Friday, December 10, 2010

Cincinnati: Contemporary Art Center

This past Monday I made a very early flight (especially early considering HoverCraft was the day/night before) to Cincinnati. The Contemporary Art Center was showing Handmade Nation that very night. I arrived just in time to finish my weekly Snaps column for the Journal Sentinel from my hotel room at the amazing art deco Netherland Plaza.

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Hotel Lobby at the Netherland Plaza

I had some time to check out the exhibits at the CAC before (and during) my screening which was co-sponsored by the local AIGA. For a chilly Monday night I was impressed (and super excited) that 150+ people who came out to see the documentary. I did a talk afterward with Chris Salley who is the co-owner of a local brick and mortar, Fabricate.

Contemporary Art Center: Cincinnati
Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center is the first built project in the United States by celebrated London-based architect Zaha Hadid.

Contemporary Art Center: Cincinnati

Contemporary Art Center: Cincinnati

Contemporary Art Center: Cincinnati
Rosson Crow: Myth of the American Motorcycle

Contemporary Art Center: Cincinnati
Sight Unseen: The Sensory Elephant

This project was made to appeal to blind and seeing-impaired children, as well as to encourage sighted children to discover art through their other senses.

Contemporary Art Center: Cincinnati

I had a really great trip and if you have than less 24 hours in the downtown area city you can do what I did:
  • Visit the Contemporary Art Center
  • Eat an amazing Mexican dinner at Nada across the street.
  • Visit the American Sign Museum (give yourself at least 2 hours)
  • Check out the Charley Harper mosaic mural at the Federal Building
  • On your way in or out don't forget to check out the epic industry themed WPA mosaic's at the airport near the baggage carousels
Additional Cincinnati photos from my trip here, here & here.

1 comment:

gracey said...

the sensory elephant is so amazing!