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"Something Over Something Else": Romare Bearden’s Profile Series

February 28, 2020–May 24, 2020

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"Something Over Something Else": Romare Bearden’s Profile Series reunites for the first time thirty vibrant collages from this renowned series. In 1977, a "Profile" of Bearden by Calvin Tomkins in the New Yorker provoked the artist to reflect upon his childhood and maturity during the 1920s and 30s. The result was a two-part series that traces his journey from rural Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, to working-class Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and culminates with his treasured first studio in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood.

Yet transcending autobiography, Bearden’s Profile Series, accompanied by evocative texts co-written by Bearden and his friend the author Albert Murray, expresses a deep reverence for humanity and the struggles and triumphs of African Americans.


Romare Bearden Lecture with the Curators
February 27 | 7 p.m. | Fath Auditorium

Explore Bearden’s acclaimed Profile Series with the exhibition curators:
-Stephanie Heydt, Margaret and Terry Stent Curator of American Art, High Museum of Art
-Robert G. O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Free. Seating is first come, first served.

No reservations required.


Family First Saturday: Cut and Paste
March 7 | 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Spend the day with your family with free and fun activities for the whole family. Enjoy a special scavenger hunt, performances, hands-on art-making and more. Enjoy special preschool activities from 11:00 a.m–1:00 p.m. FREE.

Reservations not required.


Artist Workshop: Collage
March 21 | 1-3 p.m.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to join us for this workshop led by a local artist. Learn about techniques and materials used by professional artists in these fun, educational and hands-on workshops. Children must be at least 6 years old to participate. General Admission: $12, Art Museum Members: $6. Reservations Required.

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Wee Wednesday: Creating Collages
March 25 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

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. Families will be given a map upon arrival, indicating learning centers in the galleries. This month we will sort patterns, practice layering and find colors as we learn about collage through play! We’re sorry, but we are unable to accommodate school groups for this program.



A Staged Reading of "Joe Turner has Come and Gone" by August Wilson
April 16 | 7 pm

Come hear talented, local actors as they read August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," a play inspired by Romare Bearden's collage, "Mill Hand's Lunch Bucket." This production is a partnership with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and directed by Piper Davis. Members: $10 General Admission $20. Reservations required.

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Public Tour with ASL Interpretation: Something Over Something Else *
April 18 | 1–2 p.m.

A certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter joins an Art Museum docent each month for a free tour of one of our special exhibitions. Visitors will meet at the front desk and be led on a tour through the galleries. This month explore Something Over Something Else: Romare Bearden’s Profile Series. *While the tour is free, Special Exhibition tickets are sold separately.


Connect - For Adults with Developmental Disabilities
April 25 | 11 a.m.–12:30p

This program is specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Each month, we will explore different parts of the museum on a multisensory tour, then create art related to what we see. Visitors will meet in the Great Hall then be led on a tour through the galleries. This month we will work like Romare Bearden to create mixed media collages.

FREE. Reservations recommended.


Gallery Experience (with Anne Buening)*
April 26  | 3–4 p.m

Explore a new perspective on the CAM collection during this one hour experience. Whether it's a discussion or a performance, we will examine art through the lens of contemporary life. This week, meet Curatorial Assistant Anne Beuning in the Front Lobby and check out the colorful collage work of Romare Bearden. *While the tour is free, exhibition tickets are sold separately. Reservations recommended.

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$12 adults | $6 senior/children/students

They can be purchased online and in person at the museum. The exhibition is free on Thursday nights from 5–8 p.m. and during Art After Dark monthly events. Tickets also provide dual admission to special exhibition Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850—1970, which opens March 13. If visitors purchase a ticket for “Something Over Something Else” between February 28 and the opening of Gorham Silver on March 13, the ticket stub may be saved and brought back to the museum for admission to the second exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Andrew Wyeth Foundation for American Art.


Generously supported by:

Eric & Jan-Michele Kearney