Cincinnati Art Museum presents Art Palace, a podcast where we meet cool people and then talk about art. With different guests from all walks of life, we show how everyone can have conversations about art and culture. New episodes are posted approximately every two weeks.
Host: Russell Ihrig, Associate Director of Interpretive Programming
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Museum Docent Marina García Gámez takes us on a tour of the special exhibition, Treasures of the Spanish World where we learn about incredibly diverse art from Spain and Latin America spanning over 4,000 years of history. Among the artists we discuss are Velázquez, Goya and Sorolla. Learn more about the exhibition
Call (513) 639-2975 to Schedule a tour in Spanish for your group.
Cole Imperi, dual-certified thanatologist and public health educator, joins us again for a spooky look at artworks that deal with death and dying. Russell also can’t stop talking about Midsommar and Return of the Obra Dinn. Learn more about Cole and listen to her podcast at americanthanatologist.com
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This is a live recording of the panel discussion that took place on October 12, 2019 to celebrate the opening of Women Breaking Boundaries. The discussion was led by Ainsley Cameron, Curator of Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities.
Kathryne Gardette - Artist and Arts Integration Specialist
TT Stern-Enzi - Film Critic and Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival
Amanda Curreri - Visiting Artist, University of New Mexico / DAAP, University of Cincinnati
Meg Rotzel - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
(We apologize for the inconsistent audio quality in this episode. Also, there is some uncensored strong language towards the end of the episode.)
In honor of International Podcast Day, we have put together this special episode featuring some of the best moments from the past year.
Helen Rindsberg on Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style from episode 71 (00:55), Kevin Allison from the Risk Podcast from episode 60 (03:50), Nathan Gabriel from Saint Xavier High school from episode 64 (15:22), Christian Gill, Chef at Boomtown Biscuits and winner of Guy’s Grocery Games from episode 73 (22:39), Cole Imperi from episode 66 (26:17), Christopher Miller from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center from episode 63 (33:05), Astronomer Dean Regas from episode 58 (36:54), Abby Schwartz, Director of the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati from episode 57 (40:40), Mike Little and Jeffrey Miller on Burning Man from episode 67 (48:09), Anu Mitra on The Fabric of India from episode 55 (54:17).
Mark Neeley (artist and educator) and Jon Flannery (printmaker and designer) stop by the museum to talk about their upcoming exhibition and tribute paper on The Independent Eye, an underground newspaper from the Cincinnati area. We also take a look at artist books from the Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives.
Chef Christian Gill (Boomtown Biscuits, winner of Guy’s Grocery Games) stops by to talk about his experiences on television cooking competitions and the concepts behind his biscuit-themed restaurant. We also visit Gallery 211 to imagine meals that might pair well with the paintings.
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey | Follow Christian on Instagram: @foodbrushninja
Works discussed in this episode:
My Back Yard, Georgia O’Keeffe | Daughters of Revolution, Grant Wood | Henry Teel, Andrew Wyeth | The Old Folks (mother and Father), John Steuart Curry | Christmas Morning, Breakfast, Horace Pippin | Odol, Stuart Davis | Fruits and Vegetables, Jacob Lawrence
Author Ellen Everman drops by the museum to discuss her newest novel, Bell Bottoms to Gucci, which is set in the 60s. We also visit the galleries to look at some artwork from the same time period.
Museum docent Helen Rindsberg is back to take us on a tour of the special exhibition, Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style. We take a look at traditional Kimonos as well as fashions from Coco Chanel Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Issey Miyake and more.
Pam Kravetz is back to talk about her interactive art installation in the Rosenthal Education Center: Ace Ramone, Mr. Doodle-Boy, The Peanut and You.
Celebrate Pride Month with this special episode where we look back at past discussions around LGBTQ+ artists and ideas. Featuring Catalina Cuervo discussing Frida Kahlo, Kevin Allison on coming out, Nathaniel Stein, Alexander Shelton, Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George on Zanele Muholi, Adam McPharlain on Gay Fashion Designers, Jared O’Roark on his experiences with religion and family, and Britni Bicknaver on "coming out" as a stutterer.
Joel Lam, a burner and board member for Cincinnati Pride, joins us for a public discussion about his involvement with Burning Man, and how it connects with the LGBTQ experience. This episode was recorded live in our galleries on June 2, 2019, with a small group of participants.
We are joined by burners Mike Little (Brew Bear) and Jeffrey Miller (Mr. Pancakes) to learn about what it’s like to attend Burning Man and the extra care one has to take to survive the harsh Black Rock Desert. We also take a look at Shrumen Lumen by FoldHaus in the special exhibition, No Spectators, The Art of Burning Man.
