“Something Over Something Else”: Romare Bearden’s Profile  Cincinnati Art Museum February 28–May 24, 2020

“Something Over Something Else”: Romare Bearden’s Profile Cincinnati Art Museum February 28–May 24, 2020

It is a major coup that the Cincinnati Art Museum is showcasing the work of the renowned African-American artist Romare Bearden who launched his career during the height of the ear...

Jessie Dunahoo at The Carnegie

Jessie Dunahoo at The Carnegie

It was a drizzly Tuesday afternoon. With long sleeves balled around his hands, Matt Distel opened the front door of The Carnegie. The previous Friday would have been a big night fo...

Inside the Galleries:  Art From Arrival to Installation

Inside the Galleries: Art From Arrival to Installation

From soup to nuts.  Ever wonder how a piece of art makes it to the gallery floor?  Here’s an inside look at the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Ar...

Perin Mahler: "Storytellers and Other Works"

Perin Mahler: “Storytellers and Other Works”

A contemporary analysis of social stress is the subject of investigation of Perin Mahler’s colorful, large scale narrative figure paintings at the Manifest Gallery in Walnut ...

Phantom Pleasure: Consolations from Some Online Art

Phantom Pleasure: Consolations from Some Online Art

I was looking forward to reviewing the N. C. Wyeth show at the Taft, and was planning on seeing it on a Sunday with my wife. We’d see the show, have brunch, check out the gift sh...

March 2020


“Something Over Something Else”: Romare Bearden’s Profile Cincinnati Art Museum February 28–May 24, 2020
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

It is a major coup that the Cincinnati Art Museum is showcasing the work of the renowned African-American artist Romare Bearden who launched his career during the height of the ear...

Jessie Dunahoo at The Carnegie
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

It was a drizzly Tuesday afternoon. With long sleeves balled around his hands, Matt Distel opened the front door of The Carnegie. The previous Friday would have been a big night fo...

Inside the Galleries: Art From Arrival to Installation
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

From soup to nuts.  Ever wonder how a piece of art makes it to the gallery floor?  Here’s an inside look at the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Ar...

Perin Mahler: “Storytellers and Other Works”
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

A contemporary analysis of social stress is the subject of investigation of Perin Mahler’s colorful, large scale narrative figure paintings at the Manifest Gallery in Walnut ...

Phantom Pleasure: Consolations from Some Online Art
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

I was looking forward to reviewing the N. C. Wyeth show at the Taft, and was planning on seeing it on a Sunday with my wife. We’d see the show, have brunch, check out the gift sh...

Amid Social Distancing, Clay is a Unifying Medium
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

Few materials embody human experience as naturally as clay. In its malleable state, clay is fleshly, easily wounded but easily healed. Fired, it ossifies. Surface glazes pool and c...

CURATOR ESSAY: Daniel Brown, “ATMOSPHERICS”
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

The exhibition “Atmospherics” coincides with the beginning of spring, when, after the long grey days of winter, color begins to burst forth in Nature’s annual spe...

Michael Casselli: ‘a tacit agreement’ at the Blue House Gallery
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

A Dayton, Ohio living room has been converted into a simulation death chamber. Walk through the door and it hits you in the stomach: the smell of disinfectant and an uneasy superpo...

Your Past Needs You: “Cat Mummies Came First” at Sheherazade
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

In mid February I had read Alex Greenberger’s overview of several New York Museum exhibitions that all mirrored the strained sensation that is overwhelmingly pervasive at the mom...

Fotofolio: John Blom
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

“Common Sources”, 2018-2019 John’s statement: Currently, I am creating digital works using my own photographic images. I found a passion for photography late in my career.  ...

Profile of Bonnie Goldberg
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

“Blue will give me fits.  Red, I can tame” Bonita Williams Goldberg told me.  We were in her studio, the walls alive with her paintings. Some coast along pretending to be lan...

“The Mirror and The Light” by Hilary Mantel
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

The astonishing English novelist Hilary Mantel has completed her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and his relationship with King Henry VIII in “The Mirror and The Light”. ...

“little gods” by Meng Jin
Mar 28, 2020 | by | Read →

“little gods”, a debut novel by Meng Jin, is exceptionally fine; the author deeply understands aspects of Chinese culture in this novel about a woman physicist and her ...

January/February 2020


Trail of Tears: “Motel X: A Multimedia Human Trafficking Prevention Art Installation” at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, January 11-April 4, 2020
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

When I first came to Cincinnati, I was told that I-75 had been designed by someone who had heard of an interstate highway but never actually seen one. At times, it feels like it wa...

