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Art Responds to the Great Recession at Clifton Cultural Arts Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Erin Deters picked a bad time to get her undergraduate DAAP degree in fashion design and seek to start a career in New York City. She ran smack into the hurricane-force arrival of the great recession. Now she's back in Cincinnati and has curated 'Short Straw,' a recession-theme exhibition at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.  

Recession Brings New Architectural Challenges to Midwest Cities

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
As the Great Recession grinds on, one unusual aspect has been its impact on urban architecture. We see less privately financed construction — certainly far fewer single-family homes, office and retail buildings — and more ideas about urban deconstruction. Cities are concerned with rethinking what they have that is now vacant, derelict and a drain on resources.  

Martin Puryear's Prints Are Mysterious, Compelling

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 10, 2010
If I were to pick the three best contemporary sculptors working on public art today, they'd be Richard Serra, Mark di Suvero and Martin Puryear. Serra unashamedly trumpets the strength inherent in large steel pieces, but Puryear does something different and especially liberating. A current show of his prints at Cincinnati Art Museum, on display now through June 13, offers insight into his motivations and process.  

William Eggleston the 'Big Star' of CAM's 'Starburst'

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 24, 2010
In the new Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit 'Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980,' a key point is that this work was tough stuff in its time. The art world couldn't understand why the new, upcoming photographers were eschewing artful black-and-white compositions and colorful nature landscapes to concentrate on banal, even grotesque shots of unglamorous everyday life.  

How Should Museums Display Film/Video Art?

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 10, 2010
As contemporary visual artists increasingly turn to video, film and projected images of all type, it becomes interesting to see how museums display their work. Are they like movies, deserving of a theater-like space where viewers can sit down and passively watch? Or are they more like performance art, encouraging viewers to walk amongst the moving images? Both the Cincinnati Art Museum and CAC are currently showing video work.  

New CET Arts Channel Has Ambitious Goals

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Come Monday, Cincinnati's CET will unveil what the Public Broadcasting System says is the first public television station to devote one of its new digital channels to 24/7 arts programming. The immediate impact of CETarts will be to offer expanded broadcast of PBS shows CET already features on its primary channel, but in the long term the Channel 48 folks wants to develop some local arts programming for the channel and already has meetings scheduled with various organizations.  

'Reel Art' Movies Come to CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Cincinnati Art Museum's Reel Art film series — movies with a strong connection to the visual arts — starts a new season Friday with 'Zabriskie Point.' It's a great lineup ... and I don't just say that because I'll be the guest speaker after that film's repeat screening Sunday.  

Art Museums Draw Crowds, Big Shows in ’09

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2009
In what was a tough year economically for the visual arts, Cincinnati museums managed to not only put on some excellent shows but to draw respectable crowds to see them. The Cincinnati Art Museum may have had to put its expansion plans on hold as the recession grinded on, but it used 2009 to present some of the new gifts that would look great on permanent display.  

Moving Toward a King Record Museum

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Cincinnati’s King Records had another good year in 2009, even though the pioneering R&B/Soul/Country label for all practical purposes left the city — and ceased having any meaningful impact on popular music — when its founder, Syd Nathan, died in 1968.  

Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy To Hold 2010 Conference Downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an international organization that seeks to preserve, maintain and educate the public about all existing structures by the iconic American architect, will be holding its national conference in Cincinnati next year.  

What 21c Might Mean for Art in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Since Louisville’s 21c Museum Hotel has announced a planned expansion into downtown Cincinnati, the discussion has centered on two issues: What does snagging an award-winning boutique hotel mean to local economic development and what will happen to the low-income residents of the Metropole Apartments? Important questions, but as an arts writer they're not my bailiwick. I can, however, offer some insight into what 21c might mean for the visual (and other) arts in Cincinnati.  

CAM Sets New Date for 'Imperishable Beauty'

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Hopefully, by the time you read this (or shortly thereafter) the Cincinnati Art Museum will have opened 'Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry,' the twice-delayed exhibition of more than 100 turn-of-20th-Century pieces from the finest American and European designers and jewelers.  

New Home for Raymond Thunder-Sky's Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Northside is known as Cincinnati's hippest, artiest neighborhood, so it's fitting that a new "post-outsider art" gallery (Thunder-Sky Inc.) will open there Oct. 30. It couldn't have a better location: 4573 Hamilton Ave. in the string of storefronts that also includes The Comet and N-Vision.  

Fashion Abstraction

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
With the opening of 'Chewing Color,' the new exhibition of the subversive, questioning, unnervingly intimate and maddeningly beautiful fashion photography of Marilyn Minter, the Contemporary Arts Center now has three simultaneous exhibitions that prominently feature video work. That should tell you something about where contemporary art is going.  

On, Wisconsin!: Learning from the Badger State's Art Museums

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
A recent trip to Wisconsin reaffirmed for me the exciting correctness of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s efforts to build collections in Folk/Outsider Art and Contemporary Crafts. This year, the museum has displayed work from two new collections — Chicago collector Robert Lewis’ Outsider Art and Cincinnati collectors of Contemporary Craft Nancy and David Wolf.