The Contemporary Arts Center’s just-announced 2010-11 season continues its support of emerging artists — including Cincinnati-based ones — in a series of shows mostly curated by Raphaela Platow, director and chief curator of the downtown arts institution.
But it will also feature a tightly focused retrospective of the work of the late Keith Haring, whose fame exceeds that of even Shepard Fairey, the subject of a current CAC show that's been a blockbuster. And the CAC will have a group show with an A-list of contemporary artists, courtesy of a Mexican collection.
Like Fairey, the academically trained Haring (pictured above) became fascinated with street art and made his name in New York. He then found his signature Pop Art-influenced figures, rudimentarily bold and simple, accepted by New York’s fine-art and fashion worlds. He died of AIDS in 1990 at age 31, ending a short but influential and productive career.
The CAC show Keith Haring: 1978-1982, curated by Platow and scheduled for February-August 2011, is co-organized with Vienna’s Kunsthalle Wien, where it will debut. The CAC promises that many of the show’s works have never before been exhibited, but there will also be some signature pieces.
The 2010-11 schedule kicks off in September with an important show originally set for this season, Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from La Colección Jumex. This exhibition marks the first time work from Mexico City’s major contemporary art museum has been in the U.S
Besides offering exposure to some of Mexico’s and other countries’ top contemporary artists, the exhibition includes work by such iconic U.S. artists as Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and Paul McCarthy. A catalogue will accompany the show.
Other shows that will comprise CAC’s new season, in chronological order:
Shinji Turner-Yamamoto: Disappearances (September-January)
The Japanese-born artist will create an installation and supporting series of paintings meant to “comment on fragility and transience in the human world,” according to a CAC press release. Turner-Yamamoto also will install a related work known as “Hanging Garden” at the empty Holy Cross Church in Mount Adams, consisting of a live tree perched atop a dead one with their roots intertwined.
Motorcycles/Rosson Crow (November-April)
This exhibition, curated by Justine Ludwig, pairs customized motorcycles with new paintings by Crow, a female American artist whose work explores traditional masculine subject matter. Her paintings, often massive in scale, have in the past been concerned with the Wild West, sex clubs and smoky lounges. The Dallas-born Crow has had a show at Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum.
Jimmy Baker: Remote Viewing (February-April)
This Cincinnati artist will use painting, audio and video to “explore the relationship between military psychic exploration and the ability to access infinite information through digital media,” according to the CAC. Baker uses hyper-realistic details in his paintings to suggest “archival images of a parallel universe that is both familiar and foreign,” the CAC says. He's an adjunct professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and received his MFA degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Denise Burge (May-August)
For this show, Burge will use quiltmaking techniques to create an installation of semi-sculptural works of projected video. She's a professor at UC’s DAAP and has shown her work in the Midwest.
Matthew Monahan (May-November)
The Los Angeles-based artist uses everyday materials to create sculptures, which are accompanied by intricate ink drawings. This show of new work will respond to the building’s Zaha Hadid-designed architecture.
Selections from Cincinnati (Ongoing)
An ongoing series that focuses on local collectors and the role of contemporary art in their lives.
For more information on the new season's exhibitions, visit www.contemporaryartscenter.org.