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Celebrate the art of cinema at the Cincinnati Art Museum.


Upcoming events:

Shadow Films

November 18–21, 2021. Virtual.

Animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger developed a distinctive language in cut paper silhouettes, debuting her first animated film in 1919 and going on to make one of the first feature-length animated films—and the oldest extant animated feature—The Adventures of Prince Achmed.  Reiniger called her intricate puppetry animations “shadow films.” Her storytelling continues to influence filmmakers including Kara Walker, whose animated films nod to Reiniger’s techniques and visual language.

Join for a virtual screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, a fantastical and sometimes sinister fairy tale that plucks a flying horse, magic islands, sorcerers, witches, and transformations from The Thousand and One Nights.

Trudy Gaba and Ciona Rouse (Site Curator and Guest Curator for Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick) introduce the film, situating Prince Achmed in critical context and offering insight into its kinship with Walker’s work. A bonus conversation with Art Palace host Russell Ihrig and film critic tt stern-enzi explores Nia DaCosta’s adaptation of paper silhouettes in her new release, Candyman.

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Selected past events and series

Moving Images, At Home

April 2020–June 2021

At its heart, Moving Images is about bringing communities together in the museum. Beginning in spring 2020, when the impact of COVID-19 prevented safe gathering in theater spaces, we collaborated with filmmakers, scholars, and other friends in the local film community to share a monthly selection of recommendations for our audiences to enjoy at home. Learn more here.

Art, Histories, & Adaptations film and discussion series

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. Learn more here.

All Things Being Equal film and discussion series

September 3–5, 2020

Presented in celebration of the Cincinnati Art Museum opening of Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal..., the ATBE film and discussion series features films that honor the themes of Thomas’s work, discussions with scholars, filmmakers, and artists, and a special presentation of short films created in collaboration with Cincinnati nonprofit film-focused organizations. Learn more here.