0 Comments · Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I’ve had a difficult time trying to write about Buildering: Misbehaving the City,
the first show at Contemporary Arts Center that its curator, Steven
Matijcio, has put together since arriving here last year from North
Carolina. And now it is nearing its end — it closes Aug. 18.
by Jac Kern
Night Museum runs 5-9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 7
its 2014-2015 season announcement, Downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center adds a new promotion
to its calendar of exhibits, performances and special events.
gives visitors a chance to check out the CAC during evening hours every
Thursday. From 5-9 p.m., guests can view the latest exhibit, shop the CAC
Store, enjoy a cash bar and mingle with other art appreciators. Admission is
$7.50; $5.50 for seniors, students and educators; and free for children under 5
and all members. Paid visitors can park for free Thursdays in July at the
Central Parking Garage (36 E. Seventh Street).This week's Night Museum coincides with a special event from One Night One Craft, the CAC's DIY workshop series. Chef Trinidad Mac-Auliffe of Raw Intervention will demonstrate cool recipes — literally — highlighting dishes prepared without heat. Munch on raw creations, then try making some of your own fro 6-8 p.m. One Night One Craft continues Mondays through July.
The CAC is
typically open until 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on
Tuesdays and offers free admission from 5-9 p.m. Mondays. Find more info here.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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Schedule includes upcoming visual arts exhibition season and performances
The Contemporary Arts
Center today announced its upcoming visual arts exhibition season, as well as
several events in its performance schedule. Here is the release, edited for
Visual Arts Exhibition Season:
Memory Palace (Sept. 12, 2014-Feb.16,
2015)Curated by Steven
MatijcioOn the occasion of
the CAC's 75th anniversary, this exhibition will present memory as soft,
malleable clay. Rather than renewing the supposed fixity of facts, Memory Palace will revel in remembering
as a creative act: highlighting the way our recollections shift actual
histories into imperfect, obstructed, quintessentially human legacies.Confirmed artists for
this landmark exhibition include Louise Bourgeois, Spencer Finch, Mike Kelley,
William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Jun Nguyen- Hatsushiba, Hans Op de Beeck,
Dennis Oppenheim, Katrin Sigurdardottir and others to be announced. The CAC's
extended community will also contribute to this project as we gather your
stories in a variety of formats, from video interviews to forensic sketches. In
turn, the CAC is commissioning reconfigurations of the organization's
unofficial archives by artists like MK Guth, Nina Katchadourian and Kerry
Tribe. This effort culminates in the CAC Lobby, where artist Pam Kravetz will
orchestrate community-centric projects including a television show,
carnivalesque games and a monumental memory quilt.
Taiyo Onorato and
Nico Krebs: Blockbuster (Sept. 12,
2014-Feb.16, 2015)Curated by Kevin
Berlin-based duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs respond with humor and wit to
various traditions of modernist architecture, documentary photography and the
heroic travelogue. By pecking at such constructions, the artists reveal a more
whimsical, ironic and subjective vision of the structures and technologies that
shape the ways we see and live. And while much of their practice is
photographic, the artists' engagement with other media — film, sculpture, sound — sheds the artifice of objectivity to celebrate eccentric reconstructions of
the world around us. This is the first major museum exhibition for Onorato and
Krebs in the United States, presented by FotoFocus.
Duke Riley and
Frohawk Two Feathers: Based on a True
Story (Oct. 10, 2014-March 22, 2015)Curated by Steven
unquestionable integrity has eroded over time, with as much fiction,
interpretation and imagination revealed in the pages of our esteemed libraries
as actual facts and events. Twisting fact, fantasy and fabrication into an
outsider's view of western civilization, this exhibition brings together two
artists who have turned historical fiction into a habitual calling. Boston-born
Duke Riley marries what he calls "populist myth" and "reinvented
historical obscurities" with field research, participatory craft and
museological display. Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based Frohawk Two Feathers is
an artist, historian, and self-described "myth-maker" who re-imagines
18th century colonial history through a fictive cast of slaves,
revolutionaries, militiamen and aristocrats.
