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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Hosts Public Exhibition of Jun Kaneko Sculptures

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House
Provides Perfect Backdrop to Jun Kaneko
Sculptures in Public Art Exhibition

Are you a fan of the late Architect Frank Lloyd Wright? I sure am. When I visited Chicago on my 2019 summer vacation, Geoffrey and I took a day trip Oak Park to tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and we had all kinds of crazy fun. If you are also a lover of art and architecture, and you also have the means to travel to Buffalo, New York, here’s an excursion that is worth the effort to get to. The Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative has partnered with Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House to present an exciting installation featuring artist Jun Kaneko’s monumental ceramic sculptures, which will be on view through early October 2021. Titled The Space Between: Frank Lloyd Wright | Jun Kaneko, the installation comprises seven of the artist’s enormous, freestanding ceramic works for outdoor display on the newly restored grounds of the Martin House estate.

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Born in Japan in 1942, Kaneko is an internationally renowned artist primarily known for his pioneering work in ceramic materials. His large pieces, called dangos, are the result of a complex traditional Japanese raku firing and glazing process that produces unique geometric shapes and vibrant color combinations. “In this era of social distancing, the safe, engaging, stimulating experience that public art provides is more important than ever before,” said Janne Sirén, Albright-Knox Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director. “We are proud to collaboratively present this exhibition with the Martin House as our organizations strive to fulfill our missions of enriching and transforming our community.” Wright and Kaneko were both pioneers in their fields, and Wright had an enduring interest in Japanese arts and culture and a reverence for nature, all of which are beautifully captured in Kaneko’s work.

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“This public art installation is a unique opportunity to experience the interaction between Kaneko’s sculptures, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, and the surrounding landscape,” said Mary Roberts, Martin House Executive Director. “The site is now reopened to public tours, and the artwork has provided another reason to visit the estate.” Many of Kaneko’s works represent years of production time due to their immense scale, which takes months to slowly build up to avoid the works being crushed under their own weight. The tallest works in the exhibition are more than 10 feet tall with walls in excess of three inches thick and weigh close to 3,000 pounds. Their fired slip-surfaces create a glass-like coating suitable for outdoor public display in the extreme weather conditions that will occur during the sixteen-month installation.

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In addition to the seven large works on the grounds, several smaller works will be on view inside the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion, the Martin House public visitor center. The selection of works for the installation has been curated by Albright-Knox Public Art Curator Aaron Ott and organized by Martin House Curator Susana Tejada. Visit This Link for more information, and to plan your visit!

Three Reasons to Head to Cincinnati On Your Next Vacation!

Cincinnati View with Suspension Bridge
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It’s time to think about summer vacation and this year, you want to do more rather than simply lounge on a beach adding inches to your middle. Yes, it’s a time of rest from the workaday world, but it’s also a time of seeing and doing things there’s no time for the other weeks of the year. You may be wondering why Cincinnati for a vacation. With so much to see and do, you can pack your vacation with everything from shopping to sports. Check out these three reasons why this just might be your best-ever vacation.

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1. Watch the Reds at a Home Game

For all those Reds fans out there, there is nothing quite like seeing your favorite team play a live game. It’s so much better than televised games and even though you are religiously following the Reds online, it’s not the same as seeing a live game. One of the things you’ll certainly know about this amazing team is that the Reds enjoy a following in every state. Whether you’ve moved from Ohio or simply love the Reds, this is a vacation treat of a lifetime.

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2. Enjoy a Trendy Cincinnati Breakout Game

While Breakout Games are beginning to make their way to major cities around the nation, the Cincinnati Escape Room is already becoming a legend. Here is where teamwork is at its best as players work to solve mysteries and puzzles in order to beat the clock and breakout, hence the name, Breakout Games. You will be locked in a room. To break out, the players must solve clues and find the ultimate solution. Having just one hour to do it, the team must work together.

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3. Spend a Day in Historic Over-the-Rhine and Findlay Market

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood would be the lovely 19th-century architecture. While visitors spend hours viewing this historic area of Cincinnati, what they really enjoy about it is the nearby Findlay Market which is the oldest public market in Ohio. On weekends, you will find a farmer’s market where local farmers bring their produce and there are outdoor vendors of all kinds. When looking for a souvenir to take home, this would be the place to find something unique. Also, plan to spend the day there so that you have time to enjoy a wide variety of street performers.

A City Rich in History

Whether taking in a Reds game or spending a day in historic Over-the-Rhine, visitors to Cincinnati always find something of interest to fill their days. Of course, you must visit the OTR Biergarten on the west side of the Findlay Market and you’ll see a remarkable trace of the neighborhoods German roots. With names like “Rhine” and “Biergarten,” how could it be anything else? There is a different guest brewery being sponsored every weekend, so you must at least have one mug while at the market! Tracing the city’s history over the centuries, culminating in Breakout Games, makes for one remarkable and unforgettable vacation.

Shark Attack Street Sign

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Photos By Gail

Hey what’s up. I just got home from a very fun cruise to ports in Canada and Maine and enjoyed taking lots of holiday snaps of cool things which I will now share with you on this rad blog in the coming weeks. The Shark Attack Street Sign pictured above was spotted in Lunenburg, in the province of  Nova Scotia, Canada. There were all kinds of different fish depicted on colorful, elevated posts along  the streets and they are a pretty cool addition to a very picturesque, historic town.

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Warning: Shark Alert

Texas Is The Reason (For Bats)


Austin Gets Batty

Hey what’s up.  I hope you missed me as much as I missed all of you. I just got back from spending a wonderful week having non-stop rad fun in south Texas with my sister, Keven (or in Espanol: “Quevan,” as I am now calling her). We basically wore ourselves to nubs being shameless tourists, but it was worth it. One of my favorite things we did together while in Texas was cruising out onto Austin’s LadyBird Lake close to sunset and watching 800,000 small bats fly out from under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Seriously, that was just insane. Anyway, Texas (San Antonio in particular) is awesome. You should go there for a vacation, and tell them I sent you.

The S F in San Francisco Stands For So Fun!


Andy Warhol Live at the DeYoung. I Saw It.

Hey what’s up. I got back last night from my rad trip to San Francisco, where I had the time of my life nonstop for five days, taking only short breaks in the extreme fun-having for tiny bouts of sleeping. San Francisco is so awesome I can hardly even remain alive now that I am back in NYC. Some of you (having read my most recent post) may recall that I journeyed to the west coast last Thursday to attend the Bartmizvah Palooza of Griffin Sloves. Griffin is the adorable and genius son (national chess championship finalist at age 5) of my good friends from College (and former roommates) Jonathan and Diana, who are just seriously two of the best people on the planet. Let me get you caught up with the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of how I spent my time while I was away from the blog.

Since I arrived in SF on Thursday evening, I had all day Friday free before Barbara (my hostess and fellow Bar Mitzvah attendee) and I had to drive a million miles in rush hour traffic to the suburbs for the Bar Mitzvah Pre-show activates. That left me with many free hours to hang out with Michelle, another super cool SF-based music industry pal of mine. Michelle is so very ass kicking. She and I spent the afternoon at and around Fisherman’s Wharf, doing touristy things like visiting the Aquarium and snapping pics of me posed by the bay with landmarks like The Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island in the background. It was also about 70 degrees on Friday, so it was fun to run around without a coat on. Weee!

Gail, Alcatraz in Background

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