MAHS Annual Conference

2019 Annual Conference

We are heading to the Queen City! The 46th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society will be held from March 21–23, 2019, in beautiful Cincinnati, Ohio, where the stellar architecture, art collections and cultural sites will provide a captivating setting. Join us for thought-provoking sessions at the renowned Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) on Thursday and Friday, March 21 and 22, and at the Taft Museum of Art on Saturday, March 23. On Thursday evening, join us for the keynote lecture given by S. Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, in association with CAM’s exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment featuring works drawn from the collections of the City of Paris museums.

After sessions conclude on Friday, the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati will host an evening reception. Special behind-the-scenes programs at our partner museums will make this conference a particularly memorable experience, including tours of the newly renovated Union Terminal, an iconic Art Deco train station now home to the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Hotel

The conference hotel is the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza at 35 West Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati. Register at the special conference rate until February 27, 2019. Click the plus sign to register online.

Hotel Details

The conference hotel is the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza, a French Art Deco structure located in downtown Cincinnati by the central hub of Fountain Square and found at 35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. The hotel is holding 65 rooms at a conference rate of $139 per night, plus tax. Participants have until February 27, 2019, to book before the rooms will be made available to others and the conference rate will no longer apply. If booking online, please use this dedicated website to secure the discounted group rate in our block: https://book.passkey.com/go/MAHS1903. You may also call the Hilton toll-free number 1-800-HILTONS and request a room with the Midwest Art History Society using the group code “MAHS.”

Shuttle service to and from the hotel will be available. There is also valet parking by the hotel as well as ample municipal parking lots. See Transportation for details.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Hollis Clayson, Northwestern University, will present a lecture titled "Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?"
Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker Details

This year’s keynote speaker, S. Hollis Clayson is Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and (by courtesy) History at Northwestern University. Her lecture, “Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?” will be presented at the Cincinnati Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Paris 1900, a survey of visual culture in the French capital at the turn of the century. Dr Clayson is the author of numerous publications on the art of the Belle Époque. Her new book, Illuminated Paris, appearing in 2019, traces the dramatic evolution of lighting in Paris and how artists responded to the shifting visual and cultural scenes that resulted from these technologies.

2019 Conference Overview

The 2019 Annual Conference features a wide array of scholarly sessions in addition to a distinguished keynote lecture by Hollis Clayson, plus special gallery talks and receptions.

2019 Conference Overview Details

The Midwest Art History Society (MAHS) will hold its 46th Annual Conference in Cincinnati, from Thursday, March 21 to Saturday, March 23, 2019, hosted by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum of Art. For more details on the conference, see the MAHS Newsletter, Fall 2018. Sessions on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22 will be held at the Cincinnati Art Museum. On Friday evening, the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati will host an evening reception. Sessions on Saturday, March 23 will be held at the Taft Museum of Art. The keynote speaker is S. Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History and (by courtesy) History at Northwestern University. Her lecture, “Is Paris Still the Capital of the Nineteenth Century?” is presented on March 21 in conjunction with the Cincinnati Art Museum's exhibition Paris 1900, a survey of visual culture in the French capital at the turn of the century.

Transportation

Shuttle service to and from the hotel will be available. There is also valet parking by the hotel as well as ample municipal parking lots. Click the plus sign [+] for details and information on airport-to-hotel transport & museum parking.

Transportation Details

HOTEL PARKING:

Valet Parking:

Hotel overnight valet parking is $33/night, valid until 3 p.m. on check out day. Complimentary in/out privileges included except for departure day which has a $10 re-park charge each time the car is called.

Self-Parking:

Mabley Place Garage is attached to the hotel, with the main entrance on Race Street and an additional entrance and exit on Fourth Street. Daytime rate is $4/hour or a flat rate of $17 after 8 hours. After 4 p.m. and all day on weekends, rate is $6 for up to 8 hours.

Guests of the Hilton have the option to charge overnight self-parking at Mabley Place Garage with in/out privilege to their guestroom at a cost of $28/night. Departure is by 3 p.m. on check out day. Bring your ticket with you to the front desk when you check in.

If you arrive when the "FULL" light is on at the entrance gate, press the "HELP" button on the gate and inform the helpline that you are checking into the hotel. The helpline will lift the gate for entrance. The attendee should proceed to the front desk of the Hilton to check in and let the desk agent know they parked at Mabley Place Garage, without receiving a parking ticket.

During your hotel stay and when re-entering Mabley Place Garage, your validated parking ticket will lift the gate, even when the "FULL" sign is lit.

AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION TO HOTEL:
Executive Transportation Services provides the only licensed shuttle service between the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Van service is $26/person one way and $40/person round trip. There is a shuttle desk in the baggage claim area, so advance reservations are not required. However, advance reservations are required to return to the airport from the hotel: 859-261- 8841, www.executivetransportation.org.

Taxis and ride share services (Uber and Lyft) are also available.

HOTEL SHUTTLE TO CONFERENCE:
Conference shuttle buses run approximately every half hour. The shuttle runs from the hotel to CAM from approximately 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Thursday and 8:00-9:00 a.m. on Friday; there is no shuttle on Saturday to the Taft. To take the shuttle, please meet at Street Level (SL) in the Hilton, at the Fifth Street Entrance. To return to the hotel in the evenings, the shuttle will depart from CAM at approximately 5:15 p.m. and 7:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, and at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Friday. The shuttle will also be available at CAM to transport for the optional tour at the Cincinnati Museum Center on Friday from approximately 4:30-5:00 p.m., and also on Friday from the Museum Center to the reception at the Contemporary Arts Center that same evening from approximately 6:30-7:00 p.m.

MUSEUM PARKING:
If you choose to drive to the Cincinnati Art Museum, please park in the staff lot at the back of the building, near the DeWitt Entrance. Parking at CAM and the Taft Museum of Art are free, though parking at the Taft is limited. Parking at the Cincinnati Museum Center is $4.00 after 4:30 p.m.

Conference Schedule

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Conference Schedule Details

Click here for the updated Conference Schedule of session topics and times, special events, receptions, keynote lecture, tours, and more.

Conference Booklet

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Conference Booklet Details

Click here for the Program Booklet, which includes a complete schedule of sessions and special events, plus abstracts of all papers.