2022 FotoFocus Biennial Program Week

The 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Program Week, which runs September 29–October 8, constitutes the core of the Biennial, establishing the theme and dialogues that unite the broader programming. Featuring keynotes lectures, conversations, screenings, and receptions with exceptional artists and curators, the Biennial Program is designed to inspire conversations about the world through photography and lens-based art.

Passport-holder exclusive. Join the Member Preview Opening Reception for Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones. *Complimentary shuttle service runs continuously between Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum of Art throughout the evening, with service available for Members and FotoFocus Passport Holders.

Member Preview Opening & Reception for Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones

Taft Museum of Art

September 29, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Passport-holder exclusive. The museum welcomes Members and FotoFocus Passport Holders to celebrate the opening of Natural World with a self-guided exhibition preview and refreshments. Co-hosts for the evening include FotoFocus and The Donald P. Sowell Endowment Committee. A conversation with the artists Jason Allen-Paisant, John Edmonds, and David Hartt, with Curator of Photography Nathaniel M. Stein, will begin at 7pm. *Complimentary shuttle service runs continuously between Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum of Art throughout the evening, with service available for Members and FotoFocus Passport Holders.

Member Preview Opening, Reception, & Artist Conversation for Natural World

Cincinnati Art Museum

September 29, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Free and open to the public. Opening reception for Tony Ousler: Crossing Neptune.

Opening for Tony Oursler: Crossing Neptune

Michael Lowe Gallery

September 30, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Passport-holder exclusive. Join the early access Member Reception and Tours for the exhibitions On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith; Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s; and Baseera Khan: Weight on History.

Members Reception & Tours for FotoFocus Curated Exhibitions

Contemporary Arts Center

September 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Passport-holder exclusive.

Film Screening and Conversation

Contemporary Arts Center

September 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Free and open to the public. Join the reception for the exhibitions On the Line: Documents of Risk and Faith; Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s; Baseera Khan: Weight on History; and Cameron Granger: The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Heaven.

Public Opening Reception & Performance for All Exhibitions

Contemporary Arts Center

September 30, 8:00pm - October 1, 12:00am

9am Breakfast 9:45am Opening Remarks by Mary Ellen Goeke, FotoFocus Executive Director 10am Introduction by Kevin Moore: Photographs are the Monuments of Our Online Visual Culture Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator 10:30am Discussion of Images on which to build, 1970s–1990s Moderated by: Ariel Goldberg, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Independent Writer and Curator, New York, NY, with panelists: JEB (Joan E. Biren), Photographer, Filmmaker, and Activist, Washington, D.C.; Lola Flash, Photographer, New York, NY; Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Co-coordinator, Lesbian Herstory Archives and Associate Dean, NYU Libraries, New York, NY; and Diana Solís, Photographer and Educator, Chicago, IL 11:30am Artist Talk by Ian Strange Ian Strange, Transdisciplinary Artist, Perth, Australia Noon Lunch Break 1pm Reading by Jason Allen-Paisant Jason Allen-Paisant, Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Creative Writing at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK 1:30pm Discussion of On The Line: Documents of Risk and Faith Co-moderated by Makeda Best, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, and Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator, with artists: Mitch Epstein, Photographer, Holyoke, MA, and Xaviera Simmons, Artists, New York, NY 2:30pm Conversation with Baseera Khan and Ylinka Barotto Ylinka Barotto, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Independent Curator, Houston, TX with Baseera Khan, Artist, New York, NY 3:30pm Keynote Lecture by Makeda Best, Devour the Land Makeda Best, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

FotoFocus Daytime Symposium

Memorial Hall

October 1, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Free and open to the public. Join the Opening Reception and Street Party for Ian Strange: Disturbed Home and Ian Strange: Annex at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Opening Reception and Street Party for Ian Strange: Disturbed Home and Annex

