Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Vatican Exhibit Moves to Cincinnati

Or as Joseph calls it Cincianna (I think he would prefer if it were in Indiana).

Sounds like the perfect way to break up a long trip to Tennessee later this month.

From The Enquirer (Not the National but the Cincinnati):

Moving a show as monumental as Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes could be considered a divine challenge.

When the show closed in Fort Lauderdale in late November, the second city on its four-city, 18-month tour, organizers had roughly four weeks to pack up and move the show to the next stop. Last week, the 350 artworks and historically significant objects arrived at Cincinnati Museum Center. On Monday, staff began unpacking sets and scenery.

"We have so much stuff, and we do it in a relatively short amount of time," says Jeffrey Wyatt, vice president of production for Clear Channel Exhibitions, producers of the show.

"There are the art, objects, environments and videos to move in under 28 days. That's very fast for this type of thing, but we want to maximize the amount of time we can be open to the public with only four cities."

Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes opens Dec. 20 at the Museum Center. One of the most ambitious exhibitions to be mounted in the Queen City, it covers more than 2,000 years of Western civilization. It is the largest exhibition of Vatican art to be shown in North America. It premiered in Houston in March and will move on to San Diego when its Cincinnati run ends April 18.