Sunset Salons: Photography & Building Community
The “third place,” a term coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg, refers to places where people spend time between home (“first” place) and work (“second” place). These locations are essential for building relationships, exchanging ideas, reducing loneliness and expanding horizons. CCAC is such a third place, providing physical spaces and opportunities to connect through visual and performing arts, as well as arts education opportunities. Held in conjunction with the CCAC’s “Third Place” exhibition, supported by FotoFocus, our featured panel of experts will discuss how third places enlighten us and encourage us to lighten up.
Missed the program, but still interested in the conversation?
Check out the video recording of the live stream discussion below!
- Alexandra Buxbaum, Photographer
- Emily Hanako Momohara, Photographer
- Jens G. Rosenkrantz Jr., Photographer
- Panel facilitated by Carissa Barnard, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programming for FotoFocus
5:50pm – Online stream opens
6:00 – Featured panelist conversation begins
7:00 – Closing remarks, questions, and farewells
Featured Panelists Bios
Alexandra Buxbaum is a photographer whose work focuses on documenting the human experience of various people and cultures living in disparate urban environments around the world. Her objective is to capture aspects of everyday life of people as they live, work, and play. Buxbaum has worked professionally for major media outlets, and her photography has appeared in a myriad of news publications and books both nationally and internationally. She has exhibited in over 45 shows at galleries, cultural centers, and museums, and is co-founder of the International Center for Documentary Arts. Her photographs are in numerous private collections.
EMILY HANAKO MOMOHARA
Emily Hanako Momohara was born in Seattle, Washington where she grew up in a mixed-race family. Her work centers around issues of heritage, multiculturalism, immigration and social justice. Momohara has exhibited nationally, most notably at the Japanese American National Museum in a two-person show titled Sugar|Islands. She has been a visiting artist at several residency programs including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Headlands Center for the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center and Red Gate Gallery Beijing. In 2015, her work was included in the Chongqing Photography and Video Biennial. Momohara has created socially driven billboards for For Freedoms and United Photo Industries. She lives and works in Cincinnati where she is Associate Professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and heads the photography major.
JENS ROSENKRANTZ JR.
Jens Rosenkrantz Jr.opened a studio at the Pendleton Art Center in 2011 after a career in finance and investment banking, and a brief fling in running two restaurants in Cincinnati. His interest in photography dates back to decades of documenting his travels and many great meals throughout the United States, France, and Italy. Currently Rosenkrantz runs a gallery at the Pendleton that features his own work and other local artists and also is home to his Cuban/US art exchange project Bridges Not Walls. He has travelled there 10 times in the last five years to meet with Cuban artists, collect their work, and organize collaborative exhibitions in Havana. When asked what sort of photos he takes, Rosenkrantz often remarks that he prefers things that don’t move which means no brides, no babies, and no pets. With an evolving eye looking for that special confluence of light and shapes and mystery he has experimented with many formats and photo treatments. His work can be found in corporate and private collections and he has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in many venues in Cincinnati. In October 2019 his work was selected as a solo exhibit at Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana. Rosenkrantz is married to M Katherine Hurley, a local landscape painter who also has a studio at the Pendleton Art Center. He currently serves as a trustee for the Carnegie Performing Arts Center, the Cincinnati Preservation Association, and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.
Carissa Barnard is the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programming at FotoFocus Cincinnati. She previously served as the Exhibitions Director at the Contemporary Arts Center where she organized exhibitions with leading contemporary artists and curators such as ON! Handcrafted Digital Playgrounds with OFFF Festival founder Hector Ayuso, Spectacle: The Music Video and Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand. Barnard curated Wide Angle: Photography Out of Bounds and Chris Engman: Prospect and Refuge for the FotoFocus Biennial 2018: Open Archive. She holds a BFA from The University of Arizona and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati DAAP, School of Art.
Photo credit: Dale Doyle