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Thursday, March 31, 2022, 4–8 p.m. 

Friday, April 1, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 

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This symposium celebrates the museum’s newly reinstalled galleries of the ancient Middle East. Through a series of talks and panel discussions, the scholarship presented will explore new ways of thinking and presenting ancient cultures today. Topics include archaeology and cultural heritage, the interdisciplinary nature of museum work, and the role of civic engagement to amplify the arts in Cincinnati.  

Speakers include Dr. Morag Kersel, Associate Professor and Director of the Museum Studies Minor Program at DePaul University; Dr. Lamia el-Khouri, Associate Professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology at Yarmouk University, Dr. Björn Anderson, Associate Professor Art History at the University of Iowa; Dr. Lindsay Allen, Lecturer in Greek & Near Eastern History at King’s College London; Dr. Joseph Greene, Deputy Director Emeritus of the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East; Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay, Associate Professor at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, and Dr. Jack Green, Jeffrey Horrell ‘75 and Rodney Rose Director and Chief Curator of the Miami University Art Museum.  

Join us from 4pm on Thursday 31 March for the Keynote Lecture, Community Roundtable with leaders from CAM, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, and Hebrew Union College, followed by a reception with gallery viewing. The symposium begins again at 9:30am Friday 1 April. Visitors should meet in the Fath Auditorium.   

Free. Registration required. Registration includes a box lunch on April 1. 

Masks are required within the museum unless eating or drinking.  


This event is offered free through the generous funding of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

The Cincinnati Asian Art Society will present the Sixth Annual Asian Art Lecture on Sunday April 24, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Fath Auditorium.

Explore the art of dance as it is portrayed in the visual and performing arts of India. Join us as Mekala Krishnan, a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, performs a lecture-demonstration that creates connection between classical dance traditions and historic works of art that embody movement.

A reception will follow in the Castellini Foundation Room.

Free. Seating is first come, first served.

More information coming soon!

48th Annual Colonial Dames Lecture & Tea:
Hidden Stories in Early American Interiors with Dr. Jennifer Van Horn

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 2–4 p.m.

Free for Art Museum and NSCDA Ohio Members. $10 for the general public. Reservations required.

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As art museums and historic sites across the country readdress their presentations of American art, overlooked narratives are coming to the fore. These include the relationship between enslavement and refinement within early American interiors and the works of art that animated them. Join Dr. Jennifer Van Horn of the University of Delaware as she reveals more about the unpaid laborers who created objects made of fine materials like mahogany and silver, and the work of enslaved people required to maintain and use these artworks. Thinking through our museum’s Colonial and Federal Gallery which features the collection of the NSCDA Ohio, Van Horn will consider the power of shifting traditional narratives to encompass Black expertise, labor, and creativity.

Lecture begins in the Fath Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. with tea to follow in the Great Hall and Terrace Cafe.


Presented by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio.

Colonial Dames Lecture and Tea graciously underwritten by the L. W. Scott Alter Trust.

If you need accessibility accommodations for this program or event, please email [email protected]. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure accommodations can be made.

The 25th Annual Kreines Lecture on Decorative Art and Design: Setting the Stage: An Art Deco Bedroom by Joseph Urban

Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2–3 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum, Fath Auditorium
Free to attend. Reservations required. Capacity may be limited for public safety.

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In 1929, architect and designer Joseph Urban (1872–1933) was commissioned to create a bedroom for seventeen-year-old Elaine Wormser (1912–2007) who lived with her parents in the Drake Tower, Chicago. In July 2022, over 90 years after its completion, the Cincinnati Art Museum will present this one-of-a-kind room, fully conserved and installed to reflect its original state as photographed in 1930. Join us as Amy Dehan, the museum’s curator of decorative art and design, reveals how the Wormser bedroom became a part of the museum’s permanent collection and shares insights about Joseph Urban, the Wormser’s commission, and the ongoing work to resurrect this Art Deco gem.

Presented by Mrs. Kenneth Kreines and the Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati in Memory of Dr. Kenneth Kreines.

If you need accessibility accommodations for this program or event, please email [email protected]. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure accommodations can be made.

More information coming soon!