by Cassie Lipp
45 days ago
Posted In: Visual Art
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The Art Academy of Cincinnati's Senior Thesis Exhibitions
With both the Contemporary Arts Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum now
offering free admission, and more galleries popping up in Over-the-Rhine and
Camp Washington, there’s never been more opportunities to see fine art (for
free) in Cincinnati. However, the best-kept secret of Cincinnati art lies in
the Art Academy of Cincinnati. That’s right — let’s go back to where many
artists get their start: art school.From the complex layers surrounding everything around us to the concepts on
concealing, revealing and everything in between, students at the Art Academy are
exploring many realms this spring in their senior thesis shows.
The thesis shows are the final requirement for students of all majors to
graduate from the Art Academy, exhibiting the culmination of their work
completed over their academic career there. What makes the students’
exhibitions interesting is their creative freedom to center them on any theme
or subject they choose.
For many students, it is their first exhibition and introduction into the
professional art world. For many gallery visitors, it is a look at the youngest
and newest talent in the art world. In addition to displaying their work,
students are responsible for all other aspects of the exhibitions, such as
lighting and publicizing their event.
“The thesis show is crucial to every student,” says Aaron Broughton, whose work
is featured in the thesis show THIS/THAT.
“It's that instance at the end of education that says, ‘Look out world, I'm
here to fuck shit up!’ ” THIS/THAT, which closed tonight with
a reception from 5-8 p.m., has no prevailing theme; instead, it is a
combination of solo shows for the six students represented. The eclectic sample
features fashion design, photography, painting, sculpture, video and more.
“The school teaches us a bunch of tools, figuratively and literally, then gives
us a bunch of opportunities,” Broughton says. “Then we learn to put in the hard
work to make them worthwhile. It's prepared me to seek what I want and grab any
opportunity I can.”
Art Academy Professor Jimmy Baker says it is important not only that the
students create work, but also for them to learn to put their work into the
world for criticism and public engagement.
As each exhibition remains on display for only one week, visitors can see the
Art Academy transformed into a new world to explore each week from March
through April. The rich curry of mediums and topics explored give viewers a
little bit of everything, such as Katie Barnett’s fusion of plant displays into
sculpture, Leslie Hacker’s series of pillows printed with images of nudes or
Morgan Greer’s exploration of hair with braids forming into intricate designs
“I feel like our seniors have a real interesting interdisciplinary senior
year,” Baker says. “Sometimes we have people who may be majoring in sculpture
but making video, we have people who are designers but might end up doing
While you will probably never be disappointed with a visit to any art exhibit
in Cincinnati, be sure to make your way to the Art Academy this month to catch
some innovative and thought provoking art from Cincinnati’s freshest
up-and-coming talent. The last senior thesis show, Zenith, runs until April 29.
by Maria Seda-Reeder
52 days ago
Arts programming that emphasizes ephemeral experiences over art objects
so many good art events going on this coming weekend, I wish I could clone
myself in order to attend everything without going mad or (maybe worse) hangry.
And it’s noteworthy to mention that much of the work being shown Friday evening
emphasizes the art-going experience over the exhibition of objects.
Cincinnati-native conceptual artist Tom Marioni gave a lecture at the University
of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and held a participatory
performance called Art History,
Philosophy and Dirty Jokes at The Littlefield this past Tuesday.
who weaves conviviality into all of his work is perhaps best known for his
ongoing social art, The Act of Drinking
Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art, which he’s been enacting since
1970. West-coast conceptualists like Marioni have long investigated public
actions as an alternative to the creation of an art object.
Marioni will be present for an opening of his more object-based art (in this
case, dry fresco, drawings and bronze sculptures) at Carl Solway gallery, and
his work seems like an interesting counterpoint to the very tangible, stitched work
of up-and-coming artist Elsa Hansen (b. 1986). Hansen, originally from
Louisville, Ky., cross stitches 8-bit portraits of famous subjects like R.
Crumb and R. Kelly, or pop cultural events like when Olympic diver Greg
Louganis hit his head on the springboard in 1988, and — like Marioni’s work — Hansen’s
relies on wit and humor.
Art Academy and UC will have exhibition openings of their students’ thesis work
Friday evening. Caliber, the AAC’s
senior thesis exhibition will feature the work of six students, while the Contemporary
Arts Center hosts the work of 15 MFA students from DAAP.
I had the
chance to speak with DAAP grad Mary Clare Rietz regarding her ongoing social
practice project On The
Map|Over-the-Rhine involving what she terms “aesthetic action”.
fellow collaborators like social practice artist and AAC professor Anissa Lewis
have been working on this project together for several years, engaging unlikely
stakeholders from the neighborhood (long-time residents, new residents, developers
and business owners) via creative mapping, guided walks, performances, and story
sharing. Rietz’s project is informed by a key concept in social network
theory, “the strength of weak ties”, i.e. the idea that a network is
strongest when people connect across differences.
calls OTR a “highly dense, close-quarters place where development is creating
diversity but not always connection,” so the potential to connect across
difference is ripe here; and Rietz’ decades of experience working in community
organizing give her a unique set of skills to respond to these disconnects.
conversation and strategic engagement, On
The Map|Over-the-Rhine asks the question:
Are people who feel connected more likely to work together toward goals
that meet the diverse needs and interests of all?
