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Piercing Details: Telling a Story of Chance

by Rose Milnes, Curatorial Assistant for South Asian Art, Islamic Art, and Antiquities


South Asian Art, Islamic Art, antiquities, Gulistan, Sa'di

There’s always that time at the Cincinnati Art Museum when magic happens—when departments like curatorial, conservation, and design and installation come together twice a year to rotate light-sensitive works in our galleries, including works on paper and textiles, to preserve the artwork for future generations.

Happy Dr. Hou-mei Sung Day!

by e.m.i., Digital Content Manager


East Asian Art, Cincinnati

In 2023 the City of Cincinnati proclaimed June 8 to be Dr. Hou-mei Sung Day, in honor of the museum’s curator of East Asian Art.

A Long Tradition: Dragons in the East Asian Collection

by Eric Hughett, Curatorial Assistant of East Asian Art


Year of the Dragon, Zodiac, East Asian Art

2024 is the Year of the Dragon, according to the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, which presents a perfect opportunity to look at Chinese dragons as a theme in East Asian art.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Preparing Woo Chong Yung for Display

by Cecile Mear, Conservator of Works on Paper


paper conservation, Woo Chong Yung, C.Y. Woo, Wu Zhongxiong, Asian Art, Asian painting conservation

Preparations are well underway for the upcoming exhibition From Shanghai to Ohio: Woo Chong Yung (1898-1989). In fact, we have been developing the show for more than four years.

Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Conserving and Displaying a Palampore

by Obie Linn, Associate Conservator of Textiles


behind the scenes, objects conservation, CAMConservation, Palampore, South Asian Art, textile conservation

Are you a pal of Indian textiles? Then be sure to see the palampore currently on display in the South Asian Gallery!

Opening Today! Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art

by Dr. Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities


Beyond Bollywood, Dance, South Asian Art, Southeast Asian Art, Himalayan Art, Asian Art Museum

Join us at CAM to experience the exceptional importance and power of dance in religious thought, literature, politics, and societal structures in Beyond Bollywood: 2000 Years of Dance in Art.

Behind the Scenes in the South Asian Galleries

by Conservation


CAMConservation, Palampore, textile conservation, South Asian Art, objects conservation

Take a peek into preparations for the reopening of the South Asian Galleries, December 2023.

A New Discovery in CAM: A Magic Mirror

by Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art


Magic Mirror, Transparent Mirror, Han Dynasty, East Asian Art, Amitabha, Amida Buddha, Buddhism

When placed in sunlight, the mirror projects the decorative design on the back of the mirror and seems to become transparent.

A New Korean Tiger Painting

by Hou-mei Sung, Curator of East Asian Art


Korean Tiger Painting, East Asian Art, Tiger and Cubs, Buddhist painting, chinese paintings, Joseon dynasty

As the king of beasts in China, the tiger is also one of the oldest and most meaningful animal subjects in Chinese painting. Here, the unidentified artist portrays a large tigress sitting under an old pine tree.

The Legend of the Laughing Buddha

by By Lynne Pearson, Curatorial Assistant, East Asian Art


Laughing Buddha, Seven Lucky Gods, Hotei, East Asian Art, Walter and Vanida Davison, Hou-Mei Sung, Enduring Beauty: East Asian Lacquer, Tsuchiya Gado, prints

Earlier this year, longtime donors Walter and Vanida Davison gifted the Art Museum this beautiful 20th century Japanese painting depicting the Buddhist deity Hotei from their family art collection. Who is Hotei?

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Cincinnati Art Museum


Asian Art, Asian American Pacific Islander Art, Rookwood Pottery Company, Nam June Paik, Bukang Kim, Kitaro Shirayamadani

Enjoy these works by artists who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander in the museum’s permanent collection.

Just In Time For Spring: Rare Utagawa Kōshū Hanging Scroll

by By Dr. Hou-mei Sung


Utagawa Kōshū, 歌川珖舟, Japanese Spring Festivals, East Asian Art, Hanging Scroll

Doll-like figures celebrate major Japanese spring festivals in this breathtaking 19th century masterpiece.

The Magic of Mokuhanga

by Helen Rindsberg


Japanese Woodblock, April Vollmer, Cincinnati Asian Art Society

Artist April Vollmer will help the Cincinnati Art Museum celebrate its outstanding Japanese woodblock print collection at a special event from the Cincinnati Asian Art Society on Sunday, March 31.

Small Improvement for Long-Term Benefits

by Conservation


paper conservation, Asian Art, paintings

Posted by: Joanna Kerman

Exploring Connections: Pak Sheung Chuen and Anila Quayyum Agha

by Dr. Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities


curatorial, Anila Agha, interpretation, South Asian Art, Islamic Art

On a recent visit to London’s Tate Modern, I came across an installation of Pak Sheung Chuen’s A Travel without Visual Experience in a display of the museum’s permanent collection in the newly-opened and installed Blatvatnik Building.

Q+A: Masterpieces of Japanese Art

by Dr. Hou Mei Sung


curatorial, Masterpieces of Japanese Art, Asian Art, Hou-Mei Sung, exhibitions

Posted By: Dr. Hou Mei Sung