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Just as we all start showing more skin in the oppressive heat of summer, Prairie in Northside brings us Body of Art, an exhibition that invites viewers to consider bodies — ours, the artists&rsq

Just as we all start showing more skin in the oppressive heat of summer, Prairie in Northside brings us Body of Art, an exhibition that invites viewers to consider bodies — ours, the artists’ and their subjects’ — through performances, photography and tenderly handmade objects. Curated by Prairie’s David Rosenthal and art dandy Kenneth Wright, Body of Art opens June 17 with a set of special performances by beatboxer Napoleon Maddox and site-responsive dancer Holly Price. An exciting addition is video work by Kate Gilmore, who recently appeared in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Gilmore’s videos are not always easy to watch — they strike directly at our human vulnerabilities, both physical and psychological. She is one of the most interesting artists working with the politics of the body in art today, and it’s a huge boon for Prairie and Cincinnati to see her inclusion. Michael Scheuer will present a video that runs during the evenings on Prairie’s balcony. Evan Hand’s photographs are quietly erotic as small figurines are arranged among men’s facial hair, so that the male body becomes a landscape (see image above).These and other artists’ work will remain on display through Aug. 20. Prairie is located on the second floor of 4035 Hamilton Ave., www.prairiegallery.com.

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