From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead

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If you had tickets for Cher’s canceled Cincinnati concert on April 7 (or even if you hadn't!) you can still get an up-close look at some of the music icon’s glittering and glamorous costumes right here on this website.

Behringer-Crawford's newest exhibit, "From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead," celebrates the art and integral roles that beads have played in society over the centuries, from prayer and devotion, to art, fashion and décor. They've been made from wood and stone, bone and tooth, glass, plastic and gemstones - all of which are represented in the exhibit. A highlight is a display of four of Cher’s dazzling beaded outfits. 

The museum is closed temporarily due to the coronavirus crisis, but you can still explore the exhibit online and hear from beading experts via our videos.


Take an up-close look at BCM's newest exhibit from the comfort of home!  

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Curator's Chat: Western Native Beaded Artifacts

Curator's Chat: Tambour Beading with Robert Haven

Curator's Chat: African Beads

 Just For Kids Bead Video

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Read CityBeat Article on From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead

Watch WLWT Clip: From Rituals to Runways: The Art of the Bead

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Read Article by NKY Magazine 



Special Beading Exhibit Events

(Schedules to be determined at a later date.) 


close up flower tambourbeading workshop 2Tambour Beading Workshops: This high-fashion, hand-beading technique will be taught by beading master Robert Haven, owner of Bead Embroidery and Design Studio in Lexington, KY.  Haven has taught master classes in beading around the world and his work has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning, America.” He will conduct three four-day workshops, each on two consecutive weekends. Cost is $380 for BCM members and $400 for non-members, which includes all tools and supplies. Classes are limited to 10 participants. 



20200227 102007 2Beaded Jewelry Workshops: Learn how to create your own necklaces, earrings and bracelets in “Bodacious B’s Beadathons,” classes taught by Becky Hancock, owner of St. Theresa Textile Trove. Two one-day beginner’s classes will also be offered. Cost is $40 for BCM members and $50 for non-members, including supplies and tools. Participants should bring a lunch. Class limit: 12.



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Sunday: 1-5 p.m.

Closed Mondays and national holidays

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