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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Perfect Pink

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We are “dyeing” to find the perfect shades of pink silk chiffon to repair this 1920s dress!

Happy Holidays!

by Emily Holtrop Director of Learning & Interpretation


CAMCollection , permanent collection , winter , holidays , Christmas , Thanksgiving , Hanukkah , winter solstice , Kwanzaa , New Year

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the late autumn and early winter is a time for reflection and celebration.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jain Shrine Update

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behind the scenes , objects conservation , CAMConservation , Jain Shrine

This week in objects conservation: Almost 12 months from when we first started the treatment, half of the Jain shrine has been conserved, and a new batch of pieces has moved into the lab to begin treatment.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

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National Native American Heritage Month , Pueblos , New Mexico , Water Jar (Olla) , Polychrome Jar , Maria Martinez , Mary Lewis Garcia

November is Native American Heritage Month—a time to celebrate the diverse societies, rich traditions, and complex histories of Indigenous Peoples here in North America and a time to acknowledge their vital contributions to American art and culture.

Opening Today! Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art

by Dr. Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities


Beyond Bollywood , Dance , South Asian Art , Southeast Asian Art , Himalayan Art , Asian Art Museum

Join us at CAM to experience the exceptional importance and power of dance in religious thought, literature, politics, and societal structures in Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The British Invasion... of Conservation

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CAMConservation , paitings conservation , Martin Archer Shee

Our paintings conservator has just begun a big multi-year project, teaming with curators and other scholars, to examine CAM’s collection of 65+ paintings by British artists.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Seeing Spots

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CAMConservation , 1740sfurniture , textile conservation , textiles , Grendey

Our textile conservator got to wear all these “hats” this week to address some spots on this settee in Gallery 209, the British portraiture gallery.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Pair of Ceramic Jars

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These large jars are in rough shape and are currently in the lab for some major repairs.

Seven Ghostly Stops at the Cincinnati Art Museum

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ghost stories , ghost tour , haunted museum , permanent collection , ghosts

We've narrowed down the spookiest spots in the museum, equipped with ghostly tales of the unexplained.

Kim and Rob's Painted Wedding

by Hannah Kimble, Hospitality and Special Events Intern


wedding , CAMWeddings , Shari Hiudt , Icon Cake , Sherri Barber , Marti Heard , String Source , Toad Productions , Clear Lighting , Fitz the Occasion , Stephanie Gaffney , City Bird , Coffee Emporium , Alice Bimel Courtyard , great hall

Along with many unique details, one that sands out about Kim and Rob's wedding is live painter, Stephanie Gaffney.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: A Fresh Mount for Guan Yu

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CAMConservation , Guan Yu , Chinese rubbing , Scroll mounting , Galloping through Dynasties

In the newly opened exhibit, Galloping Through Dynasties, visitors will see several of the museum’s hanging scrolls for the first time.

A Course of a Horse

by Emily Holtrop, Director of Learning & Interpretation


Galloping through Dynasties , permanent collection , CAMCollection

Saddle up and explore your museum this fall.

Spring has Sprung with the Lai's Wedding

by Hannah Kimble, Hospitality and Special Events Intern


wedding , Alice Bimel Courtyard , CAMWeddings , ceremony , venue , rental space , Bonbonerie , Amber Victoria Photography , Carly Messner , Joyful Sound

As the Fall scenery is creeping in, we at the Cincinnati Art Museum cannot get over this beautiful Spring wedding we hosted earlier this year.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Women at the Races

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CAMConservation , Manet , paintings , paintings conservation

Look for the recently conserved painting in our gallery soon.

The Dress of Tomorrow

by Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles


Cynthia Amnéus , The Saturday Evening Post , Triennale di Milano , Milan Trienniale , Evelyn Jablow , Fold-Up Dress for a Portable Society , 1964 , Fashion , Magazine

“The woman of tomorrow will wear pleats and tights, and live in a house spun from glass fiber, with patent-leather walls and no furniture at all.”

Behind the Scenes in the South Asian Galleries

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CAMConservation , Palampore , textile conservation , South Asian Art

Take a peek into preparations for the reopening of the South Asian Galleries, December 2023.

A Room with Legs

by Amy Miller Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, and Emily Holtrop, Director of Learning & Interpretation


Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom , Art Deco

Conceived to give the room “legs,” this digital experience allows the public to access the room and its related themes beyond the run of the special exhibition Unlocking an Art Deco Bedroom by Joseph Urban.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Bread, Eggs, and UV Light

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CAMConservation , paintings , Paul Cezanne , still lifes , paintings conservation

Look for Bread and Eggs (and onions!) to return to the permanent galleries soon.

Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage

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National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month , Hispanic artists , Latinx artists

Enjoy these works by or about Hispanic and Latinx artists in the museum's permanent collection.

A New Discovery in CAM: A Magic Mirror

by Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art


Magic Mirror , Transparent Mirror , Han Dynasty , East Asian Art , Amitabha , Amida Buddha , Buddhism

When placed in sunlight, the mirror projects the decorative design on the back of the mirror and seems to become transparent.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Spot Test!

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CAMConservation , cincyartmuseum , rug conservation , textile conservation

This test hinted at a dramatic difference!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Pinocchio Takes a Bath

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CAMConservation , outdoor art , outdoor sculpture , Pinocchio , Jim Dine

Earlier this month our Pinocchio sculpture received a maintenance treatment from conservators who specialize in outdoor sculpture conservation from McKay Lodge Art Conservation.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Phew!

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Murillo , paintings , paintings conservation , CAMConservation , framing

The last step of conserving the large 7’ x 5’ painting by Murillo has arrived.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Book of Thel

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William Blake , The Book of Thel , J.R.R. Tolkien , paper conservation , Haggerty Museum of Art , CAMConservation

The lesser-known book, The Book of Thel, is now featured in an exhibit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Great Gallery Dust-Up

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CAMConservation , textile conservation , colonial furniture , colonial dames

A whole team helped clean the galleries in a gallery-wide dust-up (or down!). Next time you visit the museum, take a minute to think about all the unseen work that goes into keeping all parts of the museum looking their best.

1881.1: The Cincinnati Art Museum’s First Acquisition

by Anne Buening, Curatorial Assistant for European and American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings


This piece represents a fascinating mix of histories: local indigenous culture before white settlement, nineteenth-century American archaeology, the donor Judge Joseph Cox, and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s early years.

Opening our Collections with Wikipedia

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The Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection is getting easier to explore thanks to new Wikipedia content.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Jain Shrine Reveal

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CAMConservation , Jain Shrine , Reveal , objects conservation , behind the scenes

This week in objects conservation: We have finished coating removal and cleaning of one of the 44 pieces of our Jain Shrine!

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Final Countdown

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Our paintings conservator dons an organic vapor mask, turns on the exhaust trunks, and begins brushing thirty-five square feet plus of painted canvas!