Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer in Cincinnati: Art Histories American Style

With three arts and cultural institutions in Cincinnati opening summer shows presenting American histories of art, the Queen City may be the best summer "staycation" destination in the country.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is devoting its summer to Americana with See America: 9 Views of America. The museum describes these special exhibitions as "a visual road trip through the human and natural landscapes of this great country." The summer is really packed with so much great programming for the whole family. I don't often visit an exhibit more than two times, but I've been there twice already and looking forward to bringing my children later this week.

This week, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will open Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition. This exhibition combines the the art traditions of quilting and jazz. I am excited to have been invited to the opening gala this evening and look forward to reviewing it soon.

And opening later this week, the Museum Center's America, I Am: The African American Imprint covers five centuries of African American history through rare artifacts from all over the world. I saw an webinar preview of this exhibit a little over a week ago and excited to see an exhibit that seeks to present a comprehensive African American history by employing so many arts and cultural elements we may otherwise ignore as integral to Americana. This exhibit too, I plan to review more fully in the coming weeks.