0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
In its two years in existence, the Contemporary Arts Center’s performance season — curated by Drew Klein — has grown in importance, if not become equal in interest to the museum’s exhibition season. Now, Klein has announced the third season.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Ceramics artists Katie Parker and Guy
Michael Davis, who teach at the University of Cincinnati and frequently
create installations as a duo known as Future Retrieval, are well versed
in the traditions upon which their art relies. But in their effort to
push the limits of their studio practice, they’ve found ways to
incorporate technological innovations and play upon thematic conventions
to make their work fresh and relevant.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
One of Over-the-Rhine’s most popular
destinations, A Tavola (1220 Vine St.), is opening a second location in
Madeira. The new shop, at 7022 Miami Road, will open in December. I
think it’s great that the center of the city has so much goodness going
on that we can export it to the ’burbs.
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
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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.