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.
Allie Yoko makes eco-fashion accessible via her Black Orchid Fashion
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We know the emissions from our SUVs will eventually suffocate us. We know the same soil that sprouts our vegetables is polluted by pesticides and countless other contaminants. But we also know that we’re capable of changing this by making both big and small adjustments to our daily lives. Allie Yoko, recognizes the importance of making these adjustments and has reacted by launching Black Orchid Fashion, a Web-based eco-fashion company that offers a line of women’s clothing made from sustainable bamboo fibers.
This weekend, the owners of several historic homes in the area are flinging their doors open to visitors. Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) and Clifton Town Meeting are offering rare opportunities to see the interiors of some of Cincinnati’s most regal homes in two of the area’s grandest neighborhoods. On Saturday, the Cincinnati Preservation Association will hold a tour of East Walnut Hills homes, and Sunday is the Clifton House Tour.
What happens when talented teenagers are teamed with design professionals and asked to interpret “green” concepts in billboard-like format? Plenty happens, as can be seen in The Outdoor Museum, or TOM, in Eden Park now through May 31.
Shepard Fairey, the hip alternative-culture artist who has become a superstar in the wake of his "Hope, Change and Vote" posters supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign, leads the Contemporary Art Center's 2009-10 exhibition schedule announced April 28. Fairey will be coming here with the show, doing public art projects in the city and public programs at the CAC. It marks a return of sorts — he was part of the CAC's 'Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture' exhibition in 2004, a group show that's quickly becoming legendary for its prescience. The new season begins in early October with an ambitious — hopefully groundbreaking — group show curated by the CAC's Maiza Hixson called 'Young Country.'
Peter Voshefski lived in Cincinnati before moving west to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, and he returns to present one of the most intriguing and appealing exhibitions I've seen in Cincinnati lately. Aisle Gallery has been on a long winning streak of great one- and two-person exhibitions, and 'Dreams and Trees' continues it.
Considering the state of the economy, it might seem daring for a new commercial gallery dedicated to contemporary art to open its doors. But the brand new PAC Gallery in East Walnut Hills, set for a grand opening 5-8 p.m. Saturday, is not only opening but is also devoting its first show to contemporary art from India.
I've seen Michael Wilson's photographs of major musicians like Over the Rhine, Lyle Lovett, Phillip Glass and B.B. King and start asking questions. He's so humble about his work it's almost unnerving. "See, at the Weston Gallery, they’re calling it a mid-career retrospective, which is probably as good a term as any," Wilson says. "For the most part, it will be drawn from 30 years of work that would have been done just for myself. Personal work."