Anne Lindberg and
Saskia Olde Wolbers: Unmade (Oct. 10,
2014-March 22, 2015)Curated by Steven
MatijcioArtists Anne Lindberg
and Saskia Olde Wolbers dissolve the familiarity that accumulates with time,
habit and space. Lindberg pushes drawing on and off the page, obsessively
inscribing lines that evade both resolution and definition. Dutch-born,
London-based Wolbers orchestrates a cinematic fantasy with equal enigma. By
submerging handmade sets into water and coaxing narratives to masquerade as
reality, she melts the seemingly digital polish of her films with painterly
contingency. The ensuing dialogue between the artist's works softens the
geometry of the gallery space, obscuring hard lines and sharp corners to float
towards a mysterious horizon.
Daniel Arsham: Erasing The Present (March 20-Aug. 16,
Curated by Steven MatijcioThe work of
prodigious Cleveland-born artist Daniel Arsham is said to "make
architecture do all the things it shouldn't." Blurring the lines between
theatre and hallucination, some of his best-known works appear to melt the
solidity of gallery walls, such that they appear to be dripping, folding,
oozing or absorbing furniture. In more recent years he has begun to cast aging
media devices — including cameras, film projectors and microphones — from
granulated materials like volcanic ash, sand, crystal and crushed glass. This
is the first large-scale Ohio exhibition for Arsham, who became widely known (at
the age of 25) when asked to design a stage set for the legendary Merce
Albano Afonso: Self-Portrait As Light (March 20-Aug.
Co-Curated by Steven Matijcio and Alice Grey StitesFor Brazilian artist
Albano Afonso light is the elusive, but no less essential element that makes
painting, photography, film and vision itself possible. Through photographs,
installations, projections and luminous objects he gives light a sculptural
presence, and measures its ability to both elucidate and obscure. Such affect
is spoken through the language of art history, as Afonso reformulates
time-honored traditions of portraiture, still life, vanitas and landscape. This
will be Afonso's first major exhibition in the United States, and it will
extend across the CAC and 21c Museum Hotel.
James Lee Byars and
Matt Morris: the perfect kiss (QQ)* (April
17-Sept. 13, 2015)Curated by Matt
MorrisThroughout his life,
American artist James Lee Byars (1932-97) framed his work with elusive notions
of questioning and perfection. Both his enduring marriage and his
flirtatiousness with German artist Josef Beuys (whom he sent lyrical letters
and objects) serve as fodder for an exhibition that is both art and exchange. the perfect kiss (QQ)* is both a
curatorial and creative undertaking for Morris, who will develop an
installation of works by Byars in conjunction with a number of his own artistic
interventions. The exhibition's title references a 1974 artwork by Byars, while
also speaking to the 25th anniversary of Robert Mapplethorpe's exhibition The
Titus Kaphar: The Vesper Project (April 17 – Sept.
13, 2015)Co-Curated by Titus
Kaphar and Steven MatijcioMarrying
appropriation, archaeology and iconoclasm, Kaphar's work sifts through the
racial politics of art history. The
Vesper Project is a massive sculptural statement in which his paintings are
woven into the walls of a 19th century American house. It is the culmination of
a five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vespers, a 19th century
family who "passed" as a white family in New England even as their
mixed heritage made them "Negro" in the eyes of the law. In this
project, the members of this family and their histories are intertwined with
Kaphar's autobiographical details, posing broader cultural questions of
identity and truth.
