|Cincinnati Silver: 1788–1940
June 14, 2014–September 7, 2014
Cincinnati was not only a center for art pottery and furniture; it was also a significant hub for the production and trade of luxury silver wares. In the years prior to 1850, Cincinnati boasted the largest concentration of silversmiths, jewelers, and watch and clockmakers in the Midwest. This exhibition features 150 to 200 locally made and purchased silver wares, ranging from elegantly wrought soup tureens to fashionable tea sets in styles that span the Neoclassical to Art Deco periods. Supplemented by a few key loans, the works are drawn primarily from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection of Cincinnati silver, which has quadrupled in size over the last decade. Many of these new additions, which have never been on display, will be accompanied by related account and sample books, archival photographs, portraits, and furnishings of the period. Amy Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, curated the exhibition and was the primary author of the accompanying 400-page, color illustrated book. This publication represents the first new scholarship on the subject since 1975.
June 1, 2014–May 30, 2015
Big Pictures is a yearlong public exhibition that features photographs by artists on billboards across Greater Cincinnati. Organized by Brian Sholis, Associate Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum, this exhibition presents captivating images by photographic artists working around the world. Through thirty-six billboards by eighteen local, national, and international artists, Big Pictures will sample the diverse approaches to photography taken by contemporary artists. Visit the www.BigPicturesCincy.org for billboard locations and additional information.
Cries in the Night: German Expressionist Prints around World War I
June 21–August 17, 2014
Expressionism developed during a period of intense social and aesthetic transformation in Germany and Austria. This exhibition of prints traces the avant-garde and the concurrent renaissance in the graphic arts, particularly printmaking, with the founding of the Brücke in 1905. It charts the devastating and transformative impact of World War I and its aftermath upon these artists’ careers, and includes art made during the early years of the Weimar Republic. Among the German printmakers featured are Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Georg Macke, Käthe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, Max Pechstein, and Otto Dix.
Building Pictures: Architectural Photographs by Édouard Baldus
July 19, 2014–October 26, 2014
Building Pictures presents a dozen photographs in the Art Museum collection by Édouard Baldus, the leading architectural photographer in France during the 1850s and ’60s. Featuring images of the Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and other buildings and engineering feats throughout the country, this display demonstrates Baldus’s mastery of the new medium. Aesthetically pleasing, technically sophisticated, and an influence upon generations of photographers, Baldus’s images set the standard for representing architecture and detailed the emerging modern landscape.
Conversations around American Gothic
August 30–November 16, 2014
The Cincinnati Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago will collaborate in a historic loan exchange involving Grant Wood’s two masterpieces, American Gothic and Daughters of Revolution. For the first time, the iconic American Gothic will appear in Cincinnati alongside the Art Museum’s own Daughters of Revolution; then the two paintings will travel to Chicago. This exhibition is one of a series of focus shows designed to illuminate key works in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection. In Cincinnati, Wood’s paintings will be combined with other quintessential works by artists of the Regionalist Movement including John Steuart Curry’s Baptism in Kansas (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York). Visitors will be encouraged to compare these works, stimulating lively conversation about the definition of “realism” as an artistic style, small town and rural life, stereotypes, nationalism, and what it means to be an American.
Eyes on the Street
October 11, 2014–January 4, 2015
This ten internationally renowned artists in this exhibition reimagine street photography and reveal how cameras shape our perception of cities. Featuring photographs, films, and videos, this exhibition is the first at the Cincinnati Art Museum organized by Brian Sholis, Associate Curator of Photography. Eyes on the Street is a part of FotoFocus, the region’s biennial celebration of photography and lens-based art.
Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective
October 31, 2014–January 18, 2015
Tom Wesselmann (1931–2004) is recognized as a leading figure in the Pop Art movement that came to prominence in the 1960s. Within an intentionally limited scope of subject matter, Wesselmann crafted a innovative body of work that evolved constantly. This exhibition presents Wesselmann’s work at the intersection of the classical western culture that has shaped art history for centuries and the systematic and universal commodification of all things and values that defines our world today. This exhibition has been made possible with the sponsorship of Christie’s.
The Tree of Life
November 11, 2014–January 11, 2015
Our extremely popular holiday exhibit returns, assuming its place as a seasonal Cincinnati tradition. The Tree of Life is a sixteen-foot nineteen-year-old crabapple tree that has been transformed into a dramatic sculpture by local artist Matt Kotlarczyk. The exhibit is interactive, encouraging visitors to participate by placing handwritten wishes for the New Year into glass vials that adorn the tree and bring it to life.
Bukang Kim: Journey
December 13, 2014–March 15, 2015
Bukang Kim is a Korean-born American artist based in Cincinnati. The exhibition features her artistic journey of over forty years. Bukang created a unique blend of East and West through her extensive training of Western painting and Asian calligraphy and her deep understanding of the arts and cultures of both worlds.
Masterpieces of Japanese Art
February 14–August 30, 2015
The exhibition features approximately one hundred Japanese masterpieces from the permanent collection of the Art Museum. The show is designed to provide viewers not only with a better understanding of Japanese art and its aesthetics, but also a unique regional perspective through the history of the collection.
Modern Voices in Japanese Ceramics and Prints
February 7–May 3, 2015
This exhibition of approximately thirty-five works will pair modern and contemporary Japanese prints and ceramics. The prints are from the Art Museum’s permanent collection, including selections from the Howard and Caroline Porter Collection. The Japanese ceramics of the same era are lent by Jeffrey and Carol Horvitz. Shown together, these works disclose a brilliant dialogue through shared rhythms, patterns, textures, emotions, and ideas.
The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton
February 28–May 24, 2015
Known by most for designing the topless bathing suit in 1964, Rudi Gernreich was one of the most original and prophetic fashion designers of the twentieth century. His minimalist knit garments executed in psychedelic colors and geometric patterns are visually striking. But Gernreich’s clothes were more than fashion. They were intended to free women’s bodies. All the garments in the exhibition are on loan from Peggy Moffitt, the designer’s primary model and muse. The exhibition includes photographs of Moffitt in Gernreich’s designs and the first fashion video.
Up at Bat: Warhol, Rose, and Baseball Cards
April 11–August 2, 2015
Discover the consummate example of Pop portraiture by Andy Warhol of Cincinnati Reds player-manager Pete Rose, made in 1985, the year Rose broke Ty Cobb’s record of 4,191 hits. The painting, commissioned by the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the related screen print are inspired by the shape and format of baseball cards. The exhibition will feature progressive proofs for the limited-edition print that demonstrate Warhol’s working method; a historical selection of baseball cards; and the photograph by Cincinnati photographer Gordon Baer from which the painting was derived.
Rubens to Ruisdael: Baroque Masterpieces from the Princely Collections of Liechtenstein
June 27–September 20, 2015
The Hohenbuchau Collection is one of the largest collections of Northern Baroque art assembled in recent decades, and it is now on long-term loan to the Prince of Liechtenstein’s Museum in Vienna. This exhibition offers examples of Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century paintings in virtually all genres—history painting, portraiture, genre, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and flower pieces, animal paintings, and hunting scenes. It includes examples by the most famous artists of the period, including Utrecht Caravaggisti (Gerard van Honthorst and Hendrick ter Brugghen), the Leiden fijnschilders (Gerard Dou, Frans and Willem van Mieris), landscape artists (Salomon van Ruysdael, Jacob van Ruisdael), and the great masters Paul Rubens and Jacob Jordaens. With over sixty paintings that display virtuoso composition and technical brilliance, the exhibition is a celebration of the Golden Age in the history of art.