Cole Imperi, dual-certified thanatologist and public health educator, stops by to talk about death and how we cope with it. We also take a look at some morbid artworks: Mummy of an Adult Male and Memorial to Elizabeth Boott Duveneck.
Geoff Edwards, the museum’s Archivist and Records Manager at the Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives talks about his new book, Images of America: Cincinnati Art Museum and also takes us on a tour of the Archives.
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Nathan Gabriel, Co-Director of Theater Xavier at St. Xavier High School, joins us to talk about how he started teaching theater, how the musical Hamilton recently changed his life, and how to become a more creative person. We also look at The Premonition by St. Xavier alumnus Paul Marioni.
Christopher Miller joins us to talk about his experiences at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center as Director of Education and Community Engagement. We also discuss the painting The Underground Railroad by Charles T. Webber.
A Walk in Paris with Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra "Rebecca Andres and LeAnne Anklan from Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra drop for a look at our special exhibit, "Paris 1900: City of Entertainment." We also discuss their upcoming concert at the museum, A Walk in Paris, and relationships between music and art in turn of the century France.
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Gary Gaffney, Professor Emeritus at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, joins Russell for a personal look at the special exhibition, Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration in Drawings and Prints. We discuss works by Gary Gaffney, Mark Fox, Thom E. Shaw, Stewart Goldman, Constance McClure, Anthony Bachelor, April Foster, Kim Flora, Kim Krause, and Josef Albers.
Comedian Kevin Allison, host of the RISK! podcast and member of The State, joins us to discuss his early exposure to the arts in Cincinnati and also to take a look at Tony Oursler’s "MMPI (Daydreamer)."
Chelsea Baker from Block Party Event Co. and Russell discuss the newest season of The Bachelor before going on a magical journey of love where the museum’s artworks are contestants on a season of The Bachelorette. Who will get the final rose?
Astronomer Dean Regas from Cincinnati Observatory was our very first guest, and he is back to talk about his own podcast, Looking Up. We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by taking a look at a photo taken during the Apollo 11 mission.
Tranquility Base Seen from the Orbiting Lunar Module Eagle, Apollo 11, Jul 20 1969, chromogenic print, image 7 1/4 x 7 1/16 in., Museum Purchase: FotoFocus Art Purchase Fund, 2017.251 Image Credit: NASA Image and VIdeo Library, NASA ID: as11-37-5437
Abby Schwartz, Director of the Skirball Museum in Cincinnati, stops by during Hannukah to discuss Jewish art and culture before we take a look at works of art by Marc Chagall.
Bart van der Zee, Audio Engineer at Gwynne Sound and host of the Drum History Podcast, drops by the museum to look at Life: Gillian Wearing and talk about the intriguing world of audio engineering.
Image: Gangamma hanging (detail)
Discover what it’s like to work in one of the country’s most haunted museums when our staff shares more of their personal, spooky ghost stories. Featuring stories from Leah Larkin, Sammi Hayes, Keith Gollar, Becky Vidourek and Russell Ihrig.
Watch the haunted earring video:
In honor of International Podcast Day, we have put together this special episode featuring some of the best moments from the past two years.
Travis McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone from Episode 16 (1:05)
Artist Britni Bicknaver from Episode 44 (4:31)
Kevin T. Porter and Caroline Ely from Good Christian Fun from Episode 41 (15:10)
Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities from Episode 24 (23:30)
Catalina Cuervo, opera singer from Episode 20 (28:09)
Artist Joey Versoza from Episode 36 (31:02)
Artist Pam Kravetz from Episode 32 (36:58)
To celebrate the 200th Birthday of Mary Shelley’s novel, Kristopher Holland, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Russell Ihrig dive into the philosophical differences between Frankenstein, and its 1931 film adaptation. This conversation was recorded live on September 6, 2018 at our monthly film program, Moving Images.
Kim Popa, Executive Director of Pones, chats with us about how she creates new ways for audiences to experience dance, and we also take a look at Ferdinand Hodler’s "The Sacred Hour."
Jared O’Roark, Director of Education at WordPlay Cincy, discusses how they help youth through reading, writing and storytelling. We also visit our Asian wing to look at, Wenshu, Bodhisattva of Wisdom at a Writing Table, a mural from China in the 1300s.
Today’s special guests are Adley, Eden, Edie and Abby, some of the children enrolled in our summer camp program! We talk about paintings of children in the collection before going on a kid-directed tour of the museum.
