Ken Burns believes his new three-part, 5½-hour Prohibition
series, to be shown on public-television station WCET at 8 p.m. Sunday
through Tuesday, contains many revelations about the disastrous era when
America banned booze.
Could art be the missing link? Oxford, Ohio, native John
Bavaro would probably say yes. His current exhibition in the Duveneck
Gallery at the Carnegie Center Visual and Performing Arts Center in
Covington uses both traditional and digital painting to examine the
similarities between humans and non-human primates. The exhibition is a
sort of homecoming for Bavaro, who left Cincinnati in 2001 for a faculty
post at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.
Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which
opens the Contemporary Arts Center’s 2011-12 season Sept. 23, isn’t
really about Pakistan. It’s not even all about small pictures. “It’s about using beauty to discuss difficult issues,” says Assistant Curator Justine Ludwig.
Comic book culture is embedded in our collective imaginations like never before, inspiring a slew of Hollywood blockbusters like Batman and Superman (for starters), as well as a number of gritty independent films, such as American Splendor, Ghost World and Road to Perdition.
The genre also attracts all manner of craftsmen to explore it as a new
medium, from Michael Chabon to Kevin Smith to Stephen King.
“It’s beauty in a whole different way,
shocking at first, but so meaningful,” says Litsa Spanos, whose gallery,
Art Design Consultants Inc., will show the traveling photography
exhibition The SCAR Project from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The show presents photographer David
Jay’s life-size prints of young women whose struggles with breast cancer
have left them scarred but valiant.
YES is one of several recent additions to
Over-the-Rhine’s gallery district along Main Street, which is being
invigorated with a new wave of DIY energy. Along with the print studio
and store Static Age, the design collection Losantiville, the clay
studio MUD on Main and the Final Friday PopShops — one-night-only
bazaars that show up in empty properties — Main Street’s galleries are
becoming more geared towards affordable, accessible art and design.
“I've had the opportunity to learn patience,” says Tod Swormstedt, founder of the American Sign Museum. He’s talking about a problem that other Cincinnati arts organizations and supporters of planned festivals, theater renovations and other projects have to share — how to raise money as the Great Recession grinds on.
I moved to Cincinnati a little over eight years ago. Now I’m moving to Chicago to return to academia and to give myself a much-needed span of time to turn inward and concentrate on improving my art and my writing.
The fall season’s museum show that has attracted the most advance interest — because of its ambitiousness and its timeliness — is the Contemporary Art Center’s Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens Sept. 23 and continues until an as-yet-not-finalized January date.
Artist Stevie Grueter digs rocks out of the ground with a railroad spike. She's barely 5 feet tall and lugs them home like she's cradling a baby. That's where her art begins — on the uneven surfaces of rocks. Her life began in the rubble of an earthquake. It struck the Greek island of Crete, killing her parents.
How many people can make jokes in porcelain? Or even, going up to the next level, are witty in porcelain? Artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis regularly carry off that difficult feat in the course of creating works of considerable beauty and technical éclat.
Daniel Dorff literally has the catbird seat from which he keeps his artist's eye on the transformation now underway in Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park, where Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation is building an underground parking garage for patrons of Music Hall and others.
As early as 1880, drag queens performing in Over-the-Rhine dance halls are mentioned in The Cincinnati Enquirer. It’s auspicious, then, that The Cabaret, a drag performance venue opened earlier this year, revives that OTR history by setting up shop in the same building as Below Zero Lounge on Walnut Street.
History has its share of artists whose reputations have declined with time, and one of the most notable examples is Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian who worked in the early Baroque era of the 17th century and was influenced by one of the Great Masters of painting — Caravaggio.
The eclectic art collection of the late Carl M. Jacobs III is his bulletin board. With a hint of a self-assured smile in a 1958 portrait by celebrity photographer Carl Van Vechten, Jacobs invites visitors to explore the Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition titled Not Just Pretty Pictures, up through Aug. 28.