To that aim,
the artist has had events happening all week in the lobby of the CAC, and Friday
evening Rietz will put on yet another creative community building project, WHO DO YOU WANT TO MOVE?, which will invite
viewers to witness and participate in creating connections between unlikely OTR
stakeholders, forged though dance.
participatory performance/procession will start at Buddy’s Place in the heart
of OTR at 13th and Vine streets and move to the CAC, where more performances
will be put on for museumgoers at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
contemporary avant-garde performance art by experimental sound artist Guillermo
Galindo and interdisciplinary artist, DAAP professor Mark Harris, opens Friday
night at Wave Pool in Camp Washington.
John Cage’s words describing music as “a purposeless play,” Galindo and Harris
will each perform during the opening night, and the objects left behind after
each performance will act as the exhibition in the gallery space — reemphasizing
the experience of the performance as the true art form.
The Art Academy of Cincinnati celebrates a decade in Over-the-Rhine
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Venice will be no farther away than 444
Reading Road on Friday evening, when “Venezia Carnevale,” a Beaux Arts
Ball hosted by the Art Academy of Cincinnati Alumni Council, takes place
at the Bell Event Center.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 04:27 PM | Permalink
There's a great array of theater this weekend, no matter what you like. That's a good thing, because local theater, like baseball, takes a kind of midsummer break (no All-Star Game onstage anywhere, however). So get out and see something this weekend, then enjoy the fireworks and picnics next. Here are some suggestions:Traditionally entertaining shows can be found at two professional theaters. At Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, it's the closing weekend for Private Lives, a very witty classic comedy about marriage by Nöel Coward. (CityBeat review here.) Two couples are honeymooning in the south of France, in adjacent hotel rooms. Things go awry when one husband and the other wife cross paths by chance. They were once married to one another, and the spark quickly rekindles, despite the fact that they had a very volatile chemistry. It's a great piece for four comic actors, and Cincy Shakes has a great cast to handle it. Staged by Ensemble Theatre's D. Lynn Meyers. Tickets ($22-$31): 513-381-2273.A different kind of couple is showcased at Covedale Center, where Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys is in its final weekend. Two guys who were comic partners in the days of vaudeville — and who grew very tired of one another — are brought together for a TV special about the "good old days." They don't much want to do it, but they're coaxed, and the results of their bickering and nastiness makes for a lot of laughter. Tickets ($21-$24): 513-241-6550.A new theater company, Stone on a Walk, has its inaugural production this weekend, a low-budget performance of Cain by Lord Byron at the Art Academy's lecture hall, a venue familiar to Fringe Festival mavens. Yes, the playwright is that Romantic poet George Gordon you might recall from lit classes. He also wrote plays, and this one from 1821 focuses on Adam and Eve's first son, resentful that his parents' transgressions have forced them out of Eden and made death a real possibility. He spars with Lucifer, still hanging around to make trouble, and is at odds with his pious brother Abel, as well as his wife Adah. Things don't go well, as you might recall — Cain becomes the first murderer. John Leo Muething has put together a three-show season for his new theater venture, Stone on a Walk, with a one-weekend performance of each work (more to follow in July and August). This one features three actresses: Caitlyn Maurmeier is Cain; Hannah Rahe is Adah, Cain's dutiful wife; and Aiden Sims plays Lucifer and Abel. The casting of females in male roles is unusual, and the doubling of Sims as villain and victim might cause a bit of confusion (although she plays Lucifer with sinister hissing vigor, while Abel is the picture of sincerity). The 70-minute performance is done with no stage lighting or scenery; the final section, with actors on the floor, is hard to see unless you're in the front row or two. Cain is a lot of talking, poetry and high emotions, but Maurmeier powerfully renders Cain's despair, and Sims is very watchable as Lucifer. Tickets ($10) at the door; the Art Academy is at 1212 Jackson Street in Over-the-Rhine.How about a showcase of excerpts from Cincinnati's community theaters? Friday evening and all day Saturday that's what's happening at Parrish Auditorium at Miami University's Hamilton campus (1601 University Blvd., Hamilton). Four 30-minute selections tonight include A Midsummer Night's Dream and Les Misérables, and eight more tomorrow morning and afternoon (Godspell, Steel Magnolias, Nunsense and Tommy are among them). Each performance will be assessed and a few will be selected for a statewide competition in early September. Cincinnati has a lot of excellent community theater, and this is your opportunity to see some of the best shows that have been offered during the 2013-2014 season. Ticket information: http://bit.ly/1lkw098.And in the off-week between Cincinnati Opera's opening production of Carmen and the upcoming staging of Silent Night, opera seekers might want to check out two works presented by the North American New Opera Workshop (they shorthand that name as "NANOWorks") at Below Zero's Cabaret Room (1122 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine). It's the midwest premiere of Marie Incontrera's At the Other Side of the Earth, a riot girl opera followed by Eric Knechtges's Last Call (Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m.,Sunday at 2 p.m.). Incontrera's piece combines classical performance with punk sensibilities; the piece by Knechtges (who is head of the musical composition program at Northern Kentucky University) is loosely based on the Cincinnati gay bar scene and includes at "techno/house aria" and a high-energy drag performance. This is definitely not your grandmother's opera. Tickets: $20 at the door.
by Rick Pender
Posted In: Theater
at 10:33 AM | Permalink
It's the final
weekend for most holiday shows, and there are lots of good choices. I'm
ranking today's listings according to the laugh-o-meter, starting with
the most hilarious:
No. 1: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some).
