by Steven Rosen
13 days ago
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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.
by Steven Rosen
33 days ago
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NKU professor to moderate discussion on classic novel's 21st century impact
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., Cincinnati Art Museum will host a symposium on Moby-Dick: How a 19th Century Novel Speaks to the 21st Century. This free event features Elizabeth Schultz, author of
Unpainted to the Last; Samuel Otter, editor of Leviathan; Matt Kish, author of
Moby-Dick in Pictures, and Emma Rose Thompson of Northern
Kentucky University. The moderator will be Robert K. Wallace, an English
professor at Northern Kentucky University who has taught a course on
Herman Melville's Moby-Dick since 1972. You
can RSVP at moby-dick-symposium.eventbrite.com.
This is the opening event to a Moby-Dick Arts Festival, co-organized by Thompson and Wallace, that then takes place at
the Covington branch of the Kenton County Public Library and NKU from Saturday through Monday. From 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, there will be a marathon reading of the novel at the library. You can sign up for a 10-minute slot at mobydick.nku.edu. There is also a Moby-Dick-related art exhibition at the library.
On Monday, there is an all-day symposium on the book at NKU, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Budig Theater. More information is available at mobydick.nku.edu.
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.
by Steven Rosen
37 days ago
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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.
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Turns out Pete Rose wasn’t the only
baseball player that artist Andy Warhol ever depicted. He wasn’t even
the only Red. Tom Seaver came first — but accidentally.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2015
It’s not unusual for visual artists to choose film/video as a medium — Ragnar Kjartansson’s A Lot of Sorrow recently showed here and several videos were part of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Eyes on the Street exhibit.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The star attraction of The Total Look,
the new Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit opening Saturday that features
fashion designs of the late Rudi Gernreich, is the one-piece topless
bathing suit (or monokini) that he designed for women in 1964.
by Steven Rosen
92 days ago
Posted In: Visual Art
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The photographer will present at CAM March 25
FotoFocus Lecture and Visiting Artist Series at Cincinnati Art Museum will
feature photographer Roe Ethridge on March 25 at 7 p.m.
to FotoFocus, Ethridge — who works in both commercial and fine art photography
— draws upon the descriptive power of photography and the ease with
which it can be accessed, duplicated and recombined. He is considered a
work has been shown in such venues as MOMA/PS1, London's Barbican Center,
Carnegie Museum of Art Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, the 2008 Whitney
Biennial (2008); and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2011 he was a finalist for
the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.
presentation at the museum is free and reservations are not required, though
parking for non-museum members is $4. More info here.
“Forgotten” Japanese art collection returns to the Cincinnati Art Museum
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2015
When an art museum has a collection of
more than 65,000 objects, it isn’t surprising that many of them wind up
hidden in storage. Sometimes complete collections are stowed there,
rarely if ever seen or studied.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
In my September interview with new
Cincinnati Art Museum Director Cameron Kitchin, he discussed the role of
that institution in collecting and displaying Contemporary art in
addition to other issues.