Architectural buffs, by and large, have
only good words to say about the 16th century Italian architect Andrea
Palladio. His influence can perhaps be seen in your own neighborhood,
especially if you live in Indian Hill, Hyde Park or the choicer places
on the West Side...
The gaping street-level space of the
Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, attached to the Aronoff
Center for the Arts, is windowed on two sides, capped by two ceiling
heights (high and higher), set with columns and interrupted by a
staircase to the floor below and above.
Behind any successful organization is a
leader with a vision. Jonathan Sears, executive director of Professional
Artistic Research Projects (parProjects), is in his fourth year of
steering the Northside-based arts organization with a mission of
financial and environmental sustainability.
“It’s gotta be the shoes,” Nike’s 1980s
Air Jordan ads marveled. And if you ask Cincinnati Art Museum curators
Cynthia Amnéus and Amy Dehan which of today’s fashions stand the test of
time, they too point to shoes — at least those in What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft.
Mike Amann wasn’t interested in
overthinking things. The designer, gallery owner, contemporary art
collector, husband and new father was more prone to spontaneous acts of
creativity than pre-calculated plans. Whatever the project, he always
dove right in and went for it.
Hilary Nauman and Michael Boyd are taking
DIY to the next level with Shrewdness of Apes, their new Covington,
Ky., gallery-boutique. After participating in what she calls a
“makers’ movement” of arts markets across the region, Nauman says she
and Boyd were inspired to create a more permanent home for emerging
artists and makers.
If I were to recommend just one show at a regional art museum right now, it would be the Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through Jan. 12, 2014.
Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. wrestles
with the term “outsider” art. Though it’s a marketable label, it can
heap sometimes-false assumptions upon artists. They’re presumed to be
uneducated, untrained, isolated, developmentally disabled and/or
indifferent to profit. Thunder-Sky, Inc. co-founders Keith Banner and
Bill Ross prefer “unconventional” to describe the works.
On the first Wednesday of each month, a
group of special visitors gathers in one of three participating
Cincinnati museums for a tour designed expressly for them. The group
includes people whose memories are fragile in the extreme and their
guests, the family members or others who accompany them.
In 1850, when Robert S. Duncanson was
painting landscapes on the hallways of what is now the Taft Museum of
Art, art itself had a somewhat different place in popular culture than
it has today. Duncanson’s landscapes are idealized scenes of nature and,
as such, are considered uplifting.
Might a picture be worth a thousand songs? It’s possible that a photograph, as much
as an MP3 player full of tunes or a head full of memories, is the best
way to recall attending a concert by a favorite act. Not just something
shot far from the stage on your shaky iPhone, but rather the kind of
image that an inspired photographer — with media access and lots of
skill — can take up close.
JR has been covering the world with his art — and Cincinnati is next. The 30-year-old French street artist has
pasted his monumental photographic-portrait posters in some unusual
places (and not always with official permission): on the sides of buses
in the African nation of Sierra Leone, on the rooftop of a Palestinian
building in the West Bank city of Nablus, along the old and weathered
city walls of Havana...
As home to Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold, Kennedy Heights Arts Center is a vessel itself, brimming with nearly 100 works representing 57 artists. Co-curator Lynn Conaway saw to it that
this wouldn’t be a show of only stoneware pots, which is an easy place
to go when the theme is “vessels,” so she asked artists to think outside
The Lloyd Library and Museum may not be
on your accustomed arts radar but its extraordinary current exhibition
could put it there. Wounded Home reflects the ghastly
physical toll war has on its participants as well as its psychological
toll on them and their families.