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Cincinnati Art Museum's Upcoming Shows and Other Events

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Last week, Cincinnati Art Museum filled us in on the upcoming season and other subjects. We’ve already published the museum’s Fall schedule, so I’m going to bring up some of the other information they shared with us. While the recession has definitely had an impact, the museum continues to move forward.  

'Ghost Art' on Cincinnati's Public Stairways

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
When it comes to public art, I appreciate programs like ArtWorks' ongoing MuralWorks project (and the jobs it creates), but what I really respond to is "ghost art." That public art or architecture which seems almost accidental: residue or remnants of something once present and now gone or something mysteriously placed in the public domain for no discernible intent.   

'Time-Based Art' Looks Great at CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
So often has it been said that the Contemporary Arts Center needs to carefully select shows to fit its unconventional Zaha Hadid-designed space that it's almost a mantra. As has been seen in the past, imported traveling exhibits (especially group shows relying on paintings) have a tendency to get lost amidst the angles, offbeat spaces, stairways and hidden corners of the downtown building's interior. But the current Anri Sala show interacts so well and so completely with its two CAC floors that the experience is transformative.   

Making Prints and Graphics Hip and Popular for Museums

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Two popular art museum shows are disproving the notion that the public rarely flocks to prints/graphics shows: 'The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area 1965-1971' in Denver and 'Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand' in Boston. The latter show comes to the CAC here in February.  

Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing: Beautiful and Challenging

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Over the July 4 weekend, I visited the Midwest’s hottest visual-arts destination this summer — the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing, which opened in May. In Chicago, a town that takes architecture very seriously, the building is being hailed as a masterpiece. Although it’s three stories high, it feels light, intimate and low to the ground, the result of using lots of glass, accented by steel mullion strips, to give the limestone-cladded facade an open and inviting spirit.   

CAM's Craft Exhibition Will Bowl You Over

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Cincinnati Art Museum has launched so many new exhibitions this summer — large and small — that it's hard to keep up with them all. But 'Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics' from the Wolf Collection is a don't-miss-it stunner.  

Malton Gallery Owner Takes a Risk

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
After a long time renting space in Hyde Park, Sylvia Rombis has invested $1 million in building and owning the new Malton Gallery, an airy and modernist building on Edwards Road across from the Rookwood Commons shopping/office complex. It opened this month, brightening a busy street to immediately become one of the most impressive-looking stand-alone galleries in the city, with its glass-and-metal exterior promising a new experience to passersby.  

CAM's Plans for Next Season and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Before discussing the Cincinnati Art Museum's recently announced plans for its 2009-10 exhibition season, it's worth noting that the museum is coming off a high point: The just-concluded 'Surrealism and Beyond' show of work from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem drew more than 40,000 visitors.  

Drive-By Art in Brighton

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Because opening a new art gallery is timely and costly, especially if few people come in to buy or even visit, entrepreneurs have been looking for alternatives on the Internet. This, too, has problems. "In the great ocean of the Internet, any one Web site gets lost unless you can do a lot of advertising," says Clay Wainscott, a 65-year-old artist/gallerist with an unusual solution for the problem: a new art gallery in Brighton with an online component.  

Radical Architect Comes Home to UC

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
University of Cincinnati and good architecture have long gone together, both because of the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning’s (DAAP) graduate and undergraduate programs and the “signature” architects who have designed new campus buildings. But one of the strongest connections between UC and architecture, especially in this age of sustainability, is Michael Reynolds, a 1969 DAAP graduate.  

Photos Take Spotlight at CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It’s been a slow start with an unexpected delay, but James Crump, the new curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM), has his first show, Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful, opening soon. The exhibition is an attempt to champion the reputation of a post-World War II American “street-life” photographer whose legacy has slipped somewhat while other museums have had recent big shows devoted to such contemporaries as Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, William Eggleston and Diane Arbus.  

Living, Breathable Art Downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
It isn't yet as big as Opening Day, but the Fountain Square Floral Carpet is becoming a local Rite of Spring. The carpet consisting of some 24,000 potted pansies, with lettuce plants providing verdancy, was installed April 7. But that doesn't mean it won't change over the course of the next several weeks.  

What Is Art?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
As the Cincinnati Art Museum enters the last month of 'Isn't It Great to Be an Artist?,' the debut exhibit of its bold new Robert A. Lewis Collection of (mostly) folk and outsider art, the show has sparked much discussion about the perennial question of "What is art?"  

As Eric Lee Departs, Taft Museum of Art Has a Hit

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
As Eric M. Lee, whose last day as director of Taft Museum of Art is Friday, prepares to lead the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Tex., he leaves behind a smash-hit show: Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen. “We are trying to reach out to a broader audience with this show and it’s succeeding,” he says. “Our attendance is phenomenal.  

CAM Parts Ways with Cincinnati World Cinema

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Citing diminishing returns, the Cincinnati Art Museum has ended its relationship with Cincinnati World Cinema, a presenter of art films, classics, shorts collections and documentaries that had been using its auditorium since 2007. That has left the future unclear for those who feel Cincinnati needs a non-commercial outlet for such specialized films that otherwise wouldn't play here.