by Steven Rosen 11.05.2015 25 days ago
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FotoFocus Takes its Mapplethorpe Symposium on the Road

After a successful symposium here last month, FotoFocus is taking its Robert Mapplethorpe presentation, The Perfect Moment: 25 Years Later, on the road. (The Cincinnati symposium was called Mapplethorpe +25.) In observance of the 25th anniversary of the unsuccessful obscenity trial in Cincinnati of the Contemporary Arts Center following the exhibition of The Perfect Moment there in 1990, FotoFocus will sponsor a panel discussion at 7 p.m. at New York’s cutting-edge New Museum, 235 Bowery. It will be moderated by Kevin Moore, FotoFocus’ New York-based artistic director, and feature Amy Adler, law professor at New York University School of Law; Jennifer Blessing, senior photography curator at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Paul Martineau, associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; and Britt Salvesen, curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at Los Angeles County Museum. The latter three were on a panel in Cincinnati. Further information about FotoFocus can be found at fotofocuscincinnati.org. Additional information about the Mapplethorpe + 25 symposium can be found at mapplethorpe25.org.  
by Steven Rosen 05.13.2015
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Cincinnati Art Museum's James Crump Re-Emerges with a New Film

James Crump, the Cincinnati Art Museum's chief curator/photography curator who was a key figure in the planning and programming of the first FotoFocus festival in 2012 and then resigned from the museum in early 2013, has re-emerged as the director of a new documentary, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art. It tells the story, with plenty of archival footage, of three restless New York artists in the who — as part of the 1960s/1970s rebellion against materialistic values sweeping American culture — sought to create epic art that was one with the outdoor environment, especially in the open and hard-to-access spaces of the west. That, they thought, would make it hard to buy and own. Robert Smithson created "Spiral Jetty" in Utah, Walter De Maria made New Mexico's "Lightning Field," and Michael Heizer did "Double Negative" in Utah and is still working on "City." (The other two are deceased.)Other artists featured in the film are Nancy Holt (who has an environmental artwork at Miami University), Dennis Oppenheim, Carl Andre and Vito Acconci. In an exchange of emails with CityBeat, Crump said he is hoping for the film to show at festivals and then get a limited theatrical release in fall, followed by availability on other distribution platforms. He also said his sales agent, Submarine Entertainment, represented Citizenfour and Finding Vivien Maier.Before coming to Cincinnati, Crump made a documentary about Robert Mapplethorpe's relationship to Sam Wagstaff, Black White + Gray.He has provided CityBeat with a link to Troublemakers' trailer:Trailer courtesy Summitridge Pictures. © RSJC LLC, 2015.

Architectural Allure

Peter Waite's new paintings explore the city's strange and famous places

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In his Cincinnati Series of 29 paintings depicting depopulated city sites, Peter Waite — a Connecticut-based artist — neither celebrates nor dismisses what he sees  

Oh, the Places You'll Go with Dr. Seuss

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
You’re a sneaky one, Dr. Seuss. With entertaining drawings, simple words and rhythmic rhymes, you taught us how to read.   

Upcoming Price Hill Thrill to Tour Area's Art Studios

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2015
To quote from one of the classic songs released by Cincinnati’s King Records, “There’s a thrill up on the hill — let’s go, let’s go, let’s go.”  

Contemporary Arts Center Announces 2015-16 Shows

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Mark Mothersbaugh and Robert Mapplethorpe are the marquee names for the Contemporary Arts Center’s 2015-16 exhibition season, which will feature four additional shows.  

Past, Present, Future

CAC reworks its edges with a new lobby and two exhibits on time and space

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Blah concrete no longer dominates the Contemporary Arts Center lobby. But, ironically, a gray palette defines one of two new exhibits coinciding with the redesign of the 12-year-old space.  

How to Collect Art in a 'Share' Economy

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The role of art collecting in the emerging (and possibly illusory) “sharing economy” has yet to be set, but the local experiments with community ownership/financing of artworks keep growing.  

Drawing on the Walls

Cincinnati Art Museum's Rosenthal Education Center gives adults and kids fresh ways to engage in arts learning

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s most recent renovation, the Rosenthal Education Center, built just to the left of the Great Hall, is bright, open and cheerful.   

Engaging Experiments

Near*By curatorial collective brings new ideas to the contemporary arts scene

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Cincinnati has had its share of alternative spaces and indie nonprofit galleries — sometimes co-ops or collectives — where contemporary artists show their work and try out new ideas in curating, exhibiting and community engagement.