Cincinnati Art Museum's 'Art After Dark' Event Celebrates Local Artist Frank Duveneck

Friday's at-home edition of “Art After Dark” features cocktails, music and dance performances, as well as artwork from local artists of the past and present.

click to enlarge Inside the Frank Duveneck exhibit - PHOTO: FRANCISCO HUERTA JR.
Photo: Francisco Huerta Jr.
Inside the Frank Duveneck exhibit

This Friday, the Cincinnati Art Museum will host an at-home edition of “Art After Dark” that features cocktails, music and dance performances, as well as artwork from local artists of the past and present.

The event, which will take place 5-9 p.m. on Jan. 29, is scheduled to honor local artist Frank Duveneck, whom the museum calls the “most influential painter in Cincinnati’s history,” with a virtual, curator-led walkthrough of the museum’s new exhibition.

The event kicks off with a special cocktail tutorial by mixologist Molly Wellmann. In addition to owning the craft cocktail bar Japp’s, Wellmann is a local “drink maker and storyteller” who uses the basics of classic cocktails, some of which originating as early as the 1700s, to create new, innovative drink recipes.

Wellmann created a cocktail directly inspired by Frank Duveneck called “Foucar à la Kin-kan” to serve during this event. Attendees can purchase the ingredients or pick up a take-home kit from Japp’s, which includes ingredients for one drink. 

If a malt is more your speed, you could purchase a four-pack of the museum’s recent collaboration with Listermann Brewing Company. The limited-edition release includes four different bottle labels that feature famous works by Duveneck.

At 6 p.m., local dance troupe Pones will perform in the All the Flowers Are for Me exhibit. According to its webpage, the gallery uses light manipulation to create “intricate shadows” that ripple under movement. 

At 7 p.m., museum curator Julie Aronson, Ph.D., will lead attendees through a brand new walkthrough of Frank Duveneck: American Master, which is now open through March 28. According to the museum, this is the first exhibition in 30 years that provides deep depth into Duveneck’s life and work.

Duveneck worked with several mediums such as oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, pastels, etchings, monotypes and sculpture, all of which will be included in full display at the exhibition. 

The exhibit will also showcase new research that clears up common misconceptions of the artist’s life during the mid-1800s to the early twentieth century. 

The event will culminate at 8 p.m. with a one-hour performance by local indie-pop quartet The Ophelias. This performance will be the group’s first “full band” livestream and will feature several new songs from their discography. 

The event is free and will be livestreamed on Facebook Live. Follow Cincinnati Art Museum’s social media and event page for additional details. 

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