Photographer Lisa Britton has been recording every day of her almost-5-year-old daughter Angela's short life. She often concentrates on Angela's exploration of the natural world and has chosen works with that theme for 'Seeing Nature,' her exhibition of color photographs on display at Parkside Cafe in Walnut Hills.
Judy Pfaff's current exhibition of large-scale collaged works and small prints seems to continue an abiding interest that Carl Solway Gallery has in highly accomplished, mid-career artists who favor abstract interpretations of nature through a variety of approaches.
The current exhibition at Aisle Gallery focuses on the centuries-old practice of printmaking. Of course, the practice has changed and expanded since its inception, but Rachel Heberling and Katherine Rogers seem to have found their niche in concentrating on straightforward lithography and etching and the beauty that can be found there.
For a world-class museum, Greater Cincinnati's Vent Haven Museum attracts precious few visitors. How to increase attendance is problematic since it raises the issue of what kind of place Vent Haven is meant to be. It's the only major public museum devoted to ventriloquism (the art of throwing voices) and has more than 750 historic and/or unusual ventriloquial figures.
Gnarled tree limbs arc above each entrance of downtown's Weston Art Gallery. Lashed together with twine, the limbs create a web-like mass that spreads throughout the Weston's lobby, soaring above in great domes, coiling around pillars, growing up and out of the stairwell.
The two current exhibitions at Country Club Gallery have something in common: namely, a sense of place. And yet the two artists included here, Christina Seely and Evan Hecox, deal with the idea of place in profoundly different ways.
At the turn of the 20th Century, when a woman's most acceptable occupation was motherhood, Bessie Potter Vonnoh succeeded professionally as a sculptor, flouting convention by focusing on a career instead of raising children. Her success as an independent working artist rested on subject matter that supported traditional notions of women, which makes the Cincinnati Art Museum's current exhibition of her work all the more fascinating.
The ancient device known as a camera obscura (from the Latin for "veiled chamber") was an indispensable art-making tool for centuries. A new exhibition at Northside's Prairie Gallery tries to continue its relevance for contemporary artists.
Anri Sala's solo exhibition fills two floors of the Contemporary Arts Center with sound, light and tactile objects. One work in particular confuses and simultaneously conflates the others. It's a small kinetic sculpture: a pair of hands sheathed in purple latex gloves, index fingers pointing toward each other, revolving slowly around an axis.
There's much to say about legendary modern dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham, but above all he's a well-rounded, thoroughly modern guy. Carl Solway Gallery is hosting 'A Tribute to Merce Cunningham in His 90th Year,' a smallish but worthy assembly of Cunningham's drawings, photos of the artist and in-depth documentaries shown on flat screens.
‘Garry Winogrand would move fast through the streets, see things happening, maybe across an intersection, would move to that area, firing off his Leica, the wide-angle lens essentially pre-focused, moving with the camera, the energy, the kineticism of the street coming through.”
For art-museum lovers, one of the best things about hot summers in Cincinnati is the proximity to nearby cities whose museums and public galleries have exhibitions. This makes shows in Dayton, Columbus, Louisville, Lexington and Indianapolis easily reachable. But before we set off on a two-hour drive to see another city’s work, let’s look at the shows local institutions have planned for the summer. Then we’ll hit the road.
The body of work on display in Semantics Gallery is, at first sight, as inexplicable as the show’s title suggests: She Keeps It In Play/They Don’t Know What To Call It. As abstract paintings, drawings and sculptures, the works leave much to the imagination but they don’t entirely defy explanation.
A handful of young local artists has worked since early February to build an art community that lacks pretentiousness, exclusiveness or any other barrier that would inhibit the community from being about anything but the art. The band of artists operates under the moniker of Bunk News. "(Bunk News) is a collaborative group of friends and artists where each person is bringing different media, styles, skill sets and perspectives into one somewhat focused direction," says Ben Brown, one of the four founders and a fine arts student in UC's Design, Art, Architecture and Planning program.
Bigger is not necessarily better, and cooperation might ace competition among arts organizations in our changing culture, according to Diane E. Ragsdale of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, who spoke to an audience of art professionals and supporters at the University of Cincinnati May 6. She urged arts organizations to recognize that "we have a society in which the arts have become marginal" — big attendance numbers might not equal big impact.