Greater Cincinnati is filled with museums and galleries that are bringing in special exhibits for the public to enjoy. So whether you are in the mood for some philosophical thinking or an afternoon out with some friends, Cincy Magazine wants you to know the special exhibits in and around town this summer. 

Taft Museum of Art

The Taft Museum of Art has two exhibits that are marking moments in United States history and in Cincinnati history. 

“From Studio to Carousel: The Whimsical World of Jonathan Queen,” an exhibition of works by Cincinnati artist Jonathan Queen, is on display from May 22 to Sept. 6. Queen’s carousel project celebrates the opening of Carol Ann’s Carousel in Smale Riverfront Park. Cincinnati Parks selected Queen to create 16 original paintings for the carousel, but he also designed and sculpted 31 original animal characters. Visitors to the exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art Sinton Gallery will see the process that Queen used to complete these works. 

Also coming to the Taft Museum of Art is “Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians” from June 13 to Sept. 20 in the Fifth Third Gallery. Edward Curtis’ works capture the living culture of the American Indian through photographs taken between 1900 and 1930. In the exhibition, guests can expect to see several different photographic media, including platinum prints, gelatin silver prints, goldtones, photogravures and cyanotypes. 

Cincinnati Art Museum

In time for the All-Star Game, the Cincinnati Art Museum will be exhibiting “Up at Bat: Warhol and Baseball.” This exhibit runs until Aug. 2 and includes Andy Warhol’s Pete Rose image that was commissioned by the Cincinnati Art Museum in 1985. 

For those wishing for an afternoon out of the city and overseas, they can view the “Masterpieces of Japanese Art” exhibit, which will be on display until Aug. 30. Visitors can see approximately 100 Japanese masterpieces that bring out the best in Japanese art and its aesthetics. 

Jill Dunne, marketing and communications director at the Cincinnati Art Museum, says that the collection is not only part of Japanese history but part of Cincinnati’s history, too.

Throughout the exhibit, visitors learn how and why the art pieces became part of the “Masterpieces of Japanese Art” collection, as Cincinnatians contributed many of the pieces. 

Art enthusiasts might also want to take a gander at “Northern Baroque Splendor, The HOHENBUCHAU COLLECTION from: LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections, Vienna.” This collection of over 60 Dutch and Flemish 17th century paintings celebrates the Golden Age of art history. It’s the last chance to see this exhibition in the United States for some time, so catch it at the Cincinnati Art Museum from June 27 until Sept. 20. 

“It really proves that the Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the best venues for art in the country,” says Dunne. “We are right in [Cincinnatians’] backyards.”

Contemporary Arts Center

Four amazing exhibits will be at the Contemporary Arts Center this summer, including “Self Portrait as Light” by Albano Afonso and “Remember the Future” by Daniel Arsham. These two exhibits opened back in March but will be on exhibit until the end of August.

However, there are also two new exhibits coming to the Contemporary Arts Center in May. Visitors can check out “the perfect kiss (QQ) *” by James Lee Byars and Matt Morris or “The Vesper Project” by Titus Kaphar from May 15 through Oct. 11. 

Fitton Center for Creative Arts

Four artists’ works, created through painting, photography, sculpture and dimensional silk, are shown in the “edge” exhibit from June 13 through July 31 at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts. Paula Baumann, Nathaniel A. Foley, Robin Dru Germany and Michelle Podgorski’s individual works reveal the advantage of adaptation and realms on the brink of danger. The Fitton Center’s exhibition selection committee chose the four solo artists, but Fitton Center Director of Exhibitions Cathy Mayhugh put the four artists together when she saw a common theme of transition in their artwork.  

“Since visual artwork is a way of communicating ideas, people can always learn something new about human experience by looking at exhibitions of art,” says Mayhugh. “The Fitton Center also provides opportunities for people to get together to talk about the art or meet the artists at our receptions, tours or gallery talks.”

On exhibit until June 13 at the Fitton Center are works created in the Miami University’s Opening Minds through Art program, which is an intergenerational art program for people with dementia. The exhibit will be followed by an exhibition of works by students enrolled in Camp Creativity Final Fridays from June 18 through July 31. 

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Visitors to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center have until May 27 to see the exhibit “Unlocking the Gates of Auschwitz 70 Years Later.” The exhibit came to the National Underground Railroad Center on Jan. 30, 2015, 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. 

“It’s a powerful exhibit commemorating and looking back at a dark part of history,” says Jamie Glavic, director of marketing and communications for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The exhibit features artifacts, photographs and powerful personal stories that showcase the human story of the Holocaust. Glavic says multiple Cincinnati organizations came together to make the exhibit a possibility and that an estimated 9,000 visitors have toured the exhibit so far. 

Also, a new exhibit gracing the halls of the Freedom Center this summer is “Diversity in Baseball,” opening June 26. The “Diversity in Baseball” exhibit mirrors America’s scars from social and political change, and the progress of barriers broken down. 

Cincinnati has many other favorite museums and centers that have exhibits on display, including the Heritage Village Museum, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, Drake Planetarium and Science Center, Lloyd Library and Museum, EnterTRAINment Junction, and many others.