CAC reopens after closing due to COVID surge

CINCINNATI — The Center for Contemporary Art reopened Friday with a new timed entry system.

What do you want to know

  • The CAC has been closed since January 4 due to an increase in COVID-19 cases
  • When the museum reopened on Friday, it did so using a timed reservation system
  • Guests are given a two-hour window and have one hour and 45 minutes to visit the space; the last five minutes are reserved for staff to disinfect surfaces
  • The museum said it was “aware” of the situation and was doing what was necessary to ensure people could still “discover art” safely.

Customers must register for a free ticket online. There, they can select a start time and a two-hour window to enjoy the Downtown Cincinnati Museum.

During timed ticketing, visitors will have one hour and 45 minutes to tour the gallery spaces. The last 15 minutes of the time slot are reserved for security to sanitize and clean surfaces. Masks are mandatory.

“While we are aware of the number of COVID-19 cases in our region, we believe it is important that people can still experience art,” said Marcus Margerum, Acting Director of the ACC. .

The museum and gallery space closed on January 4 due to a recent local increase in COVID-19 cases. The CAC said it was doing this to “support the safety of the community and its staff”.

Meanwhile, Fausto, the CAC lobby restaurant, remained open during its normal business hours Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“We offer timed tickets with the aim of creating a safe environment for our customers and frontline staff,” Margerum said. “Time slots will give visitors the time they need to view our exhibits and allow time for our security staff to disinfect and clean surfaces before the next guests arrive.”

While at the CAC, visitors can see The Regional, the first major multi-museum survey of contemporary artists based in the Midwest. It features new and recent work, including several site-specific commissions, by approximately 25 artists working across painting, photography, installation and performance.

The artists come from a variety of backgrounds and are currently based in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Wisc., Minneapolis, and Saint Louis. Of course, there’s also art from Cincinnati-based creators.

Regular CAC appointments are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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