by Sarah Asebrook, Marketing & Communications Intern
The spirit of Halloween comes alive in the hallowed halls of the Cincinnati Art Museum, thanks to a selection of works by Iris van Herpen, Ana England and Maria Longworth Nichols Storer. As part of your Halloween festivities this year, embark on a thrilling excursion through CAM to experience these spellbinding pieces.
Iris van Herpen (b. 1984), The Netherlands, Capriole, Ensemble, July 2011, 3-D printed polyamide, in collaboration with Isaie Bloch and Materialise, Groninger Museum, 2012.0209. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios
Let’s begin in special exhibition Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, where you can take an up-close look at this exo-skeleton-inspired masterpiece from Van Herpen’s revolutionary collection Capriole. Known for working with innovative materials such as metal umbrella ribs, industrial yarns, woven metal and transparent acrylic, Van Herpen used 3-D printed polyamide to create this bold, avant-garde garment.
Note: Tickets required for Transforming Fashion. Members receive free tickets. Purchase here.
See, 2011, Ana England (b. 1953), United States, glazed and unglazed low-fire earthenware, polystyrene, acrylic cement, silicone rubber and glass beads, © Ana England
Next, make your way to special exhibition Ana England: Kinship. Here, you’ll encounter a startling sight: 31 animal and insect eyes staring out at you in England’s See! As you gaze upon this enchanting piece, which features recreations of eyes from a range of species, note the artist’s intention to demonstrate the fundamental similarities of all living beings. Free admission.
Self-Portrait with Ancestors, 1998, Ana England (b. 1953), United States, porcelain, polystyrene and epoxy, Collection of Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell, © Ana England.
While in Kinship, witness 900 delicate porcelain bones as they magically form a spine-tingling skeletal figure in England’s Self-Portrait with Ancestors. England explores the interconnectedness of nature in this piece by showing that bones – no matter what species they belong to – all follow a similar structural pattern.
Plaque, 1900, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer (1849-1932), Spain, copper electroplated on tin, semi-precious stones, Gift of Maria Longworth Storer, 1903.396.
We’ll wrap up our journey in the Cincinnati Wing, where you’ll discover three mysterious men as the focal point of this plaque made by Cincinnati native and founder of The Rookwood Pottery Company, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer. The men appear to be vigilantly watching over something, almost as if they are guarding the entrance to an otherworldly realm. Beware the tiny ghostly figures swirling out of the torch!
Plaque, 1900, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer (1849-1932), Spain, copper and silver electroplated on tin, semi-precious stones, Gift of Maria Longworth Storer, 1903.398
Don’t get too close to the frightening figure lurking within another one of Storer’s plaques. This piece is a clear example of the artist’s recurring exploration of the grotesque in her work. The pairing of the ornate decorative border with the unusual creature creates a unique juxtaposition of wonder and fright.