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Unknown Elements

August 15, 2015 to November 08, 2015

This special feature presents a selection of 26 photographs from the Cincinnati Art Museum's collection about which some details are unknown. The photographs, from the mid-19th century to present day, are without the name of the photographer, or the identity of the sitter, or the place and time the picture was made. Five Cincinnati-area writers responded to these gaps in knowledge with poems, short stories and other creative responses which are presented alongside some of the photographs.


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Related Programming + Events

August 28, 5 – 9 p.m.

Art After Dark: Unknown Elementz


September 12, 2 p.m.

InDepth Gallery Talk with Brian Sholis, Associate Curator of Photography


September 19, 11 a.m.

American Sign Language Tour


October 4, 2 p.m.

Words and Pictures: A Public Reading with Matt Hart, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Albert Pyle, and Kathy Y. Wilson



Joel Sternfeld (born 1944, United States), Location Unknown, 1976/2011, pigment print. Cincinnati Art Museum, FotoFocus Art Purchase Fund. 2012.90. © Joel Sternfeld

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