Taylor Mac: An Abridged Concert of The History of
Political Popular Music (1939 – now) (September 2014)Taylor Mac (who
prefers the pronoun ‘judy’) is a “ragingly original and bracingly radical [and]
best cabaret performer” from New York (TimeOut). The Obie Award-winning
playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter transforms into a bedazzled creature
who leads us into a decidedly personal history of music, ideas, and ways of
being — in a hilarious and healing performance ritual. Mac delves deep into the
history of political music for this performance, the latest in judy’s series of
concerts exploring the last 240 years of popular songs in America. Funny and
moving with a sweet, powerful voice, judy has the bantering skills of a veteran
Ben Frost: A U R O R A live (October, 2014)Ben Frost’s music is
about contrast, influenced as much by classical minimalism as by punk rock and
metal. It has a visceral presence, felt as much as heard. Muscular yet
cerebral, ambient yet urgent, Frost’s compositions merge guitar-based textures,
musique concrète samples, and building-shaking amplified electronics into
sweeping digital soundscapes. A U R
O R A is the Australian producer’s fifth album. The music leads the
audience towards a bleak place filled with synthetic forms, decaying objects
and metals devoid of emotion, exploring blinding luminescent alchemy; not with
benign heavenly beauty but through decimating magnetic force. In 2010 he
was awarded the music protégé in The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative
and spent two years learning from and working with music producer, theorist,
and composer, Brian Eno. Last year Frost debuted his first opera, The Wasp
Factory, based on the Iain Banks novel and produced “The Enclave,” a
multi-channel video and sound installation that premiered at the Venice
Nils Frahm with Dawn of Midi (November 17, 2014)
Since his early childhood, Nils Frahm has been immersed in music, particularly
in the styles of classical pianists before him as well as contemporary
composers. Today Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his
Berlin-based Durton Studio. His unconventional approach to an age-old
instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around
the world. Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and
restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans. The recognition of his
immense talent has been steadily growing thanks to his previous solo piano
works, include Wintermusik (2009) and
The Bells (2009), and Felt (2011). Last year, he returned with
the celebrated new album Spaces, a
collection of pieces that perfectly expresses Frahm’s love for experimentation
and answers the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they
have witnessed during his concerts.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Performance Art
at 09:37 AM | Permalink
Proposals due June 13
The Contemporary Arts Center has issued a call for proposals for a Summer Performance Series. The deadline is June 13. Here is the announcement:The CAC is now accepting proposals for original performance works by artists and collectives from or currently living in the Greater Cincinnati area for the 2014 Summer Performance Series. This series is designed to celebrate the diversity of the local artist community, encourage the development of live art in the region, and provide a new opportunity for artists to showcase new projects and/or works nearing the end of their development.Working in parallel with the CAC’s Black Box Performance Series, we ask artists to take bold risks while surprising themselves and the audience. All performance works will be considered, though a preference towards the multidisciplinary, and those that challenge the artist’s norms, will be of greater interest. Projects will be selected through a proposal process, with an emphasis on new works in development and/or emerging artists. Each artist will work with the CAC performance team to prepare and execute their performance, while be required to create their own work as well as the organization and preparation for the series, the CAC will provide the space, load-in and day-of support, marketing, sound equipment, and projector if needed.The Summer Performance Series will occur at 7 p.m. each Monday during the month of August 2014 within the CAC Black Box, located in the Lower Level. Each evening, two artists from the series will be given the room to realize their production, at a maximum of 50 minutes in length. A stipend of $350 will be provided for each project for creative and developmental support.Deadline: All proposals must be submitted via email, and received by 5 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014. Please send all applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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The Contemporary Arts
Center turns 75 this year and she’s looking as good as ever! Celebrate the
CAC’s long history of pushing Cincinnati along the cutting edge with an epic
birthday bash tonight. The festivities start at the CAC’s former location in
the Mercantile Center with dinner and silent and live auctions from 6-9 p.m. (email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-345-8422 to get on the waiting
list). More food and drink, dancing and art awaits at the CAC with a Diamonds +
Debauchery after-party from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. CityBeat’s
own Jesse Fox will be taking fabulous photobooth pics and there will be an
appearance by California avant-garde performance artist boychild. After-party
tickets are $40 in advance, $75 per couple and $100 for a group of three
(online sales end at 4 p.m.)
or $50 at the door. Read this week's cover story
on the Contemporary Arts Center here.
