by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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I wish the
“sunroom installation” that is part of Michael Keating’s current Shadow & Light exhibition at Kennedy
Heights Arts Center (through Saturday) could move straight into a museum
serve to anchor a fuller, larger look at the noble project this veteran
Cincinnati photojournalist (formerly with Cincinnati
Enquirer) undertook to chronicle the final year in the life of an elderly
neighbor, Clyde N. Day. Day, of Lakeside Park, Ky., died in 2011 at age 104. It
deserves the widest possible audience.
long known Day, and the project was both a way to honor Day’s life and also
show just how difficult life can be for the elderly. After Day’s first wife
died, he remarried. His second wife preceded him in death by several
installation, which is in the former sunroom of the building at 6546 Montgomery
Road that houses the arts center, Keating has placed Day’s dresser with
memorabilia from his long life. And on the walls are photographs from the
black-and-white images really capture Day’s final months, in their quiet way.
One, reproduced as a wall-sized, mural-like adhesive print (in two sections),
shows Day painstakingly making his bed. Light seeps through the windows’
curtains, spotlighting the stand-up crutch he has left in the room to have
hands free for this task.
mundane task, but the photograph conveys the sense of heroism, a sense of
determination, with which he does it. And our perspective — we seem to be in
the distance, looking slightly downward — makes us feel we’re watching
photographs are on another wall, ink-jet prints mounted on thick gator board.
In one, a companion to the mural, we see Day in this same bedroom, sleeping on
a small hospital bed with railings. The headboard of his other bed is propped
against a wall — the mattress gone.
a melancholy image when compared with the other, since you can see how one’s
choices shrink as old age moves to its inevitable conclusion. Still, the room
itself is comforting with its floral-print wallpaper. It’s a touch of the
familiar and the secure.
Day’s death, Keating has helped start the Clyde N. Day Foundation to contribute
to causes related to child safety, education and the arts. You can learn more
about it, and also find more of his photos, at clydendayfoundation.org. This work is
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Political columnist Howard Wilkinson and longtime photographer Michael Keating are among the 26 employees who are leaving The Enquirer as part of a buyout deal. Last week was the deadline for editors at
the newspaper to decide whether to accept voluntary “early retirement”
buyouts from employees.
by Kevin Osborne
Among 26 people to accept buyout
Political columnist Howard Wilkinson and longtime photographer Michael Keating are among the 26 employees who are leaving The Enquirer as part of a buyout deal.This week was the deadline for editors at the newspaper to decide whether to accept voluntary “early retirement” buyouts from employees. Although The Enquirer hasn’t released any details, current and former co-workers of Wilkinson and Keating have begun discussing their departures and posting their well wishes on social media sites.So far, CityBeat’s emails sent this morning seeking comment haven’t been returned.Gregory Korte, an ex-City Hall reporter at The Enquirer who now works at USA Today, posted, “I grew up reading Howard Wilkinson's politics column in the Cincinnati Enquirer. It's one of the reasons I got into this business, and I was delighted to work and learn alongside him for so long. And Michael E. Keating? The best political photographer I've ever worked with — he could turn a podium shot into pure art. A real reporter's photographer. Now they're both taking a buyout and retiring. The Enquirer has done just fine without me, but I can't imagine it without these two.”Another former Enquirer reporter, Ben Fischer, posted, “Howard Wilkinson you're one of the all-time greats. And that goes for baseball fandom, general good guys AND political reporters. Everybody's going to miss your prose and insights this election season.”Wilkinson confirmed the news on Facebook, adding, “Thanks to one an all. It's been a great ride. But you haven't heard the last from me ... or Michael either... Michael and I were a team; and got to see and do some amazing things over the years. I will always be grateful for that.”The Gannett Co., The Enquirer’s corporate owner, announced the buyout offer Feb. 9 and gave employees 45 days to decide whether to apply for the deal.At the close of the offer period, editors reviewed applications and made final decisions; some people who apply for the deal potentially could've been turned down if their position is deemed essential to the newspaper’s operation.Under the deal, newspaper employees who are age 56 or older and have at least 20 years of service with Gannett as of March 31 are eligible. Although executives said 785 employees meet the criteria, the deal only is being offered to 665 employees “due to ongoing operational needs at the company.”Sources at The Enquirer say executives are looking to shed 26 employees at Cincinnati’s only remaining daily newspaper. It is believed that 19 of the positions will come from the newsroom, while six people will be affected in the advertising department, and one person in the online/digital content department.As part of reductions mandated by Gannett, The Enquirer has laid off about 150 workers during the past two years. Also, employees have had to take five unpaid furloughs during the past three years.