Arts Tasting Menu

A handcut tasting of cultural delicacies from Lexington, the region, and beyond.

We know many of you will be on the move this holiday season, so here are some really tasty menu items from near and not so near.


Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N*.  Speed Art Museum, Lousiville. Thru February 3, 2019.

A solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by the Louisville-born artist offers a retrospective of her work from the past eight years. Her abstract painting include thematic and technical explorations. The exhibition also includes a series of body prints where the artist’s body is used directly to create the work and ideas of gender and identity are considered.


Charles White: A Retrospective. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thru January 13, 2019.

I saw this exhibition this past summer at the Art Institute of Chicago and it is one of the most powerful and moving exhibitions I have seen in a long time.

From MOMA’s site:

“Art must be an integral part of the struggle,” Charles White insisted. “It can’t simply mirror what’s taking place. … It must ally itself with the forces of liberation.”

White’s art was integral to his commitment to social activism and to challenging entrenched institutions and power. He was a dedicated teacher of other African-American artists also committed to social change. If you will be in NYC this holiday season, don’t miss this show. It moves in February to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a run through June.


Life: Gillian Wearing. Cincinnati Art Museum. Thru December 30, 2018.

The British conceptual artist, Gillian Wearing, past winner of the Turner Prize, explores the difference in our public presentations and personae, and our lives, secrets, and desires. The solo exhibition includes photography and video, and includes work not previously seen by this provocative artist.