Sunday afternoon, some 100 people (perhaps many more — it was really crowded!) gathered at the downtown studio of artist Tom Bacher for a surprise party celebrating Dennis Harrington's 30-plus years of work in Cincinnati's visual arts community. Harrington currently is director of the non-profit Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts. He was hired there in 1995, when it was new, by Sally LoveLarkin and became director upon her retirement in 1998.
It was sad news to hear that Thom Shaw, a well-known local printmaker and artist, passed away July 6 from complications due to diabetes. Unfortunately, I heard the news too late to write something in time for the memorial service that took place July 17.
Cincinnati's visual arts community is rallying around the seriously ill artist Brian Joiner to raise money for his medical expenses. This Friday from 5-10 p.m., a retrospective of his work — everything from note cards to a 30-foot work, featuring subjects like running women, a school of fish and his portraits, florals and landscapes — will be on display at the studio of Mary Barr Rhodes
Twenty years ago today one of the most significant moments in modern-day Cincinnati occurred: Police officers walked into the Contemporary Arts Center and presented CAC Director Dennis Barrie and board members with four indictments against Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, which had opened to the public that morning. Barrie (pictured) would later say the police "had symbolically walked into every arts institution in the country. When they demanded that we take the photos down they had found offensive, they were seeking the censorship of all art that was challenging, provocative or not politically correct."
Charles Woodman, a Cincinnati artist and assistant professor of electronic art at DAAP, reportedly has a knockout five-screen video installation at the new group show The Romance of the Road: Photographs in Search of the Promised Land at Charlotte's Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film.
The Contemporary Arts Center is looking for sites that want to be turned into public works of art in conjunction with the Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand exhibit.
The artworks will be pasted paper projects applied with wheat paste. They are not permanent, but some have been known to be long lasting. By submitting your site for consideration, you're giving your permission for this piece of art to be visible for an unspecified amount of time.
If you want your business or house or brick wall to be transformed into a mural by Fairey, submit the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered:
1. Image of the Structure (aka your wall, building and so on)
2. The address of the site
3. The approximate dimensions of the site
4. The name of the site owner
5. The contact information of the owner (phone number/e-mail address)
Submitting doesn't mean you'll be chosen.
Aisle Gallery, 424 Findlay St., 3rd Floor in the West End, is presenting a gallery talk with artist, curator and Citybeat contributor Matt Morris this Saturday from 1-3 p.m.
Margot Gotoff, a Cincinnati artist and teacher, is the winner of this year's Ohioana Pegasus Award, given by the Ohioana Library Association to honor an Ohioan for exceptional cultural achievements.
Starting at 5 p.m. this Friday, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center will hold a ceremony for the lighting of its historic 1906 Clifton School Building. The actual lighting is slated for 6 p.m. The new exterior lighting has been provided by funds raised by the CCAC, with and installation donated by Architectural Landscape Lighting & Design of Miamitown.