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CAC Hires Performance Curator

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
There are two big reasons to be excited about Vermont-born, singer-songwriter Sam Amidon’s show at 9 p.m. tomorrow night in downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). First is Amidon himself, whose records combine beautifully rendered, hauntingly sung, traditionalist-minded Folk songs with unusual arrangements.  

Art: Is This Thing On?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My dream is to see some new museums — maybe even one right here in Cincinnati — devoted just to video art.  I’ve mentioned this before to arts professionals, including curators, and have  

Art: Sam Amidon

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sam Amidon, a Vermont-born and London-based musician, offers a performance that’s so theatrical in its construction that it has its own title — Home Alone Inside My Head. That means that in additi  

Art: Factory Square Shipping Container Galleries

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Strange how what at first seemed like an afterthought — using interior, once-industrial space at Northside's new American Can Lofts as an adjunct display area for the outdoor Shipping Container Gall  

Remembering Vince Geier

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Whatever else, it requires bravery for a photographer to wander around abandoned buildings, subway stations, wave pools and other derelict remnants of the built environment. Vince Geier of Northside, who died in June at age 37, had it. His friend Cathy Heil, who accompanied him (and others) into Detroit’s massive Michigan Central (Railroad) Station, empty since 1988, can attest to that.   
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Breast Cancer Benefit Features Local Artists

{CommentsCant} · Thursday, October 27, 2011
Bricks Along the Journey is holding the 10th annual Breast Cancer Brick Auction at the Cintas Center at Xavier University this Sunday from 2-5 p.m., featuring bricks painted by artists that can be purchased through silent auction. Funds raised benefit breast cancer research, education, advocacy and patient support in the Greater Cincinnati area.   

Art: Thunder-Sky Screening

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 25, 2011

State of the Art (Deco)

Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition revisits Jazz Age fashion and design

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The promotional material for the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new Art Deco: Fashion & Design in the Jazz Age does something I haven’t seen before in the world of art-museum marketing: It headlines, “From the Curator that brought you Wedded Perfection.” Pop culture does that a lot — “from the director of Jaws” — but fine-arts institutions?  

The Mysteries of Rothko’s Red

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
When I first started learning about contemporary art, Pop ruled. There was a wicked humor in Pop that was subversively accessible — taking the imagery of recognizable objects, often consumer products, and liberating them from their “official” meaning. It seemed both radical and fun in an ironic, distancing way.   

Personal Stylist

Bettye LaVette’s soulful interpretation skills help her find whole new audience

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Bettye LaVette’s late-career success story is one of the music business’ most remarkable. The powerful 65-year-old R&B singer/stylist first recorded in 1962 — “My Man — He’s a Lovin’ Man” for Atlantic Records, home in that era of such other classic Soul vocalists as Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Percy Sledge and Aretha Franklin.