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Future Retrieval: Close Parallel

February 26–August 29, 2021

Free admission | Press Release

Vance Waddell and Mayerson Galleries (Galleries 124 and 125).

Future Retrieval, the studio collaboration of former University of Cincinnati faculty members Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, appropriates imagery and forms from historical objects to create new art that speaks to our twenty-first-century experience. Their practice is rooted in ceramic art, but also incorporates a diverse mix of media and techniques that combine age-old methods with new technologies.

For this exhibition, Future Retrieval will take over two museum galleries as project spaces where they will construct an unconventional response to objects “borrowed” from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s decorative art and design collection. In pairing their own work with objects from the museum’s collection, the artists will create an experience that encourages visitors to consider aspects of our historical collections and practices in a new light.


Special exhibition Future Retrieval: Close Parallel is free with advanced registration. General admission to the museum is also free. Some special exhibitions like Frank Duveneck: American Master require additional tickets.

Future Retrieval is the name of the studio collaboration of artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, both former University of Cincinnati DAAP faculty members. Their unique practice involves the acquisition and reinventions of historical forms and a mastery of traditional and cutting-edge production technologies to create works in porcelain and a wide range of other media.

Please use this Looking Guide to engage with a selection of the works in this exhibition.

Large Print Label Copy available here.

Join us for this behind-the-scenes interview with Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis. Learn about their unique creative process and see works in progress from the exhibition, Future Retrieval: Close Parallel.

Episode 92: Future Retrieval: Close Parallel 

This episode is an extended cut of our conversation with Future Retrieval's Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis. Learn more about their unique processes and the ideas behind their current special exhibition, Close Parallel. We recorded this conversation originally for a video that you can see here.
Learn more about the exhibition.

Amy Miller Dehan is the Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has served the museum since 2001. Dehan was part of the curatorial team that developed The Cincinnati Wing: The Story in the Queen City and has worked on various installation of the museum’s American and European art collections. Her writing on decorative arts and design has appeared in catalogues including Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850–1970, Cincinnati Silver: 1788–1940; Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art Glass; and Cincinnati Art Carved Furniture and Interiors. She has also been published in The Magazine Antiques, Silver Magazine, Gastronomica, and other periodicals. Ms. Dehan has curated multiple exhibitions for the museum, including Cincinnati Silver (2014); The Art of Sound: Four Centuries of Musical Instruments (2012); Going Dutch: Contemporary Design from Local Collections and the Cincinnati Art Museum (2011); Force of Nature: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection (2010); and Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection (2009). Ms. Dehan earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. from the University of South Carolina. She is an alumnus of The Winterthur Fall Institute and the Attingham Summer School. She held internships and fellowships at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has worked in the field of decorative arts for twenty-five years.

Explore special feature For Now or Future Retrieval (through August 22, 2021), where contemporary artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis have curated a delightfully eclectic display of ceramics by artists from across the globe over the last 400 years. Free admission with advanced registration. Located in Gallery 150. 

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This catalogue was published to coincide with the exhibition Future Retrieval: Close Parallel. Printed by Arnold Printing, Cincinnati, Ohio. Photography of works by Future Retrieval were provided by the artists, unless otherwise cited in the credit line.

Photography of works in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection by Rob Deslongchamps. Catalogue design by Katie Blise. Copyediting by Anita Buck.

New Acquisition: When Past and Present Collide by Amy Dehan, Curator of Decorative Arts & Design | May 29, 2018

Masterpeeps from the Cincinnati Art Museum by Shannon Karol | April 5, 2015


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