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Cincinnati Art Museum broadens access with evening hours, free parking and innovates with new special exhibitions and programs

9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

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CINCINNATI—The Cincinnati Art Museum is embarking on exciting new public enhancements and programs for visitors and members in 2016/2017. An exceptional set of special exhibitions this year, along with changes to enhance member benefits and to provide greater accessibility for all Cincinnatians, are key components of the museum’s 2016-2020 strategic plan. In its 136th year of artistic and civic engagement, the Cincinnati Art Museum seeks to activate the power of art towards inspiring today’s Cincinnati and connecting our communities.

This fall, the museum opens two highly anticipated original exhibitions that elevate our city and offer new insights with Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth and Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974. Both exhibitions represent groundbreaking new curatorial scholarship and are accompanied by full-color catalogues. Van Gogh and Kentucky Renaissance are ticketed exhibitions ($10 joint ticket for adults; $5 for children ages 6–17 and college students with ID, free admission for museum members). Van Gogh and Kentucky Renaissance are free on Thursday evenings and at the museum’s popular monthly Art After Dark events, October 28 and November 23.

Thursday evenings are a new addition to the museum’s calendar, starting November 3. The entire museum will be open from 5–8 p.m. to better accommodate the needs of today’s students, families and working professionals. By broadening access, the museum seeks to serve more Cincinnatians and visitors with its exhibitions and renowned collection of 67,000 art works across cultures and history.

Also new, as of September 27, general parking at the museum is free so that all can visit the Cincinnati Art Museum and experience 6,000 years of art history. Museum members will have the benefit of preferred parking. These spots will be marked as “member parking” spots and they will be nearest to the building in the museum’s front parking lot.

General admission is always free to the Cincinnati Art Museum’s 73 permanent collection galleries and the REC family interactive center of the museum, thanks to the Richard and Lois Rosenthal Foundation, the Thomas J. Emery Endowment and an endowment established by the Cincinnati Financial Corporation/The Cincinnati Insurance Companies.

Also in 2016/2017, new programs have been added to the museum’s already extensive program list. Programs have been designed to provide visitors of all ages with opportunities to explore world cultures, engage with artworks and contemplate big ideas.

The new, immersive programs include “Ancient Meets Contemporary,” an Antiquities-centered program in partnership with the University of Cincinnati Classics Department; “Autism Family Exploration,” designed for families with children with autism to explore the museum in a comfortable environment; “In Conversation,” a lecture series exploring what happens when two experts from different fields present their own distinct views on the same artworks; “Gallery Games,” a collaboration with 21C Museum Hotel that combines happy hour and in-gallery competition; and more.

Additional programs, dates and detailed information can be found in the following document and on the calendar at cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

“By providing aspirational scholarly exhibitions, cultivating international partnerships, extending operating hours, facilitating access for all, and expanding programs and membership benefits, we are embracing our community service role. These enhancements align with the needs of our creative city and position us to lead and innovate for today’s Cincinnati,” said Cameron Kitchin, Cincinnati Art Museum’s Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director.

 

About the Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses that give annually to ArtsWave. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Cincinnati Art Museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the City of Cincinnati, as well as our members.

The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays 5–8 p.m., starting November 3.

 

2016-17 Program + Event Schedule

*Denotes new program

Schedule subject to change, please visit www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org for updates

Adult Programs

Special Events

*Van Gogh Into the Undergrowth Lecture, October 16, 2016, 2 p.m.

*Employed: a Staff Lead Gallery Talk, Select Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.

*Voices at Bowling Green State University Concert Choir, December 17, 2016, 2 p.m.

*Piano Paintings, February 4, 2017, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Kreines Lecture, March 12, 2017, 2 p.m.

Asian Art Society Lecture: Arms and Armor in Japanese Samurai Culture, April 2, 2017

Colonial Dames Lecture and Tea, May 3, 2017, 2 p.m.

*Tiffany Tour, June 3, AM and PM tour

 

Monthly/Bi-Monthly Programs

Art After Dark: Art After Dark is a free event with drinks and appetizers available for purchase. RSVP not required. All special exhibitions are free admission during Art After Dark hours.

September 30, 2016 Back2School
October 28, 2016 Into the Hallow’s Night
November 23, 2016 Kentucky Renaissance
January 27, 2017 Queen City Royals
February 24, 2017
March 31, 2017
April 28, 2017
May 26, 2017
June 30, 2017
July 28, 2017
August 25, 2017

*In Conversation: We each bring our own experiences and perspectives to a work of art. This lecture series explores what happens when two experts from different fields present their own distinct views on the same artworks. Join us as we explore the Art Museum’s collection and special exhibitions in a fun, new way. What new perspectives will you gain? RSVP required. Free for museum members. $10 for general admission. $5 for students and seniors.

