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Title:Jewels in the Queen's crown: The fine and performing arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1865-1919
Author(s):Cahall, Michael Charles
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Solberg, Winton U.
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, United States
Art History
Abstract:Local historians consider the period of this study to be the "golden age" of high culture in Cincinnati, during which the city's major arts institutions came into being and the Queen City enjoyed a national reputation as a center of the fine and performing arts.
This work asks three questions: Why did Cincinnati undergo a cultural blossoming at this time? Who were the individuals who drove forward the city's cultural development? What did they hope to accomplish through their support of the fine and performing arts? To answer these questions, the author investigates the city's major cultural institutions: the local artist community, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Academy, May Festivals, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, music schools, and opera and theater in the Queen City.
The study concludes that Cincinnati enjoyed a "golden age" as part of the general cultural expansion of the "American Renaissance" and because the city's upper class became large enough to support permanent arts institutions. It finds that these institutions were founded and led by a small group of the city's socio-economic elite with strong economic, social, and family ties to one another. By supporting the arts, these men and women hoped to restore Cincinnati's declining regional and national position and to elevate the city's moral tone, which they believed to be threatened by forces associated with industrialization and urbanization.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Cahall, Michael Charles
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9210755
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9210755

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