Top 5 Art Exhibits to Visit this Week

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1) This is the last week to see Beyond the Lens at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Cincinnati-based photographers Lynn Arnsperger, Rob Beckham, and Marc Wavra explore landscapes in their natural forms, and affected by human encounters in this thought-provoking exhibition of their works. Through January 12, 3711 Clifton Ave., (513) 497-2860, cliftonculturalarts.org

 

2) The Contemporary Arts Center has several worth-a-visit exhibitions happening, but The Canyon: 1999-2017 by Caledonia Curry— or, Swoon—may be the most intriguing. The CAC calls her an “era-defining artist” and a “pioneering social champion in a field traditionally dominated by men,” so this first survey of her work represents an important shift in modern art that you don’t want to miss. Through February 25, 44 E. 6th Street, (513) 345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org

 

3) The Kinsey Collection on display at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center spans 400 years and is one of the largest private collections of African American art, artifacts, and documents ever amassed. Featuring materials related to Malcolm X, Zora Neale Hurston, and Frederick Douglass, this collection has been displayed at the nation’s most prestigious cultural institutions and won several coveted awards. Through March 3, 50 East Freedom Way, (513) 333-7500, freedomcenter.org

 

4) It’s cold outside, so what better way to spend a day than by exploring the coziest of art forms: quilting. The Taft Museum of Art’s exhibitions Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts (through January 21) and A Sense of Home: New Quilts by Heather Jones (through February 18) explore the art and history of quilting from varying perspectives. Celebrating the skill of quilt making, as well as the women who create them, these exhibitions will have you signing up for a quilting class before you can say “batting.” 316 Pike Street, (513) 241-0343, taftmuseum.org

 

5) Journey back 500 years to Martin Luther’s famous defiance: the posting of his 95 theses. In Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum, visitors can explore political and cultural turbulence that led to Luther’s declaration and the Reformation. Learn about Dürer’s pioneering printmaking and his fascinating personal life through this informative exhibition. Through February 11, 953 Eden Park Drive, (513) 721- 2787, cincinnatiartmuseum.org

 

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