3 must-see fall exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum

by Joanna Kerman

8/20/2018

Special Exhibitions , Gillian Wearing , The Fabric of India , Collecting Calligraphy

It may be hot outside, but fall is right around the corner!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Collecting Calligraphy

by Conservation

8/16/2018

behind the scenes , Collecting Calligraphy , Qur'ran , paper conservation

This page from a Qur’an was written in the 13th century in Spain.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Miniature Textile Conservation

by Conservation

8/9/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , textiles , miniatures , fabric

A visit to the workbench in textile conservation today might feel a little like visiting a fashion studio--in miniature.

Out from storage: Sheila Hicks’ Untitled Tapestry

by Adam MacPharlain, Curatorial Assistant of Fashion Arts and Textiles

8/8/2018

Sheila Hicks , Tapestry , textiles , curatorial

Here at the Cincinnati Art Museum we recently reinstalled our Nancy and David Wolf Gallery, which showcases contemporary decorative arts.

Animals Illustrated

by Molly Donnermeyer

8/6/2018

Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives , animals , illustrations

From early on in our evolution we have been drawn to these living things that exist alongside us. From the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux to the modernist illustrations of Charley Harper.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Nabataean Shrine

by Convservation

8/2/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Nabataean Shrine

Our objects conservator has been working with Andy Wolf, an intern from NYU’s graduate training program.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Which solvents are best?

by Conservation

7/26/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , paintings , John H. Twachtman , painting treatment

Our paintings conservator has been examining this little painting by John. H. Twachtman.

Staff Picks: Erin Geideman's CAM Favorites

by Erin Geideman

7/26/2018

cincinnati art museum staff , inside look , CAM favorites

This blog series highlights the diverse personalities that make up the art museum’s staff.

Voyages Extraordinaires: The Scientific Romance of Jules Verne

by Molly Donnermeyer

7/20/2018

Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives , Jules Verne , Science Fiction

The French novelist and playwright Jules Verne, the “Father of Science Fiction,” created an elaborate series of adventure novels that became known as Voyages Extraordinaires, which translates literally to Extraordinary Voyages.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Qur’an Paper Repair

by Conservation

7/19/2018

conservation , Collecting Calligraphy , Qur'ran , paper conservation , behind the scenes

ur paper conservator is spending the summer looking very closely at intriguing documents that will soon be on view in Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World.

Out from storage: French portraits

by Peter Jonathan Bell, Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings

7/13/2018

French Portraits , European Paintings , Curatorial Blog

About a month ago the Cincinnati Art Museum welcomed two new faces into our nineteenth-century European galleries – a girl with a song book in her lap and young man in uniform.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Mounting Unusual Objects in the Museum

by Conservation

7/12/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , installation , rug , innovations in weaving

Take a peek behind the scenes—or under the rug, in this case!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Train X-ray

by Conservation

7/3/2018

conservation , X-ray , behind the scenes

A few weeks ago when we had our GE digital x-ray demo running in the Conservation department, our objects conservator brought in the spectacular Railway Engine Coffeemaker for imaging.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Interpreting x-rays, conservation-style

by Conservation

6/27/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Zaragoza , retablo of saint peter , X-ray

Here’s a detail of one of the paintings from Zaragoza’s “Retablo of Saint Peter.” At left is the same detail in normal light, after conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Lending a hand to a museum in need

by Conservation

6/21/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Gutenberg

While in Houston for the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), our paper conservator had the opportunity to use her expertise to help a small museum.

Terracotta Army Blog: Chariot no. 1

by Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art

6/15/2018

Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China , Chariot , Terracotta Warriors , Curatorial

In October 2015, when I first visited Xian and the First Emperor’s mausoleum, the two bronze Chariots and horses were among the objects that fascinated me the most.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dr. Dollworth gets an x-ray

by Conservation

6/14/2018

x-ray , behind the scenes , conservation , Dollyver

Last week, Conservation was lucky enough to have an on-site demonstration of digital x-ray by Cory Morriss from GE and Scott Hunley of RCON NDT.

The Illustrations of George Barbier

by Molly Donnermeyer

6/13/2018

George Barbier , Art Deco , Art Nouveau , Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives

Following World War I the style known as Art Deco rose in popularity. Originating in France, Art Deco was a response to the style known as Art Nouveau, which was characterized by its organic and curvilinear lines.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: No pun intended!

by Conservation

5/31/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Frank Duveneck , paintings

There was a mysterious alteration in this painting. This is a detail of the bottom (also no pun intended) right corner of a nude study by Frank Duveneck, taken while the painting was being cleaned.

New Acquisition: When Past and Present Collide

by Amy Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design

5/29/2018

Rookwood Pottery Company , New Acquisition , Murals , Fireplace

Among the beloved early-twentieth-century Rookwood murals, fireplace and fountain in The Procter & Gamble Gallery (G126), you’ll now find a striking new addition: The Living Room Fireplace.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A report from our paper conservation intern, Cara Roth

by Conservation

5/24/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Jean Wentzel , paper conservation , prints

This spring in paper conservation, we’re looking at a print of Cincinnati, a view of the city from across the river in Kentucky.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Dye Recipe Catalog

by Conservation

5/17/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , dye catalog , conservation lab

The dye recipe catalog is an important tool in a textile conservation lab.

The Art of the Bike

by Molly Donnermeyer

5/11/2018

Charles Dana Gibson , August Sander , Marcel Duchamp , Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives

Artists have been fascinated by various modes of transportation throughout time, but the bicycle in particular has a way of capturing the imagination.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Eagle Sculpture Revisited

by Conservation

5/10/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , scuplture

This week in objects conservation we revisit our stone sculpture of an eagle wrestling a serpent.

4 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day at CAM

by Keith Gollar

5/8/2018

Mother's Day , Terrace Cafe , Terracotta Army , Gift Shop , Shopping

Treat your mother to a wonderful day at the Cincinnati Art Museum!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Varnish and Grime

by Conservation

5/3/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Edward Moran , American Art

When a conservator cleans a painting it’s usually described as using solvents to remove varnish and grime layers.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Gigi Scaria Panorama

by Conservation

4/26/2018

behind the scenes , conservation , Gigi Scaria

When we think of photographs, we usually picture a piece of paper, often of a size that can be mounted in an album or framed and hung on the wall of our home.