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Women Breaking Boundaries

October 11, 2019–April 12, 2020

Version 2.0: September 18, 2020–January 10, 2021


Free | Press Release

Explore the role of women in art and art history at the Cincinnati Art Museum through works from the museum’s permanent collection created from the seventeenth century to today. Art from across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia in a range of mediums will be featured together, including oil on canvas, ceramic, prints, photography, and fashion. The exhibition will encourage visitors to think critically about gender, representation, and diversity and how that translates to the museum’s collecting practices and gallery installations.

Women Breaking Boundaries, the visitor-favorite exhibition that closed early due to the pandemic, has been recreated for an extended run. Women Breaking Boundaries Version 2.0  continues to explore identity through the lens of gender, race, and representation through works that manipulate medium, historical sources, and form. Captivating works by Helen Frankenthaler, Mary Cassatt, Elizabeth Catlett and others remained, while over two-thirds of the exhibition space was reconceptualized. Prominent artists added to the show included Eleanor Antin, Zanele Muholi, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Kiki Smith, Julie Mehretu, Corita Kent and Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons. Visitors are encouraged to view Women Breaking Boundaries and explore the Cincinnati Art Museum permanent collection galleries that feature women.

Women Breaking Boundaries will be on view in the Vance Waddell and Mayerson Galleries (Galleries 124 and 125). Admission is free. Photography is encouraged, but no flash. On social media, use #WomenBreakingBoundaries and #PowerofHer.