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Lights, Camera, Action: FotoFocus14 Announces Plans

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It was always the stated intention of FotoFocus Director Mary Ellen Goeke — and thus presumed fact — that the photography celebration would be a biennial event. Thus, it would be back in October 2014.
  

CAC's Upcoming Season Has a Lot to Like — and Lick

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
If sometime early next year there is an outbreak of people madly, passionately licking the support poles inside Cincinnati buses, you’ll know Contemporary Arts Center’s upcoming Buildering: Misbehaving the City has had its desired effect.  

Spring Grove's Civil War Section Is an Artwork and a Memorial

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
On June 20 at 7 p.m., Spring Grove Cemetery will offer a Twilight Tour of what I believe is one of the finest and most prescient war memorials in this region — its Civil War section, where 1,027 soldiers are buried in a manner so subtly unobtrusive to the surroundings that it’s easy to overlook.  

CAC's Platow Explains Cutbacks, Talks of New Mapplethorpe Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
On May 20, the CAC announced cutbacks and layoffs to avoid fiscal deficits in the coming years. But there is more exciting news in the offing: A new Robert Mapplethorpe-related exhibition is planned for 2015.
  

How Patti Titchener Became Patti Astor and Made Art History

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
In New York, under the stage name Patti Astor, she became a club habitué and Queen of the Downtown Screen. She was a star of some of the underground No Wave films of the late 1970s/early 1980s that helped spark New York’s grungy and wildly creative East Village arts scene.  

Rauh House Restoration Spurs More Modernism Preservation

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In 2009, after Cincinnati Magazine ran a story about a virtually unknown but magnificent early Modernist home in Woodlawn that was endangered, I drove over to see it. Or, rather, I tried.
  

Patti Smith's CAC Show: A Mapplethorpe Tribute

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In advance of last year’s FotoFocus festival, probably the largest photography-related event in Cincinnati’s history, I asked James Crump — the festival’s co-chair and then chief curator/curator-at-large at Cincinnati Art Museum — if there wasn’t an unspoken spirit hovering over the proceedings: Robert Mapplethorpe.  

Duct Tape Delicacy at DAAP

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The School of Art at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning doesn’t yet offer a specific MFA degree in duct tape, but you have to wonder how soon before they do after seeing a current DAAP exhibition, Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola.  

Upcoming CAC Performances Define Musical Progressivism

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Contemporary Arts Center is so excited about a performance piece that musician Jace Clayton will be doing there in April that it’s bringing him here earlier — Friday — as an advance introduction to Cincinnati.  

European Real Estate Nets Millions for CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Heiress Marjorie Schiele studied and practiced art and befriended early-to-mid 20th century European avant-gardists. She also, later in life (she died at age 95 in 2008), decided to leave her estate to the Cincinnati Art Museum.  

The Clock's Artistry, Minute by Minute

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I loathe clockwatching — or so I thought, until I saw three hours worth of Christian Marclay’s amazing The Clock, a 24-hour art installation/video collage at Columbus’ Wexner Center for the Arts, on the Ohio State University campus through April 7. 
  

Taft Museum Creates a Show From Its Fascinating Archives

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Pages of History: 80 Years at the Taft was on view Aug. 10-Jan. 6, and I saw it on the last day. I found it so fascinating — and such a role model for a show about a cultural institution — that it’s worth discussing even though it’s over.  

2012 Was a Great Year for Art Films

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
To say that 2012 was a great year for art films isn’t just a reference to the kind of foreign and American-indie narrative features, like Amour or Your Sister’s Sister, that are too thoughtful to play the multiplexes.  

CAC Celebrates Christmas in an 'Unsilent,' Booming Way

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 12, 2012
It’s never too late in the history of humankind for a new Christmas tradition — especially if it comes out of the world of edgy, avant-garde participatory performance art. Edgy, avant-garde and fun participatory performance art, that is.  

Notable Photography Exhibits Continue Post-FotoFocus

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
If you drive to Columbus by Dec. 30, you can see a photography show — Annie Leibovitz — that serves as the culmination to the journey through celebrity/fashion photography begun by three FotoFocus-related museum shows here.