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

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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

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, straight and broad, some 300 miles north into the mysterious territory those from the city called “upstate.” It […]

Stride Piano on Canvas: Robert Colescott at the Contemporary Arts Center

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Stride Piano on Canvas: Robert Colescott at the Contemporary Arts Center

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’s work. Art and Race Matters features 85 pieces produced over more than five decades, taking the viewer from his early studies at Berkeley to his sojourn at the […]

“Women Breaking Boundaries” Cincinnati Art Museum from October 11–April 12, 2020

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"Women Breaking Boundaries" Cincinnati Art Museum from October 11–April 12, 2020

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 equality. But the Cincinnati contribution is oh-so-different. The curator, Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art & Antiquities at the Cincinnati Art Museum explained that all eight […]

Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia & Resistance at the 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati

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Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia & Resistance at the 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati

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, reinterprets, and reframes representations of cultural power, communal dignity, and personal agency through costume and its context. While regalia is a familiar term, indicating a formal outfit or ornament […]

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

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

“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 dwelled not on the ebb and flow of any fashionable modernist creed, but rather on the simple and timeless of joy of living.” 1  That is the beginning of […]

“Diagrams of the Unseeable”: Photography by Olivia Parker at the Peabody Essex Museum

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“Diagrams of the Unseeable”: Photography by Olivia Parker at the Peabody Essex Museum

“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 moving retrospective of Olivia Parker’s forty-plus years of photo-making at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. Maybe I’ve followed one too many collage […]

Future Retrieval’s Leaves of Plates Launches a New Artist-in-Residence Program at the Lloyd Library and Museum

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Future Retrieval’s Leaves of Plates Launches a New Artist-in-Residence Program at the Lloyd Library and Museum

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. Recipients of the residency are tasked with interpreting and integrating the Lloyd Library’s collections, including botany; natural history; early travel and exploration; and histories of science, medicine, and […]

“AutoUpdate”: The Future of Photographic Arts

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“AutoUpdate”: The Future of Photographic Arts

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 explorations of “digital technology’s impact on photography and video” to the region. FotoFocus commissions exhibitions across the city that work together to explore different artistic ideas that fall under […]

A Bowling Pin Turned Sideways Becomes a Lopsided Way to Signify Infinity: Jim Condron at Wilson College’s Cooley Art Gallery

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A Bowling Pin Turned Sideways Becomes a Lopsided Way to Signify Infinity: Jim Condron at Wilson College’s Cooley Art Gallery

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 at the Sue Davidson Cooley Gallery. For the show, Condron created three large, site-specific installations. No gasp at a miracle that is truly miraculous because the magic lies […]

September Diencephalon at Institute 193

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September Diencephalon at Institute 193

“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 September Diencephalon at Institute 193. Before making my drive to Lexington to see September Diencephalon’s exhibition, Children Dance on Water I Wonder Why They Wash […]

Printed Voices from Lebanon: Social and Cultural Reflections

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Printed Voices from Lebanon: Social and Cultural Reflections

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 29 years brought traumatic changes to the Mediterranean nation.  Recent estimates for the ratio of current refugees within Lebanon place one refugee for every […]

Erotics of the Anthropocene: Margaret Smithers-Crump’s “Breaking Point”

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Erotics of the Anthropocene: Margaret Smithers-Crump’s “Breaking Point”

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 suspended form, a spectral lattice, like a 3D-printed tumbleweed, defined less by its appearance than its lightness and upward gesture — like […]

Fotofolio: Evelyn Sosa

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Fotofolio: Evelyn Sosa

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 specializes in portraits when she is not busy covering events like the Havana Marathon.  Sosa shows the power of femininity through photos of women in different familiar […]

“Art in Bloom” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

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"Art in Bloom" at the Cincinnati Art Museum

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 the experience of Museum-goers on those fortunate days. If visual art is sometimes considered a for-the-ages sort of thing, blooming flowers are its exact […]

Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati Offers Unusual Tours and Lectures

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Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati Offers Unusual Tours and Lectures

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 decorative arts.  The Kreineses loved folk art and Americana. An intimate group eventually morphed into the Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati.  In 1983, it became a 501©(3) […]

The New Wave of Sustainability

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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 seismic proportions nearly every day. And the fashion world, one of stunning beauty and whimsical folly at times, is not immune to these changes. Designers at […]

Susan Choi’s “Trust Exercise”

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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 an amazingly clever and psychologically astute novel. The novel, purportedly written by a former student of a Performing Arts High School somewhere in The […]

Kevin Barry’s “Night Boat to Tangier”

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“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, find themselves in a somewhat sleazy port city in Spain, where they’re waiting/hoping to see Maurice’s long-lost daughter Dilly, who’d run away years back after her mother, Maurice’s wife, died […]

Alexi Zentner’s “Copperhead”

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“Copperhead”, a new novel by Alexi Zentner, is essential reading in today’s politically overcharged era. Inventing a university clearly based upon Cornell, in upstate New York, where the author presumably teaches, “Copperhead” presents issues regarding race and class in ways different from the dynamics and dialectics we are used to reading or hearing about. And […]