Sunday, July 25, 2004

New season will mix art, activism

The Contemporary Arts Center's second season in the new building opens Aug. 27 with Kendell Geers: Hung Drawn and Quartered, which runs through Nov. 7.

The 2004-5 shows were set in 2003, when the Rosenthal Center for Contemporay Art first opened. Planning for the 2006 season, which will be led by new drector Linda Shearer, is scheduled to begin soon.

According to the Center, the upcoming season's highlights include a retrospective of New York-based photographer Susan Unterberg; Austrian artist Erwin Wurm's sculpture and important slide work from 1960-1980.

Aug. 27-Nov. 7

Kendell Geers: Hung, Drawn and Quartered

A combination of conceptual art and political activism, South African artist and "terrorealist," Geers expresses his views through performances, installations, photography, drawings, and video works. He creates unstable environments by, for example, writing "a bomb has been hidden within this exhibition, set to explode at a time known to the artist alone" on a note card hung on the wall.

Sept. 24-Nov. 28

Nothing Compared to This: ambient, incidental and new minimal tendencies in current art

Curated by former CAC director, Charles Desmarais, this exhibition looks at the works of artists who occupy and control space by subtle, often indirect, means. Walking into this exhibition will feel like walking into space without an exhibition.

Nov. 19-Jan. 30, 2005

Susan Unterberg

A first-time 20-year retrospective of the New York photographer's work, from her early charged portraits of mothers and daughters to her playful and painterly explorations of horses and fish.

Nov. 19-Aug. 21, 2005

Multiple Strategies

A nine-month exhibition exploring artists' multiples - a 20th century phenomena first used in the 1960s as a catchall phrase for mass-produced or mass-distributed objects that were not painting, drawing, sculpture or installation.

Dec. 17-March 6, 2005

Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

A multimedia exhibition exploring the artistic legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat musician and activist who died of AIDS-related illness in 1997. This exhibition features a diverse range of artists, from painters to rappers, whose personal investigations speak to the world in which Kuti lived.

Feb. 11-May 8, 2005

Incorporated: a recent (incomplete) history of infiltrations, actions and propositions utilizing contemporary art

This exhibition and accompanying activities include the work of six artists/groups who take on the identity of a corporation in order to engage in political and socio-economic activities, including community building, corporate espionage, international politics and civil disobedience.

April 1-June 12

Erwin Wurm: The End of a Minute

A comprehensive, 10-year survey of the Austrian artist's "behavioral sculpture," which combines performance and conceptual art of the '60s with formal works of sculpture. Wurm expands sculpture by unexpectedly using human bodies and people with props to create temporary, "One Minute Sculptures."

May 20-Aug. 21

Jay Bolotin: The Jackleg Testament

Writer, composer, performer, stage and set designer, choreographer, visual artist, filmmaker Cincinnatian Jay Bolotin presents a "woodcut motion picture" using his woodcut prints as the source material. Along with the film, two portfolios of woodcuts will be on display.

July 1-Sept. 11

Slide Show

Slide Show brings together slide works from the first two decades of its popularization - the 1960s to the early 1980s - with more recent work that expands upon earlier themes.

Marilyn Bauer

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