0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
If sometime early next year there is an
outbreak of people madly, passionately licking the support poles inside
Cincinnati buses, you’ll know Contemporary Arts Center’s upcoming Buildering: Misbehaving the City has had its desired effect.
by Mike Breen
Musician Joe Hedges teams with artist Jiemei Lin for unique performance/music/art piece
Singer/songwriter/musician Joe Hedges — known for work
with his band July for Kings, as well as some great solo ventures — is
collaborating with visual artist Jiemei Lin tonight at
downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center as part of the museum’s
series, "The Living Room." (Hedges is also a visual artist, creating
paintings, web art and installations.)
The twosome’s project, “Scroll Improvisation,” features
Hedges creating music on the fly with a mix of live and recorded
material, while Lin crafts a large “scroll drawing” on the floor.
According to the press release, “The piece will investigate the function
and history of narrative Chinese scrolls in a contemporary fashion
while exploring the idea of the western living room as a venue for
improvisational ambient and Folk music.” (Lin is a native of China.)
More from the CAC: "In the west, the living room has long
been a venue for intimate performances of music for family and friends
using inexpensive hand-held instruments. Traditional Chinese living
rooms contain a scroll featuring calligraphy and painting. Both western
acoustic music and eastern paper scrolls tell stories, reinforce family
identities and values. Scroll Improvisation investigates the
relationship of music and art, narrative quality of Chinese scrolls,
notation and recording, cultural identity and control."
Monday’s special performance begins at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit contemporaryartscenter.org.
2 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The Contemporary Arts Center, through its 2013 Summer Performance Series in “The Living Room” of The Living Room exhibition, kicks off the season with a fascinating performance, Screenage Wasteland,
from Jim Swill, an artist known for his spoken word riffs, short films
and collage work.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
On May 20, the CAC announced cutbacks and
layoffs to avoid fiscal deficits in the coming years. But there is more
exciting news in the offing: A new Robert Mapplethorpe-related
exhibition is planned for 2015.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
at 12:52 PM | Permalink
CAC lays off four employees representing 16 percent of staff
In order to avoid deficits for fiscal year 2014 and beyond,
the Contemporary Arts Center on Monday laid off four employees and
Director/Chief Curator Raphaela Platow announced other cost-saving measures.
The four positions were associate curator of education,
exhibitions director, development director and director of communications and
community engagement. Additionally, Platow herself took a 20 percent salary
reduction for the upcoming fiscal year.
Platow said cost-saving decisions were approved by the Board
of Trustees in April. The board has mandated that the CAC reduce its dependency
on its endowment for operational expenses by roughly $60,000 a year for the
next five years. The CAC estimates that cutback, as well as an expected drop in
support from major funders, would create an operating-budget deficit for the
next fiscal year without these moves. The operating budget for the current
fiscal year, which ends in August, is $3.1 million.
She also said there are no plans to raise admission fees or
reduce hours of operation.
While the four eliminated positions represent 16% of the
institution’s staff, there will be several new hirings of “redefined and
reorganized” job descriptions, she said. “By redefining, I mean changing to a
different skill set and position, sometimes on a very different salary level.
This is what we have to do to move forward,” Platow said.
A previously announced new curatorial hire, Steven Matijcio,
arrives from North Carolina in June and will be involved in announcing the
2013-2014 exhibition season on June 26.
(More information will be included in The Big Picture column
in the May 29 issue.)
Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare Vol. 3 features bleakness, hope, Justin Vernon and Metal
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The music Colin Stetson is playing on his current solo tour largely features songs from New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light,
the just-released final entry in a trilogy of loosely connected albums
for Constellation Records.
The quintessential Patti Smith discusses Mapplethorpe, her time in Cincinnati and an upcoming Contemporary Arts Center exhibition and concert
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Both Smith and Mapplethorpe found their
place, of course, and became famous — she as a quintessential
alternative-rocker and he as one of the country’s top fine-art photographers.
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In advance of last year’s FotoFocus
festival, probably the largest photography-related event in Cincinnati’s
history, I asked James Crump — the festival’s co-chair and then chief
curator/curator-at-large at Cincinnati Art Museum — if there wasn’t an
unspoken spirit hovering over the proceedings: Robert Mapplethorpe.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
at 09:39 AM | Permalink
Although the Patti Smith exhibit that will open at downtown’s Contemporary Art Center on May 17 has been announced for some time, the details are only now becoming known. It will be a tribute to her close friend, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. He is a subject whose resonance is great for both Smith — whose 2010 National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, recounted their friendship as young people in New York’s art world and is being made into a film — and the CAC, which famously faced (and beat) obscenity charges in 1990 for showing the Mapplethorpe retrospective The Perfect Moment.In a phone call from London — where she is studying for a Master’s degree in global art — Adjunct Curator Justine Ludwig (the exhibit’s curator) revealed some details of the planned show. It will be called The Coral Sea, after poetry Smith wrote about Mapplethorpe that she later recorded with guitarist Kevin Shields. (She will be performing The Coral Sea on May 18 at Memorial Hall. Go here for ticket information.)“It’s very much a rumination on the life and death of Robert Mapplethorpe,” Ludwig said of the exhibit. “So there are a lot of objects in the exhibition that very much relate to his life. We’ve received things like Robert’s slippers that have his initials on them, and photographs of Robert from throughout his life. So it really focuses on the relationship between these two artists. “It comprises of installations, photography and writing,” she said. “We’ll be showing part of the original manuscript of The Coral Sea that Patti wrote about Robert. We’re going to see a connection between the two artists throughout the exhibition. She has this very beautiful handwriting that is an art form within itself.“There are medals, necklaces that Robert wore,” Ludwig continued. “There is an inkwell. There are small elements that will be presented in cases in the exhibition. It’s presented very much like an art installation. They’re not necessarily presented as historical objects but as elements that are part of Patti’s life.”There are also photographs Smith took of and about Mapplethorpe. “Patti never took photographs of Robert’s face, she took photographs of his hands,” Ludwig said. “We’ll have a few (of those), and then a few photographic works that are more in reference to Robert but not of him.“And we have an installation within the show called ‘Infirmary,’ which is all steel beds that are references to the beds Robert spent the end of his life in and that many people who died from AIDS passed away in. They are actual steel beds acquired by her.” (Mapplethorpe died from AIDS in 1989.)The “Infirmary” portion is an expanded, site-specific adaptation of an exhibit Smith presented at the 2008 Melbourne International Arts Fair. There is also a “Coral Sea Room” in the CAC show that will feature video and music.The show will have several photographs by Mapplethorpe with text by Smith – of the sea, a boat and a sculpture. (None was in The Perfect Moment.) “They’re very beautiful,” Ludwig said.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Contemporary Arts Center is so
excited about a performance piece that musician Jace Clayton will be
doing there in April that it’s bringing him here earlier — Friday — as
an advance introduction to Cincinnati.