FOTOFOCUS Biennial 2012 announces over 70 exhibition venues

. June 20, 2012 . 0 Comments

FOTOFOCUS, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization championing photography, announces programming highlights at over 70 + participating venues for its first biennial month-long celebration of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art.

William Albert Allard, “Lone Rider, Texas”,1974. Courtesy Northern Kentucky University Art Gallery and the artist.

Headlining Exhibitions of the first installment include the compelling juxtaposition of the Taft Museum’s Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography, focused on the father of modern fashion photography and one of the best known and highest paid photographers of the 1920s and 30s, and the Cincinnati Art Museum’s exhibition Herb Ritts: L.A. Style, showcasing the leading fashion and celebrity photographer of the late twentieth century. Just off the recent success of their Big Bambú installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the 2011 Venice Biennale, FOTOFOCUS and the Cincinnati Art Museum present Doug and Mike Starn’s Gravity of Light, an immersive, experiential installation organized by James Crump, Chief Curator, Cincinnati Art Museum, in the historic Holy Cross Church in Mt. Adams. The Contemporary Art Center features a groundbreaking exhibition organized by the Rose Museum, Brandeis University devoted to Andy Warhol’s Polaroid portraits.

FOTOFOCUS celebrates the 2012 Biennial launch Friday, September 28 with “Sideshow”, an outsized street party staged in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. Ruth Lyons Lane and Gano Street become the arena for a vintage/ high tech carnival complete with music, food, drink, entertainment, stunts, dare devils, artist made games, rides, and an AV fun house. Tickets for “Sideshow” are available at the event and through the Aronoff Center for the Arts Box Office.

FOTOFOCUS offers a plethora of ways to learn, connect, and become engaged and inspired by photography. While many FOTOFOCUS events are free to the public, the PASSPORT program offers enhanced access to FOTOFOCUS programming. PASSPORT program levels at Flash ($25. individual), Zoom ($150. per couple), and Focus ($500. per couple) offer specific benefits for the professional photographer, the student, the art collector, the educator, and the art enthusiast. The FOTOFOCUS PASSPORT features access to exclusive lectures, parties, sneak previews of exhibitions, performances, gallery talks with local and internationally known artists, and private dinners, and discussions. Ticket sales begin Saturday, September 1, Aronoff Box Office.

FOTOFOCUS, a nonprofit arts organization, champions the ubiquity of photography and its important role in contemporary culture. FOTOFOCUS recaptures the spirit of Cincinnati’s legacy as an epicenter of art production and creative exchange, and seeks to revitalize that spirit for the 21st century. Acting as a catalyst for institutional collaboration and community engagement, FOTOFOCUS organizes a month-long biennial celebration spotlighting independently programmed exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography and lens-based art. For more information visit

Venues Include:
Antonelli College Photography Department Gallery
Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati Gallery
Art Academy of Cincinnati
Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery
Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center
Behringer-Crawford Museum
Betts House
Carl Solway Gallery
Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center
Cincinnati Art Galleries
Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Museum Center
Clay Street Press
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Collector’s Art Group
Contemporary Arts Center
Dayton Art Institute
Dorothy W. & C. Lawson Reed Jr. Gallery
Eva G. Farris Gallery at Thomas More College
Evendale Cultural Arts Center
Gallery 42
gallery One One at Brazee Street Studios
Historic Hoffner Lodge Art Gallery
Iris BookCafe & Gallery
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
Kennedy Museum of Art
Lloyd Library and Museum
Manifest Gallery
Mary Baskett Gallery
Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance/Mason Community Center
Mercantile Library
Miami University Art Museum
Miami Voice of America Learning Center
Michael Lowe Gallery
Miller Gallery
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Northern Kentucky University Visual Arts Galleries
Notre Dame Academy
PAC Gallery
Passages Gallery at Goodman
Phillip M. Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery
photosmith gallery
Phyllis Weston Gallery
Pop Revolution Gallery
Prairie Gallery
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park
Sharonville Fine Arts Center
Skirball Museum
Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery
Sycamore Gallery
Synthetica-m Gallery
Taft Museum of Art
Third Party Gallery
Thunder-Sky, Inc.
UC Clermont College- Park National Bank Art Gallery
Visionaries + Voices Northside Studio + Gallery
Westcott House
Weston Art Gallery / Aronoff Center for the Arts
Xavier University Art Gallery
YWCA Women’s Art Gallery

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