The new Contemporary Arts Center Lobby in Kaplan Hall was designed with you in mind. With renovation led by FRCH Design Worldwide, the majestic lobby features a full-service café, dynamic art installations and a reimagined museum store. Collective Espresso, which cultivated a devoted clientele at its cafés in Over-the-Rhine and Northside, brings its top-notch coffee to Collective CAC. The café, which serves up all-day breakfast, sandwiches and wholesome snacks, and select beers and wines in addition to a full coffee bar, is open seven days a week. With Collective CAC open at 7 a.m. on weekdays and until 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, visiting Kaplan Hall can become part of your daily routine. The new lobby is wrapped by vibrant pieces from artist collaborative Assume Vivid Astro Focus, and is illuminated by light installations by Erwin Redl and Matt Kotlarczyk’s cloudlike chandeliers. Explore the beautifully curated museum store, then relax with a cappuccino or a cabernet on the low-slung sofas in the lounge — our lobby is your lobby
Our spacious new lounge area will be your favorite respite from the bustling streets outside, featuring custom furniture and ample room to gather with your friends, take a break and discuss the art after visiting the galleries above.
We’ve reimagined the CAC Store and moved it front and center in the new lobby, next to our welcome desk. Featuring works by a tightly curated roster of designers from around the city and around the world, the CAC Store lets you make art a part of your world. In addition to exhibition catalogues, you’ll find select accessories and jewelry, fine objets d’art and housewares, as well as whimsical gifts for art lovers young and old.
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Assume Vivid Astro Focus - Interview
Artist collaborative Assume Vivid Astro Focus (AVAF) has designed three pieces for the CAC: First is a highly saturated vinyl decal, called arousing vascular apparatus fury (contagious), that will line the lobby walls and stairwell to the lower level. Both of the artists who comprise AVAF, Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, also created an outside cover that will wrap, called axiomatic verve across fenestrations (contagious), around the CAC building (as seen above) in a similar fashion to the JR piece from 2013. Their last piece is a neon installation called ambivalent virus affection facelift (contagious) that was manufactured by Klusty Sign Associates.
Erwin Redl - Interview
Another piece by artist Erwin Redl, entitled Cincinnati Swing, will span the entire length of Zaha Hadid's Urban Carpet. From the first floor to the UnMuseum on the 6th floor, Redl has installed white lights that blink and sway like pendulums (video below). The resulting display can be seen all over the center and is only amplified by the windows, glass ceilings and reflective surfaces scattered throughout the building. Redl explains his installation as a “dynamic system with 160 pendula placed on the 107 foot high back wall.”
Matt Kotlarczyk - Interview
The final piece created for Kaplan Hall was made by local artist Matt Kotlarczyk. Kotlarczyk is seeking to lighten and humanize the heavy industrial materials (concrete and steel) and grayscale palette (black, white and gray) of Zaha Hadid’s lobby. His pieces can be seen by looking towards the ceiling at his fiber optic cloud chandeliers (seen below). These bright, curving sculptures have been placed along the ceiling at various locations. The construction itself resembles the scribble of a pencil, freezing a sketchy flourish into an architectural fixture of twisted steel and aluminum wire.