The narrowing eyes glance sideways across the room and seem to ask, “What are you
looking at?” At the same time, they draw you into the small Sinton
Gallery at the Taft Museum of Art. Inside, other young black males meet
your gaze from every direction.
“I don’t know the people, but I like the way they look,” says longtime Cincinnati Post photojournalist Melvin Grier.
Grier is at Iris BookCafé, surveying
black-and-white photos of local musicians. Some are national names,
others up-and-comers. All were shot by fellow photographer Michael
Wilson, who should be a national name but isn’t.
You could go stag to see the carved deer heads, football helmets and other gaming trophies on exhibit in Wild Card
at the 21c Museum Hotel downtown. But Michael Combs’ unsettling
examination of gender identity and cultural mythology raises so many
questions that it’s better not to go hunting alone for answers.