On Friday, the main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton gets its 2011 exhibition season underway with 'My Castle on the Nile: Illustrated Sheet Music by Black Composers, 1828-1944.' It will be up through Feb. 28 in the museum's Cincinnati Room. The show draws on sheet music from the library's extensive collection, featuring covers that are hand-drawn and often reproduced as brightly colored chromolithographs.
As part of its efforts to make people realize that a museum is an ever-changing, organic institution that needs to be visited often, the Cincinnati Art Museum has been constantly adding small shows — and new artworks — in addition to its three big current shows. For instance, it has a borrowed painting by Kehinde Wiley, the African-American portraitist who combines Hip Hop culture with classicism, near a John Singer Sargent. Graphic works by Cincinnati artists Anthony Luensman and Tim McMichael are up near the modern art.
Offering a clever play of words in addition to some nice stress-reducing exercise, Cincinnati Art Museum is offering 2010's last session of its popular Yoga with the Masters classes on Tuesday from 6-7:15 p.m. The Masters, in this case, are the Old Masters whose paintings will surround you while assuming the right position in one of the museum's galleries. Yogi Werner Hildebrand of YogahOMe will be your guide for yoga postures, meditation and breathing.
Manifest Gallery currently has three individual shows in its three separate galleries — Arthur Brum, Ivan Fortushniak and Billy Renkl. The outstanding one of the bunch — a marvel, really — is Renkl's Plan for a Garden show of recent works. These fabulous collages have been painstakingly constructed (resurrected, in a way) from such source material as old books and maps.
The Lloyd Library and Museum, the fascinating institution at 917 Plum St. downtown that collects historic material related pharmacy, botany, horticulture, herbal and alternative medicine and related topics, currently has an exhibit about Hans Sloane, a British physician and naturalist (1660-1753) who was an early advocate of the medicinal value of drinking chocolate. Through January.
Peter Max become a famous name in the pop culture of the late 1960s for his trippy, colorful posters and prints -- the playfully psychedelized look of his work influenced commercial graphic design and movies like 'Yellow Submarine.' He even created postage stamps (remember them?) commemorating the 1974 Seattle Expo.He will be at Malton Gallery, 3804 Edwards Rd., Saturday and Sunday at receptions for a special showing of recent paintings and works on paper, 'Peace, Love and Peter Max.'
Jessica Dessner, older sister of twins Bryce and Aaron of the locally-cultivated Brooklyn-based Indie band The National, has a varied arts background herself. She only recently took up drawing, after being commissioned by a musician friend, Sufjan Stevens. At Country Club, her show — 'Before You Know' — features 10 colored-pencil drawings. A majority are not just representational-realistic but architectural in a detailed, observational way.
Besides putting out solo albums (and, before that, records with his trio, Ben Folds Five), Ben Folds gets involved in all sorts of interesting and unusual collaborations. Now the American singer-songwriter-pianist has released 'Lonely Avenue,' an album of songs with lyrics by the British novelist/screenwriter/essayist Nick Hornby ('High Fidelity,' 'Juliet,' 'Naked'), whose favorite subject has been music.
One of Rock's more enduring friendships (long-lasting as well as often long-distance) began in the early 1980s, when 12-year-old Jon Auer met 13-year-old Ken Stringfellow at a music store in Bellingham, Wash. That friendship is still going strong — their celebrated Pop/Rock band The Posies comes to Southgate House Sunday in support of new album 'Blood/Candy,' co-headlining a bill with Brendan Benson.
Thunder-Sky Inc., the local gallery dedicated to the late, great outsider artist Raymond Thunder-Sky and doing all sorts of innovative programming to redefine and challenge notions of what "outsider art" could or should be, is holding a fundraising event called "The $50 Museum" from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Seventeen artists, both Thunder-Sky-affiliated and supporters in the arts community-at-large, have donated work to be sold for $50 or less.