Downtown nightlife staple Mt.
Adams Pavilion recently underwent a facelift, complete with interior
renovations of the dance floor area and penthouse, new cocktails and a menu created
by Chef Brian Duffy (of Bar Rescue fame).
Check out the updated digs tonight at Pavilion’s re-launch party from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Head down to Washington
Park for an OTR-rific Saturday with the first City Flea of the season and the
eighth annual OTR 5K. City Flea, Cincy’s local curated urban flea market, embarks on its fourth season this
weekend, offering handcrafted goods, art, antiques, local grub and more fun
goodies from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The OTR 5K
also kicks off at 10 a.m., with festivities following in the park.
Northside is a hub for
creativity, so it’s fitting that the Cincinnati Arts Association is sponsoring
a self-guided tour of Hamilton Avenue artist studios from 2-5 p.m. this Sunday.
North By Northside
features studio tours, pop-up exhibitions and an overall celebration of art in
the eclectic neighborhood. Start at Hoffner Lodge (4120 Hamilton Ave.), where
tickets can be purchased beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, then make your way through
several artist studios and creative spaces. Head back to the lodge
from 5-7 p.m. for an after-party including food, drinks and music. Tickets are
$35; the event benefits non-profit gallery Weston Art Gallery.
For more art openings, parties, festivals and other
stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks,
full calendar and Rick
for weekend theater offerings.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
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interviewed Raphaela Platow, the Contemporary Arts Center’s director/chief
curator, several weeks ago for this week’s CityBeat
story about the institution’s 75th anniversary, I asked about some of the
highlights of her tenure.
One was the
2008-2009 exhibition of abstracted and intense figurative paintings by
then-octogenarian Austrian painter Maria Lassnig, who was little known in the
arranged for the show to travel here from London’s Serpentine Gallery, and it
was presented as Lassnig’s first major solo U.S. museum show. It meant a lot to
Platow, who as a native of Germany had been familiar with Lassnig’s work, and
she was emotional addressing the audience on opening night. (The first CAC show
Platow curated, work by Carlos Amorales, also opened that night.)
space considerations, not much about the Lassnig show was included in the
story, beyond noting it as an example of CAC’s prescience, since MoMA-PS1 currently
has a major retrospective of her work and calls her “one of the most important
died last week at age 94. So, as a tribute to and remembrance of her, here are
some excerpts from the interview with Platow (that was done before Lassnig’s
“I had a
very personal relationship to the exhibition because I loved the work for many
years,” Platow said. “It was really surprising to me she had never had a show
in the U.S. I really felt she was one of most prominent female painters there
is, and there are not that many female painters of that generation who are not
part of the history, part of the discourse.
area of painting, it was always the heroic male creating these amazing canvases,
and here was Maria always struggling and staying her course. It meant a lot to
me to present this first exhibition, and ever since then she won the Golden
Lion at the Venice Biennale, and PS1 now has a big show of her work. I’m happy
we sort of spearheaded that.”
not come to Cincinnati for the opening of her 2008 show here. And as Platow
recalled, it wasn’t all that easy even to get her paintings to town.
up taking a show that Serpentine in London put together because it’s extremely
difficult to work with her,” she said. “She didn’t want her paintings to fly
“We had to
separate them out and put them on three different planes. She didn’t want all
her work to be on one cargo plane. And she was extremely afraid of the work
traveling overseas on a trans-Atlantic flight. It was very strenuous to get it
“I was so
happy we did it, and it was a beautiful show and very meaningful for me.”
about the CAC’s 75th anniversary here.
Contemporary Arts Center celebrates 75 years of pushing Cincinnati along the cutting edge
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Peggy Crawford didn’t know the group she
helped found in 1939 — Cincinnati’s Modern Art Society — would become so
long-lived or vital. It is now the Contemporary Arts Center, which on
Friday is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
by Kelsey Kennedy
Posted In: Visual Art
at 03:19 PM | Permalink
The CAC celebrates its 75th anniversary this year
The Contemporary Arts Center marks its 75th anniversary with
the launch of its newly redesigned website, contemporaryartscenter.org.
