Arts Tasting Menu

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

A museum tour of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati.

Appetizer

Pushing the Envelope: Mail Art from the Archives of American Art. UK Art Musuem, Lexington. Thru May 5.

The Ralph Steadman show is not the only fascinating exhibition up at UK Art Museum.  The postal system as an alternative way of producing, distributing, and receiving art became an art practice in the 1960’s, often as a way of evading authoritarian censorship. UK professor and UnderMain contributing writer, Miriam Kienle, curated this exhibition drawn from work in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

Entree

Paris 1900: City of Entertainment. Cincinnati Art Museum. Thru May 12th.

A blockbuster exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum shows work from turn of the twentieth century Paris that illuminates the vibrancy and centrality of that city as a cultural center of Europe. Works and objects from that period including pieces by Rodin, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, and others drawn from the collections of Paris art and cultural institutions are exhibited thematically. This is a ticketed show.

Dessert

Yinka Shonibare CBE: The American Library. The Speed Art Museum, Louisville. Opens March 29th.

A celebration of American diversity and a provocation to deeper conversation, the British-Nigerian Shonibare’s library includes six thousand books covered in his signature textiles. On the spines of many of the books are the names of immigrants to America or individuals whose ancestors immigrated to this country, the names of African-Amercians who left the South during the Great Migration, and the names of people who have spoken out against immigration, diversity, and equality. IPads allow visitors to inquire and participate more deeply in the exhibition.

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