In some ways, it feels unnecessary for the
Cincinnati Art Museum to have a show honoring the gallerist Carl
Solway’s connection to its Contemporary collection — the current Not in New York, which does just that, is up through Oct. 30.
To most of us, glass is just a conduit — a way to look outside from inside or to see if a
drinking utensil is half-full or half-empty.
But to Brooklyn-based artists Anna Riley
and Sam Ihrig, everyday functional glass is far more than a
Zaha Hadid’s recent death at age 65 was
sad on many levels. One of those is that she won’t get a chance to see
the Contemporary Arts Center’s brilliant use of her building for its
current installation, Do Ho Suh’s Passage.
In a story about Tetsuya Umeda — the Japanese artist whose installations involve sound, visuals and performance — Blouin Artinfo mentioned
that he has a “penchant for ‘performing’ at venues with a slightly
derelict atmosphere, such as old warehouses, abandoned schools or
disused road tunnels…”
When Jo Ann Callis returns to her
hometown Wednesday to give a FotoFocus lecture at the Cincinnati Art
Museum, it will be as a Los Angeles photographer getting renewed
attention for some groundbreaking erotic work done in the 1970s and then
As important as today’s announcement is
that the Contemporary Arts Center will start free admission on Feb. 13
for at least three years, the story of how the museum is underwriting it
is also impressive.
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.
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.