The huge stone quarries that hide in the
landscapes of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are strange things, monsters of
ruggedly carved-out negative space that — when abandoned and filled
with water — attract illicit swimmers and divers.
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.
Visionaries and Voices (V&V) has
experienced many changes in the decade since it was first incorporated
as a nonprofit organization...As the organization has evolved, so has its administrators’
approach to curating exhibitions.
Handsomely composed, deeply moving,
timeless or inextricably of their time and place; Gordon Baer’s
photographs, now on view at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center in a
career-spanning exhibition, are all of the above.
Conversation between Pam Korte, maker of pots; her husband, Richard
Hague, maker of poems; Terri Kern, sculptor; and her husband, David
Umbenhour, printmaker, brought forth the question: Why not a show of
work by couples, focusing on interaction of ideas and mutual reliance
The vagina: About half of Americans have one and a good deal more Americans than that actually came out of one...This sex organ is the center of medical,
legislative, domestic and sexual conflict, and yet we can’t look at it
or talk about it objectively.
For The Art of Food, Kravetz is the “marshmallow, glue and
sugar-coated sweetness” at the center of “Let Them Eat Cake (on the
Cakewalk),” a fashion show of 11 delectable looks from 15 artists
working with several layers of DAAP students, beauty experts, bakers and
The teen and twentysomething artists of After the Fall, Women Representing Women are just beginning to explore what being a woman means. I’m twice their average age, but I can relate. I
am still sorting out questions of feminine beauty and identity.
The camera is a curious instrument. Its
purposes run from mundane to exotic and include a sweeping range
between, but the odd thing is that the operator of the instrument is
reflected whatever the purpose may be.