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Mapplethorpe Redux

Indiana University exhibits controversial artist’s explicit work

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Many of the black-and-white photos in Robert Mapplethorpe: Photos from the Kinsey Institute Collection are a frank exploration into sexual practices in America.   

Music: Nils Frahm and Dawn of Midi

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Two gifted acts in the forefront of creating inventive contemporary genre-defying instrumental music — German keyboardist Nils Frahm and Brooklyn acoustic trio Dawn of Midi — share the bill for a show at Contemporary Arts Center on Monday.    

Retro-culture Humorist Charles Phoenix Wants to Come to Cincinnati

{CommentsCant} · Friday, November 7, 2014
Charles Phoenix, the California pop culture humorist who came to Dayton Art Institute last night with his slide show of retro-Americana images, managed to find time to visit Cincinnati and take some photos in advance of his performance. He included them in his show. He called Cincinnati Museum Center’s Union Terminal one of the most magnificent Art Deco structures in America and expressed shoc...  
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Manifest Gallery's FotoFocus Shows Were Powerful

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, November 5, 2014
So many FotoFocus-related shows overlap and then close in October that it’s hard to get to them all or even write about in a timely fashion those that I do get to see. But I didn’t want to let Manifest Gallery’s Neither Here Nor There juried group show of photography and video work and its separate but related Leigh Merrill video installation, both o...  

Finding Humor in Retro Culture

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2014
As Mid-Century Modern becomes desired, preserved and collected, many cities — Cincinnati included — have started Modernism tradeshows where period design objects are sold and advice is given on home restorations.  

It’s Never Too Late

Garland Jeffreys’ successful second act continues at age 71

0 Comments · Monday, November 3, 2014
Veteran singer/songwriters stop performing and recording for all kinds of reasons — health, fatigue, lack of success, too much success or changes in music trends all sometimes figure into it. But the reason the New York City-based musician Garland Jeffreys, who will be performing Wednesday at Southgate House Revival, didn’t issue a U.S. album of new material from 1992 until 2011 because he wanted to spend time with his daughter. 
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Claire Wesselmann Discusses Husband Tom's Art

{CommentsCant} · Friday, October 31, 2014
Beyond Pop: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective opens to the general public today at Cincinnati Art Museum, with an Art After Dark Halloween costume party from 5-9 p.m. part of the celebrations for the late native-Cincinnatian, New York-based Pop artist. But last night, members of the museum’s Founders Society level ($1,500-$50,000) got a special opening tha...  
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The Search for a "Holy Grail" Photo at a FotoFocus Show

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, October 30, 2014
Brian Powers, the Cincinnati librarian who has done exhaustive work researching King Records history, thought he had found a “Holy Grail” photo — of the West End record store that Syd Nathan owned before starting King. He knew it had been on Central Avenue, but didn’t know what it looked like. It was in the Hebrew Union College/Skirball Museum FotoFocus-connected exhibit  

Is Cincinnati America's New Urban 'Sweet Spot'?

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, October 30, 2014
That’s the opinion of John Sanphillippo of San Francisco, in this recent article from newgeography.com about how acq...  

Cincinnati, Columbus Parks Finalists for Urban Land Institute Award

Washington Park among four finalists

{CommentsCant} · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Two relatively new Ohio parks, Cincinnati’s Washington Park and Columbus’ Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile, were among the four finalists for the non-profit Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Urban Open Space Award. According to the Institute, the award “celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destina...