Art: Albano Afonso: Self Portrait as Light at 21C

Brazilian multimedia artist Albano Afonso’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. will also be the first exhibition co-curated by the Contemporary Arts Center (Steven Matijicio) and 21c Museum Hotel (Alice Gray Stites), two neighboring arts institutions with

click to enlarge Landscape Crystallisation, Rio de Janeiro
Landscape Crystallisation, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian multimedia artist Albano Afonso’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. will also be the first exhibition co-curated by the Contemporary Arts Center (Steven Matijicio) and 21c Museum Hotel (Alice Gray Stites), two neighboring arts institutions with similar missions but different approaches. As part of Self Portrait as Light, both buildings have site-specific commissioned installations on their facades (digitally manipulated images of the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden), and the exhibition itself provides a comprehensive overview of Afonso’s exploration of light as an essential element that makes painting, photography, film and even vision itself possible. The exhibitions will be on view at both museums from March 20-Aug. 30.

Opening Reception: 5-9 p.m. Friday. Free. 21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati/museum.

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