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CINCINNATI, OH -- Jayson Musson: His History of Art centers around a new three-channel video series in which Musson—performing as “Jay”— endeavors to educate his skeptical puppet sidekick Ollie on the relevance of art.

Think the structure and tone of your favorite kids' educational programs with a satirical survey on art history, its relationship to the general public, and the ways popular historical images impact our cultural consciousness.

The exhibition opens April 5 and continues through Sept. 8, 2024 at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in downtown Cincinnati.

Jay and Ollie journey across a three-episode arc from prehistoric art through the present, encountering figures like Pablo Picasso and a larger-than-life Venus of Willendorf along the way. After viewing the episodes on a large screen installed on the CAC’s fourth floor, visitors will encounter Jay’s living room set featuring his art collection—props from the production that play upon art historical icons—and the Ollie puppet. The experience culminates in a process lab that reveals to visitors how the production came together through the display of script material, set designs, props, and costumes. The exhibition will also be the first for the CAC’s partnership with Bloomberg Connects, a free app that hosts content for more than 350 cultural institutions around the world. App users will have access to additional content related to the artistic process, and tools for greater accessibility, such as translation and ASL videos.

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