Performing Masks: Gillian Wearing at Cincinnati Art Museum

Performing Masks: Gillian Wearing at Cincinnati Art Museum

Masks serve multiple metaphorical and social functions in the world. In ancient Rome, wax masks were cast directly from the faces of the dead, preserving the countenance beyond the...

Reverent Encounters: "Re-Adorned" | Catharsis at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Reverent Encounters: “Re-Adorned” | Catharsis at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Tucked into a passageway on the second floor of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new building, re-Adorned | Catharsis displays the lavish results of collaboration among artis...

I’m Also Going to Breathe: Ann Segal’s “Through the Lens of Time” at Cincinnati Mini Microcinema, October 6-October 20, 2018

I’m Also Going to Breathe: Ann Segal’s “Through the Lens of Time” at Cincinnati Mini Microcinema, October 6-October 20, 2018

Ann Segal hasn’t done an ad for the iPhone camera, but—if it weren’t for her decision a long time ago to walk away from the commercial side of photography—she could. For th...

Preservation Par Excellence: Union Terminal Restored For Posterity

Preservation Par Excellence: Union Terminal Restored For Posterity

One of America’s most architecturally significant buildings will be reopening in November after a substantial $230 million restoration by GBBN Architects: Cincinnati’s Union Te...

“Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 20, 2019

“Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 20, 2019

In my mind Eugène Atget (1857-1927) and Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) are intrinsically linked, like peanut butter and jelly, or, for the grownups, gin and tonic. So I was surprised...

October 2018


Performing Masks: Gillian Wearing at Cincinnati Art Museum
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

Masks serve multiple metaphorical and social functions in the world. In ancient Rome, wax masks were cast directly from the faces of the dead, preserving the countenance beyond the...

Reverent Encounters: “Re-Adorned” | Catharsis at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

Tucked into a passageway on the second floor of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new building, re-Adorned | Catharsis displays the lavish results of collaboration among artis...

I’m Also Going to Breathe: Ann Segal’s “Through the Lens of Time” at Cincinnati Mini Microcinema, October 6-October 20, 2018
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Ann Segal hasn’t done an ad for the iPhone camera, but—if it weren’t for her decision a long time ago to walk away from the commercial side of photography—she could. For th...

Preservation Par Excellence: Union Terminal Restored For Posterity
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

One of America’s most architecturally significant buildings will be reopening in November after a substantial $230 million restoration by GBBN Architects: Cincinnati’s Union Te...

“Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 20, 2019
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

In my mind Eugène Atget (1857-1927) and Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) are intrinsically linked, like peanut butter and jelly, or, for the grownups, gin and tonic. So I was surprised...

Karon Davis’ “Muddy Water” Immerses Gallery Visitors in Flood Victims’ Distress
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

Karon Davis’ sculpture installation at Wilding Cran Gallery transports you into an eerie dreamlike flooded world where time has been suspended and all that remains is a melan...

TK TK
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Maren Hassinger’s “Interlock” sculpture looks like a coiled stretch of rope hanging on the wall, its frayed ends a tangle of strands. As first encountered when en...

Riffing on Picasso Caza Sikes Gallery, Cincinnati’s invitational exhibit Channeling Picasso
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

Picasso’s genius as an artist hovers over the cultural landscape like a giant zeppelin. Not just in the 20th century but into our 21st   century as well, as the exhibit Channel...

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

Cincinnati Museum Center is the current host of The National Guitar Museum’s traveling exhibit designed as an ‘all ages’  display and interactive experience.  W...

Hubbs Review
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

As a genre, portraiture is fraught territory. The intertwining of concerns, recognition and identification, or representation in its social and cultural complexities, is always goi...

New World Refugees and Immigrants Photograph the Experience of a New Life in America
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University of Cincinnati Clermont College Park National Bank Art Gallery September 4 – October 31, 2018 Park National Bank Art Gallery September 4 – October 31, 2018 Ar...

“Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History” J. Miles Wolf’s Exhibit at The Skirball Museum Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

Local photographer J. Miles Wolf delivered several unique facets in his exhibit “Jewish Cincinnati:  A Photographic History” at Cincinnati Skirball Museum on the campus of Heb...

Profile of Robert Flischel
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

Robert Flischel is someone who can’t get enough of looking.  He speaks of seeing abstraction in porches, in tool heads, in 300-year-old pavement – “all the lines” ...

Jens Rosenkrantz illustrates the road-tripper’s world-view in “Small Towns and Long Views”
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

Road trips: an integral part of the ethos of modern man. If you haven’t taken a character-building, eye-opening road trip yourself, you’ve surely travelled — at least in spir...

Fotofolio – Audra J. Shields
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

“These are my words, essay 1” Audra’s statement: I am very comfortable in solitude and silence and have always been drawn to the more unfrequented, quiet places. My photograp...

A Touching Tribute
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

When people pass away, there’s always a reverent sense of loss, thinking about how the world will never be the same without them in it. When a fashion designer dies, especially s...

Film Review: “Gunshi Kanbei,” A Saga of Power and Betrayal in Feudal Japan
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

You likely haven’t heard of taiga dramas, and even more likely, have never watched one. Let me employ my first contribution as AEQAI’s film critic towards attempting to...

Daniel Mason’s “The Winter Soldier”
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

World War I continues to inspire many a novelist, partly because both the social and political structures of Europe died in the trenches of that war, ushering in the modern era, th...

