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Contemporary Arts Center Announces 2016-17 Season

The Contemporary Arts Center announced its 2016-17 exhibition season last evening during a special presentation to its Board of Trustees and media. At the same time, it also previewed several performances scheduled for that same season. (There may still be another art exhibition added.) The biggest takeaways from the announcement are that the CAC is striving for diversity in the artists it will show next year, and that it doesn’t believe painting is passé in Contemporary art.  The first show, indeed, features one of Britain’s greatest living painters, Glenn Brown.  “We wanted to celebrate painting,” says Steven Matijcio, CAC curator. “I think because it’s been the preeminent medium of the past, sometimes it gets secondary status in today’s art world. Glenn Brown makes very few works per year because he spends so much time on them. If an Old Master were living today, he would be that person.” Here is the list of shows, edited from a CAC press release. A fuller story will appear in next week’s The Big Picture column in CityBeat. GLENN BROWN Sept. 9, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017: Organized by the Des Moines Art Center; Curated by Jeff Fleming This is the first solo museum exhibition in the United States to survey the work of renowned London-based artist Brown. Painting steadily for the last three decades, Brown crafts paintings with an immaculate, almost supernatural level of detail and fluidity. ROE ETHRIDGE: NEAREST NEIGHBOR Oct.7 2016 to March 12, 2017 Organized by FotoFocus; Curated by Kevin Moore The exhibition leads the programming for the 2016 FotoFocus Biennial, which explores the theme of the Undocument in photography. Nearest Neighbor is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. and will present over 15 years of photographs. NOEL ANDERSON: BLAK ORIGIN MOMENT Feb. 10 to June 18, 2017 Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center; Curated by Steven Matijcio Noel Anderson is a Louisville-born artist and a professor at the University of Cincinnati, presently working in New York City. He is known for complex investigations into the evolving makeup of black-male identity translated through a variety of textiles — from old rugs to digitally produced tapestries.  UGO RONDINONE: CHROMAphile May 5 to Aug. 27, 2017 Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center; Curated by Raphaela Platow This exhibition will celebrate a new iteration of the Swiss-born, NY-based artist Ugo Rondinone’s color spectrum series that congregates his art, the gallery architecture and every visitor to the space as collaborators in an all-encompassing experience.  NJIDEKA AKUNYILI CROSBY: THE PREDECESSORS July 14 to Oct. 20, 2017 Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center & Tang Museum, Skidmore College; Co-Curated by Ian Berry & Steven Matijcio When Njideka Akunyili left Lagos for the U.S. at age 16, she detoured from her initial plan to be a doctor to pursue painting and tell another side of Nigeria’s story. She fuses painting, drawing, collage and the use of transfers — a typically Western printing process that involves transferring ink from photographs using solvent.  JANE BENSON: HALF-TRUTHS July 14 to Oct. 20, 2017 Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center; Curated by Steven Matijcio The story of two Iraqi brothers who escaped from Baghdad in early 2002 becomes a vehicle for British-born, N.Y.-based artist Jane Benson to explore the social reverberations caused by geo-cultural separation. The artist uses music to tell the story in a dual-channel video entitled Finding Baghdad (Part A), which serves as the show’s centerpiece.  THE I-71 PROJECT October through November, 2016  Organized by the CAC, MOCA Cleveland and Columbus Museum of Art; Curated by Anne Thompson The I-71 Project is a collaborative venture uniting three major art centers across Ohio to present art on billboards that confront the theater and confusion of elections in the U.S. It is organized by artist, writer and 2015-16 Missouri School of Journalism Fellow Anne Thompson, who successfully organized a similar project called The I-70 Sign Show. Some of the key artists will include Mel Bochner, Marilyn Minter, and Kay Rosen.Here are the three performances that Drew Klein, performance curator, announced: RADHOUANE EL MEDDEB:  JE DANSE ET JE VOUS EN DONNE A BOUFFER (I DANCE, AND GIVE YOU SOME TO EAT) November 17-18, 2016 Here, Radhouane is immersed in his loves of dancing and cooking, creating and celebrating a bridge between the two. Seated before his couscous maker, he prepares a meal and dances with all the grandeur, generosity and poetry inspired by these two arts.  Between tomato concentrate, zucchini, carrots and cinnamon: a leap, a glance, a suspension or a rupture. Between the semolina and a chassé croisé, the dish simmers. This dazzling choreographic offering evokes all the senses in an almost synesthetic experience, the audience seized by the scents drifting through the air and captivated by the movement infused with generosity and poetry. JAN MARTENS: SWEAT BABY SWEAT  January 19-20, 2017 In Sweat Baby Sweat, Martens zeroes in on the most clichéd theme in dance: the relationship between a man and a woman. He traces the arc of their lifetime together in this physically demanding and intimate examination of a couple that just can’t let each other go.  NAPOLEON MADDOX: TWICE THE FIRST TIME  February 22-24, 2017 In the performance Twice The First Time, Maddox will dance, sing and rap the story of Millie-Christine, conjoined twins born into American slavery in 1851, into the 21st century. They were aunts of Maddox’s grandmother. 

Carl Solway Exhibit Draws Generations Together

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Though she’s the youngest of three artists showing at Carl Solway Gallery, Elsa Hansen possesses the wisdom of an old soul. Like the Solway Gallery, Hansen is talkin’ ’bout her generation while bridging generational gaps.  

Poetic Justice

Meet Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati’s first poet laureate

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2016
On the ides of April, despite a forgivingly warm day, it seemed that the entirety of Cincinnati’s poetry scene cloistered itself in the Mercantile Library to witness the inauguration of poet laureate Pauletta Hansel.  

Art: Pang Jen and Bruce Riley at Miller Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Known for his soft, bright oil paintings which have the look of pastels, Chinese-born American immigrant and artist Pang Jen’s romantic compositions will be on view at Miller Gallery in Hyde Park beginning Wednesday.  

Exhibit Reveals Carl Solway’s Impact on CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
In some ways, it feels unnecessary for the Cincinnati Art Museum to have a show honoring the gallerist Carl Solway’s connection to its Contemporary collection — the current Not in New York, which does just that, is up through Oct. 30.   

Art: Domestic Departures at Kennedy Heights Arts Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Multimedia installation artist Susan Byrnes has taken over five rooms throughout the Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s historic house to reframe domestic activities for audiences.  

Seeing and Being Seen

Radically Visible at Thunder-Sky, Inc. empowers and celebrates transgender people

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Radically Visible at Thunder-Sky (closing June 11) features the work of four interdisciplinary artists and is a testimony to the lives and voices of people who do not or cannot conform to traditional societal identities.    

Art: Untethered at Reverb Art + Design

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Michelle and Leo D’Cruz opened the doors to their second-floor studio in April to reveal a brand-new contemporary art space downtown.  

Art: Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered at the CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
In Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered, nine artists deconstruct and reanimate clothing, blankets, rugs and other fabrics into emblems of political and personal expression.   

Art: Edward Wolfley: Reflections on a Journey at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2016
To honor the artist Edward Wolfley, who is now 90-years-old and formerly taught at UC's DAAP, his son Marc and Marc’s wife, Lisa Kallman, have organized a retrospective of drawings and paintings at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.