Seven Visual Arts Institutions with Summer Exhibits and Events

Find thought-provoking (and air-conditioned) exhibitions at some Cincinnati's finest art galleries all summer long.

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Mind Benders Far Out Film Series

1. Cincinnati Art Museum

The Cincinnati Art Museum is celebrating summer with two shows spotlighting local artists past and present. Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast, on display now through Sept. 8, brings together some 90 works by a native-son and turn-of-the-20th-century American Impressionist whose beach scenes were extremely popular in their day. And new adjunct curator Matt Distel debuts his first show, Cincinnati Everyday, pairing fantastical drawings by “outsider” Courttney Cooper with more traditional paintings by Cole Carothers. It’s up now through Sept. 22. 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, 513-721-2787,

2. Taft Museum of Art

Not content in Photographic Wonders to merely bring in an excellent selection of mid-19th century daguerreotypes from Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Taft had its own assistant curator, Tamera Lenz Muente, assemble a companion exhibit, Local Exposures: Cincinnati Daguerreotypes, including J.P. Ball’s wonderful “Myers & Co. Confectioners, Cincinnati.” Daguerreotypes, one of the earliest forms of photography, were also one of the best in terms of visual clarity. Photographic Wonders is up through Aug. 25; Local Exposures through July 21. 316 Pike St., Downtown, 513-241-0343,

3. Carl Solway Gallery

Milton Glaser, the famous graphic designer whose work includes the” I Love New York” logo and the splendorous 1966 Bob Dylan poster that came with his first Greatest Hits album, has done so much great work that he deserves a documentary. And he got one — 2008’s To Inform and Delight. Solway currently is featuring Glaser’s drawings and richly patterned carpets designed with Lapchi, an Oregon company whose hand-woven custom carpets are made in Nepal using Tibetan wool and silk. The show is up through July 13. 424 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-621-0069,

4. Contemporary Arts Center

Patti Smith: The Coral Sea, which continues into November, is part tribute to her close friend, the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and part rumination on life’s passages. There are hospital beds, her father’s ashes, Mapplethorpe’s slippers, photographs and other objects that together impart wisdom and constitute artistic exploration. A separate show, The Living Room, is a fascinating installation featuring local artists and is up through Sept. 2. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-345-8400,

5. Weston Art Gallery 

For the last show of its 2012-2013 season, downtown’s Weston Gallery features Seeing Opera, a group exhibition curated by Stewart Goldman in which eight artists — including Goldman — show work inspired by Cincinnati Opera’s 2013 summer season. Of special interest is the participation of Jay Bolotin, the Cincinnati artist who actually has composed his own opera, The Jackleg Testament. The exhibit runs June 14 through Aug. 31. 650 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-977-4165,

6. Manifest Gallery

Manifest Gallery’s popular juried art exhibition, Master Pieces, is back for its seventh edition from July 12-Aug. 9. It features artwork from graduate students who submit entries for consideration. The show will use the East Walnut Hills gallery’s main gallery, drawing room and parallel space. 2727 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, 513-861-3638,

7. The Cincinnati Film Society

The CFS presents a series called “Mindbenders: A Far-Out Film Series” at the Art Academy of Cincinnati the weekend of June 28-30. All will be first-run screenings. Blancanieves, a new Spanish black-and-white silent film that sets the story of Snow White amid the world of Spanish bullfighting, will screen 7:30 p.m. June 28. At 7:30 p.m. on June 29, the Art Academy will screen Berberian Sound Studio, a British psychological thriller about a film sound engineer who starts to experience instability while working on an Italian horror film. Finally, Ornette, a restored and re-released print of Shirley Clarke’s 1985 documentary about Jazz great Ornette Coleman will screen 2 p.m. June 30. $8.50 in advance; $10 at door, with guest speakers and post-film discussion. Art Academy of Cincinnati, 1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine, or

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