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Rare Exhibitions Make Ohio an Art-Lovers' Paradise


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Tamara Brown, (614) 466-8591
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (August 28, 2012) - Ohio soon will host several world-renowned exhibits, including one making its only stop in America and another making its only stop anywhere. And that is just the kick-off to Ohio's arts season!

Highlights of Ohio exhibits include images from world-renowned celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose resume includes portraits ranging from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Lance Armstrong and Demi Moore. Leibovitz will put Master Set, her personal collection of more than 150 images, on public display for the first time ever at the Wexner Center in Columbus. In addition, the Toledo Museum of Art will be the sole American site for an exhibition of portraits by acclaimed French artist Edouard Manet, and the Cincinnati Museum Center will host an exhibit of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, often described as the most significant archaeological find of the last century.

"Ohio museums have succeeded in bringing an unbelievably rich and exclusive line-up of exhibits to our state this fall," said Interim State Tourism Director Pat Barker. "Ohio's cities have been undergoing an amazing period of development and renaissance during the last decade. The fact that many of these exhibitions chose Ohio as the only American stop - or only stop at all - is evidence of Ohio's world-class arts and culture scene."

Following is just a sampling the arts and cultural exhibitions opening over the next several months throughout Ohio. For more ideas on places to experience the arts, visit, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoverOhio or like us on Facebook.

Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012, Toledo Museum of Art, Open through Sept. 9
The Toledo Museum of Art, birthplace of the studio glass movement, is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement with Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012. This is the inaugural exhibition of the new Frederic and Mary Wolfe Gallery of Contemporary Art. The exhibit features nearly 100 objects from public and private collections. The museum also has reinstalled and reinterpreted its glass collection within the award-winning, architectural marvel known as the Glass Pavilion.

Annie Leibovitz, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Sept. 22 - Dec. 30
The bulk of the exhibition will consist of works from Leibovitz's Master Set, an authoritative edition of 156 images she personally selected as the definitive representation of her work. The presentation will be augmented by recent work from Leibovitz's Pilgrimage project, a series of photographs of interiors, landscapes, and talismanic objects attached to historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Georgia O'Keeffe and Elvis Presley, among others.

Manet: Portraying Life, Toledo Museum of Art, Oct. 7, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2013
Toledo will be the only North American venue for this exhibition of approximately 40 works of art from more than 25 museums and private collections worldwide. Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was the most stylish of the 19th-century French painters and is sometimes referred to as "the Father of Impressionism." The exhibition is the first in-depth examination of Manet's considerable talents as a portraitist. He painted his family, friends and the literary, political and artistic figures of his day, often in casual settings, rather than traditionally posed portraits.

Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation, Toledo Museum of Art, Oct. 7, 2012 - Jan. 20, 2013
The Golden Age of Hollywood will sparkle once more in Toledo during this exhibition showcasing more than 90 prints by more than 30 of the most important photographers working in Hollywood from 1920 to1960.This is the final stop for a show selected from the collection of the late London-based author and collector, John Kobal. Made in Hollywood features the importance of photography through iconic images that immortalized Hollywood idols including Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart. These images capture the magic of Hollywood through the photographers' skilled use of dramatic lighting, camera angles and retouching.

Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times, Cincinnati Museum Center, Opens Nov. 16
In 1947, a shepherd stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea, and concealed inside were ancient scrolls that had not been seen for 2,000 years. After extensive excavation, a total of 972 remarkably preserved scrolls were found, including the earliest Biblical texts ever discovered. Now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, these papers have been called the most significant archaeological find of the last century. This exhibit includes more than 500 objects, including religious items, weapons, stone carvings, textiles, mosaics, jewelry and more, from the Biblical to Byzantine Periods in Israel, many from recent archaeological excavations in Jerusalem that have never before been publicly exhibited. It is considered the most comprehensive exhibit of ancient artifacts from Israel ever organized.

Elijah Pierce, Columbus Museum of Art, Sept. 13, 2012 - Spring 2013
Born in Baldwyn, Miss., in 1892, Elijah Pierce began carving wood as a child. Joining his love of woodcarving and his vocation as a preacher, Pierce continued making carvings and sculptures that took their subjects from the Bible, American popular and folk heroes, and contemporary events, such as the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. This is the final exhibition celebrating the Columbus 2012 Bicentennial. Don't miss Songs for the New Millennium, 1812 - 2012: Works by Aminah Robinson Celebrating 200Columbus, also being shown during this time frame.

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Cleveland, Opens Oct. 6
The new Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) building will open October 6 in the center of Cleveland's cultural district, University Circle. The new hexagon-shaped building was specifically designed by London-based Farshid Moussavi Architecture to present contemporary art to artists and audiences. MOCA is the company's first U.S. building design. The inaugural exhibition, Inside Out and From the Ground Up provides an in-depth look at how contemporary art engages with architecture and concepts of space. It brings together works by Louise Bourgeois, David Hammons, David Altmejd, Walead Beshty, Jacqueline Humphries and more.

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