Happenings: Visual Arts August/September 2021

August 21 – September 20, 2021

The US Third Army discovers Édouard Manet’s The Winter Garden in the salt mines at Merkers, April 25, 1945, image courtesy of National Archives at College Park, MD

Cincinnati Art Museum
Paintings, Politics, and the Monuments Men
Now through October 3

During the final years of World War II, Allied forces endeavored to protect artworks, archives and monuments of historical and cultural significance across Europe, and they worked to return works looted by the Nazis to their rightful owners in the postwar period. This special exhibition tells the story of how any why some of the world’s most iconic European paintings left Germany immediately after World War II and toured the United States in what became the first blockbuster art exhibition of our time.

Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (Spanish, 1841–1920), “Anna Sinton Taft,” 1902, oil on canvas. Taft Museum of Art, 4.1931

Taft Museum of Art
In a New Light | Treasures from the Taft
Now through May 1, 2022

In a New Light explores a broad range of eras, cultures, and art forms through their historical context, subject matter, materials, and makers. European decorative arts and Chinese porcelains dazzle the eye with their intricate designs and brilliant colors. Nineteenth-century American furniture impresses us with its stately elegance. European and American portraits and landscape paintings show off the mastery of some of the greatest artists of the past. Through select works, the exhibition will reveal centuries-old social concerns such as the distribution of wealth, environmental destruction, and gender and racial inequality.

Artist Hellen Ascoli stands in between two of her works of art currently on display at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.

Contemporary Arts Center
Hellen Ascoli – Cien Tierras
Now through September 19, 2021

Hellen Ascoli’s multi-disciplinary approach to art making derives from an active engagement with weaving, movement, listening, and writing to explore the inherently political relationship between body, object, and environment. Working primarily with the back-strap loom—a tool that attaches to the body of its user and to the space in which they are working—Ascoli generates ideas and experiences that are rooted in place, and are therefore contextual and relational.

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