Illustrator Erin Barker stops by to discuss her work before we geek-out in the new special exhibition, Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey.
Darren Husted, host of Prince: Track by Track, discusses how he became a fan of the Purple One and also takes a look at "Minneopa Falls, Minnesota" by Robert S. Duncanson.
View "Minneopa Falls, Minnesota" here
In honor of Pride Month, we are discussing growing up gay and taking a look at fashion from gay designers with Adam MacPharlain, Curatorial Assistant for Fashion Arts and Textiles.
Image 1: Charles James (1906–1978), United States, Evening Dress, 1956, silk, Museum Purchase: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Schmidlapp, by exchange, 1987.79
Image 2: Stephen Burrows (b.1943), United States, Blouse and Skirt, c. 1973, rayon and silk, Museum Purchase: Donald P. Sowell Art Purchase Fund, 2014.124a-b
Image 3: Jean Paul Gaultier (b.1952), France, Dress, 1995, wool, cotton, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Friends of Fashion, 2015.47
This episode is a live recording from Cincinnati Opera’s Opera Rap that took place at the museum on May 31, 2018 on the topic of Bad Behavior, Great Art.
Evans Mirageas, Harry T. Wilkes Artistic Director, Cincinnati Opera (Moderator)
Anne Arenstein, Arts Writer and Critic, City Beat
Ken Kanter, Associate Dean and Director of the Rabbinical School, HUC-JIR, Cincinnati
Sarah Weiss, Executive Director, The Holocaust and Humanity Center
Zack Winokur, Opera Director and Choreographer
Artist Britni Bicknaver discusses stuttering and her audio-based work before checking out the special exhibition, ”The Visitors,” by Ragnar Kjartansson.
Artist Britni Bicknaver at the Contemporary Art Center. Photo by Hailey Bollinger for City Beat.
Jason Brewer and Jared Lewinski from Listermann Brewing Company drop in to discuss their Terracotta Army brew before trying to come up with other beer flavors inspired by paintings in the museum’s collection.
Jason Brewer, Russell Ihrig and Jared Lewinski
One of our docents, Helen Rindsberg, takes Russell on a tour of the new special exhibition, Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China.
Kevin T. Porter and Caroline Ely from the Good Christian Fun podcast take a break from discussing Christian pop culture to discuss Christian "high" culture. We take a look at Jan van Hemessen’s "Altarpiece with Scenes from the Old and New Testaments," but not before taking a deep dive into the Reds mascot roster.
Image 1: Jan van Hemessen (Flemish, b.Circa 1500, d.1556-1557), Altarpiece with Scenes from the Old and New Testaments (the Tendila Retablo), 1550s, oil on panel, Fanny Bryce Lehmer and John J. Emery Endowments, 1953.219
Image 2: Russell with Caroline and Kevin in Gallery 204
This is a live recording of the panel discussion that occurred after a screening of Difficult Love, a documentary about South African photographer Zanele Muholi. Associate Curator of Photography Nathaniel Stein moderated the discussion with Heal & Build co-director Alexander Shelton, and University of Cincinnati Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies professors Ashley Currier and Thérèse Migraine-George. View Panel Photo
We’re taking a look at the newly-installed Saul Steinberg mural with Tricia Suit, Vice President of Marketing for Downtown Cincinnati, Incorporated and host of their podcast, Downtown Download.
See images of Saul Steinberg’s Mural of Cincinnati here
We sit down with Ahmad Mayes, Director of Education and Community Engagement at Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to discuss his work with the symphony and to also look at the wall sculpture, 3/4 Time, by Judy Pfaff.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re chatting with Erika Yingling, Director of Non-Residential Domestic Violence Services, YWCA, Greater Cincinnati. We discuss how she transitioned from studying feminist art to working directly with women before looking at a new photograph in the collection by South African artist Zanele Muholi.
Zanele Muholi (South African, b. 1972), HeVi, Oslo, from the series Hail the Dark Lioness (Somnyama Ngonyama), 2016, gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase: Carl Jacobs Foundation, 2017.71. © Zanele Muholi
Ben Clark, owner of Queen City Clay, drops in to talk about his history with ceramics... and jump roping. We also take a look at the Special Feature, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics. Hosted by Russell Ihrig.
Flower Sculpture, 2015, Shingu Sayaka (b. 1979), Japanese, glazed stoneware, Gift of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, 2017.77, (C) Shingu Sayaka
Vase, early 21st century, Kato Tsubusa (b. 1962), Japanese, glazed porcelain, Gift of Barbara Ramusack, 2017.74, (C) Kato Tsubusa
Artist Joey Versoza stops by to chat about video games and art while looking at the Special Exhibition, Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance. Hosted by Russell Ihrig.
