Intro to Woodworking: Coffee Table 101
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Intro to Woodworking: Coffee Table 101

Gain confidence, use the right tools, and start building! This intro to woodworking class is in Wave Pool's newly refurbished woodshop with local woodworking specialist Scottie Bellissemo. This class is designed for beginning woodworkers to get in the woodshop and learn how to safely operate a variety of powertools including the table saw, chop saw, band saw, drill press, plainer, and joiner. The class will also go over some basic hand tool techniques and cover some basic joinery, shapping, sanding, and finishing procedures. Each participant will work to create a custom, hand crafted coffee table by the end of the course. Class size is small (maximum of 4), with ample time and space for individualized lessons and attention. Wave Pool membership is not included but participants in this class who choose to become members will be able to skip the woodshop orientation class in order to work in the woodshop during open hours in the future.

Wednesdays April 25-June 13, 6:30-9pm. 8 classes total.

Registration required. Please register here. 

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Human Flow Film Screening
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Human Flow Film Screening

oin us for this special screening of Ai Wei Wei's film 'Human Flow'. 

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

Program sponsored by Heartfelt Tidbits.

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Ai Wei Wei: Human Flow Film Screening and Livestream Q&A
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Ai Wei Wei: Human Flow Film Screening and Livestream Q&A

Join us for this special screening of Ai Wei Wei's film 'Human Flow', followed by a lifestream q&a with the artist!

 

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

Program sponsored by Heartfelt Tidbits.

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Dark Asana Yo)))ga
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Asana Yo)))ga

Cincinnati Dark Asana Yoga is a Vinyasa flow yoga class set to heavier music, a darkened room, and dim candlelit lighting. Music selections will include drone, stoner metal, black metal, atmospheric metal, dark ambient, along with other traditional mediation music.

Beginners are always welcome! Class is held in the upstairs community room of Wave Pool - BYOMat and $5 to be paid at the door. For those who find solace in the darkness: join us.

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Crit Night (aka Artist Support Group)
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Crit Night (aka Artist Support Group)

Please come to share your work and discuss what you're working on. Though we will offer you a critique of your work if you want one, these monthly meetings are catered to you and your needs, so if you say you just need a push forward, we're happy to give you unabashed encouragement as well. This is the best way to get feedback on your work and to show Wave Pool curators and other Cincy artists who you are and what you make. 

If you don't want to share, but just want to come and talk art, that's fine too! Hope to see you there!

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Welcome Project Grand Re-Opening
Apr
14
6:00 PM18:00

Welcome Project Grand Re-Opening

The Welcome Project, a social enterprise that trains our newest neighbors in fabrication and art skills as well as store management, is reopening April 14th from 6-8pm with a refurbished space, a new product line, and a host of new community programming. During this opening guests can get the first glimpse of our new space, peruse the hand made goods made by refugee and immigrant women, try out Illumination, a new product exclusive to The Welcome Project, and enjoy street food from Nepal in the form of hand made Momos. Next door, Wave Pool will also have a drop-in crafting workshop by visiting artist Haydee Alonzo. 

The Welcome Project has spent the past six months undergoing intensive renovations to make the space ADA compliant, add much-needed supply storage and design a better layout for both the retail and makers spaces of the storefront. University of Cincinnati's Design for America team has led the design and layout initiative, a group of Public Allies and many other volunteers have been instrumental in bringing the design to life. Funding came from proceeds raised from Welcome Dinners, sales of Welcome Edition items, and the Haile Foundation.

The re-opening event will also be the debut of a new product designed by UC Industrial Design student Amy Marks called Illumination. Illumination is a conversation centerpiece. It creates connections within a room, across the country, and around the globe. Each Illumination kit contains all the supplies needed for a storytelling activity that builds up to the creation of a multi-sensory tabletop lantern. Participants get the chance to become closer to each other and learn more about the refugee or immigrant artisan who crafted their kit. When it’s finished, the lantern becomes a time capsule which allows participants to travel back to the moments of its creation. Illumination is designed for groups of friends and family numbering anywhere between two and twenty-four people. Illumination kits will sell for $30 and all proceeds will feed back into the programming of The Welcome Project and the continued training and employment of Cincinnati’s refugee and immigrant community.

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Haydee Alonso Artist Talk and Art Making
Apr
14
5:00 PM17:00

Haydee Alonso Artist Talk and Art Making

Please join visiting artist Haydee Alonso for an artist talk at 5pm followed by art making in the gallery.

