Contemporary Arts Center

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.

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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.

The idea behind Lunch Beat is simple – ditch your desk for an hour-long party in the middle of the work day. If you dance, you get a free lunch.

Lunch Beat was first brought to Cincinnati by Starfire Council last Spring. These semi-impromptu pop-up lunch events are designed to bring people together, highlight the fun and creative energy in the city of Cincinnati and most of all - to get people of all kinds to DANCE!

Many people walk into a contemporary art gallery or museum believing that they are not smart enough to 'get it.' While many contemporary artists do utilize complex theories about art, there are other ways to understand art than theories.

The Corporeal Texture Conference is a graduate student-led conference that will take place on March 1st at the University of Cincinnati.  The conference focuses on how viewers interact with a work of art on a sensory or bodily level.  The speakers at this conference will discuss the various ways textures and surfaces play in how we view or experience art.