Convinced that no good can come of ignoring or forgetting a shameful aspect of American history (some 5,000 murderous, illegal lynchings, mostly of African-American males, from 1882 to 1968) the National Underground Railway Freedom Center has taken a traveling show that sometimes elicited anger in earlier venues and hopes to make it a means of furthering understanding rather than undermining it. 'Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America' opened last week and runs through May 31.
The cumulative impact of C. Spencer Yeh's loosely connected multimedia works at the CAC forces one to experience the world through his unique, sometimes alienating perspective — an approach the artist has investigated more prominently in his vast and various musical projects over the last dozen-plus years. Yeh's best-known musical entity is Burning Star Core, whose moody, cinematic soundscapes can be described as everything from avant-garde Free Jazz to experimental Noise Rock to the sound of the world caving in on itself.
The three recently-opened exhibitions at downtown’s Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts couldn’t be more different, with Rick Mallette, Alice Pixley Young and Steve Zieverink each boasting their own flair.
Cincinnati’s vibrant community of alternative-exhibition spaces is my first love in this area. I am boastful of the innovations I witness in these unlikely places, where I not only exhibit my own installations but also, in several cases, help organize and curate exhibitions.
Casting a wide net is Manifest Gallery’s usual mode of operation. The “neighborhood gallery for the world” on Woodburn Avenue in East Walnut Hills attracts entries and exhibits works from all over this country and beyond. However, a current exhibition called Backyard reflects a deliberate narrowing of the field.
“Swing Landscape” at 7-by-14 feet is quite large. It is a key piece by a giant of American Modernism whose work anticipated both Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. The Philadelphia-born Davis, who died in 1964 at age 71, was a champion of 20th-century European art and combined its influences with the American vernacular.
The cast of colorful and eccentric characters populating downtown and Over-the-Rhine will inflate by one this Friday when performance artist Jimmy Kuehnle comes to town. At first, he’ll look pretty normal. But within seconds, without warning, he’ll transform into … well, it’s hard to describe, actually.
Historical societies’ “attics” — actually, they call it “storage” — are a lot like those at your great aunt Eloise’s house, only even better. You don’t know what you might find because there’s so much up there.
There are more exhibitions, installations, shows and general art activities going on this holiday season. From Manifest's Backyard exhibit to Avant-gardist C. Spencer Yeh's Standard Definition, you'll never go hungry for a cultural experience.
It's taken a couple unwanted delays for Cincinnati Art Museum to get 'Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry' open, but it's been worth the wait. The museum has done a wonderful job displaying it; Cynthia Amnéus, CAM's associate curator of costume and textiles, has really made it look sparkling.
Having Country Club's West End gallery space in walking distance of my home was a luxury I didn’t fully appreciate until it moved across town to Oakley. But while it's now further away from downtown and many like-minded arts organizations, it is worth the trek.
I’ve always been able to find art in Cincinnati. From seeing the paintings created by an art class at SCPA, where I’m currently a senior, to being inspired by exhibits at the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Contemporary Arts Center, it’s been fairly easy to nourish my passion for art in my hometown.
Among the six new exhibits at Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington are outstanding solo ones by artists Keith Auerbach, Jessica Grace Bechtel, Ken Page and Eric Ruschman. They're collected with a Clay Alliance group show called 'Feast or Famine' and a group show featuring works by children.
Artists are a lot like scientists: They observe and collect, question and describe, experiment and record. They interpret what they've gathered, creating solutions to problems or theories that pose more questions — in physical, visual form. This concept was the impetus for the fabulous and thought-provoking exhibition 'Form from Form: Art from Discovery' at the University of Cincinnati.
Time has not been good to the arcade game. In the last decade, the accelerated pace of take-home technology has unarguably established consoles like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox 360 as the video game’s dominant products, forcing the coin-operated game out of the market.