February 2012

100 Years From Monday: John Cage: A Centennial with Friends at Carl Solway Gallery

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, February 2012

100 Years From Monday: John Cage: A Centennial with Friends at Carl Solway Gallery

Carl Solway Gallery’s John Cage: A Centennial with Friends celebrates Cage’s 100th birthday by presenting a comprehensive portrait of John Cage, the 20th Century composer, writer, visual artist, and teacher. Clippings, composition scores, diary entries, notes on mycology, and seldom seen visual art stuff an entire room of the gallery showcasing not only how incredibly […]

A Note on Merce Cunningham and John Cage

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A Note on Merce Cunningham and John Cage

Editor’s Note: ÆQAI has invited contemporary dance critic and still occasional dancer/teacher Kathy Valin to write for us in an interdisciplinary fashion.  Look for ÆQAI to do more of this kind of crossover writing.  Maria Seda-Reeder’s review of the Nick Cave installation on all three floors of the Cincinnati Art Museum is featured in this […]

Dimension Invention

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Dimension Invention

Jim WillIams  “Hybrid Structures” January 2012 – March 10, 2012 Featuring one of you college professors’ art in your own successful gallery long after graduation must be one of those daydreams of the undergrad, particularly when you have succeeded as an artist in your own right.  Thus, the very happy combination of Jim Williams, U.C […]

Letter From London

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2012

Letter From London

In London, on the day I went to both exhibitions, it seemed that everyone who wasn’t at the National Gallery’s stunning Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan had come to the Royal Academy for David Hockney’s knock-your-eye-out responses to the English landscape. Each show was at controlled maximum attendance but the crowds […]

"Juxtaposition at the 'Center of the Earth'"

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"Juxtaposition at the 'Center of the Earth'"

Nick Cave lives up to his hype.  The artist’s sprawling installation/intervention at the Cincinnati Art Museum, “Meet Me at the Center of the Earth” covers all three floors with some thirty-six of Cave’s iconic “Soundsuits,” ten oversized glossy color photos, nine videos, two tondos, and three bears/beavers made from repurposed sweaters (oh my!)  The monumental […]

Side By Side: Choreography and Costumes Compliment Each Other

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Side By Side: Choreography and Costumes Compliment Each Other

Author’s Note: Valinkat (aka Kathy Valin) is a blog I created in the summer of 2010. I am currently a freelance writing and editing professional enjoying life in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, when I’m not traveling all over the world with my husband. On Valinkat I regularly post a mix of urban diary, […]

Films in Review

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, Multimedia

Editor’s note: Some of my most interesting conversations about ÆQAI columns and/or issues raised therein occur between me and Dennis Harrington, the Director of The Weston Art Gallery in The Aronoff Center.  In the fall, we were discussing a review that ÆQAI had published about Alison Crocetta’s exhibition and attendant video at The Weston.  Dennis […]

February Book Review

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Every month, ÆQAI will be presenting one book review, generally contemporary fiction, for our readers’ edification and enjoyment .  A lot of back and forth occurs between and amongst novels, the world of film, and visual culture in general.  We begin this series with Love and Shame and Love, a novel by Peter Orner (Little, […]

“Through the Windshield OTR: Recent Photographs by Jens Rosenkrantz, Jr.,” at PAC Gallery

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

“Through the Windshield OTR: Recent Photographs by Jens Rosenkrantz, Jr.,” at PAC Gallery

“Through the Windshield OTR: Recent Photographs by Jens Rosenkrantz, Jr.,” pretty much describes what’s on view at PAC Gallery, which is now open only by appointment. Rosenkrantz has photographed the grotty Over the Rhine neighborhood in the rain through a car windshield. But instead of being gray and depressing, these photos are bright and upbeat. […]

Idiosyncracies, the Mundane, and More at The Land of Tomorrow

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

Idiosyncracies, the Mundane, and More at The Land of Tomorrow

The Land of Tomorrow in Louisville collaborated with Country Club to curate a broad show of many different artists, many of whom are well-known in Cincinnati  (such as Aaron Morse and Jimmy Baker). Only certain artists were given their own individual rooms (The Land of Tomorrow’s group), and are my focus here: Taylor Baldwin, Lisa […]

Marvin Gaye Daydreams: Romare Bearden at the Taft

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in February 2012, On View

Marvin Gaye Daydreams:  Romare Bearden at the Taft

Romantic and cinematic, the prints and collages in the retrospective “Impressions and Improvisations:  The Prints of Romare Bearden,” (on display at the Taft Museum of Art through April 29, 2012) have a home-brewed flair matched with an aesthete’s precision.  In each piece, Bearden seems to devote all his time and attention to grasping at the […]

Beast Friends: Michael Scheurer and Lizzy Renschler at AISLE

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Beast Friends:  Michael Scheurer and Lizzy Renschler at AISLE

Currently on view at AISLE in the West End, Fiends is a two-person show featuring works by veteran collagist Michael Scheurer and newcomer Lizzy Renschler. If you’ve been paying even a modicum of attention, it should be clear to you by now that Scheurer has become a hot property. In the past year the artist’s […]

The Ghost Empire Collective Gives Cupid the Bird

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The Ghost Empire Collective Gives Cupid the Bird

The Ghost Empire Collective, an all male artist collective from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, began their first gallery season with Die Cupid Die at The Famous Neons Unplugged. The core idea behind the Ghost Empire Collective, recently formed in late 2011, is to bring art to audiences in non-traditional art spaces such as restaurants and […]

Sun on Prospect Street (Gloucester, Mass), Edward Hopper, 1934

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Digest, February 2012

Sun on Prospect Street (Gloucester, Mass),  Edward Hopper,  1934

When asked to discuss a significant piece of art that is part of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection, the piece that immediately came to mind was a medium-sized painting by Edward Hopper.  I first came into contact with the piece about a decade ago.  I was still in college and had to create a […]

“A Retelling,” the curatorial work of Katie Rentzke, at Covington’s Artisan Enterprise Center

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“A Retelling,” the curatorial work of Katie Rentzke, at Covington’s Artisan Enterprise Center

“A Retelling,” the curatorial work of Katie Rentzke, at Covington’s Artisan Enterprise Center, exhibits three related bodies of work by Brian Harmon, Billy Renkl and McCrystle Wood.  Through photographic installation, collage and computer generated prints, each of the artists poised in his or her respective medium, ambiguously addresses the idea of “retelling,” individually and collectively. […]