Haydee Alonso is a graduate of and University of Texas at El Paso and the Royal College of Art in London was awarded a grant from the Artist Incubator Program, a grant from the Museum of Cultural Affairs Department in El Paso Texas, where she has taught art to women at the Otero County Prison Facility aging from 25-years-old to 65-years-old and mainly from Central and South America. Some of the mediums used have been origami, watercolor and weaving and her work was featured by NowThis Her in a video which was viewed over 350,000 times.

This program is part of 1,954 Miles, a group show curated by our third and final Curatorial Resident, Harry Sanchez Jr.

With his exhibition, 1,954 Miles Wave Harry Sanchez Jr. aims to give a voice to a few artists from La Frontera, to use the space as a megaphone to represent the complex thoughts and feelings that come from people living in the contested border between Mexico and the United States.

This program is in conjunction with The Welcome Project's grand re-opening celebration. Be sure to visit both!

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Dark Asana Yo)))ga
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Asana Yo)))ga

Cincinnati Dark Asana Yoga is a Vinyasa flow yoga class set to heavier music, a darkened room, and dim candlelit lighting. Music selections will include drone, stoner metal, black metal, atmospheric metal, dark ambient, along with other traditional mediation music.

Beginners are always welcome! Class is held in the upstairs community room of Wave Pool - BYOMat and $5 to be paid at the door. For those who find solace in the darkness: join us.

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Menudo Breakfast
Apr
1
9:30 AM09:30

Menudo Breakfast

Menudo is a traditional Mexican soup made with hominy, beef and a pepper broth that is commonly eaten in Mexican communities on the weekends and legend has it that it the only true cure of a hangover. It is usually best when it is made by your mother or family, so curator Harry Sanchez's mom will be here to make authentic menudo straight from the border. 

This breakfast is part of 1,954 Miles, a group show curated by our third and final Curatorial Resident, Harry Sanchez Jr. 

With his exhibition, 1,954 Miles Wave Harry Sanchez Jr. aims to give a voice to a few artists from La Frontera, to use the space as a megaphone to represent the complex thoughts and feelings that come from people living in the contested border between Mexico and the United States.

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1954 Miles
Mar
31
6:00 PM18:00

1954 Miles

Wave Pool is proud to present, 1,954 Miles, a group show curated by our third and final Curatorial Resident, Harry Sanchez Jr. 

With his exhibition, 1,954 Miles Wave Harry Sanchez Jr. aims to give a voice to a few artists from La Frontera, to use the space as a megaphone to represent the complex thoughts and feelings that come from people living in the contested border between Mexico and the United States. 

La Frontera as it known in Spanish, or The Border as it is known in English, is a transitional place with a rich history of movement where two cultures constantly clash and bond at the same time—a space that epitomizes the dichotomies of fear and hope, unity and disunity. 

The border itself is a wavering line that stretches 1,954 miles over deserts and rivers, and is home to almost 12 million people—many of whom are of Mexican descent.

Yet in many cases, the public debates featured in news programs, by governmental authorities, online pundits or even in art galleries do not incorporate the voices of those who are the most affected: people living on the border themselves. 

These artists use their voice in ways that conflate historical references with contemporary methods and concepts. Through drawing, painting, sculpture and video, they confront stereotypes and subvert common expectations about what “Chicano/a” art can look like and are about. 

Contributing artists for 1,954 Miles include:

Cande Aguilar (Brownsville, Texas); Haydee Alonso (Ciudad Juarez, Mexico); Blastr (El Paso, Texas);
Angel Cabrales (El Paso, Texas); Francisco Delgado (El Paso, Texas); Adrian Esparza (El Paso, Texas); Manuel Guerra (El Paso, Texas); Alex Macias (Brownsville, Texas); Mauricio Sáenz (Brownsville, Texas); and Marco Sanchez (El Paso, Texas)

Being from a border city Harry Sanchez Jr. is keenly aware of boundaries everywhere. In response, he has developed a practice of reacting against rules and limits. A recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s School of Art MFA program at DAAP, Sanchez strives to be a counter-balance in a world of conformity.

