Archive for November, 2016

Aeqai Fundraiser 2016

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Announcements

Aeqai Fundraiser 2016

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October/November Issue of Aeqai

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Announcements

The visual arts in Greater Cincinnati have been dominated this fall by the third biennial celebration of photography/lens based art, so that a large number of our reviews in this October/November aeqai  are of photography shows, of which there have been a plethora, generating much discussion about the medium itself and giving area viewers the […]

Dissident Personae: Zanele Muholi at the Freedom Center

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

Dissident Personae: Zanele Muholi at the Freedom Center

Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center brings the history of US slavery into conversation with human rights abuses across varied national and cultural contexts. From October 1, 2016 to January 23, 2017, the museum hosts an exhibition of works by Zanele Muholi, a Johannesburg-based photographer who mounts stirring condemnations of violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, […]

When Photography Was New: Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape Photography Islands of the Blest Artist-Led Communities: Meatyard, Lyons, Siskind & Callahan

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

When Photography Was New:  Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape Photography  Islands of the Blest  Artist-Led Communities: Meatyard, Lyons, Siskind & Callahan

The Fotofocus Biennial 2016 features a marvelous array of photography exhibitions – eight exhibits curated by Kevin Moore for Fotofocus and about sixty additional ancillary exhibits of photography that various museums, galleries and libraries from Cincinnati to Columbus have prepared in support of the biennial endeavor. While the eight exhibitions specially selected by the curator […]

American Photography’s Lurch Toward the Conceptual

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

American Photography’s Lurch Toward the Conceptual

Two of the three FotoFocus 2016 exhibitions offered at the Art Academy of Cincinnati were curated by former AAC photography instructor, Will Knipscher. These included the historical body of work Evidence, created by Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan in the 1970s, plus two bodies of new work by Mandel with his new collaborator, wife Chantal Zakari, […]

Decentering the Art: “Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954-1974” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 8, 2016-January 1, 2017

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Decentering the Art: “Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954-1974”  at the Cincinnati Art Museum,  October 8, 2016-January 1, 2017

In an undated and untitled photograph by Robert C. May, we are standing at the edge of some unremarkable woods, separated by a paved road from more woods on the other side. The view is dominated by four scruffy trees, no two of which are standing at quite the same angle. The road is as […]

New Art Galleries Open in Cincinnati

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

New Art Galleries Open in Cincinnati

With the renovation of Cincinnati’s urban core nearly complete, neighborhoods near downtown, including Over-the-Rhine, Camp Washington, Price Hill, Brighton and Northside have become hot places to live.  They also have increasing neighborhood entertainment and art districts.  Artists’ studios are now located in all those areas.  Where artists’ studios are, galleries follow. One of them is […]

Tribute to Fran Watson

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Greater Cincinnati has lost one of its true Renaissance minds, with the death of Fran Watson at the end of October.   A regular critic for aeqai, I’d known and worked with Fran for nearly forty years, and admired her as much as any writer/art critic I’ve known in my own long career as writer/critic.  And […]

Tribute to Fran Watson

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Remembering Fran Watson, I think first of the pleasure of being with her.  We had a scad of things in common, and probably an equal number of things not in common, so conversation was both easy and informative.  We were both mothers, both writers, both tuned into changes our longish lives allowed us to observe. […]

“Photospeak” at Art Beyond Boundaries

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

“Photospeak” at Art Beyond Boundaries

Over-the-Rhine has been home to Art Beyond Boundaries gallery for a decade. Curator Jymi Bolden hosts up to seven shows a year, and proudly claims the 2016 “Photospeak” as his sixtieth exhibit. The gallery features the work of artists with disabilities who live in and around Cincinnati, some of whom are long-time professionals and others […]

“Foto Founders” at Covington’s Behringer-Crawford Museum

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

"Foto Founders" at Covington's Behringer-Crawford Museum

Foto Founders at Covington’s Behringer-Crawford Museum provided an interesting element in the flurry of Foto Focus exhibitions during its October run. Who were primary influences on many of today’s practicing photographers in the Cincinnati region? Five professors at three area academic institutions were spotlighted, with five to six works by each, usually including both color […]

“Duane Michals: Sequences, Tintypes, and Talking Pictures,” Carl Solway Gallery

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

“Duane Michals: Sequences, Tintypes, and Talking Pictures,” Carl Solway Gallery

“Old age should be a reward, not a punishment,” declares octogenarian Duane Michals. “I must recommend getting older.” 1   With his vigor, creativity, and capacity for impishness to poke at the sacred cows of the art world, he’s a great advertisement for old age. As part of FotoFocus, Carl Solway Gallery is presenting three […]

Connie Sullivan’s “Ripples Through Time”

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Connie Sullivan’s "Ripples Through Time"

Connie Sullivan’s Ripples Through Time stood somewhat as a mystery.  In an unannotated room, you are greeted with only her name, the exhibition title, and the compilation of archival lenticular prints to follow.  Paired two by two, her artwork is staggered through the descending walls of HudsonJones gallery in Camp Washington.   As you weave your […]