By adding a timeline and a list of exhibits dating back to
1939, the updated site highlights some of the museum’s most notable attractions
through videos and interactive learning. The historical timeline depicts an honest look at what Cincinnati was like
in 1939 and displays the iconic artists that put the CAC on the map. In 1940,
Picasso’s Guernica toured the Midwest for its first and
only time and made a pit stop in Cincinnati. In 1963, the Pop art show An American Viewpoint was one of the
first exhibitions of its kind. And in 1990, nearly 81,000 people visited the
Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition.
Along with the illustrated timeline and videos, the CAC site also
offers lesson plans, exhibit brochures, audio files and slideshows about past
exhibits. New features like online ticket admission and family visitor information have been added. After 75 years and
hundreds of amazing artists, the Contemporary Arts Center has proven it’s still
the coolest place in Cincinnati to spark your creativity and become inspired.
FORM, a Cleveland-based creative services
firm, designed the visual layout of the site.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: Events
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The Cincinnati Art Museum’s monthly Art After Dark series is a really
cool way to experience the historic art institution. Each final Friday, the CAM
opens its doors after hours for a themed night of gallery tours, live
performances and a cash bar with happy hour drinks and appetizers. Friday’s Art
After Dark: Rococo Vibrations includes tour of Genius and Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700
(members-only at 5:30 p.m., public tours at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and the
Neo-Soul stylings of Tracy Walker from 6-8 p.m. The free event runs 5-9 p.m.;
parking is $4.
Oyster Festival kicks off Friday. This 28th annual food fest features a menu of more than 40
styles of oyster dishes, including Smoked Oyster Salad, Fried Oyster Tacos,
Oyster Stuffed Jalapenos, Oysters Mardi Gras and Nantucket Oysters. Guests can
enjoy lunch, dinner and happy hour specials and pay to play various games for
prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Saint Francis Soup Kitchen in
Over-the-Rhine. Washington Platform’s Oyster Festival specials are available 11
a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-8 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday- Thursday.
Recent Grammy Award winners
Roomful of Teeth perform at the Contemporary Arts Center Friday. The vocal
group specializes in blending classical singing techniques with diverse World
music styles for a completely unique sound — one of their songs is in a made-up
language! The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is just the latest offering from
the CAC’s solid performance series. Tickets are $14, $8 for members. Read our
story on Roomful of Teeth here.
This weekend is your last
chance to check out Krohn Conservatory’s spring show, Avant Garden. The show features exotic flowers and shrubs with
recycled materials in the landscape. Avant
Garden closes Sunday along with the Conservatory’s spring plant sale. The
anticipated annual butterfly show — this year it's Pura Vida: The Butterflies of Costa Rica — opens April 12.
Day in Cincinnati is not only a city holiday, but a rite of passage for locals.
It marks the first game of the Reds’ season (baseball’s first professional
team), the unofficial start of spring and the return of one of the best parades
of the year, the Findlay Market Opening Day Parade — now in its 95th year!
Opening Day may not be until Monday, but Covington gallery BLDG is getting a
jump on festivities beginning Friday.
199C: Cincinnati’s Opening Day
is an exhibit of baseball-, Cincinnati- and Opening Day-themed art from more
than 40 artists from around the neighborhood and world. The exhibit opening
starts at 4 p.m. Friday with music from Automagik, food trucks, a live art
installation, retro video game competitions and a pop-up Wiffle ball game on
Pike Street. Find more info here.
Opening Day celebrations
run the gamut from sports-related fun to art, bar events and food. Check out a
roundup of Monday’s happenings here.
Be sure to read this week’s
Best of Cincinnati issue for reader and staff picks on the city’s best
restaurants, businesses, events and more.
For more art openings, theater shows, parties and other stuff to do
this weekend, check out our To Do picks and