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Art: Victory City

By Alan Pocaro · November 8th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends
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The intractable nature of the problems that face our nation have birthed not solutions-based collaborations but, rather, fraternal orders of grievance. The precipitous rise of Tea Party groups and Occupy movements attest to this collective failure of imagination. Fortunately, one Cincinnati man has toiled in the belief that he has discovered the cure to that which ails society. Descended from a long line of utopian aspirants, Orville Simpson II is a visionary.

This self-taught artist and designer has spent the better part of the past 60 years concocting a metropolis that knows no hunger, violence, pollution or poverty. Called Victory City, the plans for this elaborate vision of the future is the subject of a fascinating exhibition of the same name at the University of Cincinnati’s Philip M. Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery. Through a series of enlarged drawings, blueprints, sketches and ephemera, Victory City takes the viewer on a guided tour into the heart of Simpson’s life-long obsession. A self-contained urban oasis filled with automatic cafeterias and intricate Persian rugs, the exhibition is one man’s attempt to achieve social perfection. But would you want to live there? Victory City is on view through Nov. 18 at the Meyers Gallery (Steger Student Life Center, Clifton Campus).



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