Contemporary Arts Center

Roland Halbe, 2003

On February 13, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is presenting what it calls a “Love Gift” to the city – the Center is dropping its admission fee. A gift of $75,000 from The Johnson Foundation plus $150,000 from a newly formed CAC patron’s circle, The 50, will subsidize free admission to the Center for at least three years. 

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The Contemporary Arts Center will offer free admission for at least the next three years. The CAC says a group of donors has come together to subsidize the entrance fee.

After the Moment: Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe is the current exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center which looks back on the 25th anniversary of the controversial exhibit that brought about protests, arrests and lawsuits.

Copyright Jeannette Montgomery Barron / Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City

In April, 1990, an art exhibit opened in Cincinnati that created immediate controversy, placed the Contemporary Arts Center on a national stage, and sparked a legal battle over the first amendment.

He began as a visual artist before becoming a music star as lead singer and songwriter for the seminal new wave band Devo. Akron, Ohio native Mark Mothersbaugh’s day job now is writing music for TV and movies, but he has never stopped creating art.

Five years ago, the paths of artist Titus Kaphar and the Vesper family crossed when a man named Benjamin Vesper defaced one of Kaphar's paintings in the Yale Art Gallery. After being arrested, the two kept in correspondence and discussed Vesper's family history.

Cleveland native Daniel Arsham is the creative mind behind Remember the Future, a new installation at the Contemporary Arts Center. He joins Jane Durrell to discuss what the exhibition is all about and what he hopes visitors will take away from it.

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Crews are putting the finishing touches on the remodeled Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) lobby.  There's a new entrance sign, new lighting, and a coffee bar and kitchen.

Jim Stapleton with the design team of FRCH says while the area around 6th and Walnut has prospered, it didn't feel like the CAC had kept up.  He says one change is color changing LED lights that have been added to the supporting columns in the lobby.

A preview of fall at the Contemporary Arts Center

Sep 12, 2014

The Contemporary Arts Center continues its celebration of the 75th anniversary of the museum with a full fall line-up of exhibitions, performances, the return of Metrobot and more. Jane Durrell previews all that will be going on with the CAC’s curator, Steven Matijcio.

The current exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center is called Buildering: Misbehaving the City, and as Curator Steven Matijcio tells Jane Durrell, this multi-artist collection spotlights the unsanctioned use of architecture – fusing the words “building” and “bouldering” into a rapidly growing movement that reformulates how we live our cities.

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