It’s not unusual for visual artists to choose film/video as a medium — Ragnar Kjartansson’s A Lot of Sorrow recently showed here and several videos were part of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Eyes on the Street exhibit.
Were Claude Monet to look at the
black-and-white photographs that William Messer took of Giverny over a
20-year period — photographs featured in the Over Time exhibit at The Carnegie through Feb. 7 — he would say, “You missed the point!”
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.