Robert Mapplethorpe’s Art, Life Focus of Upcoming Symposium

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) are tackling the proverbial “elephant in the room” whenever one talks about Cincinnati’s support of photography — or of the arts in general.   

ArtsWave Launches New Cincy Arts Guide Calendar

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
There are a lot of ways to stay on top of what’s happening in the arts in Greater Cincinnati — like reading arts and culture coverage in CityBeat every week. But finding a comprehensive calendar that covers the full array of the arts has been an elusive dream. Not  

Seeing Clearly

Myopia is devoted to the visual art of Devo’s prolific Mark Mothersbaugh

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
“Cincinnati, in some ways, was the start of me being an artist,” says Mark Mothersbaugh, relaxing as best he can, given his constantly enthused, exuberant state, in a meeting room at downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center. “So there’s something about coming back here that is this completion of a cycle.”  

Thunder-Sky Rescues Art From Goodwill Box

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
A curious exercise in “found art” is occurring now through Oct. 15 at Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. It’s called The Goodwill Biennial 2015 and, while it has insights and pleasures, the results aren’t consistently as hoped for.  

Art for Everybody

Chase Public serves up short-order poetry and community collaboration

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Five years ago, graphic facilitator Mike Fleisch and a couple of his friends were on a road trip. Headed to Chicago for a Pixies concert, as they traveled north their on-the-road brainstorming resulted in something that would notably transform the Cincinnati arts scene: Chase Public, a nonprofit collaborative space for art and assembly.   

Visual Arts

Art vs. Craft in Today’s Museums and Galleries

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The theme for CityBeat’s Fall Arts Preview is “Arts & Craft.” But maybe it should be “Art vs. Craft,” because not only are the two different, but there is tension — hostility, even — between the two, especially with the emergence of Modern and Contemporary art in the late 19th and early 20th century.   

Watching Lumenocity From an OTR Porch

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
In 2013 and 2014 I saw Lumenocity up close. Last year I scored free tickets at the last minute. I wasn’t so lucky in 2015, so my wife and I invited friends and neighbors to a “watch party” at our OTR home, just a block east of Washington Park.   

Theater of Follies

A new project in the Mohawk District aims to resurrect the Imperial Theatre

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
On a sweltering July morning, a cabal of volunteers ransack the interior of the Imperial Theatre Mohawk, a 102-year-old theater that’s been empty for decades, with the exception of an occasional church service and its stint as a store selling mattresses and furniture.   

A Show-Stopping New Photo at the Cincinnati Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Normally, the acquisition of a new photograph by the Cincinnati Art Museum wouldn’t be that impactful. But Ryan McGinley’s “Petra (Pieces)” is different.   

The Elementz of His Style

Youth-center alum returns to teach graffiti art after making a name for himself

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 16, 2015
As an artist with practically an alphabet for a name, it’s fitting that Max Unterhaslberger hones in on one’s signature as a basis for art.