The April issue of Aeqai has just posted. The new issue focuses more on shows in commercial and/or nonprofit gallery spaces as we’ve covered most every Museum/Arts Center show around for the moment. Karen Chambers reviews the work of another two very fine regional artists, Tina Tamarro and Lesley Daly at the newish, smart Indian Hill Gallery.
Susan Byrnes reviews a fascinating, powerful show at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, curated by Mallory Felz, which shows collaborative work by a number of young, feminist women’s artist groups, all new to us, and Deb Johnson reviews an exhibition of high school student work, much of it passionate and well executed, about identity in general and identity during the world of COVID, when the students weren’t able to go to school at all; working with staff at The Taft Museum of Art, whose educational programs for high school students are exceptional, you’ll be delighted by the quality of the work at The Annex Gallery in OTR and by Johnson’s analysis of the show itself.
Although Aeqai critic Karen Chambers reviewed the shoe exhibition at The Taft Museum of Art for us last month, we asked our fashion critic Jennifer Perusek to give it a look, as Cincinnati Art Museum has added a small show of women’s evening shoes from the ’50s in collaboration with the Taft show. Josh Bickelhimer, who’s moved to LA, reviews another powerful show about Black female identity in the work of Cauleen Smith at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). And LA critic/essayist Annabel Osberg reviews a monograph by little known painter and experimental filmmaker Sara Kahthryn Arledge, whose career was cut short by bouts of mental illness, but its fascination is admirably captured in the new monograph based upon an older show in Greater LA at Armory Center for the Arts, and interpreted for us by Osberg.
Laura Hobson participated in a Zoom interview with Carahna Magood, who’s running the graphic design in the White House at the age of 27; she’s an African American single mother and her ideas are fresh and we expect to follow her into major leadership roles. Jim Fields, a new Aeqai critic from Lexington, offers a tribute/review of work by the late Carlton Wang.
I offer two book reviews this month, the first, the brilliant “The Committed”, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, the second, a new book of stories by John Young, “Fire in The Field” and other stories, which meet all expectations from his first novel “When The Coin Is in the Air”, reviewed here about 18 months or so ago.
We hope you find this issue stimulating and informative, and are always pleased to read your comments (send to [email protected]). To go to the new issues, click onto www.aeqai.org and you’ll go directly to the site/new issue.