Art Academy of Cincinnati

October 1, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

12:45pm Opening Remarks by Mary Ellen Goeke, FotoFocus Executive Director, and Woodrow “Woody” Keown, Jr., President & Chief Operating Officer at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 1pm Reading by Deborah Willis on J.P. Ball Deborah Willis, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, New York, NY 1:30pm Artist Talk by Myra Greene Myra Greene, Artist and Photographer, Atlanta, GA 2pm Conversation with Tony Oursler and Kevin Moore Kevin Moore, FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator, with Tony Oursler, Artist, New York, NY 3pm Discussion of 'Free As They Want to Be': Artists Committed to Memory Co-moderated by Cheryl Finley, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Director of the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art History at Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, and Deborah Willis, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, New York, NY, with artists: Adama Delphine Fawundu, Artist and Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Brooklyn, NY, Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art & American Studies at Stockton University, Galloway, NJ, and TBC... 4pm Keynote Lecture by Jeff Orlowski-Yang Jeff Orlowski-Yang, Director, Producer, and Cinematographer, Boulder, CO Reception to follow

FotoFocus Daytime Symposium

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

October 2, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Join the reception of 'Free as they want to be': Artists Committed to Memory, following the FotoFocus Daytime Symposium at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Reception for ‘Free as they want to be’: Artists Committed to Memory

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

October 2, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Reception & Panel Discussion: Exploring the Historical Archive: How a Community of Users Can Give Different Perspectives for New Understandings. Britni Bicknaver (Artist/Educator), James DaMico (Archivist/Curator), and Larry Richmond (Mgr. Local History, Genealogy) discuss the impact of our historical visual archives on understanding collective moments.

Open Reception & Panel Discussion for City Under Exposure

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Main Library

October 4, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

An informal discussion with artist Michael Coppage, moderated by Kyle Inskeep of WLWT (Channel 5) about the exhibition American+.

Gallery Talk with Artist for Michael Coppage: American+

Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery

October 4, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Join Shannon Eggleston, Executive Director of i.imagine, and participating photographers on a walking tour of Wildest Dreams.

Opening Reception, Artist Talk, and Photo Walking Tour for Wildest Dream

i.imagine Center of Photography and the Cincinnati Zoo

October 5, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

An open discussion with Photography and Tenderness Curators Eliza Gregory and Lorena Molina.

Curator Talk for Photography and Tenderness

Wave Pool

October 5, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Passport-holder exclusive. Pepper Stetler, Associate Professor of Art History and FotoFocus guest curator, will discuss the exhibition Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones.

Curator Talk for Craft and Camera: The Art of Nancy Ford Cones

Taft Museum of Art

October 6, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Part of a film series, each screening is followed by a conversation between Mary Leonard and filmmakers or film scholars. Conversation followed by a reception.

Film Screening of Landfall & Conversation for Jurakán: A Film Series

The Garfield Theatre

October 6, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Artist gallery talk and reception featuring Middle Eastern/Lebanese cuisine.

Reception & Gallery Talk for Collecting and Receiving

FLAG Studio

October 7, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Opening reception with Society of Photographic Education Women's Caucus Chair, Sarah Ann Austin, in conversation with Xavier University Art Department Chair, Suzanne Chouteau, and Curator, Jordanne Renner.

Opening Reception for Searching for Life: Re-growth & Display

Xavier University Art Gallery at The A.B. Cohen Center

October 7, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join Local Eyes, a group of five Cincinnati-based photographers, as they discuss the exhibition theme and artwork selection.

Curator & Artist Talk for What’s Left Behind

Kennedy Heights Arts Center

October 8, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Free and open to the public. Panel talk moderated by author Sergio Aguillón-Mata, featuring curators: Matt Distel, Esther Callahan, Daniel Fuller, Cameron Granger, and Tif Sigfrids for These Things Are Connected at The Carnegie, followed by a reception at 5pm.

Panel Talk for These Things Are Connected

The Carnegie

October 8, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Free and open to the public. Join the reception for These Things Are Connected, following a Panel Talk featuring the curators.

Reception for These Things Are Connected

The Carnegie

October 8, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Free and open to the public. Reception and Talk for Liz Roberts: Post Blonde.

Reception and Talk for Liz Roberts: Post Blonde

CampSITE Sculpture Park

October 8, 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Additional Program Highlights

Access to the entire FotoFocus Biennial Program Week is a benefit of being a 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Passport holder. GET THE PASSPORT for free entry and exclusive events!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown & OTR

Downtown & OTR

September 30, 10:00am - 9:00pm

MWSPE Conference Event: Gina Osterloh's photography and performance art present mark-making, the tracing of her own silhouette, and the body bound in reflective tape– in a quest to interrogate pre-conceived notions of identity. Gina Osterloh is an Assistant Professor of Art at The Ohio State University and her work is represented by Silverlens Galleries (Manila, Philippines) and Higher Pictures Generation (Brooklyn, New York).

