Cincinnati Art Museum

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Founded in 1881, the Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States. Public art museums were still rare, especially as far west as Cincinnati. But the city had emerged as a thriving cultural center and calls for an art museum grew, led by the passionate and determined members of the Women's Art Museum Association. Thanks largely to their efforts, a public subscription attracted the contributions required for construction to begin. Eden Park, which overlooked downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River valley, was chosen as the site for the museum. When it finally opened in May 1886, the museum was described as "a gift of the people for the people," acknowledging the crucial role Cincinnatians had played in its establishment. The original building now has eight additional wings; the collection boasts 66,000 works of art, which span 6,000 years of human history; and the museum has inspired and educated generations.
ISBN: 9781467102964
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ohio
Series: Images of America
Images: 275
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Illustrated with photographs and documents principally from the museum archives, this book journeys through the Cincinnati Art Museum’s long history. Geoff Edwards, the institution’s archivist, explores the origins and growth of the museum and its collection and highlights some of the notable exhibitions, people, and events of the past 138 years.
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