Best Of 2022

Best Local Trip to the Other Side of the World

The Cincinnati Art Museum has had an Ancient Middle East Gallery for a long time. But in December, after an extensive renovation, it became a 2,800-square-foot showcase of works from across the Middle East, including the United States’ most significant collection of art by the Nabateans, people who carved the sandstone city of Petra in Jordan around 300 B.C. Rather than chronologically or geographically, these artifacts have been organized thematically. The reinstallation includes contemporary reflections on ancient pasts and new works that might make you rethink how a 21st-century museum can interpret Middle Eastern art. And there’s more to come, as the CAM will soon open renovated galleries of South Asian art and the art of the Islamic world. Want to visit a historic foreign land? Just head to Mount Adams.