Contemporary Arts Center

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.

Our film critic, Larry Thomas, interviews documentarian Davy Rothbart about Medora, his newest film about this small-town Indiana’s basketball team and how it mirrors the struggle of the town itself. Medora will be screened at the Contemporary Arts Center on Monday, December 9.


Roland Halbe, 2003

Facing a deficit, the Contemporary Arts Center is taking steps to get back in the black. Initiatives include a reduction in personnel (4 people or 16% of employees), a reorganization of staff in key areas, a 20% reduction in the director’s salary, increasing contributed and earned revenue, and reducing the draw on the museum’s investments.

The Rookwood Pottery Co. will be part of the Contemporary Arts Center’s “The Living Room” exhibit when they provide an intricately designed fireplace using Rookwood tiles, going on display Saturday, May 18. Two of the ceramic artists behind this installation, both professors at UC’s DAAP, are Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, and they are with Jane Durrell to discuss this unique display.