Drifting and Digging: Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter at Clay Street Press Gallery

Drifting and Digging: Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter at Clay Street Press Gallery

In Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter (Flying Letters), nothing settles comfortably into place. The purportedly autonomous artist ruptures into the collective. The collective expands a...

“DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Darkness,” Manifest Gallery, through December 6, 2019

“DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Darkness,” Manifest Gallery, through December 6, 2019

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” A single sentence from Anne Frank encapsulates Manifest Gallery’s “DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Dark...

Robert and Chuck's grand adventure: "Into the Wilderness"  Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati

Robert and Chuck’s grand adventure: “Into the Wilderness” Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati

Leave your comfort zone and imagine trekking into the wilds of Wyoming with artists Chuck Marshall and Robert Hagberg. Descriptive plein air paintings, several of them executed in ...

Castanets and Castas: “Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 25, 2019-January 19, 2020

Castanets and Castas: “Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 25, 2019-January 19, 2020

This is a big show with a big story to tell, one that both celebrates and critically examines what it means to be Hispanic. The show focuses on, but is not limited to, European Spa...

Paul Mpagi Sepuya at the Blaffer Art Museum

Paul Mpagi Sepuya at the Blaffer Art Museum

“Yes, I understand these,” I might have said to myself on my first encounter with Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s photographs at Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. In the Los Angeles photog...

November 2019


Drifting and Digging: Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter at Clay Street Press Gallery
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

In Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter (Flying Letters), nothing settles comfortably into place. The purportedly autonomous artist ruptures into the collective. The collective expands a...

“DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Darkness,” Manifest Gallery, through December 6, 2019
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” A single sentence from Anne Frank encapsulates Manifest Gallery’s “DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Dark...

Robert and Chuck’s grand adventure: “Into the Wilderness” Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Leave your comfort zone and imagine trekking into the wilds of Wyoming with artists Chuck Marshall and Robert Hagberg. Descriptive plein air paintings, several of them executed in ...

Castanets and Castas: “Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 25, 2019-January 19, 2020
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

This is a big show with a big story to tell, one that both celebrates and critically examines what it means to be Hispanic. The show focuses on, but is not limited to, European Spa...

Paul Mpagi Sepuya at the Blaffer Art Museum
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

“Yes, I understand these,” I might have said to myself on my first encounter with Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s photographs at Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. In the Los Angeles photog...

Profile of Joe Girandola
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Joseph Girandola, president of the Art Academy of Cincinnati since mid-summer, first came here in 2012 to join the faculty of University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Ar...

Bits N’ Pieces Jo Ann Berger and Suzanne Fisher Caza Sikes Gallery
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Sometimes disparate styles meld together to create a more cohesive whole.  “Bits N’ Pieces” brings together Suzanne Fisher, a multimedia artist and mosaic murali...

Tyler Shields Flirts with Danger and Darkness
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Tyler Shields, a photographer who’s been described as “the Warhol of his generation” by Sotheby’s, came to Cincinnati this month to open his new exhibition “Fairytale” ...

The Aesthetic Experience of Machine Learning: Grounding Control
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Turkish media artist Refik Anadol’s public art installation synthesizing architecture and intermedia, Machine Hallucination, is quite possibly one of the most interesting rec...

Site Specifics – Kiki Smith: Memory at Project Space Slaughterhouse
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Each year the Athens, Greece-based Deste Foundation commissions an artist to create an exhibition for Project Space Slaughterhouse, a small stone building once used to slaughter go...

Harvest: A Photo-essay
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

“Harvest.” The very name cultivates savory mental images: farms bearing crops in extensive rows; gardens dotted with aromatic delights; green fields as far as they eye ...

Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati is Still Going Strong
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati is the oldest existing woman’s art club, dating to 1892, operating without interruption in the United States.  President Dodie Loewe doesn...

“Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Olive Kittredge, one of the most beloved–and feisty–characters in contemporary literature (the novel “Olive Kittredge” won The Pulitzer Prize) has returned ...

“The Shadow King” by Maaza Mengiste
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Ethiopian-born novelist Maaza Mengiste has just burst onto the literary scene with her magnificent novel “The Shadow King”.  (An increasingly large number of African, ...

“Union Station”, “The Topeka School” and “The Grammarians”
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

I’m learning that when “The New York Times Book Review” tells its readers that new books are experimental, or are breaking new boundaries in the structures of the...

“Find Me” by Andre Aciman
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Two of the most sophisticated and beautifully written novels, both dealing with the dynamics of desire, sexuality, gender, and a strong emphasis on memory and time–appeared r...

