2023 Annual Gala: 20 Years at the CAC

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The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati's annual gala is more momentous than ever for this anniversary celebration; the Zaha Hadid-designed Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art.

Declared to be "The most important American building since the Cold War" by architecture critic Herbert Muschamp for The New York Times, this iconic structure was completed in 2003. It was the first American project by internationally renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, and was the first U.S. museum designed by a woman.


This year's gala celebration coincides with the CAC's exhibition A Permanent Nostalgia for Departure: A Rehearsal on Legacy with Zaha Hadid which considers the legacy of Hadid's career through the practice of a new generation of artists who respond to Hadid's portfolio and the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center building itself. It is study of Zaha Hadid's legacy not as a conclusive overview, but rather as a point of departure full of possibilities and reflections.

If you are attending the gala, we have come up with a collection of items that we deem fit for the occasion and theme. Shop the collection here.

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