Summoning the Ghost in R. A. Blakelock’s “Moonlit Lake”

“These capricious vagabonds fly somewhat in the manner of bats,” Camille Flammarion wrote in 1872[1], “which seem to dive at the turrets, and suddenly turn back, describing a parabola, to vanish in an unexpected direction.” Although the French astronomer was describing the movement of comets through the cosmos, he may as well have been describing […]

What Does a Registrar Do?

There are a number of roles behind the scenes at a museum that make the place run.  One such job is that of a registrar.  This article details the life of a registrar at the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum of Art. A museum registrar manages an art collection, […]

Fotofolio: Andreas Rentsch

“The Chair”, 2019 Andreas’ statement and bio: My photographic work of late possesses a close aesthetic relationship to performance art, drawing and painting. Process has become more and more important in my art practice. My aim has consistently remained within the parameters of the photographic medium in order to discover new ways to articulate my […]

Abstraction and Reality: Documenting Art in Virtual Museums

Predictably, I’ve been lamenting my inability to go out, visit museums, see films or generally have a good time in public. I often write on photography, visual art and technology but I try to avoid taking in art electronically. Aside from watching films on my TV, I generally want the intimacy of standing a few […]


The places you can go these days are few and far between.  With the outdoors our now fondest of friends, CampSITE is a hand worth holding, or beholding from a safe distance.  Located in the neighborhood of Camp Washington, the sculpture park is a landmark for the creative community and beyond.  It’s natural setting being […]

The New Fashion Industry

It seems just a short time since fashion industry insiders gathered together to watch the Fall 2020 collections walk the runway in early winter. So much has changed in the past few months and many of those same industry leaders have stepped into action to help. LVMH, the luxury goods company that owns global brands […]

“Deacon King Kong” by James McBride

One of the side benefits of this period when we’re mostly all at  home, for me, has been that I’m reading even more than I usually do. I’ve polished off fifteen novels since we were asked to stay inside; the best of these, to date, is James McBride’s wonderfully toned “Deacon King Kong”.  The novel […]

“Abigail” by Magda Szabo

Virtually every important literary critic has been raving about Magda Szabo’s novel “Abigail”, published in the l970 in her home country of Hungary, but recently translated and published internationally. The novel is as wonderful as the hype would have it. Gina is a teenaged girl living in Budapest with her widowed father and her French […]