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CAC Announces 2014-2015 Season

Posted June 02, 2014 in

CAC, Cincinnati Announces 2014-2015 Season

CINCINNATI, OH (June 4) The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati announced its 2014-2015 season today. Raphaela Platow, Alice & Harris Weston Director and Chief Curator, explains "this season inspired by our 75th anniversary and how history, written and oral, is captured through different artistic voices."

The CAC was founded in 1939 by three women. As part of its anniversary celebration, the museum will present an exhibition of photographs by one of its esteemed founders: Peggy Frank Crawford (b.1918). According to Alice & Harris Weston Director and Chief Curator Raphaela Platow, "this select showing of work is curated by former CAC Interim Director Dr. Ruth K. Meyer, revealing a unique vocabulary of color, texture and line that Crawford locates in travels around the world."

Contemporary Arts Center Curator Steven Matijcio describes Memory Palace which also opens the 2014-15 season, "also on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the CAC, the model of the Memory Palace will be the foundation for an exhibition program that re-imagines the building, organization and city in new, alternative ways. It will highlight the personal, imperfect dimension of how people remember: gathering stories from those who have helped build the CAC over the past 75 years. Rather than relying on physical archives – Memory Palace will present remembering as a creative act: highlighting the way our memories shift actual histories into subjective legacies.

"2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of Robert Mapplethorpe’s in/famous Perfect Moment at the CAC, and we will be commemorating the occasion with a year of programming that examines the aftermath of violence, and the endurance of powerful art. More specifically, many of the shows will examine moments where classicism meets transgression; vision was obscured; and ultimately, where trauma is translated into places of reconciliation, therapy and transcendence. There will be no explicit references to Mapplethorpe, but rather to larger themes and legacies left in his wake," concludes Matijcio.

The CAC is also a flagship venue for the second FotoFocus, a month-long biennial dedicated to lens-based art. Platow says "we are excited to feature this Kevin-Moore curated exhibition with the artistic duo of Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs as it is their first solo show in the US. I met with them in the studio a few weeks ago and the work is incredibly exciting."


September 12, 2014 – February 16, 2015

Curated by Steven Matijcio

On the occasion of the CAC’s 75th anniversary this exhibition will present memory as soft, malleable clay. Rather than renewing the supposed fixity of facts, Memory Palace will revel in remembering as a creative act: highlighting the way our recollections shift actual histories into imperfect, obstructed, quintessentially human legacies.

Confirmed artists for this landmark exhibition include Louise Bourgeois, Spencer Finch, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Jun Nguyen- Hatsushiba, Hans Op de Beeck, Dennis Oppenheim, Katrin Sigurdardottir and others to be announced. The CAC’s extended community will also contribute to this project as we gather your stories in a variety of formats, from video interviews to forensic sketches. In turn, the CAC is commissioning reconfigurations of the organization’s unofficial archives by artists like MK Guth, Nina Katchadourian and Kerry Tribe. This effort culminates in the CAC Lobby, where artist Pam Kravetz will orchestrate community-centric projects including a television show, carnivalesque games and a monumental memory quilt.



September 12, 2014 – February 16, 2015

Curated by Kevin Moore

The Swiss-born, Berlin-based duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs respond with humor and wit to various traditions of modernist architecture, documentary photography and the heroic travelogue. By pecking

at such constructions, the artists reveal a more whimsical, ironic, and subjective vision of the structures and technologies that shape the ways we see and live. And while much of their practice is photographic, the artists’ engagement with other media—film, sculpture, sound —sheds the artifice of objectivity to celebrate eccentric reconstructions of the world around us. This is the first major museum exhibition for Onorato and Krebs in theUnited States, presented by FOTOFOCUS.


September 12, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Organized by the CAC; Curated by Dr. Ruth K. Meyer

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the CAC is proud to present an exhibition of photographs by one of its esteemed founders: Peggy Frank Crawford (b.1918). This select showing of work is curated by former CAC Interim Director Dr. Ruth K. Meyer, revealing a unique vocabulary of color, texture and line that Crawford locates in travels around the world. Alongside striking historical views of Cincinnati and New York, she has ventured to Europe, China, Japan, Africa, the Middle East, and a highly influential trip to Yemen in 1985. She returned to the latter eight times, discovering (and documenting) a life rich in color and atmosphere as she entered the lives of a people not easily encountered by a casual westerner. Across east and west, near and far, this exhibition collectively speaks a verse in Crawford’s unique aesthetic language.



