Admirably using conceptual, performance and installation art for politically and economically relevant ends, semantics gallery looks at how the ongoing recession is detrimentally affecting the teaching of fine arts in the show Losing Our Faculties, open now through July 25 at the gallery. Artists address how wage stagnation and underemployment are affecting adjunct faculty and part-time art instructors in this area. Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays.
Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics from the Wolf Collection is a don’t-miss-it stunner at the Cincinnati Art Museum. It accomplishes exactly what it set out to do — show that crafts, when freed of their need to be functional or merely decorative, can be fine-art sculptural objects. The exhibit, which is up now through Sept. 13, contains 67 objects (by almost as many artists).
Glen Campbell, the now-73-year-old, performs music from his latest, Meet Glen Campbell, Saturday at the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Vevay, Ind. On the album, with producer Julian Raymond, Campbell and a taut supporting band interpret 10 songs by the likes of Travis, Green Day, Foo Fighters, U2, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne … even the Velvet Underground’s “Jesus.”
Columbus photographer Ardine Nelson became fascinated by the history of the private community gardens of Dresden, Germany, and set off to visit and document them and their owners — not just working-class folks who need a bit of land to grow their food and flowers, but also a wide variety of professionals who find it important to stay connected to the land. The results of her work — brilliantly colorful, large-formatted photographs — are on display through Aug. 30 in Green Spaces at downtown's Weston Art Gallery.
Guitarist/singer-songwriter Buddy Miller, the “Buddy” in the upcoming “Three Girls and Their Buddy” concert — with Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin — that comes to PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Saturday night. In the course of three years of touring, the “Three Girls and Their Buddy” show has become so popular that it even has spawned a cruise. The show has won a devoted following for its relaxed spontaneity — there is no set list in the intimate, in-the-round format. This leads to sparkling storytelling as well as fine singing by all four. And Miller provides key guitar accompaniment.
The Cincy Fringe Festival has been diligently working to make its Visual Fringe component an important part of the overall festival experience. For this year, the Visual Fringe Selection Committee (chaired by Matt Steffen) received applications from 30 artists and chose seven to display their work at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, near the festival headquarters at Know Theatre.
The Cincinnati Art Museum celebrates this weekend's close of its successful Surrealism and Beyond: In the Israel Museum, Jerusalem with a very arty party Friday night, "Surreal Escape: A Night of Absurd Reality." Lasting from 8 p.m.-midnight, it will offer Dada and Surrealist art, dance, a fashion show from the Fashion Design Student Association, opera performance, poetry, film, hors d' oeuvres and a specialty cocktail tasting.
For anyone who has gone to shows like Bodies at the Cincinnati Museum Center or has seen Egyptian mummies or North American Indians in art or natural history museums, a fascinating exhibition about the ethics of exhibiting human remains has opened in the interpretive center of Dayton's SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. Called Kennewick Man on Trial, it explores the controversy arising from the discovery of one of the oldest and most complete skeletons found in the Americas. Daily through June 21.
Diane Ragsdale, of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will discuss “Sharing Our Art in a Changing Community” at 4:30 p.m. May 6 for this year's Joan Cochran (Rieveschl) Lecture: Creative Visionaries, presented by University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and the Fine Arts Fund. It occurs at the UC’s Main Street Cinema. Her talk will focus on how the arts can “survive culture change” by building a strong community. After her lecture, there will be a panel discussion with Evans Mirageas, Cincinnati Opera's artistic director, and Pete Blackshaw, executive vice president of Nielsen Online. Free.
As the revival of interest in Cincinnati's late King Records continues to grow, attention is turning from its justly celebrated Blues and R&B releases toward its early Country, Bluegrass and Country Boogie releases — “hillbilly music,” as it was known. One of its biggest stars in this field was Cowboy Copas. On Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Cincinnati Main Library there will be a panel discussion on “Cowboy Copas & the Golden Age of Country Music” featuring John Simon, a professor at Rio Grande University and Shawnee State University who has just published a biography on the singer. Also taking part are Cathy Hughes, Copas’ daughter, and Judy Perkins, a popular WLW radio and television star in the 1940s and 1950s.