Ever since childhood I’ve made frequent trips to The Cincinnati Art Museum. One of the oldest art museums in the United States it’s 88 galleries and permanent collection of over 80,000 works of art spanning 6000 years has been very influential throughout my life. Each visit is a delight as they rotate the work and have special exhibitions, giving you the pleasure of seeing something new and unexpected each time.
Aside from the artwork, the building’s architecture has a wonderful variety of style and color. The lighting is fantastic.
The top floor is devoted to Contemporary Art featuring works from Ohio born Jenny Holzer.
The second floor contains paintings from Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, C’ezanne, Picasso, Warhol, Rothko, and Judd.
As if being surrounded by 6000 years of amazing artwork wasn’t enough, I happened upon a entire wall of the gallery devoted to everyone that wanted to pick up a pencil and start drawing.
I became light headed.
After composing myself, I found a spot, sat down and drew for a few minutes. This was a great experience, unknowingly being granted a opportunity to be creative in a public place. So many people have left their creative mark, I could spend hours looking at it all.
I’m very glad that I visited the museum this morning, I saw many pieces for the first time. Amazing.
If you reside any where near the Cincinnati area please make time and go look for yourself. It’s one thing to look at a photograph of a piece, it is a entirely different thing being in the direct presence of glistening marble, reflective bronze or glossy paint that show the signs of something worth spending time with.