September 22, 2016–Jay Bolotin                                                          
November 17, 2016–Environmental Activism (with Guy Mendes and Daniel Martin Moore)
January 19, 2017
March 16, 2017
May 18, 2017
July 20, 2017

Sketching Sunday: Slow down on the first Sunday of each month and see the Art Museum in a new way through sketching. Bring your own sketching supplies, or stop by the Main Lobby to borrow one of our supply kits and sketchbook. Then sketch wherever you would like, or pick up one of our prompts to jump start your creativity. RSVP not required. A $5 deposit is required to check out a supplies kit and will be refunded upon return of the kit. See the Visitor Services desk in the Main Lobby for more information. First Sunday of the month, 1–4 p.m.

September 4, 2016
October 2, 2016
November 6, 2016
December 4, 2016
January 1, 2017
February 5, 2017
March 5, 2017
April 2, 2017
May 7, 2017
June 4, 2017
July 2, 2017
August 7, 2017

*Ancient Meets Contemporary: This gallery program is a partnership with the University of Cincinnati Classics Department, visitors will enjoy a gallery discussion each month about objects in the Cincinnati Art Museum Antiquities collection. This monthly gallery discussion will engage the ancient objects in a contemporary context. Each month will reflect a different theme that will compare ancient cultures to contemporary cultures. The comparisons will be exemplified through the touchable objects and pop culture references. The facilitator will also use special exhibitions and permanent collections at the Cincinnati Art Museum to show ancient cultures’ influence on the scope of Art History. RSVP recommended. Free admission. Third Saturday of the month, 3–4 p.m.

September 17, 2016: Ideal Beauty
October 15, 2016: Mummy Mania
November 19, 2016: You Are What You Eat
December 17, 2016: Ancient Bling
January 21, 2017
February 18, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 15, 2017
May 20, 2017

*Cincinnati Stories: During this new monthly gallery discussion, visitors can discover Cincinnati history through artwork. For each gallery talk we select one artwork from the Cincinnati Wing Collection and discuss its relationship to our city’s cultural heritage. RSVP recommended. Free admission. First Sunday of the month, 3–4 p.m.

September 4, 2016: Powell Crosley Jr. by Nam June Paik
October 2, 2016: Portrait of a Cincinnati Brewer by Francois Billiods
November 6, 2016: Underground Railroad by Charles T. Webber
December 4, 2016
January 1, 2017
February 5, 2017
March 5, 2017
April 2, 2017
May 7, 2017
June 4, 2017
July 2, 2017
August 7, 2017

InDepth: InDepth is a series of monthly special exhibition gallery talks with a curator (or conservator) on the second Saturday of every month. InDepth talks last approximately one hour, during which time the curator of a special exhibition provides extended information and insight into the show. All InDepth programs will be 100% gallery based and should be viewed as the “special exhibition” tour led by the curator for each special exhibition. RSVP required. Free admission.

September 10, 2016 Modern Cats
October 8, 2016 Kentucky Renaissance
November 12, 2016 Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth
December 10, 2016 Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth
January 14, 2017
February 11, 2017
March 11, 2017
April 8, 2017
May 13, 2017
June 10, 2017
July 8, 2017
August 12, 2017
September 9, 2017

*Gallery Games: Our newest program in collaboration with 21C Museum Hotel will make you thirsty for art. Part happy hour and part in-gallery competition, Gallery Games will show you another side of the Cincinnati Art Museum. RSVP not required. Free admission. Select dates, 5–7 p.m. in September; 5:30-7:30 starting in November

September 21, 2016 Cincinnati Trivia
November 17, 2016 Murder in the Museum
February 16, 2017
April 20, 2017
June 22, 2017
August 17, 2017

MUSE: Each month, MUSE features a live concert by students from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as well as a gallery discussion presented by a University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning student. RSVP not required. Free admission. Seating limited.

September 11, 2016 Tristate Chamber Players
October 9, 2016 Music and Storytelling
November 13, 2016 Appalachian Folk music.
December 11, 2016 Employed
January 8, 2017
February 12, 2017
March 12, 2017
April 9, 2017
May 14, 2017
June, 11, 2017
July 9, 2017
August 13, 2017

See the Story: Do you love to read? Love art? Join librarians from the Public Library and Hamilton County and members of the Art Museum staff for this bi-monthly book club. See the Story combines works of fiction & non-fiction by authors from around the world with work from the Art Museum’s permanent collection. Join us and see the story. RSVP not required. Free admission. Third Saturday of the month, every other month, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

September 17 2016 The World to Come By Dara Horn
November 19, 2016 Coal Miner’s Daughter by Loretta Lynn
January 21, 2017 Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton
March 18, 2017 Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka
May 20, 2017 War on Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans
July 15, 2017 Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

Creative Encounters: Explore the Art Museum, experiment with art, and express your creativity in this monthly program for adult visitors. Each Creative Encounter will feature a visiting artist who will lead a tour of works in the Art Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, followed by a discussion of his/her own work. Each event will culminate in a hands-on project, which will allow participants to experiment with the media and techniques that have been discussed over the course of the day. RSVP required. $5 for members and college students. $10 general admission.

