For Eyes on the Street, Cincinnati
Art Museum’s contribution to the FotoFocus Biennial, curator Brian
Sholis set out to do something more than just display still photographs
and short films/videos that he liked.
As Mid-Century Modern becomes desired,
preserved and collected, many cities — Cincinnati included — have
started Modernism tradeshows where period design objects are sold and
advice is given on home restorations.
I was hoping that during my first interview with Cameron Kitchin, Cincinnati Art Museum’s new director, he would floor me with his big, ambitious plans. You know, something exciting — something visionary, something contemporary.
I’ve had a difficult time trying to write about Buildering: Misbehaving the City,
the first show at Contemporary Arts Center that its curator, Steven
Matijcio, has put together since arriving here last year from North
Carolina. And now it is nearing its end — it closes Aug. 18.
Not content to merely think outside the
box with its Performance Series, the Contemporary Arts Center plans to
physically travel outside the box — the confines of its Black Box
Theatre, that is — for several of its 2014-15 programs.
The Whitney Biennial is a bellwether of
new trends in the contemporary art world. Or, at least, on what is most
important in the eyes of the curators charged with choosing a particular
year’s participating artists — and what’s important to those artists,