Past, Present, Future

CAC reworks its edges with a new lobby and two exhibits on time and space

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Blah concrete no longer dominates the Contemporary Arts Center lobby. But, ironically, a gray palette defines one of two new exhibits coinciding with the redesign of the 12-year-old space.  

CAC Takes Audiences Into the Deep, Dark Woods

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Want to take a contemplative walk in the woods? The Contemporary Arts Center is offering a chance to see nature in a new light — or darkness — on Friday and Saturday.   

CAC to Transform into Roomful of Voices

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2014
You’ve never heard anything like ensemble Roomful of Teeth, who will be making their Cincinnati debut at the Contemporary Arts Center this week. That’s no understatement.  
by Steven Rosen 03.26.2015
Posted In: Visual Art at 12:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

FotoFocus Sponsors Upcoming Robert Mapplethorpe Symposium

Symposium will be co-presented by the Contemporary Arts Center in October

Last night before photographer Roe Ethridge's FotoFocus Lecture at Cincinnati Art Museum, FotoFocus' Artistic Director Kevin Moore announced the organization is co-presenting a two-day symposium on photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's work with the Contemporary Arts Center on Oct. 23-24.It will mark the 25th anniversary of CAC's presentation of The Perfect Moment, the retrospective of Mapplethorpe's work that prompted conservative elements — led by then-Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. — to pursue criminal charges for alleged obscenity. (Some of Maplethorpe's work in the show was sexually graphic.) A Hamilton County jury cleared the museum of all charges.Specifics for the symposium have yet to be announced, although indications are speakers from around the country will be invited. Also not yet announced is what, if any, works by Mapplethorpe will be shown and in what context.Information should go on on the FotoFocus site when firm.
by Jac Kern 03.13.2015
Posted In: Arts community at 11:20 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

CAC Unveils New Lobby This Weekend

The Contemporary Arts Center will open its renovated lobby to the public Saturday after a members preview Friday night. The $1.1 million upgrade includes a new lounge area, a much-needed cafe and overall artsy facelift.Local architecture and design firm firm FRCH Design Worldwide reimagined the interior space, which was under construction since Jan. 6.The CAC's updated lobby features more seating and gathering spaces, a relocated welcome desk and, yes, more art. Previously exhibited mostly upstairs, artworks will now be displayed around the ground-level. Of course, the museum's excellent gift shop is still a part of the lobby, just more centrally located now.Collective CAC, the museum's new cafe, comes courtesy Dustin Miller and Dave Hart of local favorite Collective Espresso. Located where the gift shop used to be in the corner of the lobby, Collective CAC will serve signature coffees along with breakfast, lunch and dessert items, plus beer and wine. Visitors can sit at communal tables or grab a drink at the bar.The new CAC gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Monday, closed Tuesday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Collective CAC will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.The CAC celebrated its 75th anniversary in May 2014.

‘A Lot of Sorrow’ Is Headed CAC’s Way

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2015
As Steven Matijcio, curator of the Contemporary Arts Center, puts it about the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, “Boy, he’s really taking Ohio venue by venue these days!”  

Evocative Revisionist History in CAC’s ‘Based on a True Story’

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2015
When we think about grand historical myths — things like the American Dream, Manifest Destiny or every war, for example — it’s important to acknowledge that society buys into these widespread accepted “truths” because of all the supporting evidence.     

Robert Stearns’ Lasting Impact on the CAC and Cincinnati Arts

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Maybe because Robert Stearns’ leadership of the Contemporary Arts Center was relatively short and long ago, his death in early December from cancer didn’t attract much notice here.  
by Mike Breen 11.17.2014
Posted In: Live Music, Local Music at 12:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Music Tonight: Nils Frahm and Dawn of Midi

Sonic adventurer Nils Frahm performs tonight at the Contemporary Arts Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. The German-born composer is touring behind his most recent album, 2013’s Spaces, which was compiled from footage from various performances over the previous two years. His live presentation is something to behold, as Jason Gargano writes in his CityBeat preview of the show:Nils Frahm’s live performances are kind of hard to believe. He sits alone on stage, surrounded by multiple pianos and a few other gadgets. He moves back and forth between instruments, slowly building and altering the music as it unfolds, all of which is done without the use of loops or playbacks. It’s an impressive achievement, as Frahm’s sonic output is a whirl of intricately layered yet never fussy arrangements that bring to mind a meld of Steve Reich and Keith Jarrett. Opening the show is Brooklyn’s Dawn of Midi, an Avant Garde trio that combines elements of Jazz, Krautrock, Electronica and experimental Rock music and has also been drawing fawning critical raves. Radiolab host Jad Abumrad said of them, “I've seriously never seen anything like these guys.” Should be a fascinating night of music. Click here for more live music options tonight in Greater Cincinnati. 

Ben Frost

Sunday • Contemporary Arts Center

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2014
You can count on the Contemporary Arts Center’s Performance Series to bring in the best cutting-edge musicians right when their latest albums are accumulating Best of the Year accolades.