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Midwest Markdowns Closing and Panel Discussion
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Midwest Markdowns Closing and Panel Discussion

Please join us at Wave Pool Gallery on Saturday March 24th at 6pm for the closing reception and panel conversation for Midwest Markdowns. The panel will feature the perspectives of a number of the artists exhibited in the show including Scott Vincent Campbell, David Corns, Scott Holzman, and L.D. Nehls. Phil Dickinson will moderate the panel, framing a conversation that supports the work in the show and addresses multiple experiences of creative practice in the Midwest.

Originally from the UK, Phil Dickinson moved to the US in 1988. His writing has appeared in Hyperhiz, Journal of Beat Studies, The Beat Review, Black Camera: An International Film Journal, British Writers Supplement, and With The Eyes of The Angels (forthcoming 2018) . His four-year autofiction project, Mere Pseud: The Secret 1980s Journal of a Teenage Modernist, is now in its third year. Mere Pseud emerges from the stain of a particular place at a particular time—the North of England in the early 1980s, the era of the Miner’s Strike, CND, Rock Against Racism, of Thatcher, the Falkland’s War and mass unemployment, an era that marks a turning point for British society, the advent of what we might call neoliberalism. Mere Pseud mixes diary entries, cultural observation, teen confessionals, an enduring love for UK postpunk band The Fall, image-meditations on memory, and spoken word fragments; it’s a reckoning with the passages of time and the spectral intermingling of futures and pasts. Phil Dickinson works at Bowling Green State University. 

Here are links to the project itself: 

Blog: http://teenpseud.blogspot.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-126868863

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mere_pseud

Instagram: http://www.imgrum.org/user/merepseud/3916113313

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Poetry and Pie
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry and Pie

We're celebrating Pi Day (3.14) with another occurrence of Poetry and Pie, curated and presented by Joshua Kruer.

There will be poetry. There will be pie.

Wash it down with some utterances, exclamations and reflections from a few sculptors of the word.

You could call it something like, "intersectional guerilla food shares," but hey, let's just eat some pie.

Perspectives provided by:
Corine Fairbanks
Jheri Neri
Siri Armani
Manuel Iris

FREE /// 7 PM

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Evil Eye Glove Making Session - March for Our Lives Preparation
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Evil Eye Glove Making Session - March for Our Lives Preparation

PSA is teaming up with the Bombshells of Cincinnati and Wave Pool to help us all get ready for the March for Our Lives on March 24th. 

Make these fingerless gloves for the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. (and elsewhere) on March 24, 2018. The March is organized by the students survivors of the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting. The Evil Eye Glove is conceived by Krista Suh, creator of the Pussyhat Project, and the original pattern is designed by Kat Coyle, designer of the original Pussy Power Hat. 

Come and knit, make signs, or just to hang with other folks who are fed up. 

CONGRESS NEEDS TO KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE ARE WATCHING!

More info and the pattern can be found here if you want to get a head start: http://kristasuh.com/evil-eye-glove/

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They Push Things to See Where They’ll Go - Opening
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

They Push Things to See Where They’ll Go - Opening

They Push Things to See Where They’ll Go is a group exhibition showcasing the intimate works of the DAAP Fine Arts thesis body, curated by Aubrey Theobald. The excerpt THE VITAL, SWEET, AND SAD, pulled from Kathleen Stewarts “Ordinary Affects”, complements the sincere gestures of identity, collaboration, and the instigation of new moves the work of Claire Kennedy, Yawen Huang, Alexa Hamilton, Nina Devine, Meri Fleisch, M’shinda Imani Abdullah-Broaddus, Corey Allen Davis, Matt Caudill, Ryan Kerr, and Rachel Diller.

These students are learning the rules to break them. The institution has, thus far, served as a container of art making to break out of for these artists. On the horizon is a massive shift in making. This exhibition serves a look into the quiet gestures of objects from a collective group of artists that have been so carefully intertwined within the last four years. 

“Living in the state of being ‘wide open,’ these guys can take on all the good and bad in the world at one time or another. But this is not a state of chaos of sheer negation. It’s more like a work of initiating, calling out, inciting. Just to see what happens. Even if it’s not much,” (Kathleen Stewart).

Participating artists in They Push Things, in Wave Pool’s second floor Locker Room Gallery space include: M’shinda Imani Abdullah-Broaddus, Matt Caudill, Corey Allen Davis, Nina Devine, Rachel Diller Meri Fleisch, Alexa Hamilton, Yawen Huang, Claire Kennedy, and Ryan Kerr.

