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New Google feature allows virtual tour of National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

CINCINNATI – People around the world can now virtually travel the path to freedom, including a journey on the Underground Railroad. Google Cultural Institute is giving visitors around the world a chance to take a detailed look inside the National …

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UMFA’s “salt” Exhibition Explores Smithson Library

August 28, 2014 – 8:19 am | Comments Off

Salt Lake City – The personal library of Spiral Jetty creator Robert Smithson is the subject of a new exhibition opening Friday, September 12, at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA). salt 10: Conrad Bakker is the tenth show in the UMFA’s salt series of exhibitions by emerging international contemporary artists. The Canadian artist will discuss his work at the UMFA Thursday, September 11 at 5 pm.

Conrad Bakker (Canadian, born 1970, lives Urbana, Ill.), Untitled Project: Robert Smithson's Library [Crystals Diamonds and  Transistors], 2010. Oil paint on carved wood. Courtesy the artist.

Conrad Bakker (Canadian, born 1970, lives Urbana, Ill.),
Untitled Project: Robert Smithson’s Library [Crystals Diamonds and
Transistors], 2010. Oil paint on carved wood. Courtesy the artist.

Bakker’s hand-carved and painted wood sculptures of everyday objects—imprecise, to-scale replicas of objects like books, photographs, chairs, and motorcycles—reveal and critique the relationships between people and things, and investigate the creation of value and economic systems. Bakker’s UMFA show, the first exhibition of new work from his ongoing series Untitled Project: Robert Smithson’s Library and Book Club, mirrors the aesthetics of a library with objects based on books from Smithson’s collection.

“Bakker continually revisits the book as form in his work, exploring how books function as a containers of content. Even without being read, books say something about their owners,” says Whitney Tassie, curator of modern and contemporary art. “This interest led Bakker to study Smithson’s oft-cited library catalog of more than one thousand volumes. Since the two artists share a deep interest in materiality, in the physicality of art, it makes sense that Bakker responded to the catalog in this way.”

Bakker often inserts his handmade facsimiles into the commercial realms of their real commodity counterparts, which circumvents the art market, challenges postmodern perceptions of authorship and authenticity and questions the distinction between originality and appropriation.

As part of the UMFA show, Bakker will create and sell a duplicate set of objects from the Smithson library project. Visitors to can view each book sculpture and may join the Robert Smithson Book Club by purchasing one object for $100. Bakker will then remake the selected “book” and ship the second copy to the new member. In return, the member must upload a photograph of the object in his or her hands to Bakker’s website.

About the Artist

Conrad Bakker has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at institutions—the Tate Modern (London), Galerie Analix Forever (Geneva), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Renaissance Society (Chicago), Fargfabriken Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture (Stockholm), the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin), and the Des Moines Art Center, among others—in mailboxes and on his own front lawn. His work has been reviewed or showcased in a variety of publications, including ArtWorld, artUS, Art Papers, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Contemporary, Flash Art, Artforum online, Sculpture, Dwell, and ReadyMade.

Bakker is a recipient of a Creative Capital Foundation project grant and an Illinois Arts Council Grant. He is an associate professor in studio art and assistant director of graduate studies for the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign.

This exhibition is supported by the UMFA Friends of Contemporary Art (FoCA). For more information about the salt series, please visit

CBMM presents “State of the Crab” this September

August 28, 2014 – 8:13 am | Comments Off

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is presenting a “State of the Crab” program on three consecutive Sundays, beginning September 14 and continuing through September 28. The program focuses on the status of the crab fishery and …

Cincy ComiCon hosts Drink & Draw event at Cincinnati Museum Center

August 28, 2014 – 8:04 am | Comments Off

Comic book artists gather at the “Hall of Justice” for creative inspiration September 5
CINCINNATI – Just as Union Terminal served as inspiration for artists in the 1970s to model the Hall of Justice after its iconic façade, the building continues …

Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley, ca. 1970-1990

August 26, 2014 – 3:54 pm | Comments Off

August 25 – October 11, 2014
(closed Monday, Sept. 1)
Public Reception: Saturday, September 6 4–7 pm
Gallery Talk: Monday, September 15 10 am
Panel Discussion: Saturday, September 27 1pm
Whether …

Queen City bids farewell to celebration of the People’s Princess

August 26, 2014 – 3:53 pm | Comments Off

Award-winning exhibition Diana, A Celebration closes at Cincinnati Museum Center
CINCINNATI – A collection of artifacts celebrating the life of Princess Diana is returning home to her family after an 11 year world tour. The award-winning exhibition Diana, A Celebration ended …

Fall Programs at the Glass House

August 21, 2014 – 8:16 am | Comments Off
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Fujiko Nakaya: Veil Closing November 30, 2014
Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the Glass House and the 2014 tour season, the Glass House presents Fujiko Nakaya: Veil, the first site-specific artist project to engage the iconic Glass House itself, designed …

Creative and One-of-a-Kind Holiday Gifts at the Katonah Museum of Art’s Design Shop

August 19, 2014 – 8:32 am | Comments Off

The Katonah Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of its expertly curated museum shop for the holidays. The Design Shop@KMA will present an array of unique items at all price points, including forms that function, jewels by …


August 19, 2014 – 8:32 am | Comments Off
Warren Hellmann

The Contemporary Jewish Museum celebrates the legacy of one of San Francisco’s greatest and most beloved benefactors in a new exhibition Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman. Warren Hellman (1934-2011) was an investment banker, philanthropist, musician, and music enthusiast who believed in …

Cincinnati Museum Center partnering with Folger Shakespeare Library for First Folio traveling exhibition

August 19, 2014 – 8:28 am | Comments Off
Shakespeare Folio

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Folger Shakespeare Library to serve as a partner for the nationally traveling exhibition Shakespeare and his First Folio. Beginning in January 2016 and continuing …

Utah Museum of Fine Arts September 2014 Events and Exhibitions

August 19, 2014 – 8:26 am | Comments Off

Highlights of the Collection Tour
First Wednesday of every month | 6:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays | 1:30 pm
FREE with general Museum admission
Experience the UMFA galleries through a thirty-minute tour with a docent. No pre-registration necessary.
Chamber Music Series
Wednesday, September 10 | …

MOSAICS Missouri Festival for the Arts – September 19-21, 2014 – Celebrates 20th Anniversary

August 18, 2014 – 7:44 am | Comments Off
MOSAICS Missouri Festival for the Arts

The MOSAICS Missouri Festival for the Arts Committee and the City of St. Charles will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the MOSAICS Festival, which takes place the weekend of September 19-21, 2014 along several blocks of North Main Street …

Lecture and Film Remember World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots

August 18, 2014 – 7:36 am | Comments Off

Aug. 23 presentation with author Sarah Rickman
SEATTLE – Author Sarah Rickman will deliver a presentation on Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. that will focus on the work of World War II Washington state Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Included in …