Fotofolio: FotoFocus

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Fotofolio: FotoFocus

                                        Selections and venue from FotoFocus Biennial 2016, The Undocument FotoFocus Biennial Photography curated exhibitions: http://www.fotofocusbiennial.org/see-art/#curated-exhibitions Kent Krugh is a fine art photographer living in Cincinnati. kentkrugh.com

Screening the Modernist Ruin: a review of a selection of films at Mini Microcinema

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Screening the Modernist Ruin: a review of a selection of films at Mini Microcinema

The third installment of the Mini Microcinema’s series on urbanism and the city co-sponsored by the UC Center for Film and Media Studies and School of Planning, took place on November 9. The selection of films on revolved particularly around the ruins of modernist design. Chad Freidrichs’s feature-length documentary The Priutt-Igoe Myth (2011) and documentary […]

Life in the Woods: Evocative Landscapes by Kevin Muente

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Life in the Woods:  Evocative Landscapes by Kevin Muente

Depending on where you stand when you view them, Kevin Muente’s landscapes can be two different paintings.  When seen from a distance, they initially appear to be works of almost photographic realism.  When you get close to the paintings and notice his finely detailed brush strokes, the formal composition of the work dissolves.  Forest trees […]

Camille Iemmolo’s The Lonely Stage

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Camille Iemmolo’s The Lonely Stage

Camille Iemmolo’s The Lonely Stage opened at Thomas Master’s Gallery in Chicago on September ninth, and closed on the twenty-third. Importantly perhaps, this exhibition is returning of sorts because Iemmolo’s first solo exhibition was with Master’s some years ago. The exhibit was a collaborative effort between Iemmolo and famed Welsh ex-pat, Chicago painter, musician and […]

Nabil El Jaouhari: Memory Pacifier

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Nabil El Jaouhari:  Memory Pacifier

Lebanese artist Nabil El Jaouhari has only been in Cincinnati a short time, but since his arrival six months ago, he’s created a body of work that continues his visual investigation into the power of memory. Through a variety of media and approaches, he reconsiders the fixed impressions from a childhood marked by conflict. Born […]

Reclaiming Material Responsibility: Blake Rayne and Analia Saban at Blaffer Art Museum

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Reclaiming Material Responsibility: Blake Rayne and Analia Saban at Blaffer Art Museum

Legally, “material responsibility” refers to an employee’s responsibility regarding a company’s material assets. Yet, the theme of responsibility in the Blaffer’s current exhibitions—and both artists’ deft exploration of diverse materials—begs a new definition for the term. Blake Rayne and Analia Saban manipulate paint and other media to shirk, challenge or subvert everyday responsibilities. Viewing Rayne’s […]

Elizabeth McGrath at Corey Helford Gallery

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Elizabeth McGrath at Corey Helford Gallery

“It was in the black mirror of Anarchism that Surrealism first recognized itself.” -Andre Breton   The timeliness of Elizabeth McGrath’s exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery strikes a seemingly eerie chord, given our president elect’s invocation of a flawed nostalgia and desire to return to a “better time.” Its title, “Dark Howl,” is a direct […]

Michael Krueger’s Nondoing

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Michael Krueger's Nondoing

Michael Krueger (pronounced Kreeeger) has shown parts of the same body of work entitled Nondoing in two different places lately.  Both exhibitions were two person shows: The first was held at Plant House Gallery in Midtown Manhattan which also featured Elizabeth Ferrill;  it was called Possible Blueprint and ran from September thirteenth until the twenty-first […]

Michael Scoggins’ Americansim at Weil Gallery

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Michael Scoggins’ Americansim at Weil Gallery

Michael Scoggins’ Americansim opened at the Weil Gallery on September sixteenth and ran through the eighteenth of October.  Scoggins’ exhibited work dates as far back as 2007, and it’s absolutely soul shaking how relevant these images have remained especially as I regard them now in lieu of the results of the presidential election. Nobody thought […]

Stefan Hertmans’ War and Turpentine

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

A surprise novel of immense depth, Stefan Hertmans’ War and Turpentine is Proustian in its evocation of both memory itself and of a writer’s ability to keep it alive, or, in Proust’s word, regained.  A man living in our own times finds two longish diaries written by his own grandfather, along with a number of […]

Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

Jacqueline Woodson, a young African-American writer mainly noted for her children’s books, has written a flawless book for adults called Another Brooklyn.  The novel follows the fortunes of four African-American girls, at first pre-pubescent, and then as adolescents, in the mostly poverty-laden streets of a part of Brooklyn in the ’80s. By using the trope […]

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in October/November 2016

The Blue Jay   The blue jay flying, see it? The soft under of her wing rustling in the wind’s stream. How her tail provokes the jaundiced morning sky and her squawk, a planned shuttering reverb. She is one of us.  Born to survive a foreign existence beginning before sight, tossed into life’s circus like […]