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The Taft Goes Public

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This year is the Taft Museum’s 80th anniversary — it opened in 1932, five years after Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft deeded their historic 1820 mansion and its 690 works of art to Cincinnati.    

Art: Pyramid Hill Winter Dialogues

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Pyramid Hill, the sculpture park in Hamilton, has sought to add some intellectual heft to its activities programming with a new Winter Dialogue series that brings some of Cincinnati's top visual-ar  

Breathtaking Views

CityBeat’s visual arts writers pick their favorite 2011 exhibitions

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This past year had its ups and downs for the visual arts. The major museums had good shows, but nothing that captured the public imagination on the order of 2010’s Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand at Contemporary Arts Center or Wedded Perfection at the Cincinnati Art Museum.   

Questions About CAM ‘Collections’

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Other museums have also tried this in order to get more of their collections on view. Now Cincinnati Art Museum, which has 60,000 objects, is trying the approach. It’s converting two important second-floor galleries — previously its prime space for temporary exhibits — to open storage for the next two years, when renovation of the old Art Academy building is complete.    

Is This Real Life?

As usual, compelling documentary films abounded in 2011

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
It irks me to go into a video store that has separate sections for “dramas,” “comedies,” “action” and then, somewhere way in the back, “documentaries.” (Blockbuster calls them “special interest.”) A good documentary can have every bit the drama, comedy, action, romance, etc., of a fictional film. Often, more.    

This Is The End?

In 2011, the most ambitious movies often featured inconclusive conclusions

1 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
One of the most frustrating things about movies — good movies, with quality actors playing interesting characters — is that they too often resort to clichéd endings to wrap up their stories. That’s why it’s refreshing to see that 2011 brought us a spate of movies with quizzical, ambiguous endings.    

Art: Meantime

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Under curator William Messer, the photography shows at Iris BookCafe and Gallery have been consistently valuable and thoughtful, providing yet another reason — besides the books, records and refresh  

Art: Picasso Masterprints

0 Comments · Thursday, December 15, 2011
Pablo Picasso's long career included accomplishments not only in different artistic styles, but also different mediums — besides painting, he was a dedicated and accomplished printmaker. Masterprin  

High Art at Hughes High

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
It was about a year ago this time I was climbing the steps of Notre Dame Cathedral to look beyond the famous stone gargoyles and see Paris. I recently climbed the winding stairwell of the usually closed-off, 145-foot-tall square tower at Clifton Heights’ Hughes High School to view Cincinnati from the exposed landing at the top. Not quite the same thing, but impressive.  

Rocket Men

The unlikely rebirth of Ohio Punk pioneers Rocket From the Tombs

1 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The remarkable resurgence of Rocket From the Tombs is a historic band reunion, one that comes with classic old material plus a brand-new album. It also brings to town two legends of Punk/Post Punk who now play in Rocket — Pere Ubu’s David Thomas and Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome.