Most people are familiar with Summerfair, the huge art fair at Coney Island that happens each June. But not everyone knows the annual event supports area artists and arts organizations. Proceeds provide grants to individual artists living within a 40-mile radius of Cincinnati. You can see the wonderful fruits of this grant program right now in 'Summerfair Select,' an exhibition that features grant recipients from the past three years.
Artists have long looked to nature for inspiration, but with his exhibition 'Meddling with Nature' Jeremy Johnson takes this tradition to another level. He moves taxidermy out of the natural history museum and into the art gallery by creating an installation that evokes the awe-inspiring world of the Victorian naturalist. Through Nov. 27.
Brian Joiner, an esteemed local artist, passed away Oct. 8 after being diagnosed with liver cancer several months ago. He always tried something new in his work and as an African-American artist often addressed tough issues regarding race, politics and spirituality with irony and humor. For his ever-joyful presence, boundless energy and seemingly unlimited generosity, he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
When Shinji Turner-Yamamoto arrived in Cincinnati, he discovered the ideal place for his current installation, 'Hanging Garden': Holy Cross Church, which had been deconsecrated in the 1970s but still stands at the top of Mount Adams. "I saw a young, living tree floating in the middle of the chapel," says the Japanese-born artist, and two years later he's realized his vision via a mind-boggling technical feat.
Fans of Kevin T. Kelly's controversial, sexually charged paintings have a surprise in store for them at Cincinnati Art Galleries downtown. His current exhibition, 'Embracing the Yin,' calms and soothes the soul with ethereal, tranquil landscapes. Also on display through Oct. 29 are Leslie Shiels' paintings in 'Lost Dogs Found.'
In the Cincinnati Art Museum's new exhibition Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman, I learned a new word. “Demireps” were women with less-than-respectable reputations. They were actresses, singers, dancers, courtesans and mistresses who rejected the accepted notions of femininity, made their own money, gambled, left their husbands and — gasp — wore French fashions.
J.P. Ball photograph exhibition tucked away in the Ruthven Gallery at the Cincinnati Museum Center isn't grabbing space on the huge banners in the center's rotunda. But the wonderful exhibition is very ambitious and warrants more attention. On display through Oct. 24.
Over the next few months area museums and galleries are presenting a variety of outside-the-box fare, including quilts, wedding dresses, motorcycles and even an installation made of trees. The Taft Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, Country Club, Manifest Gallery, Carnegie Center, Weston Art Gallery, Carl Solway Gallery and Thunder-Sky Inc. are pulling out all the stops for patrons.
Cincinnati Art Museum's 'Walker Evans: Decade by Decade' opens with a rather bold statement that Evans is "probably the single greatest American photographer ever to have worked in the 20th century." An introduction like that certainly raises the stakes for an exhibition. I don't feel that, taken alone, the show proves he was the "single greatest" of the last century, but I also don't believe that's the show's objective.
Walker Evans' current exhibit represents a lifetime of iconic photography. In this collection, explore the southern American condition during the Great Depression, view a series of Victorian Houses in 1931 and see rare prints from Evans' travels through Tahiti and Cuba.