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Midwest Markdowns - Opening Reception
Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Midwest Markdowns - Opening Reception

Wave Pool is proud to present, Midwest Markdowns, a group show curated by our second of three Curatorial Residents, design duo SUBSTUDIO. Featuring the work of eight emerging artists and design collectives whose practices have been shaped by the unique opportunities afforded by working in the Midwest, their work has been influenced by a geographic region that has been both marginalized and romanticized. SUBSTUDIO posits that the Midwest has instead provided these artists with a platform for alternative methodologies, which are not easily accessible in larger coastal cities. Referencing scale, culture, collaboration, side hustles, and materials that have evolved from place, Midwest Markdowns brings together the work of these artists in order to spark a conversation regarding newer structures of practice, resulting from the pursuit of creative autonomy.

The factors that govern creative work in small Midwestern cities breed specific strategies, alliances, and opportunities. Kara Gut, a multidisciplinary artist whose primary focus is image-based digital media, creates work that investigates the new shape of human intimacy formed by niche online communities, dissolving many of the typical barriers that face non-coastal artists. Scott Vincent Campbell, a life-long New Yorker and Detroit transplant, has experienced an extreme scale shift and enlivened material possibility since relocating to Detroit. Team B, an architecture and design firm based in Cincinnati, has developed a body of work responding equally to both ordinary and bizarre aspects of Midwestern culture. 

The artists selected were asked to present work that might act as a launching point for a conversation about how they structure their practice, and in what ways their presence in the Midwest has aided and/or altered their work. This exhibition is part of a larger investigation by the design duo into the realities and myths the art world perpetuates about creative endeavors based in place. 

Visitors of the show are encouraged to contribute a physical artifact or anecdote descriptive of their own creative practice. Objects, ephemera, and text will be collected, catalogued, and published, generating a more expansive portrait of a Midwestern practice beyond the pragmatic limitations of a curated exhibition.

Contributing artist include: William Marcellus Armstrong, Scott Campbell, Clare Gatto, Kara Gut, Scott Holzman, L.D. Nehls, Chrissy Scolaro, and Team B (David Corns, Anna Kerr, Quinn Kummer, and John Stoughton).

The opening reception for Midwest Markdowns at Wave Pool will take place on Saturday, February 24th from 6-9pm. On Saturday March 24th at 6pm as a part of show’s closing event, Wave Pool will host an interactive panel discussion moderated by Bowling Green State University Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Critical Theory, Phil Dickinson. Featured artists will be encouraged to discuss the nature and structure of their creative practice. The conversation will take place in the upstairs gallery, inviting a dialogue with the partner show.

About our Curatorial Residents:

SUBSTUDIO co-founders Hannah Dewhirst and Ingrid Alexandra Schmidt are spatial artists and educators who found common ground with their research during their graduate studies in architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art. They founded SUBSTUDIO Architecture in 2016 in pursuit of a method of autonomous practice that would enable them to pursue tool driven research and full scale built experimentation that challenges social and perceptual associations. Their past projects blur the boundary between architecture, performance, art and curation. Having spent their careers between the midwest and east coast, they currently manage their dual-city practice in conjunction with teaching at DAAP and Bowling Green State University.

The Curatorial Residency Program is supported by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign as well as through an ArtSTART award from the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Dark Asana Yoga
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Asana Yoga

Cincinnati Dark Asana Yoga is a Vinyasa flow yoga class set to heavier music, a darkened room, and dim candlelit lighting. Music selections will include drone, noise, stoner metal, black metal, atmospheric metal, ambient, space doom, along with other traditional meditation music. 

Beginners are always welcome! Class will take place in the upstairs community room of Wave Pool, now meeting on various nights of the week so stay posted on the group page!

BYOMat and $5 to be paid at the door! For those who find solace in the darkness, join us.

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Laid Off - a one woman show from Laila B. Hameen
Feb
11
7:00 PM19:00

Laid Off - a one woman show from Laila B. Hameen

Down time, temporary severance pay, and a fresh broken heart. Hameen developed "Laid Off..", after getting laid off from her full time job in corporate radio.

"Laid Off...," is a resume review on self esteem, childhood memories of domestic violence, dating mishaps, and turning to acting and writing for a creative outlet.