Refusals and Offerings: Revolutionary Identity at the Kennedy Heights Art Center
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

Revolutionary: Being American Today advances a poignant, collaborative statement about the contradictions of contemporary U.S. citizenship. At once historically dense and urgently ...

“Pop Supernatural” at The Weston Art Gallery
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

On view through April 5th at the Weston is an exhibition by a Cincinnati native and current New York dweller, Todd Pavlisko. Pavlisko’s “Pop Supernatural,” is – as you migh...

Art Education for All at the Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Museum of Art and the Cincinnati Art Museum
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

“The city has room for three different art centers,” said Elise Solomon, director of learning and engagement at the Taft Museum of Art.  Shawnee Turner, Elizabeth Hardin-Klink...

Where The Sidewalk Begins
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

In the midst of Downtown Cincinnati, there is a much beloved architecturally and historically significant building celebrating its 200th birthday. With the exception of a few other...

MIDWESTHETICS: “Sentiments of Here” at Wave Pool and “Leap Year Cake Farm” at Thunder-Sky
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

As a longtime resident of the Midwest I’ve come to know the region less as a single place but rather as a transient crossroads of many contradictory things. Maybe that’s why I...

“We Don’t Have Anesthesia But We Have Music. . .” Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave” (2019) at Speed Museum Cinema
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

There is tragedy in losing control where control has been sought as a defense.  “The Cave” of the title is the nickname for an underground hospital in Ghouta, a district not f...

ON THE BASIS OF SEX
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

By Sara M. Vance Waddell Edited by Michelle Vance Waddell There have been numerous women pioneers that have made strides for themselves and their gender over the years to garner eq...

Craig Britton, Ruth’s Parkside Café, through March 1, 2020
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

At Ruth’s Parkside Café, a popular eatery in Northside (try the salmon), co-owner David Tape continues his commitment to showing local artists. He’s be Born in Chicago in 1955...

WILD TALES IN OAKLEY
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

Two exciting artists are exhibiting at Caza Sikes Gallery in Oakley and their work is well married in a number of ways.  Jan Wiesner continues her series of female fables and envi...

Along the Line Holland Davidson at the Indian Hill Gallery
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

Holland Davidson’s paintings have a compulsive quality; it is as if she cannot not help but paint them and we cannot help but try to fathom the intricate patterns and unsettling ...

CAROLYN SHINE: IN MEMORIUM
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

Carolyn Shine, who died late last year at the age of 101,  lived a life illuminated by visual arts and illuminated those arts for others. She was my colleague at the Cincinnati Ar...

Two Photographers: A Personal Appreciation Part One
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

In the autumn of 2019, two giants of American photographic arts died, a mere seven days apart from each other. They were close friends and neighbors in the New York of the ‘50s, ...

Two Photographers: A Personal Appreciation Part Two
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

New York City in the 1950s and early ’60s was alive with art and music. The Abstract Expressionists were painting, the Beats were writing and reading poetry, performance art was ...

Within The Walls, The Beach! – Alexander Squier’s “Earthly Bodies: The Houston Brick Archive”
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

“Sous les pavés, la plage!” (“Under the paving stones, the beach!”) went the rallying cry of French students in the protests of May ‘68. Referring to the sand found bene...

Letter from Reykjavik: Erró: Mao‘s World Tour Reykjavik Art Museum Hafnarhus May 1, 2019-January 26, 2020
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

Located just below the Artic Circle, Iceland is the Land of Fire and Ice: a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic defined by its dramatic landscape with one-hundred thirty vo...

The Task of the Curator: “Everything is Rhythm” at the Toledo Museum of Art
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

A dilemma faced by any art museum is how to keep the public consistently engaged. One way to do this is through visiting exhibitions, which are essential to the vibrancy of the mus...

I R E M E M B E R F E E L I N G F A R
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

Carried across the country by a Seattle transplant, a little piece of Cincinnati finds its way into the Emerald City’s soil.  Now on display at Specialist, a gallery and artist-...

Fashion for Life – La Mode Pour La Vie
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

176 looks. 50 years of fashion. One iconic runway show. That’s how you end a career. Or, more aptly, that’s how iconic fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier retires. The final co...

“American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

“American Dirt”, the new and much anticipated novel by Jeanine Cummins, has caused a huge kerfluffle in leftist literary circles and amongst a number of writers of Mexi...

“This is Happiness” by Niall Williams
Feb 15, 2020 | by | Read →

A very good friend of mine recently observed that I probably read more than most people do; I’ve been a serious reader of mostly fiction since my junior year in high school w...


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  • March Issue of Aeqai Online

    The March issue of Aeqai has just posted; it’s a somewhat abridged issue, as many columns couldn’t get written due to the closing of galleries and museums due to the co...