October 2019


Distant Vistas and Closer Looks: “The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society” at Taft Museum of Art, October 5, 2019-January 12, 2020
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

I grew up in New York, and so the Hudson River was the river of my childhood. As a child, I thought of it starting in New York City rather than ending there, and then it went, stra...

Stride Piano on Canvas: Robert Colescott at the Contemporary Arts Center
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

More than thirty years after Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center staged a mid-career celebration of Robert Colescott, the arts center has assembled the first survey of his life...

“Women Breaking Boundaries” Cincinnati Art Museum from October 11–April 12, 2020
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

In this the one-hundredth anniversary of the Women’s Suffragette Movement, the Cincinnati Art Museum joins numerous museums across America to focus on and celebrate women’s equ...

Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia & Resistance at the 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

In the exhibition “Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia & Resistance”, 21C Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites assembles an impressive group of international artists whose work subverts...

“Paintings by Bessie and Herman Wessel from the Estate of Helen Wessel,” Cincinnati Art Galleries, through November 23, 2019
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

“They (Herman and Bessie Wessel) believed that recording the infinitely varied pageantry of the visible world with paint was an exceedingly and challenging pursuit; one that dwel...

“Diagrams of the Unseeable”: Photography by Olivia Parker at the Peabody Essex Museum
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

“She has an interesting eye… but it’s wildly different than anything I would hang in my house.” I overheard a woman say that to her friend in “Order of Imagination,” a ...

Future Retrieval’s Leaves of Plates Launches a New Artist-in-Residence Program at the Lloyd Library and Museum
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

Earlier this year, the Lloyd Library and Museum in downtown Cincinnati, OH, launched their Artist-in-Residence program with an aim to enrich and bolster support for the arts. Recip...

“AutoUpdate”: The Future of Photographic Arts
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

Cincinnati appreciators of art are, at this point, more than likely familiar with the FotoFocus Biennial. Every other year since 2010 FotoFocus has brought compelling, intellectual...

A Bowling Pin Turned Sideways Becomes a Lopsided Way to Signify Infinity: Jim Condron at Wilson College’s Cooley Art Gallery
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

Jim Condron’s newest show, “You Never Wash It Off Completely,” was commissioned by Wilson College as part of its sesquicentennial celebration and will run until December 15th...

September Diencephalon at Institute 193
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

“I thought, maybe you have to choose between happiness and truth and that is when I had my five imaginary children and I became happy.” And Other Self-Affirming Quasi-Truths by...

Printed Voices from Lebanon: Social and Cultural Reflections
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

Lebanon has endured a tumultuous 45 years. Transitioning from the site of the “Paris of the Middle East” to a 15 year civil war, and the presence of Syrian troops for 2...

Erotics of the Anthropocene: Margaret Smithers-Crump’s “Breaking Point”
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

A taut crimson thread inscribes a tension between two forms, not so much seen as felt. It wraps around a smooth basalt stone on the gallery’s floor, extending some feet up to a s...

Fotofolio: Evelyn Sosa
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

Selections from “Retrato Femenino”.  Series in progress since 2011 About Evelyn Sosa: Evelyn Sosa Rojas was born in 1989 in Havana, Cuba where she lives and works. Sos special...

“Art in Bloom” at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

By its nature, Art in Bloom at the Cincinnati Art Museum comes and goes quickly in its biennial appearances. This year’s took place October 17 – 20 and as usual brightened ...

Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati Offers Unusual Tours and Lectures
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati has a long tradition in town.   In 1981 Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kreines joined a few like-minded friends who enjoyed learning more about decora...

The New Wave of Sustainability
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

Let’s face it. It’s a scary world out there. Even if your daily wardrobe consists primarily of rose-colored glasses, one can’t deny our world is going through changes of seis...

Susan Choi’s “Trust Exercise”
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

I almost stopped reading “Trust Exercise”, by Susan Choi, about a third of the way into the novel, and I cannot tell you how glad I am that I didn’t.  It’s...

Kevin Barry’s “Night Boat to Tangier”
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

“Night Boat to Tangier”, by Irish novelist Kevin Barry, is nothing short of magnificent. Two Irish-born men, Maurice and Charlie, now middle-aged or slightly older, fin...

Alexi Zentner’s “Copperhead”
Oct 26, 2019 | by | Read →

“Copperhead”, a new novel by Alexi Zentner, is essential reading in today’s politically overcharged era. Inventing a university clearly based upon Cornell, in ups...


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