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Germany, Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513, engraving, Bequest of Hebert Greer French, 1943.199
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Germany, Melancholia I, 1514, engraving, Bequest of Herbert Greer French, 1943.204
Screenshot from Dark Souls 3, Developed by FromSoftware, Published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, 2016.
Visionaries + Voices artist, Jennifer Crowe, and Director of Education, Marion Cosgrove Rauch, stop by for a chat before looking at "Giufà e la Statua de Gesso" by Frank Stella. Hosted by Russell Ihrig.
Jennifer Crowe with Russell Ihrig in front of Giufà e la Statua de Gesso by Frank Stella. Photo by Marion Cosgrove Rauch.
A Collage by Jennifer Crowe.
Artist and designer, Kate Tepe, joins Russell for a look at our special exhibition, William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance, and also discusses race, art and noses. Hosted by Russell Ihrig.
Kate Tepe, Photo by Creative Mornings Cincinnati, 2015
William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play the Dance, 2015, installation view at LUMA Arles, Parc des Ateliers, France © William Kentridge. All rights reserved
Detail of The bathtub carrier from William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play the Dance, © William Kentridge. All rights reserved.
Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, leads a conversation about the ways technologies like 3D printing can affect the world of Fashion. Her guests are Dr. Michael Mamp, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising & Design at Central Michigan University, and Matthew Martin, 3D scanning professional at Exact Metrology.
The fun and playful artist artist, Pam Kravetz, joins Russell for a look at our special exhibition, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Other talking points include: costumes as armor, high school theater, being a mascot, drag queens, and the movie Labyrinth (again).
Iris van Herpen (b. 1984), the Netherlands, Capriole, Ensemble, July 2011, 3D printed polyamide, in collaboration with Isaïe Bloch and Materialise, Groninger Museum, 2012.0209. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios
Iris van Herpen, (b.1984), the Netherlands, Capriole, Dress, July 2011, transparent acrylic sheets, tulle and cotton, Groninger Museum, 2012.0227, © Iris van Herpen. Photo: Michel Zoeter
Iris van Herpen (b. 1984), the Netherlands, Capriole, Ensemble, July 2011, 3D printed polyamide, in collaboration with Isaïe Bloch and Materialise, Groninger Museum, 2012.0209. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios
Iris van Herpen, (b. 1984), the Netherlands, Crystallization, Dress, Collar, July 2010, transparent polyethylene terephthalate, ECCO leather with oil treatment, goat leather, silver chains and viscose, Groninger Museum, 2012.0206.a-b, © Iris van Herpen. Photo: Michel Zoeter
Iris van Herpen (b. 1984), the Netherlands, Hybrid Holism, Dress, July 2012, metallic coated stripes, tulle and cotton, collection of the designer. Photo by Bart Oomes, No 6 Studios
In our final "New Curator Spotlight" we meet Dr. Nathaniel M. Stein, Associate Curator of Photography. We talk about why we should consider photography art and then look at some of the new additions to our photography collection... which are actually quite old.
Ludwig Belitski, Glassware, Salted paper print from glass negative, Museum Purchase: FotoFocus Art Purchase Fund, 2017.52
Ludwig Belitski, Glassware, Salted paper print from glass negative, Museum Purchase: FotoFocus Art Purchase Fund, 2017.53
Edmond Lebel, The Artist’s Sleeping Dog, Albumen silver print, Museum Purchase: FotoFocus Art Purchase Fund, 2017.49
Meet Maxim Alter, Host of Hear Cincinnati from WCPO, and enjoy our conversation about Fountain Square Pantomime by Joseph Henry Sharpe.
Discover what it’s like to work in one of the country’s most haunted museums when our staff shares their personal, spooky ghost stories. Featuring stories from Mary Casey Sturk, Rick Young, Jordan Rolfes, Melissa Jessup, and Suzanne Tromblay. Hosted by Russell Ihrig.
Cedric Rose from the Mercantile Library stops by to discuss the short story, From Beyond, by H.P. Lovecraft in relationship to our special exhibition, Ana England: Kinship.
This episode is a live recording from September 21st of Anila’s conversation on stage with Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities. Anila discusses how she came to create her monumental light sculptures and how they relate to her identity as a woman born in Pakistan.
