Canvassing Ohio’s Art Museums
There is always something new to explore and discover at art museums and always a new collection to view and appreciate. Ohio is fortunate enough to be the home of some of the oldest and most recognized art museums in the country. The best part about visiting art museums is that many of them are free and open to the public. So a visit to the museum makes for a fun and inexpensive outing with the family!
The Cleveland Museum of Art has one of the original castings of The Thinker, a famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin. It’s unique from the others because of being partially destroyed by a pipe bomb in 1970, and instead of getting it repaired; it remains in its altered state. There are also some great collections like the African and Ancient Egyptian art on display, as well as an exhibit by famed 20th century modern artist, William H. Johnson, whose art captured African- American lifestyles.
Currently on display at the Columbus Museum of Art is The Radical Camera, a captivating exhibit that captures the soul of America from 1936 – 1951. The photographic art reflects on everything from racial inequality to economic depression. The museum has a really diverse collection of art with many collections by early 20th century American and European artists. Also on display are the works of Aminah Robinson, a Columbus native whose pieces reflects the neighborhood in which she grew up.
At the Cincinnati Art Museum is the exhibit Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. It is a beautiful collection of pieces that depict Tanner’s life as a young African-American boy growing up in Philadelphia post Civil War and his experiences as an American expatriate artist living in France.
The Toledo Museum of Art has an impressive collection of work with over 30,000 pieces of art. And the Dayton Institute of Art blends art with music as they hold their musical series, Vectren Jazz & Beyond with local and regional jazz performers.
I felt so inspired after seeing all these great art options around Ohio and I realized that my color-by-numbers art was just not up to par. Oh well, back to the drawing board!