1 Comment · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Overall, I really enjoyed the Cincinnati
Art Museum under Aaron Betsky, the director who announced his
resignation Jan. 2 and will stay until a replacement is found. But there
were a couple weaknesses that ought to be addressed by a successor,
with the support of the trustees.
by Jac Kern
The Cincinnati Art Museum announced today that Aaron Betsky will be stepping down as director of the museum. Betsky, who has worked as director at CAM for seven years, will leave the position once his successor is determined.From the press release:
"The museum now has the programming and staff in place, and the financial
stability that will allow me to openly pursue my next position," noted Mr.
Betsky. "I feel that I have accomplished the goals that I and the Board
had envisioned when I first arrived and would like to explore opportunities
that may include or combine my academic interests and institutional
experience."The CAM Board of Trustees is assembling a search committee to find a successor. Betsky will assist in this decision.
"Aaron has effectively led the Cincinnati Art Museum through one of
the most challenging periods in our history and did so while adding new
facilities, growing our program, attracting record audiences, and raising money
both for capital projects and our endowment," said Dave Dougherty,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees. "He brought a vision, energy and
acumen that will continue to serve the museum into the future."
Go here to read CityBeat's recent interview with Betsky, wherein the the director discusses changes and challenges at CAM.
1 Comment · Monday, December 23, 2013
My interview with Aaron Betsky, Cincinnati
Art Museum director, came about because I was impressed by a series of
small shows and changes I had noticed at CAM recently
by Steven Rosen
On Monday, Cincinnati Art Museum announced the resignation of James Crump, its chief curator and photography curator. He arrived at the museum in 2008. A press release said he would "pursue independent projects." The press release also included high praise for Crump from Aaron Betsky, museum director: "We are so grateful for the great work James has done here in Cincinnati. His exhibitions and acquisitions have made us a center for photography, and we look forward to building on his extraordinary achievements."One of those achievements, the exhibition James Welling: Monograph, just opened Feb. 2. Crump was also a leader in the organization of last year's multi-venue FotoFocus photography festival, and Cincinnati Art Museum sponsored two of its biggest shows — Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Doug and Mike Starn's Gravity of Light.The museum said an interim chief curator will be named soon. Recently, the Italian art-book publisher Damiani launched a new line of Damiani / Crump books. It begins in March with Empire Falling, photographer Elena Dorfman's study of Midwest rock quarries.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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The firing of a high-powered rifle inside the Cincinnati Art
Museum, sending a bullet past masterpieces through the first-floor Schmidlapp
Gallery and into a block of bronze in the middle of the Great Hall, will occur
on Monday, museum officials said.
Todd Pavlisko, the New York-based, locally born artist who
proposed the project, will be at the museum Friday for final planning and
discussions. (CityBeat will interview him for a story in next week’s Big
The museum has refused to allow press — or the public — to
witness the actual event, for security concerns, according to Director Aaron
Betsky. It also won’t say what time it will occur. The male sharpshooter who
will fire the high-powered rifle from a mounted stand also doesn’t want to be
identified. The museum normally is closed to the public on Monday.
A spokeswoman said the museum will be on “lockdown” for the
event. Those who will attend the actual shooting include the artist and the
sharpshooter, Betsky and Chief Curator James Crump and several others. A
Cincinnati police officer also will be present, a requirement of the City
Council ordinance permitting the event.
According to an earlier press release, which did not set a
specific date for the actual rifle shot, Pavlisko’s project is an outgrowth of
his work with photography and video. This will reference the work of Harold
Edgerton, whose photographs capturing bullets passing through fruit and
droplets of milk have become masterpieces for making visible that which the
naked eye could not see. Pavlisko’s idea is to contrast the flight of the
bullet with the timeless nature of the masterpieces on display in the
Schmidlapp Gallery. (The bullet will be 12 feet from any actual artwork.)
High-speed cameras and video equipment will document the
shot, and the resultant work will be on display May 25-Sept. 22 in a show
called Crown. So, too, will the
36-inch cast brass cube, or what remains of it, as the bullet strikes it.
Greater Cincinnati's arts scene is strong, but here are a few ways it can be made even stronger
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The charge to local arts leaders and CityBeat writers was simple yet also complex and difficult: What is the one thing you would change or add to the local arts scene to make it better? Well, maybe it wasn't worded quite so bluntly, but that was the point. There are plenty of exciting things happening locally in the arts; what should be next?
0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Hopefully, by the time you read this (or shortly thereafter) the Cincinnati Art Museum will have opened 'Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry,' the twice-delayed exhibition of more than 100 turn-of-20th-Century pieces from the finest American and European designers and jewelers.
Chinese animal paintings roar, leap and fly into the Cincinnati Art Museum
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
When is a tiger not just a tiger? An eagle more than an eagle? When they're painted as messages about social and political conditions, philosophies about leadership and cultural values. This was the case during the Chinese Imperial Court between the 11th and 19th centuries, when its painters used animals as symbols. Many of the meanings of these images had been lost, but Hou-Mei Sung, curator of Asian art at the Cincinnati Art Museum, has rediscovered them.
State of the arts: Tightening belts and adapting in order to continue thriving
1 Comment · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Staff positions have taken the biggest hit as Cincinnati's arts and cultural institutions hunker down to survive the recession. Some organizations have adapted through deliberate attrition, while other belt-tightening measures have included shorter hours and curtailed programming. "It's a painful time," says Raphaela Platow, director of the Contemporary Arts Center. The bright side (surprisingly, there is one) is that attendance is up for many organizations.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Before discussing the Cincinnati Art Museum's recently announced plans for its 2009-10 exhibition season, it's worth noting that the museum is coming off a high point: The just-concluded 'Surrealism and Beyond' show of work from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem drew more than 40,000 visitors.