To celebrate International Podcast Day on September 30, we are sharing some outtakes from the past year in this special bonus episode. Hear more from our conversations with Julie Sunderland of Cincinnati Ballet, Zohreh Zand, one of our docents, and artist Matt Coors from Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Andrea Schepmann drops by to talk about the Cincinnati Parks Krohn Conservatory’s Fall Floral Show, Grass Roots: Art of Nature., and we also take a walk through the special feature , In Bloom: Floral Prints from the Permanent Collection.
It’s "back to school" time, so we are talking teaching and more with artist Matt Coors, Exhibitions Coordinator and Adjunct Professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Meet Ainsley M. Cameron, our new Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art and Antiquities and also join us for a discussion of Anila Quayyum Agha: All the Flowers Are for Me.
Join us for a tour of the special exhibition, A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America with one of our docents, Zohreh Zand. You can use this episode as an audio tour and listen along in the exhibition.
Russell is joined by Sara Birkofer (Coordinator of Interpretive Programming) and Kristen Vincenty (Assistant to the Director) to discuss Clue: The Movie and the board game.
Meet Peter Jonathan Bell, our new Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings as we discuss what it means to be a curator and the age-old battle of paintings versus sculpture.
We’re chatting about Frida Kahlo with soprano Catalina Cuervo, who is singing the title role in Cincinnati Opera’s production of Frida which opens on June 23.
Danielle Linn, Content Editor for Everything But the House, joins Russell for a tour based on the Back to the Future trilogy. This episode is in conjunction with Mount Adams Cinema in the City who will be showing Back to the Future Part II on June 22, at Seasongood Pavillion in Eden Park.
In this episode, we talk about the art of collecting art with Wes Cowan (Cowan’s Auctions), Theodore Gantz (Sycamore Street Studio), and Tod Swormstedt (American Sign Museum).
In this episode, we talk about the history of Cincinnati Music Hall and related art works with Ramona Toussaint, Tour and Education Outreach Program Director, Society for the Preservation of Music Hall.
In this episode, we talk podcasts and art-carved furniture with Travis McElroy, one of the hosts of My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone, Shmanners and much more.
Russell interviews members of the art museum staff onsite at the Reds Opening Day Parade. Other talking points include: Folk Yeah!, baby announcements, Lil Marge Schott, Fritos, fake rubber butts, red wellies. Hosted by Russell Ihrig.
In this episode, we learn about the exciting new changes coming to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and also take a look at Ophelia and Laertes by Benjamin West.
In this episode, we get to know our new head chef Sean White and also take a look at the Toy Kitchen in our folk art gallery. Other talking points include: Reality cooking shows, the Grand High Lunch Council, Lunchables pizza, the human garbage disposal, churning butter.
It’s Oscar season, so we’re talking movies with film-critic TT Stern-Enzi. We even brainstorm a film version of one of our most famous renaissance paintings.
In this episode we celebrate Valentine’s Day with a museum love story from Jill and Tom Dunne before taking a trip to the galleries to look at some romantic paintings.
In this special live recording, we discuss how working at a museum affects the work you make with five of the artists from Employed: A Staff Art Exhibition- Erin Geideman, P.J. Grimm, Samantha Hayes, Larry Malott, and Denise Welbrock.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, then learn how you can brush up on your Dothraki with our special guest, Zan McQuade, editor at Living Language.
In this episode we meet Carolyn Clifford from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to discuss how they bring theater to the community in unexpected ways.
In this episode we meet Colleen Houston from ArtWorks to discuss their history of collaborative, public art projects. We also look at Miró’s Mural for the Terrace Plaza Hotel, 1947.
In this special episode, we listen to the live on-stage conversation with recording artist Daniel Martin Moore, photographer Guy Mendes, and Curatorial Assistant of Photography, Emily Bauman that took place on November 17, 2016.
Take a tour of Van Gogh: Into the undergrowth with art museum docent Stephen Gladfelter and Andrew Palamara, Assistant Director of Docent Learning.
In this episode we meet Julie Sunderland of Cincinnati Ballet to discuss her passion for dance and also the museum’s two bronze sculptures by Edgar Degas.
In this special episode, we listen to the live on-stage conversation between artist Jay Bolotin and Curator of Prints, Kristin Spangenberg that happened on September 22, 2016.
Just in time for Halloween, Russell is joined by Kaitlyn Sharo and Kristen VIncenty for a spooky ghost tour of the CIncinnati Art Museum. Meet the many spirits who haunt the museum.
In our very first episode of Art Palace we meet Dean Regas of Cincinnati Observatory to discuss his new book, Facts from Space and also discuss Ana England’s artwork, Night Sky Spiral II.