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April 22–25, 2021

Rooted in CAM special exhibitions Future Retrieval: Close Parallel and Frank Duveneck: American Master, this 4-day online film and discussion program looks at the ways art and film reimagine, recontextualize, and in some instances, reshape historical narratives and literary texts.


Conversation with the Curators

April 22, 2021, 6–7 p.m.

VIRTUAL | Watch the recording here

Artists and Histories at the Cincinnati Art Museum: Julie Aronson and Amy Dehan

Frank Duveneck’s legacy is reflected deeply in the museum’s collections, through his roles as mentor, donor of works of art, and highly regarded advisor. Future Retrieval mined the CAM’s decorative arts and design collection, selecting objects spanning centuries to serve as catalysts for reinvention. Both exhibition projects—Frank Duveneck: American Master and Future Retrieval: Close Parallel—are intertwined with histories at CAM.

Join us for a conversation and audience Q&A with the leaders for these exhibitions, Julie Aronson, Curator of American Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, and Amy Miller Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design. This conversation will explore the ways that both Duveneck and Future Retrieval directly influence CAM’s own web of stories as well as the curator’s role as presenter of histories for today’s communities. Moderated by Emily Bauman.


Feature Films

Access free, on demand April 23–25, 2021

The Portrait of a Lady

Directed by Jane Campion, 1996. Rated PG-13

Resolute American expatriate Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman) rejects marriage proposals to seek an independent and adventurous life, but she becomes entangled in the schemes of a woman she admires, Madame Merle (Barbara Hershey), and aesthete Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovitch). Campion’s sensuous feminist interpretation of Henry James’s book of the same name includes fictionalized adaptations of James’s friends, the Duvenecks.



The Shining

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1980. Rated R

Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) takes a job as off-season caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. As Torrance, his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and son Danny (Danny Lloyd) settle in for an isolated winter, a sinister presence draws them into its cyclical march toward madness and violence. Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 psychological horror novel counts among film influences for the artists of Future Retrieval. Watch for common themes including overlapping narratives, duality, and interiors.



Fireside chats

Access free, on demand April 23–25, 2021

Colm Tóibín and Niamh J. O’Leary on Duveneck, Henry James, and Adaptation

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This special Cincinnati Art Museum and The Mercantile Library partnership brings acclaimed author Colm Tóibín in conversation with The Mercantile Library affiliate Niamh J. O’Leary.


About the speakers

Colm Tóibín is the author of novels including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. In May 2017, he co-curated Henry James and American Painting at The Morgan Library & Museum, and his essay “Frank Duveneck and Henry James” appears in the exhibition catalogue Frank Duveneck: American Master.

Niamh J. O’Leary is an Associate Professor of English at Xavier University and moderator for The Mercantile Library’s discussion program, Canon Club. Her research interests include performance studies and representations of communities of women in Renaissance drama. Dr. O’Leary serves on the board of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and is co-host of the theatre’s podcast, The Good, the Bard, and the Ugly.


Future Retrieval and Film, with Russell Ihrig

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Future Retrieval artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis sit down with CAM Art Palace host Russell Ihrig for a conversation about the influence of film on their work.