All Things Being Equal, Hank Willis Thomas at Cincinnati Art Museum

All Things Being Equal, Hank Willis Thomas at Cincinnati Art Museum

The retrospective exhibition “All Things Being Equal” by Hank Willis Thomas has recently opened at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Planning for this highly anticipated show began th...

What Does It Take to be a Curator?

What Does It Take to be a Curator?

What does it take to be a curator?  Aeqai continues its behind-the-scenes stories on how museums work internally.   I talked to several curators from the Cincinnati Art Museum a...

Pop-Up Prints Just in Time - Clay Street Press, Sunday, September 13th, 2020

Pop-Up Prints Just in Time – Clay Street Press, Sunday, September 13th, 2020

On Sunday, September 13th the Clay Street Press in OTR held a Pop-Up Exhibit from 12 – 5pm along with Volatile [redux], a Pop-Up Bookshop featuring artist monographs and art ...

North of Eden: The Art Climb at the Cincinnati Art Museum (and a Trip to Pyramid Hill)

North of Eden: The Art Climb at the Cincinnati Art Museum (and a Trip to Pyramid Hill)

The biggest current project at the Cincinnati Art Museum has nothing to do with the permanent art collections under its roof. Rather, it is a monumental set of steps—164 in all...

Heeding the Signal: "Beacon" at the Weston

Heeding the Signal: “Beacon” at the Weston

The Weston Art Gallery’s Beacon exhibition elicits a range of meanings from its title. Beacons in the show are by turns literal and symbolic, concrete and conceptual. Gallery not...

September 2020


All Things Being Equal, Hank Willis Thomas at Cincinnati Art Museum
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

The retrospective exhibition “All Things Being Equal” by Hank Willis Thomas has recently opened at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Planning for this highly anticipated show began th...

What Does It Take to be a Curator?
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

What does it take to be a curator?  Aeqai continues its behind-the-scenes stories on how museums work internally.   I talked to several curators from the Cincinnati Art Museum a...

Pop-Up Prints Just in Time – Clay Street Press, Sunday, September 13th, 2020
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

On Sunday, September 13th the Clay Street Press in OTR held a Pop-Up Exhibit from 12 – 5pm along with Volatile [redux], a Pop-Up Bookshop featuring artist monographs and art ...

North of Eden: The Art Climb at the Cincinnati Art Museum (and a Trip to Pyramid Hill)
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

The biggest current project at the Cincinnati Art Museum has nothing to do with the permanent art collections under its roof. Rather, it is a monumental set of steps—164 in all...

Heeding the Signal: “Beacon” at the Weston
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

The Weston Art Gallery’s Beacon exhibition elicits a range of meanings from its title. Beacons in the show are by turns literal and symbolic, concrete and conceptual. Gallery not...

UPRISING
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

The year 2020 has shined a spotlight on the issue of racial injustice in the United States in general and police violence committed against minorities specifically.  An element of...

“Third Place,” Clifton Cultural Arts Center, through October 24, 2020
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

As a part of what would have been the 2020 FotoFocus, now canceled, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center is presenting “Third Place.” The exhibition was organized by the Pendleton ...

Being Black: “illustrative Becoming”
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

Latausha Cox aspires to be an art teacher. Cox is a recent graduate from DAAP with a degree in art education. During her art education journey, she recalls her realization of alien...

“An Elegant Woman” by Martha McPhee
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

The fall season brings a plethora of new novels, many of them good to excellent.  One of the year’s best to date is “An Elegant Woman”, by Martha McPhee, which d...

“The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

Emma Donoghue, the author of the much and deservedly praised “The Room”, seems to have an amazing knack with writing about very small spaces, and the immense amount of ...

“Homeland Elegies: A Novel” by Ayad Akhtar
Sep 26, 2020 | by | Read →

“Homeland Elegies: A Novel”, by Ayad Akhtar, is a combination novel/memoir about his life as a Muslim man in America, 2020. Let me state up front that this book is a mu...

Summer 2020


A State of Voluptuousness — “Francis Bacon: Late Paintings” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Francis Bacon’s last painting is mostly raw canvas. It depicts a single form: a ghostly bull bridging the blackness of an open doorway. A bit like one of those optical illusions ...

“Ct King: Dangerous Little Strangers,” Clifton Cultural Arts Center, closed August 21, 2020
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Each year the nonprofit Clifton Cultural Arts Center sponsors a  juried exhibition. The first-place winner receives a Golden Ticket, redeemable for a solo exhibition. Last year...

Letting Go: Unfinished/Accidents: Art about Serendipity at Manifest Gallery
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

When we encounter a portrait of the artist in her studio, a readymade that calls into question its own selection and display, or a time-lapse series that documents change in specif...

Joseph Lorusso at the Miller Gallery
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

“I believe truly great art serves as a trigger into something deeper within all of us” Joseph Lorusso Nostalgic romance is alive and well at Miller Gallery in Hyde Park...

It Is Otherworldly: Maya The Exhibition Cincinnati Museum Center Now through through January 3, 2021
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Before the pyramid builders in Egypt began their staggering achievements, in our Americas, ancient people were erecting pyramids that rose splendidly and improbably above the formi...

“The Masks We Wear” July 31 – September 10, 2020 at Pendleton Street Photography, Cincinnati.
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Masks. I am not wearing mine while typing this critique in my safe space at home. Yet, they are placed for immediate use on the table near my front door, inside my briefcase and pu...

Pedro Pedro and KATSU at The Hole in New York City
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Over the past few weeks small galleries have opened while major museums remain closed. This is a blessing as well as a curse for the artists who get to exhibit their work again. On...

An Inside View of Physical Plants
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

“It’s complicated,” said David Linnenberg, chief administrative officer, Cincinnati Art Museum, of the physical plant and other departments which he manages.  Temperature ha...

Review of Four Novels
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Everyone has tried to cope, in their own ways, with the surrealist world that COVID-19 has brought us; many people have had too much time on their hands while others are being torn...

“Pew” by Catherine Lacey
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Catherine Lacey’s relatively slim novel “Pew” is also one of this year’s most fascinating, and most important, novels. In a relatively small Midwestern, all...

“Want” by Lynn Steger Strong
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

As I’ve mentioned before in reviewing novels this year, the newly independent woman finding herself in New York has become a genre unto itself; the best example this year is...

“Love” by Roddy Doyle
Aug 23, 2020 | by | Read →

As I age, I find very new novels written about ageing, or about adults in the latter phases of their lives (Penelope Lively’s Booker-award winning novel “Moon TigerR...


Announcements

  • September Issue of Aeqai Online

    The September issue of Aeqai has just posted, as more art venues are reopening to live visitors.  We have three articles that focus on The Cincinnati Art Museum, a place virtually...