After a short winter hiatus, the Behringer-Crawford Museum will welcome guests back on Friday, February 11 with an opening reception featuring the debut of new and expanded exhibits, including poetic and inspirational works of art. horses.
Tandem exhibitions, Spirit Riders by Naomi Bradford and Abracadabra! by Gregg Harper will be on display with paintings, drawings, assemblages and collages by the late Bradford and his partner.
While moving to Cincinnati in 2005, Bradford encountered a carriage horse named Henry on the city streets in Fountain Square; the motivation for a series of paintings.
“I layer color on color, using the image of the horse as I believe we are part horse/part human…a universal theme of liveliness, strength, beauty and loyalty.” Spirit Riders explores the physical and emotional aspects of Bradford’s battle with breast cancer and its connection between life and spirit in a series of images.
Abracadabra! is a set of images that are pointers to what Harper calls his “thought exploration” initiated by local educators during his youth. As executive director of the Behringer-Crawford Museum in the early 1980s, Harper’s accomplishments as a curator, art historian, archaeologist, inveterate traveler, and new combinations of forms in his works explore his questions of history and of mind.
Also on view will be an expanded exhibition by Harlan Hubbard featuring more than three dozen watercolors and woodcuts by the artist and author, making the Behringer-Crawford Museum the largest public holder of his works.
Guests are also invited to show off their team spirit with “Who Dey History,” BCM’s collection of autographed Bengals memorabilia dating back to Cincinnati’s pre-Paul Brown, 1937 team. Items include jerseys, soccer balls, pennants, and more.
The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The evening will include a meeting with Harper.
The Behringer-Crawford Museum is located at 1600 Montague Road-Devou Park, Covington, KY 41011. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and public holidays. Admission is free for BCM members, $9 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and over, and $5 for children. Wednesdays are Grandparents’ Day: one grandchild is admitted free with each paying grandparent. Parking is free.
Masks are mandatory for all visitors and staff and social distancing is enforced. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the museum.
For more information, call 859-491-4003, email [email protected], or visit www.bcmuseum.org.