Three Must-See Fall Exhibitions

Three Must-See Fall Exhibitions

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Fall is officially here, and so is this one-of-a-kind lineup of new exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Keep reading as our art guru gives us a sneak peek inside.


*= Tickets required. CAM members receive free tickets. Learn more about membership here.

1. Life: Gillian Wearing*

Gillian Wearing, Me as an Artist in 1984, 2014, chromogenic print. © Gillian Wearing. Courtesy of the artist, Tanya BonakdarGallery, New York, Maureen Paley, London and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

October 5–December 30, 2018 | Free for Fotofocus pass holders in October

You do not have to be yourself in this exhibition featuring British conceptual artist Gillian Wearing. Wearing’s photographs and videos illuminate unspoken dimensions of our most common relationships and acts, shedding light on the ways we inhabit personae and expose or conceal interior thoughts and desires. Life includes a concise selection of the artist’s works along with several new projects receiving their world premiere in Cincinnati. Learn more.

2. The Fabric of India*

October 19, 2018–January 6, 2019

Border for a Dress (detail), cotton muslin with beetle wing-cases and gilded silver, poss. Hyderabad,  Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, ca. 1850, Given by Mrs. Mary Gordon, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Embark on an adventure through India without leaving Cincinnati. Organized by the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and making its debut in the U.S., The Fabric of India showcases the richness of Indian textiles and fashion from the fifteenth century to today. A stunning range of historic dress, heirloom fabrics and cutting-edge garments will be on view. Learn more.

3. Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World

Now–January 27, 2019

Signed by Sultan Ali Mashhadi (d. 1520), Afghanistan, Herat Timurid period, Page from the Diwan (collected works) of Sultan Husayn Mirza, circa 1490, with later additions, colored inks, and gold on blue paper, Cincinnati Art Museum; Gift of JoLynn M. and  ByronW. Gustin, 2016.372.


Did you know that the Cincinnati Art Museum has been collecting Islamic calligraphy for over 70 years? This free special exhibition celebrates CAM’s collection and explores the prominence and pervasiveness of calligraphic art. Discover richly illuminated folios from poetic and historic manuscripts, pages from the Qur’an, calligraphic practice sheets and political decrees from Iran, Turkey, India, Spain and Syria. Learn more.

This not-so-average Jo is a born-and-raised Cincinnatian on a quest for creativity. Joanna embraces her artistic side as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she has the pleasure of managing CAM’s Instagram page, leading the YP Culture + Cocktails program, and spearheading the museum’s community marketing initiative, among other tasks. Prior to joining the CAM family, Joanna graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising (Go Muskies!) and held positions at SORTA/Metro and Trivantis Corporation. Joanna is a yogi, cook, animal lover, and home beer brewer. She resides in Fairview with her husband and cat.