The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art institutions in the United States. It sits regal and Romanesque in the hills of Eden Park and houses one of the most comprehensive art collections in the Midwest. The museum's permanent collection alone consists of more than 60,000 works that span 6,000 years. In addition, it features several national and international traveling exhibitions each year.
Among its recent traveling exhibits is the unprecedented "Roaring Tiger, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting," featured at the museum in the fall of 2009. Organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum itself, the exhibit featured works selected from top museums in Asia and the United States, such as The National Palace Museum and the Shanghai Museum. Consisting of approximately 100 Chinese animal paintings and artifacts, the show examined why animal images represent distinct symbolic values and narratives in Chinese culture.
In June of 2010, the museum unveiled the traveling works of Walker Evans, one of the most renowned photographic artists of the 20th century. "Walker Evans: Decade by Decade", included photographs of the American condition during the Great Depression and life in pre-revolutionary Cuba. Evans' rarely exhibited 1930's series of Victorian Houses, a tribute to the lost form of Victorian architecture, was also on display.
The museum's outstanding permanent collection ranges from the ancient art of Egypt, Greece and Rome, to Far Eastern, African, and American art. Visitors can study the works of old European masters such as Ruben, Picasso, and Renoir, or explore galleries of textiles, costumes, sculptures, photography, drawings, contemporary art, and more. The museum also boasts the largest collection of ancient Nabataean art in the world, outside of Jordan. The Nabataeans, an ancient Semitic people of the Middle East, are known today by their finely painted and potted ceramics.
The Cincinnati Art Museum was established after the Women's Art Museum Association, organized in the late 19th century, campaigned to construct a local art institution. At the time of its opening in the spring of 1886, the museum was touted worldwide as the "Art Palace of the West."
Today, the museum hosts a variety of educational programs and activities for the public, including yoga classes, family scavenger hunts, preschooler art classes, gallery talks, and more. Visitors can dine inside the museum at the modern Terrace Café, which offers an array of sandwiches, soups, salads, wine, and beer. The café features WiFi and outdoor seating in a courtyard blended with classical and modern architecture.
- Tuesday through Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
- Monday: Closed
- Location: 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH
- 513-639-2995 for general information
- 513-721-ARTS (2787) for ticket line
- 877-472-4CAM toll free
- Website: www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org