Best Of 2019

Best Venue for Video Art in 2018: Cincinnati Art Museum

There was a glorious moment in 2018 — April and May — when the Cincinnati Art Museum’s showings of South African artist William Kentridge’s ecstatic seven-screen film installation More Sweetly Play the Dance, in which a procession of people passes across a charcoal-drawn animated landscape as if moving in a jazzy funeral procession, coincided with the showing of Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s nine-channel, hour-long video The Visitors. The latter followed a group of people in different rooms of an old mansion who slowly came together to play a dreamy, elegiac Folk song and then walked off into the endless landscape, as if to greet the start of a new, utopian life. The CAM’s year finished with British artist Gillian Wearing’s FotoFocus-sponsored Life exhibition, which included the powerfully contemplative Snapshot, a seven-channel video installation that showed women of different ages as a narrator shared their memories and insights. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.