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Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

513 345 8400

Memory Palace

Started
12 September
2014

Ended
22 February
2015

Exhibition Highlights

Exhibition Details

The “Memory Palace” is a Greco-Roman technique that prompts its user to remember by populating imagined architectures with a sequential path of memories. By coupling physical and psychological structure, this subjective apparatus turns recollections, impressions and remembrances into the bricks and mortar of a mental dwelling. As one subsequently walks the mind through this fictive floorplan, he/she theoretically reconnects floating parcels into a single, unified tapestry. In practice, such passage reveals the dramatic renovation human memory performs upon history – transforming past events into personal narratives.

On the occasion of the CAC’s 75th anniversary this exhibition will present memory as soft, malleable clay. Rather than galvanizing history or renewing the supposed fixity of facts, Memory Palace will instead revel in remembering as a creative act: highlighting the way our recollections shift actual histories into imperfect, but quintessentially human legacies.

Sponsored by

Greater Cincinnati Foundation Abraham, Katie, Eleanor and Natalie Feld Memorial Funds U.S. Bank P&G

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