Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
About Auction HouseLocated in scenic Eden Park, the Cincinnati Art Museum features a diverse, encyclopedic art collection of more than 67,000 works spanning 6,000 years. In addition to displaying its own broad collection, the museum also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year. Visitors can enjoy the exhibitions or participate in the museum’s wide range of art-related programs, activities and special events. General admission is always free for all. Museum members receive additional benefits.
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CINCINNATI— The first set of outdoor artworks will soon be added to the Art Climb, the one-of-a-kind civic and art space on the grounds of Cincinnati Art Museum. Chakaia Booker (b. 1953), United States, LBD Duty Free, 2014, reclaimed tires and stainless steel, Courtesy of the Artist, made possible through partnership with Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum Monumental in stature and presence, a sculpture from artist Chakaia Booker and two pieces from Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum’s collection will be installed in the next two months. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park is the region’s premier sculpture park and outdoor arts venue, located on more than 300 acres of scenic grounds in Hamilton, Ohio. Chakaia Booker’s LBD Duty Free (2014) is a 16-foot-high twisted sculpture made of discarded rubber tires and stainless steel. She is known for her integration of discarded construction materials into large, outdoor sculptures and uses various tire tread patterns, colors and widths to create her palette. This work will be placed in the grass at the base of the Art Climb, close to the intersection of Gilbert Avenue and Eden Park Drive. Barton Rubenstein’s Skybound (2012) is a brushed stainless steel sculpture that stretches 30 gleaming feet high. Rubenstein is a modernist sculptor and environmentalist who has completed more than 90 works of public art around the world, and who focuses on elements of nature including water and kinetic energy. This work will be placed on the top plaza of the Art Climb, closest to the museum’s parking lot. Tony Rosenthal’s Cube (1997) is a formidable matte blackened steel sculpture measuring 9 feet across and set on its corner at a seemingly gravity defying angle. Rosenthal was an abstract sculptor known for creating numerous works of public art over a seven decades-long career. This work will be placed on the highest landing within the Art Climb steps. “Pyramid Hill is thrilled to partner with the Cincinnati Art Museum on the Art Climb,” said Sean FitzGibbons, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park’s Executive Director. “This partnership is the perfect example of how art institutions can work together to complement our individual missions. We are excited to share sculptures from our…
“Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal…” brings contemporary art and urgent insight to Cincinnati
Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976), Amandla, 2014. Silicone, fiberglass, metal finish, 51 3/16 × 29 15/16 × 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. © Hank Willis Thomas CINCINNATI— See, listen and speak clearly with powerful multimedia art addressing equality and the power of joy. Cincinnati Art Museum will present Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal...the first comprehensive mid-career survey of the work of this influential artist from Sept. 4 through Nov. 8. Presented by a grant from the PNC Foundation, Procter & Gamble and FEG Investment Advisors and supported by FotoFocus, the exhibition encompasses 20 years of Thomas’ career, during which the artist has explored how the visual languages of popular culture, advertising and media shape society and individual perspective, structuring and trading upon notions of race and gender. Through photography, sculpture, video and collaborative projects, Thomas invites viewers to examine the role of everyday imagery in perpetuating ideas and to become active participants in the process of dismantling bias. All Things Being Equal…, organized by the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, contains more than 90 works including Thomas’ early photographic series, sculptures and multi-media works that reinterpret the photographic record of historic twentieth-century events, monumental textile works constructed from reclaimed prison uniforms and athletic jerseys, interactive video installations and public art projects. The works demonstrate an innovative exploration of photography, as well as ongoing critical examination of advertising and pop culture as it relates to social justice. All Things Being Equal… was originally slated to open in Cincinnati in July 2020. Now, in conjunction with Thomas’ studio and with community partners, the Cincinnati Art Museum seeks to explore Thomas’ work in the context of today. In a moment of pandemic and nationwide protest against systemic racism, how can we see and challenge the inequality woven into our social fabric? What more can we learn as a community about the power of art to heal and connect? “Hank Willis Thomas' work guides us to the meeting points of art, politics, commerce and justice while affirming human joy and the role of art in grasping our shared…