrations from Neusole Glassworks and their mobile glassblowing studio. Artists will demonstrate and discuss the glass-making process and answer questions from guests. Art on The Rise will also include music from our partners, Cincinnati Music Accelerator, food for purchase from Indigenous Chef, presenters from Gorman Heritage Farm, and pop-up art making for all. Activities are free. Parking will be limited.
Generous support for Art on the Rise provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.
Free. Reservations not required.
Do you love to read? Love art? Join librarians from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, along with a museum docent, for this bi-monthly book club. See the Story combines authors’ works from around the world (both fiction and non-fiction) with artwork on view in the museum’s galleries. Participants meet in the library to discuss the book of the month then take a tour of related artworks. Join us and see the story!
This month's book is There, There by Tommy Orange, inspired by Clearly Indigenous: Native Visions Reimagined in Glass.
Free. Reservations not required.
On view March 26 through March 31 during regular museum hours.
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s 10x10 Teen Art Expo Team presents the 6th annual 10x10 Teen Art Expo, featuring more than 250 Greater Cincinnati regional 7th–12th grade students from over 60 schools. All artists who submitted their work will be featured in the digital exhibition, while selected artists will have their work showcased in the Great Hall of the museum.
This year's Expo theme explores the unseen through the theme: Behind the Scenes. In our world, what you see is not always reality, so it’s time to remove the filter. With this theme, artists dared to peek behind the curtain to discover who or what hides in the shadows.
Accessible Expressions Ohio
March 29–May 12, 2024
Vance Waddell and Mayerson Galleries (Galleries 124 and 125)
The Cincinnati Art Museum is excited to host the annual Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition (March 29–May 12, 2024). This opportunity comes to us as part of our long-term partnership with Art Possible Ohio, a Columbus-based nonprofit that “works with artists of all ages who have disabilities to advocate for accessibility and inclusivity, advance careers in the creative sector, build community, and improve the academic achievement of Ohio’s students through arts integration.”
One of the most accessible and diverse art presentations ever displayed at the museum, Accessible Expressions Ohio is a juried statewide art exhibition by Ohio artists, of all ages, with disabilities. A panel of practicing artists, educators, and arts administrators—who determine standards, originality, and diversity—review all submissions in Youth, Emerging, and Professional categories. This team also decides the artworks that will receive awards.
Accessible Expressions Ohio is a first for the museum. While we have previously worked with community partners to host exhibitions showcasing regional artists, this is the first time the museum has displayed an entire show of works by people with disabilities. A significant step toward the museum’s inclusion and diversity goals, Accessible Expressions Ohio builds on the museum’s standing as a leader in accessibility initiatives by sharing artwork from the disability community. It also reinforces not only the work of the museum’s Accessible Community Advisory Committee but also the work of our internal cross-divisional accessibility team. It has been their long-standing goal and dream to host an exhibition of works by people with disabilities at the museum, and we are so pleased to work with Art Possible Ohio to make that dream a reality.
After premiering at the museum, the exhibition will travel throughout Ohio with stops at the Massillon Museum in Massillon, Ohio (June 22–August 18, 2024), Dublin Arts Council (November 9-December 19, 2024) and several other venues.
For more information and to apply for the exhibition, please visit https://artpossibleohio.org/aeo/
Please join us for an opening reception for the Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition.
Focused on elevating artists with disabilities in public spaces, this exhibition and opening welcomes artists and their support people from all corners of the state to engage in the afternoon of fellowship and interactive arts experiences. This year, a Cincinnati-based ensemble of adult musicians with disabilities will perform as part of the event schedule. Additionally, Visionaries and Voices, an art studio producing professional-grade art by artists with disabilities, will offer an art-making workshop led by studio members. An awards ceremony will follow art engagement activities.
ASL interpretation and live audio description will support the programs to make the arts engagement experiences more accessible for all.
General public: $20
Tickets will be available one month prior to the event date.
Gain a deeper insight into the exhibition Whitfield Lovell: Passages through this unique gallery experience for adult audiences. Join an in-depth discussion of a topic, led by a curator or guest speaker, inside the selected exhibition. Then, enjoy an exclusive performance or artistic demonstration supporting the exhibition’s or artwork’s themes.
image credit: Whitfield Lovell (American, b. Bronx, NY), Deep River, 2013, Fifty-six wooden discs, found objects, soil, video projections, sound, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of American Federation of Arts, the artist, and DC Moore Gallery, New York
General public: $20
College students: $5
Join us for a night celebrating the talent of local high school students in collaboration with WordPlay Cincy. After dinner, hear original spoken word performances and enjoy a docent guided tour of the pieces that inspired the showcase. WordPlay Cincy creates spaces for young people to fulfill their potential by discovering, honoring, and sharing their voices. WordPlay sparks storytelling through writing, performance, and visual arts in collaboration with Cincinnati’s young people by celebrating their strengths, cultivating belonging, and fueling social impact.
For each program attended, you can earn CEU’s and 1–2 graduate credits for an additional fee through Ashland University.
About Evenings for Educators
Evenings for Educators is the museum’s monthly teacher professional development program. Through the lens of the museum’s collection and exhibitions, Evenings for Educators supports all subjects taught in the classroom. It also encourages a STREAM approach as well as Twenty-First Century Learning strategies. The program is offered for teachers of all grade levels and disciplines, art appreciation volunteers, pre-service education majors, teaching artists, as well as community and museum educators.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Presented by US Bank
Woo Chong Yung 吳仲熊 (1898–1989), also known in the United States as C.Y. Woo, was a highly accomplished painter, calligrapher, and poet from Shanghai. From the 1920s to 1949, Woo was at the center of China’s cultural world, recognized in the art circles of both Shanghai and Beijing. Faced with political persecution in the 1960s, Woo migrated to Columbus, Ohio right before the Cultural Revolution. Once in the United States, Woo became an active presence in the local community, teaching classes in Chinese painting and martial arts and contributing his talents to local arts councils and ethnic festivals in Columbus and central Ohio. By the end of his life, he had essentially become a living legend in Columbus.
From Shanghai to Ohio: Woo Chong Yung (1898–1989) features 88 works, including painting and calligraphy, carved seals, and a Taiji sword drawn from the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum and The Frank Museum of Art at Otterbein University. Few of these paintings have ever been published or publicly displayed. Woo’s lifetime body of work illustrates how his remarkable experiences of emigrating from China and becoming an American utterly transformed and reshaped both his life and painti
In celebration of hip hop’s remarkable, decades-long impact and influence on society, the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) will host the groundbreaking exhibition The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, on view from June 28–September 29, 2024.
The multimedia exhibition showcases more than 90 works of art by some of today’s most important and celebrated artists–such as Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roberto Lugo, Carrie Mae Weems, Mark Bradford, William Cordova, Hassan Hajjaj and Hank Willis Thomas–and fashion brands, with looks from Chanel, Gucci, Cross Colours, Vivienne Westwood and Virgil Abloh’s collections for Louis Vuitton. A range of music ephemera will also be on display.