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The Levee: A Photographer in the American South Exhibit

February 2, 2020

Cincinnati Art Museum

Sohrab Hura Cincinnati Exhibit
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Cincinnati Art Museum to feature Sohrab Hura in
The Levee: A Photographer in the American South.

Contemporary Indian photographer Sohrab Hura receives his first solo museum exhibition, organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum, from October 5, 2019–February 2, 2020. The Levee: A Photographer in the American South presents an 83-picture suite titled The Levee, in which Hura explores themes of connection, perspective, and place.


Free general admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is made possible by a gift from the Rosenthal Family Foundation. Special exhibition pricing may vary. Parking at the Cincinnati Art Museum is free. The Levee: A Photographer in the American South will be on view to the public in gallery 105. Related public programs are free except for the 8-week workshop, Regarding Place.


Programs include:

  • An informal conversation series, held around the exhibition’s communal table, featuring guests from the regional artist community, Speed Art Museum, and Xavier University’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, among other organizations.
  • An open discussion about spirituality in daily life, from the ways we nurture hope amidst pain to the notion of being present in the place, nature, and community—moderated by Alice Connor, University of Cincinnati chaplain and author of How to Human: An Incomplete Manual for Living in a Messed-Up World.
  • An 8-week photography workshop, Regarding Place, aimed at gaining and picturing nuanced understandings of place, convened in partnership with the Manifest Drawing Center.
  • A rare American screening of Hura’s mesmerizing, award-winning films, including Sweet Life and The Lost Head & The Bird, offered in partnership with The Mini Microcinema.
  • An exhibition-inspired reading list organized in partnership with The Mercantile Library, inviting audiences to explore literary routes through the American South, South Asia, and along the Ohio River.

The exhibition is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue—the first substantial book publication about the artist. See the museum’s website calendar for full program dates.



About The Levee
While The Levee consists primarily of black and white photographs, the exhibition also includes hand-drawn maps and ambient sound. Unexpected color and evocative natural materials support the artist’s perception of tenderness in his American experience. Also, communal seating and browsable photobooks in the gallery will invite reflection and consideration of The Levee in a larger context.

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