Stephen Markley’s “Ohio”
Oct 28, 2018 | by | Read →

The novelist Stephen Markley, author of the new book “Ohio”, is new to me.  “Ohio” describes life in a small town in Northeastern Ohio, where all the indus...

Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Unsheltered”
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A new novel by Barbara Kingsolver, one of America’s finest writers, is a real literary event, so I ordered  “The Unsheltered” the day it was released.  (Her las...

September 2018


From Heart to Brush
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Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World Cincinnati Art Museum  September 7, 2018–January 27, 2019   Long before the Middle East came into the political spotlight ...

Outside In: Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge at the Weston
Oct 8, 2018 | by | Read →

Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge teaches us not to trust our eyes. On display at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery through November 18, the exhibit unsettles our se...

Artistic Detritus, the Circulation of Power, and Intervening in the Historic Record at The 8th Floor
Oct 8, 2018 | by | Read →

“…[power is] a multiple and mobile field of force relations where far-reaching, but never completely stable effects of domination are produced.”[1] –Michel Foucault, The Hi...

“Flyover Country” at the Xavier University Art Gallery, September 29-October 27, 2018
Oct 8, 2018 | by | Read →

There is nothing ordinary about Erika NJ Allen’s photographs of downtown Cincinnati. Taken with a pinhole camera set at an exposure of nine days, the city looks as if it has been...

As American as Whale Oil: “Loomings” by Christopher Volpe
Oct 8, 2018 | by | Read →

In high school and college classrooms, Herman Melville’s 1851 novel “Moby-Dick, or, the Whale” is commonly used to illustrate Romantic and Naturalist themes. While it’s bec...

Clothes Encounter Behringer-Crawford Museum FotoFocus Biennial 2018 Exhibit
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

“Style is where you find it …”, these words stood out when starting a journey through the past, looking at the storied history of photographer Melvin Grier in his own words a...

Jeff Keen’s Idiosyncratic Worlds of Collaged Films and Cinematic Drawings
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

“We are all collage artists today, switching from one channel to another, re-editing as we go,” the late British artist Jeff Keen (1923-2012) once declared. In this age of ...

Raquel André Collection Of Lovers Performance and Photography
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

The performance of Collection Of Lovers begins with the audience filing in as André recites names over a droning and ominous soundtrack.  The recitation of this list itself drone...

“Remembrances by PJ Sturdevant,” Xavier University Art Gallery, through October 27, 2018.
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

When I walked into native Cincinnatian PJ Sturdevant’s 1exhibition, “Remembrances,” at Xavier University, my head exploded with a jumble of images of the work of other photo...

Phillip Levine shows “Stories” at Prographica/Koplin Del Rio in Seattle’s Pioneer Square
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

Phillip Levine’s sculptures are a sculptor’s dream. These are sculptures to learn from, more eloquent than any text and more accessible. To see the work in person is to step in...

Best of America NOAPS Exhibit @ Eisele Gallery
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

Subjectwise, still lifes, interiors, portraits, landscapes and plein air scenes, there is a little something for everyone in this year’s curated exhibition at Eisele Gallery....

Reflejos by Karla Batres Gilvin Thomas More College Eva G. Farris Art Gallery August 20- September 6, 2018
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

Set amidst the hustle and bustle of the back-to-school atmosphere at Thomas More College in suburban Northern Kentucky is a vibrant show of recent work created by Karla Batres Gilv...

Fotofolio: Enrique Leal
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

“A selection of photogravures” Enrique’s statement: My work focuses on apparent and sub-visible phenomena made possible through experiments with materials, media, and technol...

Margaret Rhein’s Papermaking Career
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

Hidden away in Westwood, a neighborhood in Cincinnati, is an eclectic house and bright studio of artist Margaret Rhein and her now-retired jeweler husband Stuart Golder.  Her son ...

Kevin T. Kelly at Alan Avery Art Company
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

Kevin T. Kelly has created a new body of paintings for this exhibition at Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta, and they are his most complex, his most biting, his most urgent in his ...

Michael Mergen: Epilogue to Mars
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

Michael Mergen lives, works, and raises his family in Farmville, Virginia, though his catalog of photographs evokes the ethos of a wanderer, moving freely across the American lands...

donottellmewhereibelong: drawing and sculpture by Joan Tanner Curated by Julien Robson Cressman Center for Visual Arts / Hite Art Institute / Department of Fine Arts / University of Louisville
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

“A curiosity to engage contradiction…might be kindled from memories of listening to my father talk about the perils and challenges in practicing medicine…Disease. Mal...

“Replace With Fine Art” at the Art Academy of Cincinnati
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

What is God? A Westernized ideal, for one, in the monotheistic sense. But, God can also be interpreted as an energy or a sustaining force. God is universal truth, the unpredictabil...

Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”
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Ottessa Moshfegh has burst upon the literary scene mostly in the past 18 months, with, first, a book of short stories, and, now, her novel “My Year of Rest and RelaxationR...

Pat Barker’s “The Silence of The Girls”
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

Pat Barker, the English woman writer, is, at her best, one of the world’s greatest living novelists.  She may be the finest novelist writing about men at war; her “Reg...

Gary Shteyngart’s “Lake Success”
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

Gary Shteyngart is usually one of the finest, most biting satirists in America.  The Russian-born, US raised Shteyngart has both satirized the Russian Mafia in America, the life o...

Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

August is usually a slow month for me, and I’ve often read 19th century novels during the summers over the years, novels I didn’t read along the way or in school decade...


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