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3 must-see fall exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum

by Joanna Kerman


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

It may be hot outside, but fall is right around the corner – and so is a one-of-a-kind lineup of new exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Grab your calendar and hold on to your seat. Here’s what you can look forward to in the coming months at the art museum.

*= Tickets required. CAM members receive free tickets. Learn more about membership here.

1. Life: Gillian Wearing*

October 5–December 30, 2018 | Free for Fotofocus pass holders in October

You do not have to be yourself in this exhibition featuring British conceptual artist Gillian Wearing. Wearing’s photographs and videos illuminate unspoken dimensions of our most common relationships and acts, shedding light on the ways we inhabit personae and expose or conceal interior thoughts and desires. Life includes a concise selection of the artist’s works along with several new projects receiving their world premiere in Cincinnati. Learn more

2. The Fabric of India*

October 19, 2018–January 6, 2019

Embark on an adventure through India without leaving Cincinnati. Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and making its debut in the U.S., The Fabric of India showcases the richness of Indian textiles and fashion from the fifteenth century to today. A stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics and cutting-edge garments will be on view. Learn more

3. Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World

September 7, 2018–January 27, 2018

Did you know that the Cincinnati Art Museum has been collecting Islamic calligraphy for over 70 years? This free special exhibition celebrates CAM’s collection and explores the prominence and pervasiveness of calligraphic art. Discover richly illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts, pages from the Qur’an, calligraphic practice sheets and political decrees from Iran, Turkey, India, Spain and Syria. Learn more