October 10, 2014 – March 22, 2015

Curated by Steven Matijcio

History’s once unquestionable integrity has eroded over time, with as much fiction, interpretation and imagination revealed in the pages of our esteemed libraries as actual facts and events. Twisting fact, fantasy and fabrication into an outsider’s view of western civilization, this exhibition brings together two artists who have turned historical fiction into a habitual calling. Boston-born Duke Riley marries what he calls “populist myth” and “reinvented historical obscurities” with field research, participatory craft and museological display. Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based Frohawk Two Feathers is an artist, historian, and self-described “myth-maker” who re-imagines 18th century colonial history through a fictive cast of slaves, revolutionaries, militiamen and aristocrats.



October 10, 2014 – March 22, 2015

Curated by Steven Matijcio

Artists Anne Lindberg and Saskia Olde Wolbers dissolve the familiarity that accumulates with time, habit and space. Lindberg pushes drawing on and off the page, obsessively inscribing lines that evade both resolution and definition. Dutch-born, London-based Wolbers orchestrates a cinematic fantasy with equal enigma. By submerging handmade sets into water and coaxing narratives to masquerade as reality, she melts the seemingly digital polish of her films with painterly contingency. The ensuing dialogue between the artist’s works softens the geometry of the gallery space, obscuring hard lines and sharp corners to float towards a mysterious horizon.



March 20 – August 30, 2014

Curated by Steven Matijcio

The work of prodigious Cleveland-born artist Daniel Arsham is said to "make architecture do all the things it shouldn’t.” Blurring the lines between theatre and hallucination, some of his best-known works appear to melt the solidity of gallery walls, such that they appear to be dripping, folding, oozing or absorbing furniture. In more recent years he has begun to cast aging media devices – including cameras, film projectors and microphones – from granulated materials like volcanic ash, sand, crystal and crushed glass. This is the first large-scaleOhioexhibition for Arsham, who became widely known (at the age of 25) when asked to design a stage set for the legendary Merce Cunningham.



March 20 – August 30, 2014

Co-Curated by Steven Matijcio and Alice Gray Stites

For Brazilian artist Albano Afonso light is the elusive, but no less essential element that makes painting, photography, film and vision itself possible. Through photographs, installations, projections and luminous objects he gives light a sculptural presence, and measures its ability to both elucidate and obscure. Such affect is spoken through the language of art history, as Afonso reformulates time-honored traditions of portraiture, still life, vanitas and landscape. This will be Afonso’s first major exhibition in theUnited States, and it will extend across the CAC and 21c Museum Hotel.

the perfect kiss (QQ)*


*questioning queer

May 15, 2015 - October 11, 2015

Curated by Matt Morris

Throughout his life, American artist James Lee Byars (1932-97) framed his work with elusive notions of questioning and perfection. Both his enduring marriage and his flirtatiousness with German artist Josef Beuys (whom he sent lyrical letters and objects) serve as fodder for an exhibition that is both art and exchange. The perfect kiss (QQ)* is both a curatorial and creative undertaking for Morris, who will develop an installation of works by Byars in conjunction with a number of his own artistic interventions. The exhibition’s title references a 1974 artwork by Byars, while also speaking to the 25th anniversary of Robert Mapplethorpe’s exhibition The Perfect Moment.



May 15, 2015 - October 11, 2015

Co-Curated by Titus Kaphar & Steven Matijcio

Marrying appropriation, archaeology and iconoclasm, Kaphar's work sifts through the racial politics of art history. The Vesper Project is a massive sculptural statement in which his paintings are woven into the walls of a 19th century American house. It is the culmination of a five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vespers, a 19th century family who “passed” as a white family inNew England even as their mixed heritage made them “Negro” in the eyes of the law. In this project, the members of this family and their histories are intertwined with Kaphar’s autobiographical details, posing broader cultural questions of identity and truth.

Contact: Regina Russo, Chief of Communications


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