by Steven Rosen
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Vent Haven — Fort Mitchell’s ventriloquism museum
that is the only one in the world devoted to the subject — continues to be of
interest to the art world at large.Photographers Laurie Simmons and Matthew Rolston
have both previously done series based on its collection of dummies, and
Simmons even used them in a 40-minute film, The
Music of Regret, that also starred Meryl Streep.
Now Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a
new theater work, The Ventriloquists
Convention, that is based on the
annual event here that Vent Haven sponsors. According to the MCA, “the piece
imagines meetings among the convention delegates and their dummies, who each
maintain distinct voices and identities.”
European director/choreographer Gisèle Vienne
is working with American novelist Dennis Cooper on this project, joined by
German puppet-theater company Puppentheater Halle.
The MCA also says that
Vienne and Cooper “developed their approach for this show from documentary and
fictional sources, building it into a group of quirky portraits of ventriloquists
celebrating their shared interests and friendship. The show explores why
ventriloquists do what they do, and what lies behind the relationships that
they have with their dummies.
“Performed by nine
ventriloquists-puppeteers, the piece hinges on the use of multiple layered
dialogues, including the ghostly, non-physical ventriloquists' voices. These
portraits enable Gisèle Vienne to continue her ongoing research into the
interplay between physical presence and dissociation that she had developed in
If you want to attend (no word yet on Cincinnati
performances), The Ventriloquists Convention takes place Nov. 12-14 at
7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and available at the MCA Box Office at 312-397-4010 or mcachicago.org.
is supported by the French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, an
initiative of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the Institut
Français, It is also funded by the Florence Gould Foundation and the Catherine
Popesco Foundation for the Arts. Additional support comes from the
Goethe-Institut and the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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Release features large-format prints, documentary, celebs
publicist for photographer Matthew Rolston's book, Talking Heads, The Vent Haven
Portraits (featured in this 2012 CityBeat article), recently sent
photos from Rolston's book-publication party in L.A. Here's an excerpt from the
Friday, May 10th, actress and author Diane Keaton, renowned art collector Kay
Saatchi and Joel Chen, owner of Los Angeles' top resource for antiques and
vintage furniture JF Chen, celebrated influential American celebrity
photographer and director Matthew Rolston’s new book at JF Chen.
Featuring 100 ‘headshots’ of a rare collection of ventriloquist dummies
unearthed from the intimate and obscure Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell,
Kentucky (the world’s only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism), the
book is a departure from the celebrity portraiture for which Rolston is known
and marks his first foray into the world of fine art."
documentary about Rolston's project also was shown. Other guests included actor John
C. Reilly and songwriter Diane Warren. Vent Haven, incidentally, is planning an
exhibit of the photos, though not the large-format prints shown at Chen's
Actor John C. Reilly. Photo: Provided.The
book and its subject matter have proven a real draw, earning articles and photo
spreads in many publications and making "obscure" Vent Haven one of
Cincinnati's most fascinating museums.For hours and more information on Vent Haven Museum, go here.
Photographer Matthew Rolston features Vent Haven figures in upcoming book
0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Matthew Rolston has taken close-up portraits, startlingly realistic
headshots, of some 200 figures — colloquially known as dummies — at Fort
Mitchell, Ky.’s Vent Haven ventriloquism museum. The results are in a
new book, Talking Heads, to be published next month by Pointed Leaf Press.
by Jac Kern
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There is a
ventriloquist convention in town this week. Seriously! The Vent Haven ConVENTion takes over
Cincinnati Airport Marriott daily through Saturday, and it’s got a full bill.
Learn about the art of ventriloquism, browse puppets from dozens of vendors and
enjoy entertainment from pros (the convention culminates with comedian Jeff Dunham
speaking Saturday afternoon). The event is a product of Vent Haven Museum in
Fort Mitchell, the only ventriloquist museum in the world.
If you want to
skip the creepy puppets and cut straight to the comedy, see Dunham tonight at
The Bank of Kentucky Center.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $47.40.
It’s Founders Brewing
Co. Night at The Lackman, where three Founders’ beers will be tapped: Devil
Dancer triple IPA, All Day IPA session ale and Dry Hopped Pale Ale. Swing by
after work to give ‘em a taste.
Over in Northside
is Projectmill’s Slurring Bee at Mayday. Sign up at 9 p.m. and pay $5 to compete. It’s pretty simple: take a shot, spell
a word. Every word you spell correctly grants you another shot. It’s like an
alcoholic workout for your cranium!
You don’t need to
stay in the city to have a fun Thursday — the Warren County Fair
keeps truckin’ tonight with harness racing at 6 p.m., "Warren County Has Talent"
at 7 p.m. and karaoke at 9 p.m. Admission tonight is $15 per carload.
Friday, the CAC offers the rare chance to see a multimedia performance piece
about LGBTQ oppression in Uganda. Artist Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine combines photographs, video and live
performance in A Missionary Position
to portray the homophobia running rampant
in Uganda, through a wide scope of perspectives. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets
are $20, $14 for members.
More than just a 'museum for dummies'
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
For a world-class museum, Greater Cincinnati's Vent Haven Museum attracts precious few visitors. How to increase attendance is problematic since it raises the issue of what kind of place Vent Haven is meant to be. It's the only major public museum devoted to ventriloquism (the art of throwing voices) and has more than 750 historic and/or unusual ventriloquial figures.