Chic Spotlight: Cincinnati Art Museum

Chic Spotlight: Cincinnati Art Museum

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2007.61.15 Art Smith (American 1917-1982). “Modern Cuff”
Bracelet, designed circa 1948. Silver, 1 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 4 in.
(4.1 x 6.4 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Charles
L. Russell, 2007.61.15. 

Cincy Chic: Can you tell us about the upcoming exhibitions at the Cincinnati Art Museum?
Cincinnati Art Museum: From February 14 through May 11 we’ll be featuring Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700. The exhibition will feature drawings by a talented group of artists that highlight the verve of 18th-century French drawings. Featured artists include Francois Boucher, Charles-Joseph Natoire, Carle Vanloo and their contemporaries born in or around 1700. There will be more than 70 master drawings including some that have never been seen before.
Beginning February 22 and running through May 18 is From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith. This exhibition is for those who love jewelry. Large scale, highly sculpted pieces of jewelry created by Art Smith and his contemporaries will be on display There will be 25 pieces of silver and gold jewelry created by Art Smith as well as an additional 40 pieces by Sam Kramer, Margaret De Patta and Harry Bertoia.
The Cincinnati Art Museum will exhibition Crown by Todd Pavlisko from March 15 to June 15. Crown is an exhibition that was based on an experience at the museum that occurred in 2012. A hired sharpshooter fired projectiles through the Schmidlapp Gallery into a brass cube placed in the center of the Great Hall. This event was caught with high speed cameras and edited into a video that will be presented in the gallery. 


Cincy Chic: What makes them special and why are you excited to bring them to the museum?
Regina Carswell Russo, Marketing and Communications Director at the Cincinnati Art Museum: Each exhibition is special in very different ways. We have something for people who love contemporary, visitors who love fashion and jewelry and of course our fans of 17th century French Drawings. We have a wonderful exhibition in the summer devoted entirely to Cincinnati Silver. Collectors, regional history buffs and people who appreciate decorative arts will fall in love with this exhibition. And of course American Gothic by Grant Wood makes it’s appearance in Cincinnati from the Art Institute of Chicago, it’s being paired up with our Daughters of Revolution, another iconic piece by Grant Wood.


Cincy Chic: Do you offer any days that are free admission?
Russo: Every day is free admission at the Cincinnati Art Museum. We’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find the Cincinnati Art Museum at 953 Eden Park Drive in Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic: Are there any free or inexpensive events coming up where guests can enjoy what the museum has to offer?
Russo: On January 31 the Museum will host Art After Dark: Romance at the Art Museum. Visitors will have the chance to make a date with the artwork at the museum’s Final Friday Happy Hour. You’ll also get an instructional tour of “How to Bring a Date to the Art Museum” to help you prep for Valentine’s Day. Guests will also get to enter the Romantic Raffle for a chance to win a Valentine’s Day gift package from the Museum’s Terrace Cafe. Enjoy Latin dance performances by Midwest Latino and music by DJ Rudy Alvarez from 6-8p.m. and special Tango performances at 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The event is free and no reservations are required. There will be drinks and appetizers available for purchase. Parking for the event is $4 and free to Art Museum Members. The winner of the raffle will receive a Valentine’s Day dinner at the Cincinnati Art Museum on February 14 – no planning needed. You’ll dine in the Great Hall with a 4 course meal and a bottle of wine, enjoy romantic music and take a special sneak peek tour of Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700. Five couples will win the prize. Tickets for the raffle are $5 for one or $20 for five.

Cincy Chic: What are some other ways guests can enjoy the Cincinnati Art Museum?
Russo: Visitors can enjoy public tours, which are always free and meet in the front lobby. They take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Family ARTventures Tours are on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.


Cincy Chic: Where can readers to go learn more about the museum and exhibits?
Russo: Visit or call 513-639-2995 for more information. You can also “like” us on Facebook, Instagram (@cincyartmuseum) and Twitter.