GRANVILLE, Ohio — This fall, the Denison Museum will open four exhibitions: “Picasso at Denison,” “Theophile Steinlen,” and “From Paris to New York,” featuring modern works from the museum’s permanent collection, and “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby,” a special exhibition of cigarette ads through the 20th century.
The exhibitions will be open from Sept. 10 through Dec. 10. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, at the Denison Museum (240 W. Broadway). For more information visit www.denison.edu/museum.
- Picasso at the Denison Museum: This student-researched exhibition of Pablo Picasso prints from the earliest phases of Picasso’s career—referred to as his “Blue Period” (1901-04) and “Rose Period” (1904-06)—reflects the artist’s importance to 20th century art while celebrating the recent completion of conservation treatment of Denison’s print collection.
- Theophile Steinlen: The first critic to write about Picasso suggested his early work imitated that of Theophile A. Steinlen, most known today for his commercial illustrations of cats. This exhibition of late 19th and early 20th century prints from the Denison collections showcases Steinlen’s influential manner of representing the human figure, including evocative images of World War I.
- From Paris to New York: The 20th century challenged the conventions of art. Follow the evolution of modern art through a selection of prints by artists who challenged critics, buyers, and themselves while the art world shifted from Paris to New York after the industrial revolution and as influenced by two world wars.
- You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: Tobacco advertisements during the 20th century portrayed smoking as a stylish, medically safe alternative to nibbling on sweets and as a symbol of female liberation. This exhibition of more than 200 print advertisements from the early 1900s through the 1980s investigates both the object and subject of women in cigarette advertising.
The Denison Museum is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m. These exhibitions are free and open to the public.