Just by adding the word “Biennial” to its official name for 2014, FotoFocus — which occurs this month in some 50 venues throughout Greater Cincinnati — is aiming to raise its importance and artistic significance.
This time FotoFocus is also curating its own high profile “featured exhibitions.” To do so, it hired its own artistic director, Kevin Moore of New York, whose past accomplishments include curating the Cincinnati Art Museum’s excellent 2010 show of color photography in the 1970s, Starburst.
Moore’s vision will be emphasized through five featured exhibitions he has curated or organized, plus five days of special programming (Oct. 8-12) at Memorial Hall. That includes a centerpiece event on Oct. 11, when filmmaker/provocateur John Waters presents his This Filthy World performance, and an Oct. 10 keynote address by Jeff L. Rosenheim, photography curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on “Shadow and Substance: Photography and the American Civil War.”
The five Moore-originated featured exhibitions are Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs’ One-Eyed Thief at Contemporary Arts Center, on display now through Feb. 15, 2015; Screenings, a selection of 12 art films showing continuously on two screens at Lightborne Oct. 8-12; Stills, which aims to show how a photograph is like a film still (and vice versa) by capturing and isolating a moment in time, now through Nov. 1 at downtown’s Michael Lowe Gallery; David Benjamin Sherry’s “psychedelic” take on Western photography, Western Romance, in a vacant 3CDC-owned Over-the-Rhine building at 1500 Elm St., now through Nov. 1; and Vivian Maier: A Quiet Pursuit, also now through Nov. 1 at a building at 1400 Elm St. that once housed a violin shop.
FOTOFOCUS FEATURED GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
All exhibitions are open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday now until Oct. 5; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday Oct. 8-12; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Oct. 16-Nov. 1.
Vivian Maier: A Quiet Pursuit
: Free. 1400 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
David Benjamin Sherry: Western Romance
: Free. 1500 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
: Free. Michael Lowe Gallery, 905 Vine St., Downtown.
Screenings: 2-8 p.m. Oct. 8; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 9-12. Free. Lightborne Studios, 212 14th St., Over-the-Rhine.
FotoGram @ ArtHub: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 8; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 9-12. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, plus satellite locations at Memorial Hall, Neons, Japp’s and the 21c Museum Hotel.
Memorial Hall Programming: Various times Oct. 8-12. All activities require a $25 Flash or $75 Zoom passport ticket, which is also good for admission to John Waters’ 8 p.m. Oct. 11 performance and to the art museums with FotoFocus shows. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
Find more info at fotofocusbiennial.org