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Celebrating Black History Month

by Cincinnati Art Museum


Black History Month , CAM collection

Join the Cincinnati Art Museum during this time of celebration by exploring works by Black artists in the museum’s collection.

Cleaning Up the Jain Shrine—Work Continues!

by Kelly Rectenwald, Associate Objects Conservator


behind the scenes , objects conservation , CAMConservation

We are working on conserving a new piece of the shrine—which is cleaning up very well—revealing beautiful bright red and yellow pigments underneath the coating.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Brightening a Nearly 100-Year-Old Harbor Scene

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator


paintings conservation , CAMConservation , Selden

Before the work was shipped to the museum from out of state, our curator of American art, Julie Aronson, PhD, contacted a professionally trained paintings conservator in that region to examine it. He noted a few areas with cracks and lifting paint that might be jeopardized during transport. With permission from the owner , the conservator applied the three tissue paper patches you see here to make sure that no paint flakes were lost in transit.

Protecting a Nearly 100-year-old Japanese Print

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper


paper conservation , yoshida hiroshi , color woodcut

See these and other woodcut prints (including Himeji Castle in the Morning, a variation of the print seen here) by seven members of the talented Yoshida family spanning most of the twentieth century until April 9, 2023.

Teacher Blog: Shiva Nataraja, Cosmic Dancer - Evenings for Educators Preview

by Amy Cholkas, New Richmond Middle School


teacher blog , Shiva Nataraja , Beyond Bollywood

January’s Evening for Educators will feature a tour of the exhibition Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art. This interactive art exhibition explores the power of dance, not only in everyday life, but in religious thought and worship in South Asia.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920s Chanel Sequined Dress

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles


CAMConservation , vintage , Chanel , textile conservation , sequins

Heat and moisture melted the missing sequins on this 1925–1926 party dress at the wearer’s armpit.

2022 at the Cincinnati Art Museum

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Year in Review

Let’s look back on some unique and noteworthy moments during 2022.

Ivory Shrine: Tiny but Mighty

by Kelly Rectenwald, Objects Conservator


CAMConservation , behind the scenes , object conservation

Many of the carved items (such as the bow held in the hand of the figure on left side of the archway) had broken and required repairs to be carried out under a microscope.

Revealing a “Hidden” Cézanne

by Serena Urry, Chief Conservator


Cezanne , X-ray , CAMConservation , paintings conservation

A few months ago, I posted about the complicated surface coatings on Cézanne’s Still Life with Bread and Eggs.” But what was going on under the surface was even more of a surprise.

Analyzing a Tang Dynasty Horse

by Kelly Rectenwald, Objects Conservator


Galloping through Dynasties , conservation , CAMConservation

You can see the conserved Dancing Horse in the special exhibition Galloping Through Dynasties through January 1, 2023

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: The Perfect Pink

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#CAMConservation , textile conservation

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

by Cincinnati Art Museum


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

by Conservation


behind the scenes , object conservation , objects conservation , CAMConservation , permanent collection

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

by Cincinnati Art Museum


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

by Cincinnati Art Museum


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.