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A ‘Field Guide’ to Magical Thinking

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Jochen Lempert, the German photographer whose first major U.S. museum show, Field Guide, is now at the Cincinnati Art Museum, combines the metaphysical with the biological so well that the effect is often magical.

Andres Serrano Opens ‘After the Moment’

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
As the Contemporary Arts Center prepares to open After the Moment: Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe this Friday, the show — especially the opening itself — is taking on a much more historical dimension than first planned.  

Donald Kelley Brings the Outdoors Inside

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Land art — or earth art — is a term for when artists go outside the gallery and, often using indigenous materials like soil, water and stone, create large works that seem integrated into the surrounding natural landscape.   

Robert Mapplethorpe’s Art, Life Focus of Upcoming Symposium

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) are tackling the proverbial “elephant in the room” whenever one talks about Cincinnati’s support of photography — or of the arts in general.

Thunder-Sky Rescues Art From Goodwill Box

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
A curious exercise in “found art” is occurring now through Oct. 15 at Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. It’s called The Goodwill Biennial 2015 and, while it has insights and pleasures, the results aren’t consistently as hoped for.  

CAC’s Performance Series Deserves a Loyal Following

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The fourth full season of the Contemporary Arts Center’s groundbreaking Black Box Performance Series opens Thursday night at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, with classical pianist Vicky Chow pairing with 1-bit electronics composer Tristan Perich on his original work Surface Image.

Kennedy Heights Arts Center Expands

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The Kennedy Heights Arts Center, one of the best and most ambitious in the region, takes a great leap forward this weekend when it opens its new 10,500-square-foot annex in a portion of an old Kroger grocery store.

Ohio’s Strange Monument Honoring Robert E. Lee

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 11, 2015
War-related memorials and monuments are one of the most common forms of public art, and it will probably stay that way as long as there are wars to remember. But just because we have these everywhere, we shouldn’t take their existence for granted.

A Call for New Installation Art in Old OTR Buildings

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Over-the-Rhine is alive with creative ideas to broaden and deepen the revived neighborhood’s — and the city’s — cultural offerings.  

Celebrating Portsmouth Sinfonia and Other Fluxus-Inspired Acts

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Two veterans of Cincinnati’s co-op gallery scene, now students at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present their strange and fascinating new project, Thing-stead artist-books, Saturday night at Camp Washington’s Wave Pool gallery. 

A Show-Stopping New Photo at the Cincinnati Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Normally, the acquisition of a new photograph by the Cincinnati Art Museum wouldn’t be that impactful. But Ryan McGinley’s “Petra (Pieces)” is different.

CAC Announces a New Season of Adventurous Performances

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
You couldn’t ask for a more creatively adventurous, inclusive and progressive performing arts schedule than what the Contemporary Arts Center has planned for its 2015-2016 season.  

Why the Public Library Once Collected Snails

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The idea for this column started, innocently enough, with a short article in the current issue of LibraryLinks, the newsletter of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.  

Camp Washington's Art Is Growing From Its Soil

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
When you think of ways to view Cincinnati’s Camp Washington neighborhood, you probably wouldn’t consider looking at it using the lens of soil as a starting point.  

Upcoming Price Hill Thrill to Tour Area's Art Studios

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
To quote from one of the classic songs released by Cincinnati’s King Records, “There’s a thrill up on the hill — let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.”