by Steven Rosen
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The Cincinnati Art Museum's wonderful current exhibition The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration Between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt and William Claxton mentions that one early influence on the visionary fashion designer Gernreich was Bonnie Cashin, who created quietly avant-garde women's sportswear and whose reputation has only grown since her death in 2000.It turns out that University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning has a collection of almost 200 pieces by Cashin, a gift from Ohio State University. The pieces were among a larger donation given to OSU by Phil Sills, whose Sills & Co. produced Cashin-designed fashions from 1952 until the late 1970s. On Tuesday, DAAP students put together a one-night exhibit of a dozen pieces from its collection in the Total Look gallery, so attendees could see how her tweed with leather and suede fashions look alongside Gernreich's far more radical designs. They hold up well — the earthy colors, the bold use of plaid, the turn-lock brass closures, a jacket with a built-in coin purse in a front pocket. UC has put information about the collection online here. Meanwhile, The Total Look is on display through May 24 and deserves to be seen by all.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Architecture
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OTR ranked as one of 10 best Midwest architectural sites by Conde Nast Traveler
is getting more national praise — this time from Conde Nast Traveler, which on
its website in December named OTR one of the 10 best architectural sites in the
Frank Lloyd Wright: Best Architecture in the Midwest,” Ashley Petry writes:Not
too long ago, Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood was one of the roughest
parts of town. Now it serves as a case study in successful urban renewal,
thanks in part to its notable architecture. The district is home to a large
concentration of 19th-century Italianate architecture, and those ornate brick
buildings now house trendy restaurants and swanky boutiques. While you’re in
town, swing by the University of Cincinnati, whose new building complex was
designed by architecture firm Morphosis.What
is remarkable about this is the company OTR's 19th Century Italianate
architecture keeps on this select list — except for the Victorian "painted
ladies" of St. Louis' Lafayette Square, the others are all Modernist or
Contemporary masterpieces, many by the world's great architects.These
include Frank Gehry's Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park as well as
his contribution to Toledo Art Museum's complex; the bedroom at Frank Lloyd
Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis., as well as his contributions to
Racine's SC Johnson company's headquarters (and home of one of its presidents),
Eero Saarinen's Mid-Century Modernist Miller House in Columbus, Ind.
(owned by Indianapolis Art Museum), Santiago Calatrava's breathtaking 2001
addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum and Jean Nouvel's 2006 Guthrie Theater in
a random thought here, but if Cincinnati's past architecture is worthy of such
lofty company, should we be putting more thought into getting architects worthy
of those mentioned above for our future projects? Calatrava has done some
amazing bridges and the Cincinnati Art Museum in the past has had ambitious (but
now-stalled) plans for a landmark Contemporary addition.
the full Conde Nast Traveler feature here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I came across the Slovenian theorist/writer Slavoj Žižek in the recent movie The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology,
in which he passionately used scenes from Hollywood movies to spotlight
his observations about the humanist struggle...
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Architectural buffs, by and large, have
only good words to say about the 16th century Italian architect Andrea
Palladio. His influence can perhaps be seen in your own neighborhood,
especially if you live in Indian Hill, Hyde Park or the choicer places
on the West Side...
1 Comment · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Shawn Patrick Tubb’s Master of
Architecture thesis at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design,
Architecture, Art and Planning was to develop a reuse for Downtown’s
Modernist landmark, the Terrace Plaza. Except for some arcade-level
shops, it had closed to the public as he was beginning his work in 2008.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
THURSDAY AUG. 29: In a move likely to garner mass likes and
shares from your more sheltered or stupid Facebook friends, a Buckeye
State politician is pushing legislation that will require drug testing
for welfare applicants.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The School of Art at the University of
Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning doesn’t
yet offer a specific MFA degree in duct tape, but you have to wonder how
soon before they do after seeing a current DAAP exhibition, Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola.
Brush Factory’s new furniture brand, Brighton Exchange, boasts handmade design
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Hayes Shanesy and business partner/longtime romantic partner
Rosie Kovacs recently created a separate arm to their growing business
endeavor, the Brush Factory, focused exclusively on Shanesy’s wooden handcrafted furniture:
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The opening reception of a most unusual exhibit for a major arts institution will take place 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening. It’s FAUX REAL: A Forger’s Story, at the gallery of University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
by Hannah McCartney
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National charity to host design contest to feed the hungry
There's been some brilliant art made from some pretty bizarre mediums — hair, push pins, bullets, garbage, chewing gum. Look around downtown Cincinnati beginning next Tuesday and you'll find another unlikely art form — statues made specifically from canned goods and other non-perishable food. Expect to see five jumbo structures scattered around different locations downtown, including a giant Pac-Man and a huge bridge-like arch. Why the canned constructions? It's part of a competition called "Canstruction," an exhibit that's part of a national effort to combine the "spirit of a design contest with a way to feed the hungry." Canstruction is a national charity, and it holds the competition in more than 100 cities across the U.S. The event touts itself as a unique, engaging way to bring attention to the issue of hunger in Greater Cincinnati; the works become a free, giant art exhibit open to the public. This year marks the 15th annual food sculpture competition, and once the judging is complete, the structure's materials — all cans and non-perishable food — will benefit the Freestore Foodbank. Don't expect the works to be rinky-dink, either; the competitions is headed up by bigwigs in Cincinnati's professional architecture, engineering and design community. The sculptures are estimated to require a whopping 40,000 canned goods to complete and teams have a strict five-hour limit to build their structures. The "canstruction" race begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Once the statues are up, they'll be on display until March 18. Visit the Cincinnati Canstruction website to find out where downtown you can spot the sculptures.