September 18, 2016 Portraiture
October 16, 2016 Paper Craft
November 20, 2016 Expressionist Landscapes
December 18, 2016 Photography
January 15, 2017
February 19, 2017
March 19, 2017
April 16, 2017
May 21, 2017
June 18, 2017
July 16, 2017
August 20, 2017

Fandom: Fandom aims to bring together fans of art and popular culture in a playful and humorous exploration of the Art Museum’s galleries. Each month, a different pop culture topic will serve as a lens through which to discover new connections in the permanent collection. Spoiler alert: this program will be awesome. RSVP required. Free admission. 2 p.m.

September 24, 2016 Harry Potter
October 22, 2016 American Horror Story
November 26, 2016 Sherlock
January 28, 2017
February 25, 2017
March 25, 2017
April 22, 2017
May 27, 2017
June 24, 2017
July 22, 2017
August 26, 2017

 

Family Programs

Family First Saturday: What’s going on? A lot, and then some more! Performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities are just the start of the fun for the whole family. There’s a different theme each month for these FREE events, so be sure to come to everyone, and bring your best friends! RSVP no required. Free admission. First Saturday of the month, September-May, 12–4 p.m.

September 3, 2016 Cat Crazy
October 1, 2016 Archaeology Fair
November 5, 2016 Camera Club
December 3, 2016 Storytelling
January 7, 2017
February 4, 2017
March 4, 2017
April 1, 2017
May 6, 2017

Art in the Making: Parents plus kids ages 6–12. This is a rewarding experience that can enhance artistic development. It can do so much for a child, and can also add to your own appreciation for art making. This class format is designed for children ages 6–12 who are accompanied by an adult who’ll actively share their art experience. Select local artists make it fun by leading interactive classes that include a gallery tour and hands-on art activity. Limited space, first come basis; RSVP recommended. $10 per pair members ($6/$3 for each additional person). $20 per pair general admission. Third Saturday of the month, September–May, 1–3 p.m.

September 17, 2016 Stories and Art
October 15, 2016 Landscape Painting
November 19, 2016 Photography
December 17, 2016 Ornaments
January 21, 2017
February 18, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 15, 2017
May 20, 2017

Baby Tours: This 30-minute experience will introduce you and your infant (ages 0–2) to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds. We will explain the positive effects of visual stimulation with masterpieces that will mesmerize the Art Museum’s youngest visitors. Strollers are not permitted so that you and your child can better experience the art together. RSVP required. Free admission. Third Saturday of the month, 11–11:30 a.m., 2–2:30 p.m.

September 16, 2016 Music
October 21, 2016 Black and White
November 18, 2016 Shiny things
December 16, 2016 Meet the Artists
January 20, 2017
February 17, 2017
March 17, 2017
April 21, 2017
May 19, 2017
June 16, 2017
July 21, 2017
August18, 2017

Picture This! Teen Book Club: Do you love to read? Love art? Join librarians from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and members of the CAM staff for the new Picture This! Book Club designed for ages 12–18. Meet up on select Saturdays to share your thoughts and opinions of the book before setting off to view related artworks in the CAM collection and special exhibitions. RSVP not required. Free admission. Third Saturday of the month, every other month, 2–3 p.m.

October 15, 2016
December 17, 2016
February 18, 2017
April 15, 2017
June 18, 2017

Young Artist Open Studio: Designed for teens, ages 13–19. This open studio will run in the HOMAGO format (Hanging out, Messing Around, Geeking Out) and will allow teens to show up and work on whatever they would like. Teens may bring their own projects, use the common available materials (drawing materials, paint, clay), or work with the prepared “art-prompt” of the day. RSVP not required. Free admission. Fourth Saturday of the month, 2–4 p.m.

