The Cincinnati Museum Center Will Reopen Soon: Preview of 5 New Exhibits

Discoveries over the past few decades have changed our understanding of Mayan civilization. An exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center looks at hundreds of years of culture and innovation.

Maya: The exhibition includes more than 300 objects made from clay and stucco figures, as well as intricate jewelry, stone carvings, tools and interactive elements. The public will finally have a chance to explore the traveling exhibit when the Cincinnati Museum Center reopens on July 17th. Members can get on early from July 10th.

Scroll down for details on two new permanent exhibitions and two temporary exhibitions.

Guatemala’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports Eleuterio Cahuec del Valle hopes people will learn about the Maya’s contribution to areas such as the arts, science and technology.

“One of the main meanings of this is the intercultural exchange that we can have,” he told WVXU through an interpreter. “We also need to know that Mayan civilization has a past, a present, and a future.”

All artifacts are from Guatemala, including some two tons of standing stones or steles.

“Every piece is important,” says del Valle. “Every piece has something to tell. You have to think about what happened when they were made – there is a spiritual and emotional connection they have with us.”

The Maya civilization was at its peak in AD 600, but dates back to 2000 BC. BC back.

“The Mayan innovations and influence are widespread in our daily lives,” said Elizabeth Pierce, CEO of the Cincinnati Museum Center. “The 365-day calendar, advances in mathematics, the discovery of chocolate, their agricultural techniques, and the management of land and water resources … the ancient Maya still have many things to teach us, and we will learn from them to to help us build a better future. “

Millions of descendants in Central America speak a Mayan language, and entire regions of countries in Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize assert and maintain their Mayan ethnic identity. The exhibition also tries to tell their stories.

The experience also includes the University of Cincinnati’s work at Maya sites in Central America. The exhibition is scheduled to run until January 3, 2021.

The 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

The 19th amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 and gave many, if not all, women the right to vote. An unfinished revolution: Women and the Vote examines the struggle for women’s suffrage. It contains several documents from the museum’s collection as well as images and graphics that describe the movement then and beyond the 1920s.

According to Cody Hefner, senior director of marketing and communications, the exhibition includes efforts from the 1950s and 1960s to expand the right to vote during the civil rights movement.

“To make sure that people not only could vote legally, but really had access to polling stations … there was no more voting taxes, no more election tests, no more electoral suppression, but that is something that is still going on. It tells this one History of how women have also been at the forefront of this effort and others who have been at the forefront of the civil rights movement to ensure that everyone in our government and in our country truly has the same voice.

The exhibition runs until September 27, 2020.

Charley Harper to be honored when Earth Day turns 50

Cincinnati’s beloved artist Charley Harper was known for his geometric style, but he was also an avid environmental supporter. Earth Day celebrated its 50th anniversary in April, and the Cincinnati Museum Center considered this an appropriate year to honor Harper as the recipient of the 2020 John A. Ruthven Medal of the award.

Inspired by Nature: The Art and Activism of Charley Harper features 30 paintings and related stories Harper has penned, as well as a celebration of his activism.

“He also included this short story with each of his pictures, which was fun and fast, but also had serious warnings about the environmental impacts people on the planet were having,” explains Hefner. “Reading the stories that accompany these images that you saw on a building, on a shopping bag, on a mug (or postcard) puts you in a new perspective and gives you a new perspective on Harper as an individual and as a Activist that he was. “

Most of the works come from the museum’s collection, but some are on loan from private collectors. The exhibition runs until November 8, 2020.

Two new exhibits at the Cincinnati History Museum

With the opening of Shaping Our City and You Are Here at the Cincinnati History Museum, two new permanent exhibitions will go online in July.

The first looks at how different modes of transport from rivers to rails and roads have been shaped and shaped by the geography of the region, with some connected and others shared.

“You think of the West End and I-75 crossing and displacing this big black community in Cincinnati,” explains Hefner. “What does that mean and what effects will the introduction of new transport technologies have on the future? Will they connect our city or will it further divide it?”

The second exhibit, You Are Here, is divided into three thematic areas that explore what defines Cincinnati as a place to live, work, and play. The museum says it “includes a news desk for guests to read historical news, a Cincinnati-themed quiz, and an ArtWorks-inspired and designed wall studio,” as well as family photos submitted by the public and a look at local sports. Food and culture scenes.

Precautions for the Cincinnati Museum Center Coronavirus

The museum center limits capacity to around 25% during the pandemic. Face covering is required. Timed tickets are required for general admission. It is recommended to purchase these online and in advance. Social distancing markers have been added in areas that tend to be crowded and direct the flow of traffic, the museum says. Hand sanitizing stations are available and there is no preventive healthcare. So stay home if you are uncomfortable and your tickets may be refunded or exchanged.

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