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featured exhibitions



Above and Below

Above and Below



Misbehaving the City

February 28 through August 18, 2014

Waiting for Daylight to End

Alex Hartley

Making Places: Flashlight

Iman Issa

Elevator Stretching

Antal Lakner

Case Study Houses: No. 27

Alison Moffett


Sebastian Stumpf

Body Techniques, after Encirclement, Valie Export

Carey Young


Hector Zamore

Berlin Map

Etienne Boulanger

Anxious Stability

Michel de Broin, 1997

Making Changes.

Lee Walton

The Stairs

Monika Sosnowska

Casita de Cartón (Diptico)

Los Carpinteros, 2006

Untitled (Furnace II)

Adam Putnam


Kamila Szejnoch


Kamila Szejnoch

traveling exhibition

Curated by Steven Matijcio

Adam Putnam, Alex Hartley, Alison Moffett, Allard Van Hoorn, Antal Lakner, Bestue- Vives , Carey Young, Didier Faustino, Egle Budvytyte, Etienne Boulanger, Hector Zamore, Iman Issa, Ivan Argote, Kamila Szejnoch, Knifeandfork , Lee Walton, Los Carpinteros, Michel de Broin, Monika Sosnowska, Pia Ronicke, Sebastian Stumpf, Shaun Gladwell, Wiebke Grösch & Frank Metzger, Willi Dorner

Buildering is a term coined for the unsanctioned use of architecture – fusing the words “building” and “bouldering” to describe a rapidly growing movement that reformulates how we live the city. Beyond acrobatics, vandalism and occupation, this practice becomes a metaphor for the creative misuse of built structure – denying the assigned/intended function of urban structures to re-open the possibility of alternatives. If we believe the premise that ideologies are implanted through the public's navigation of the city plan, then actions associated with buildering break the hypnosis of ritual and cultivate new freedoms - both physical and psychological.

“In the CAC’s 75th anniversary year,” Matijcio explains, “we want to peer into the future by re-imagining our history. The Buildering project provides a special opportunity to perform the CAC building and the city of Cincinnati – incorporating them as active collaborators and partners in perception. The city is seen as a given, fading from view through sheer familiarity, but the artists in this exhibition approach this subject with genuine curiosity, endearment and enthusiasm – imagining new possibilities in something we navigate every day.”

Buildering will explore this phenomenon from a global perspective, gathering both established and emerging artists from around the world. The artists include Ivan Argote (Colombia/France), Bestue-Vives (Spain), Etienne Boulanger (France), Egle Budvytyte (Lithuania), Michel de Broin (Canada), Didier Faustino (France/Portugal), Shaun Gladwell (Australia), Wiebke Grösch & Frank Metzger (Germany), Alex Hartley (UK), Iman Issa (Egypt), Antal Lakner (Hungary), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Alison Moffett (USA/UK), Adam Putnam (USA), Pia Rönicke (Denmark), Monika Sosnowska (Poland), Sebastian Stumpf (Germany), Kamila Szejnoch (Poland), Lee Walton (USA), Carey Young (UK) and Hector Zamora (Mexico/Brazil). Collectively they will generate a playful, mischievous and lively show with strong socio-cultural underpinning.

Buildering will also lay the foundation for the creative misuse of the CAC: positioning it as a stage to re-envision the building in a variety of ways. In combination with interventions inside and outside the galleries, and a summer of public programs throughout the city, this project will turn Cincinnati into an urban playground.

Performance provocateurs include Knifeandfork (USA), Allard van Hoorn (Netherlands), Willi Dorner Company (Austria), and this city’s “Cincinnati Movement.”

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