September 24, 2016
October 22, 2016
November 26, 2016
January 28, 2017
February 25, 2017
March 25, 2017
April 29, 2017
May 27, 2017
June 24, 2017
July 29, 2017
August 26, 2017

Wee Wednesday: Perfect for ages 2–5. A great program keeps getting better! Our popular “open house” program for preschoolers and their parents offers interactive learning stations in the galleries, story tellers, and a hands-on art project each month. We hope you’ll like our new ideas for the season! RSVP not required. Free admission. We’re sorry, but we are unable to accommodate school groups for this program. 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

September 28, 2016 Hometown Fun
October 26, 2016 Experimental Play
November 30, 2016 Into the Woods
December 28, 2016 Meet the Artists
January 25, 2017
February 22, 2017
March 29, 2017
April 26, 2017
May 31, 2017

Summer Camp: Kids can delve into art with eight weeks of classes that are packed with exciting art projects, gallery games, and fun! Your child will discover all aspects of visual art in specially themed weeks designed for children ages 6–8 or 9–12. More details will be available in spring 2017. The Cincinnati Art Museum is the place for fun and creativity this summer. Delve into art with eight weeks of summer camps packed with exciting art projects, gallery games, and interactive activities! Each week, children will discover all aspects of visual art through various themes and activities taught by highly skilled educators and museum staff. RSVP required. Pricing varies.

 

Accessibility Programs

Touch Tours: Visitors who are blind or partially sighted and their families are invited to tour the Art Museum through touch on the second Saturday of every month. Specially trained docents provide verbal descriptions and guide participants through the process of seeing art with their fingertips. Each month features a different theme and focuses on three to five objects from the Art Museum’s permanent collection. RSVP recommended. Free admission. Second Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

September 10, 2016 Modern and Contemporary
October 8, 2016 American Life
November 12, 2016 19th Century Sculpture
December10, 2016 Cultural Traditions
January 14, 2017
February 11, 2017
March 11, 2017
April 8, 2017
May 13, 2017
June 10, 2017
July 8, 2017
August 12, 2017

Memories in the Museum: Join the Taft Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati on the first Wednesday of each month for Memories in the Museum. This program is designed for visitors with memory loss and their guests. Each session will include a tour, light refreshments, and an opportunity to participate in making art. Participants will observe and engage in conversation about artwork within three of Cincinnati’s historic art institutions. RSVP required. Free admission. Space is limited. For reservations please contact the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati at 1-800-272-3900. First Wednesday of the month (selected dates), 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

October 19, 2016 Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth
November 2, 2016 Culture and Sculpture
December 7, 2016 Community
April 5, 2017 Household art
July 5, 2017 Local Color

Public Tour with ASL interpretation provided: A certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins an Art Museum docent each month for a free tour of one of our special exhibitions. RSVP recommended. Free admission. Third Saturday of the month, 1 p.m.

September 17, 2016 Antiquities
October 15, 2016 Kentucky Renaissance
November 19, 2016 Staff Art Show
December 17, 2016 Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth
January 21, 2017
February 18, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 15, 2017
May 20, 2017
June 17, 2017 Folk Art in America
July15, 2017 Impressionist works
August 19, 2017 Romanticism

*Autism Family Exploration: This program is designed for families with children with autism to explore the museum in a comfortable environment. There will be multisensory stops lead by docents in the galleries to encourage interaction with the collection. RSVP not required. Free admission. 10–11 a.m.

January 7, 2017 Fairy Tales in the Forest
March 4, 2017 Paper Party
May 6, 2017 Japanamania

Connect: This program is specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Each month, join museum educators for a multisensory exploration of art from the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, followed by art making projects in Rosenthal Education Center. Every month features a different theme, so come back every fourth Saturday for a new adventure in learning about art! RSVP recommended. Free admission. Fourth Saturday of the month, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

September 23, 2016 The Drama of Art
October 22, 2016 Into the Woods
November 26, 2016 All Kinds of Art
January 21, 2017
February 25, 2017
March 25, 2017
April 22, 2017
May 27, 2017
June 24, 2017
July 22, 2017
August 26, 2017

 

Teacher Programs

Evenings for Educators

Third Wednesdays/Thursdays (September – May), 4–7 p.m.
(Registration & refreshments 4–5 p.m., program begins at 5 p.m.)

Evenings for Educators is the Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly teacher professional development program. Through the lens of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, Evenings for Educators supports all subjects taught in the classroom. We encourage a STEM to STEAM approach as well as 21st Century Learning strategies in the museum and classroom. This 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.

Participating teachers will receive CEU certificates in May. Graduate credit available for an additional fee through Ashland University. For more information, email schoolandteachers@cincyart.org

$5 for students; $10 for members; $20 for general public.

Series pricing (all 8 sessions): $70 for members; $150 for general public.
Reservations required.

September 21, 2016: Deeper Comprehension through Modern and Contemporary Art
October 19, 2016: Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth
November 16, 2016: A Snapshot of the Lexington Camera Club
January 19, 2017: Excavating the Ancient World*
February 16, 2017: The Art of Arms & Armor*
March 16, 2017: Evening with an Illustrator: Laura Kern with Wandeling Press*
April 20, 2017: Autism Awareness Month*
May 18, 2017: Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light*

* Program moves to Thursday nights in January

 

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