Unlike cities such as New York and Los Angeles, Cincinnati seems to keep a very low profile. Sure, some people know its reputation as the chili capital of the U.S., but if you think Cincinnati's just another typical Midwestern town, think again. A host of new sights and events make the coming months an especially exciting time to explore the many riches of the Queen City.
You might be surprised to learn that more than a handful of the country's most accomplished artists trace their backgrounds to Cincinnati. In the 1800s, the city joined the ranks of Boston, Philadelphia, and New York as one of the country's leading art centers. On May 17, the Cincinnati Art Museum opens THE CINCINNATI WING: THE STORY OF ART IN THE QUEEN CITY, described by Anita Ellis, director of curatorial affairs, as "an installation that celebrates the city's extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage." Fifteen galleries display furniture of the Aesthetic Movement, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, and paintings by artists, who, for the most part, were born or trained in Cincinnati. An entire gallery is devoted to the work of Frank Duveneck, one of the most influential teachers of U.S. art history. Another spotlights Rookwood pottery, the leading art pottery in the world during the late 19th century.