In 1939 the CAC got its start as the Cincinnati Modern Art Society in the basement of the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Contemporary Arts Center has been host to many exhibits from artists like Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and the controversial exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe.
From the basement of the Art Museum, the CAC moved to the Women’s Exchange Building on West Fourth Street in 1964 then to the Mercantile Center on Fifth Street in 1970 and finally to their permanent home on Sixth and Walnut in 2003. The Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art was designed by Zaha Hadid and has three floors of gallery space, a lower level for performances and an, “Unmuseum” for children. New exhibitions are always happening to it is good to visit often.
Contemporary Arts Center
44 East Sixth Street, Downtown