All Things Being Equal, Hank Willis Thomas at Cincinnati Art Museum

The retrospective exhibition “All Things Being Equal” by Hank Willis Thomas has recently opened at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Planning for this highly anticipated show began three years ago, and the timing of its opening was postponed for several weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic. During those weeks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery […]

What Does It Take to be a Curator?

What does it take to be a curator?  Aeqai continues its behind-the-scenes stories on how museums work internally.   I talked to several curators from the Cincinnati Art Museum as well as the Taft Museum of Art to get their insight and perspective. Dr. Julie Aronson, CAM’s curator of American paintings, sculpture and drawings, was always […]

Pop-Up Prints Just in Time – Clay Street Press, Sunday, September 13th, 2020

On Sunday, September 13th the Clay Street Press in OTR held a Pop-Up Exhibit from 12 – 5pm along with Volatile [redux], a Pop-Up Bookshop featuring artist monographs and art reference books and booklets at the Clay Street Press Gallery. It was a great idea to have this pop-up during a dreary there-is-no-art-to-see-time. Art in the […]


The year 2020 has shined a spotlight on the issue of racial injustice in the United States in general and police violence committed against minorities specifically.  An element of the protest against this abuse has been artwork on streets and walls and screens across the country. Posters have been created both boldly sophisticated as well […]

“Third Place,” Clifton Cultural Arts Center, through October 24, 2020

As a part of what would have been the 2020 FotoFocus, now canceled, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center is presenting “Third Place.” The exhibition was organized by the Pendleton Street Photography Gallery. Conceived by and operated by Jens G. Rosenkrantz Jr., the gallery is located in the Annex Building of the Pendleton Art Center. The […]

Being Black: “illustrative Becoming”

Latausha Cox aspires to be an art teacher. Cox is a recent graduate from DAAP with a degree in art education. During her art education journey, she recalls her realization of alienation: “I lacked the opportunity to learn from, about or alongside someone who looked like me. …All my classmates and teachers were White and […]

“An Elegant Woman” by Martha McPhee

The fall season brings a plethora of new novels, many of them good to excellent.  One of the year’s best to date is “An Elegant Woman”, by Martha McPhee, which didn’t get a lot of press play but is a superb family saga with brilliantly delineated characters and a superb underlying historical philosophy, to boot. […]

“The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue, the author of the much and deservedly praised “The Room”, seems to have an amazing knack with writing about very small spaces, and the immense amount of activity that may well take place there; there, in this novel, is a small ward in a Dublin Hospital in l9l8, right as World War I […]

“Homeland Elegies: A Novel” by Ayad Akhtar

“Homeland Elegies: A Novel”, by Ayad Akhtar, is a combination novel/memoir about his life as a Muslim man in America, 2020. Let me state up front that this book is a must read, one of 2020’s finest, addressing topics of great urgency in language that soars with brilliancy, with anger, with sorrow, and occasionally with […]