SPE Midwest Conference Gina Osterloh Lecture

University of Cincinnati: Aronoff Center for Design & Art

October 6, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Access to the entire FotoFocus Biennial Program Week is a benefit of being a 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Passport holder. GET THE PASSPORT for free entry and exclusive events!

Neighborhood Spotlight: West & Central

West & Central Cincinnati

October 8, 8:00am - 11:00pm

About the 2022 MWSPE Regional Conference: This year's theme highlights works concerned with the ebb and flow of social, political, and artistic trends and how these tropes and themes can return with differing focus and intensity. This conference and corresponding exhibitions focus on the incoming swell of ideas, explorations, and concerns of artists within the Midwest and how they see, process, and contextualize the recurrence and reemergence of social, political, and artistic tropes and trends in their own practices. In turn, this conference will serve as an artistic interpretation of world events / records from the perspective of artists from across the Midwest.

World Record: 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Exhibitions Panel

Hilton Netherlands Hotel

October 8, 11:00am - 12:00pm

About the 2022 MWSPE Regional Conference: This year's theme highlights works concerned with the ebb and flow of social, political, and artistic trends and how these tropes and themes can return with differing focus and intensity. This conference and corresponding exhibitions focus on the incoming swell of ideas, explorations, and concerns of artists within the Midwest and how they see, process, and contextualize the recurrence and reemergence of social, political, and artistic tropes and trends in their own practices. In turn, this conference will serve as an artistic interpretation of world events / records from the perspective of artists from across the Midwest.

SPE Midwest Conference Keynote Lecture

Xavier University: Kennedy Auditorium Michael J. Conaton Learning Commons

October 8, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

To celebrate the Participating Venues in the greater Dayton region, FotoFocus has arranged a free, round-trip bus tour from Cincinnati, OH to Dayton, OH. Passport Holder exclusive, seating is limited. … Continued

Neighborhood Spotlight: Dayton, OH

Dayton, OH

October 14, 8:30am - 8:00pm

FotoFocus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present Sun Dogs. Named after an atmospheric optical phenomenon, the program features pairs of composers and filmmakers in collaboration, each offering a unique perspective … Continued

Sun Dogs Performance

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall

October 14, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

FotoFocus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present Sun Dogs. Named after an atmospheric optical phenomenon, the program features pairs of composers and filmmakers in collaboration, each offering a unique perspective … Continued

Sun Dogs Performance

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall

October 14, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Access to the entire FotoFocus Biennial Program Week is a benefit of being a 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Passport holder. GET THE PASSPORT for free entry and exclusive events!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky

October 15, 10:00am - 9:00pm

FotoFocus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present Sun Dogs. Named after an atmospheric optical phenomenon, the program features pairs of composers and filmmakers in collaboration, each offering a unique perspective … Continued

Sun Dogs Performance

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall

October 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

FotoFocus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present Sun Dogs. Named after an atmospheric optical phenomenon, the program features pairs of composers and filmmakers in collaboration, each offering a unique perspective … Continued

Sun Dogs Performance

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall

October 15, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

FotoFocus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present Sun Dogs. Named after an atmospheric optical phenomenon, the program features pairs of composers and filmmakers in collaboration, each offering a unique perspective … Continued

Sun Dogs Performance

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall

October 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

To celebrate the Participating Venues in Columbus, FotoFocus has arranged a free, round-trip bus tour from Cincinnati, OH to Columbus, OH. Passport Holder exclusive, seating is limited. Reservations are required. … Continued

Neighborhood Spotlight: Columbus, OH

Columbus, OH

October 20, 9:00am - 8:00pm

Access to the entire FotoFocus Biennial Program Week is a benefit of being a 2022 FotoFocus Biennial Passport holder. GET THE PASSPORT for free entry and exclusive events!

Neighborhood Spotlight: East & Central

East & Central Cincinnati

October 22, 10:00am - 9:00pm

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Downtown & OTR

Downtown & OTR

October 28, 10:00am - 9:00pm

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