This is the eighth year the Cincinnati Shakespeare has put this show
together, but it's fun even for if you've been before. The cast of four
talented actors who usually do Shakespeare and the Classics prove adept
at silly, in-the-moment humor. While they're poking fun at many things
local, they also manage to touch on just about every Christmas story you
can imagine, all with laugh-out-loud results. The biggest challenge is
getting a ticket, since the run (through Dec. 29) was nearly sold out when it opened last Sunday. A performance has been added on Saturday at 2 p.m., which might be your best bet to score a seat or two. Tickets: 513-381-2273, x1.
No. 2: The Complete History of Comedy (abridged), a show by the same guys who came up with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).
The Cincinnati Playhouse is presenting the show's world premiere, and
it's a wide-ranging evening of every kind of humor imaginable by three
very adept performers. They can impersonate people and characters, they
can do improv, they can satirize the classics — and they can keep
everyone in the audience paying attention lest they get a pie in the
face. Seriously. Our should I say "humorously"? It's an evening of fun,
through Dec. 29. Tickets: 513-421-3888.
No. 3: The 12 Dates of Christmas
is the story of a gal who struggles through a year of awful dating
after she loses her fiancé when she sees him making out with another
woman on national TV during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Lots of
losers, lovers and louts — and a few nice guys who aren't quite right.
It's a one-woman show with a good heart and a great performance by Annie
Kalahurka. New Edgecliff Theatre is presenting the production at Know
Theatre. Tickets: 513-621-2787.
No. 4: A Klingon Christmas Carol.
This one isn't really laugh-out-loud, but it's a lot of fun to see
actors telling the familiar story of Scrooge and his ghosts through the
filter of Star Trek's fierce warrior race, the Klingons. SQuja'
(he's the central character) isn't a miser, he's a coward — which is
sinful for these tough guys. Find out how he gets retuned. It's a good
bet for Trekkies; others venture in at your own risk. Tickets for this
one ($20) can be obtained at the door, in the lobby of the Art Academy
of Cincinnati (1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine).
Lots of more traditional fare elsewhere, of course, including Christmas Carols at the Playhouse and Covedale, as well as the family-oriented Around the World in 80 Days at Ensemble Theatre.
Plus, news on some of the many "unofficial" MPMF activities going down this week
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It's MidPoint Music Festival week in Cincinnati! News on some of the festival's late-breaking additions, as well as a couple of the many "unofficial" MPMF events.
'Reverberation' exhibit showcases evocative live music photography during MidPoint
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Might a picture be worth a thousand songs? It’s possible that a photograph, as much
as an MP3 player full of tunes or a head full of memories, is the best
way to recall attending a concert by a favorite act. Not just something
shot far from the stage on your shaky iPhone, but rather the kind of
image that an inspired photographer — with media access and lots of
skill — can take up close.
by Mike Breen
Art Academy's 'Reverberation' exhibit spotlights 25 years of musical performances in Greater Cincinnati
Beginning Sept. 3 at the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Childlaw Gallery (1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine), the people behind the massive photography exhibition FotoFocus will set their lenses on the many great concert photographers in the region. Reverberation: Capturing the Live Music Experience will coincide with the MidPoint Music Festival, located just off the 12th Street MidPoint Midway (the strip featuring vendors, food, live music the box truck carnival and much more). Hours will be extended during MPMF, with the exhibit staying open until 9 p.m. on Sept. 26 and 10 p.m. on Sept. 27-28. (Normal hours, starting Sept. 3, are 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays). The exhibit closes Sept. 29. The work of 29 artists will be featured in the exhibit, including shots from legends like Melvin Grier (an award-winning photojournalist who shot many years for The Cincinnati Post) and Michael Wilson (whose portraits have been featured on the covers of albums by The Replacements, Over the Rhine, Lyle Lovett, Ron Sexmith and many others), as well as Maurice Mattei, Sean Hughes, Keith Klenowski and Kara Smarsh. (Click on the names to check out some of the artists' work.)
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Pumpkin Productions, the moniker chosen by CityBeat
contributing arts editor Steven Rosen, has teamed up with co-sponsor
Cincinnati Film Society to present a three-day Mindbenders series, which
will screen at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Jeremy Johnson explores the scientific art of dissection and taxidermy
1 Comment · Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Covington home of artist Jeremy
Johnson is a frozen menagerie. Hollow skulls cast a shade of the macabre on
the dining room-turned-dissection studio.