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The Lens

The Lens is the FotoFocus editorial platform, highlighting our programming and featuring in-depth conversations on photography and the moving image drawn from perspectives and insights in our community, throughout our region, and around the globe.


SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition Goes Sweet with “Willy Wonka” and Sleepy Bee Café

Posted on April 28, 2021

What better way to watch a chocolate river than while eating than a chocolatey shmear? Get the recipe and other details here.

A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition pairs a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time.

There's always room for dessert. And SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition heeds the sugary call with Willy Wonka & the... Continue


The Fabric of our Lives

Posted on April 15, 2021

Opening May 15, Weston Art Gallery exhibits Material Message: Photographs of Fabric.

We’re surrounded by it, but we hardly give it a second thought: Fabric literally covers our bodies and homes, and it can change, represent, and even help create our identities. To explore this relationship, the Weston Art Gallery is showing photographs and other works, curated by Mount Vernon–based photographer Marcella Hackbardt, beginning May 15. The exhibition title, Material Message, hints at the show’s thesis: That fabric communicates meaning in our shared lives, for... Continue


Art Critic and Historian Hal Foster Talks States of Emergency and Structural Change

Posted on April 5, 2021

Society, you may have noticed, has seemed a bit unhinged of late. On Saturday, April 10, artist John Miller and art critic and historian Hal Foster will talk with FotoFocus Artistic Director and Curator Kevin Moore about the question of finding meaning and sense as the futures of art, society, and politics seem to unfold in increasingly erratic ways.

Art critic and historian Hal Foster is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, What Comes After Farce? Art and Criticism at a Time of Debacle (Verso, 2020) and... Continue


Get “Spirited Away” with Hand-Formed Onigiri for SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition

Posted on March 30, 2021

In the bracket of what really wins March, we're for team classic movies and carb-laden comfort foods all the way. Namely: Miyazaki's animated masterpiece Spirited Away accompanied by DIY Japanese rice balls from Chef Hideki Harada.

A do-it-mostly-yourself take on a film festival for the stay-at-home era, SECOND SCREENS: Foodie Edition pairs a classic, widely available film with interactive—and edible!—elements for a dinner-and-a-movie experience done on your time.

Hope you're hungry: The next... Continue


Art For All: CampSITE Sculpture Park is Camp Washington’s Crowd-Sourced Hub for Art

Posted on March 11, 2021

Artists and residents share a public display of community creativity with an outdoor rolling roster of exhibitions.

What started as a pet project by Camp Washington resident and artist Sean Mullaney became a full community effort to showcase public art while simultaneously activating a once-vacant space. Mullaney, a designer and inventor, was using his property, an empty lot that used to hold two now-demolished buildings, to showcase his own outdoor sculpture works. He and resident artist Lacey Haslam, a staffer at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and director of... Continue