Often times when individuals hit the "Big 3-0", they wonder about their purpose in the world, and if they are truly doing what they aspire to do. When you're lost, sometimes you have to "lay" out
the map,find the source of the problem(s), and sever the ties to some baggage along the way.

http://laidoffonewomanseries.webs.com/
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"Laila Hameen shines performing her one woman show "Laid Off". Laughs, tears and an all out stunning performance. Laila Hameen has the power and presence to rival any Hollywood star on the screen today."
-lana Read,
Director, Garnet Films

Donations encouraged.

BYOB.

Event will be in main gallery and is accessible.

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Merritt Johnson's Exorcizing America Interactive Screening
Feb
3
5:00 PM17:00

Merritt Johnson's Exorcizing America Interactive Screening

In conjunction with the current exhibition WITH NO MEMORIES, NO TIES, NO PHANTOMS TO TEND FOR, Wave Pool will host an interactive screening of selected works from artist Merritt Johnson’s series of short films “Exorcising America”. Guided by local activist and yoga instructor Alexander Shelton, audience members will be invited to move along with Johnson’s films in a series of exorcises.

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 27 Response Project XXV - Found Found Found: Lived Lived Lived
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

27 Response Project XXV - Found Found Found: Lived Lived Lived

It is with every ounce of excitement that we can muster we announce the return of the Chase Public Response Project. We’re doing a few things differently:

1) Teaming up with Abby Mae Friend to support her show “WITH NO MEMORIES NO TIES NO PHANTOMS TO TEND FOR” at Wave Pool.

2) We’ll be hosting this response project at 2868 Colerain Avenue - just a block south of the gallery.

We will gather at Wave Pool at 6:00 to experience the exhibition, and at 7:00 we will all walk together down the block to the Chase Public Pop Up for the performances. 

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On January 27th, six exciting artists and thinkers have been invited to each perform ten minute responses to Eunsong Kim's poetic essay "Found, Found, Found: Lived, Lived, Lived," a brilliant piece of cultural criticism regarding Carrie Mae Weem's series From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. A beautiful and vulnerable indictment of the American tradition of cultural theft, historical and contemporary genocide, and the ways that different cultures carry that tradition of violence through their memory and their loss, Kim’s essay goes far deeper than any simple investigation or argument against cultural appropriation. 

Kim’s essay was also the conceptual impetus for Abby Mae Friend’s curatorial exhibition. 

The respondents have been given total autonomy to respond however feels most appropriate to them; which could vary from musical performance, to poetry, dance, lecture, rant, powerpoint, game, anything. 

THE RESPONDENTS//
Eddy Kwon | Marcus Alan Donaldson
Marjorie Lee | Jheri Neri
Nina Devine | + surprise!

ABOUT THE CHASE PUBLIC RESPONSE PROJECT//
Inspired by pianist Brianna Matzke’s “The Stockhausen Response Project,” The Chase Public Response Project is an opportunity for creators and audiences to interact with art in a new way. Writers, artists, performers, and thinkers are assembled to give their interpretation and share their impressions of the selected piece; they are given free range to do so by any means they choose. 

ABOUT CHASE PUBLIC//
Chase Public is a collaborative space for art and assembly in Cincinnati. Chase Public was conceived with the intent to create an environment that could help balance consumption with creativity, individualism with collaboration, high art with honest work and plain language. Occupying a room that was previously Elyse's Passion, a feminist sex shop, Chase Public hosts poetry readings, music concerts, art openings, book signings, independent theater, stand-up comedy, hotly-contested debates, collaborative art-making, radical activism workshops, crazy-ass parties, and maybe one bird fight. Mostly poetry readings.

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Wave Pool
2940 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225
&
Chase Public Pop Up
2868 Colerain Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45225

Saturday, January 27th
Reception @ Wave Pool - 6:00
Doors @ 2868 Colerain - 7:00
Performance @ 2868 Colerain - 7:30
Free!

BYOB, respectfully. Disrespectful b will be shunned with great contempt.

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WITH NO MEMORIES, NO TIES, NO PHANTOMS TO TEND FOR
Jan
20
6:00 PM18:00

WITH NO MEMORIES, NO TIES, NO PHANTOMS TO TEND FOR

WITH NO MEMORIES NO TIES NO PHANTOMS TO TEND FOR interrogates the historical and contemporary tradition of cultural theft through the lenses of memory and power.

January 20, 2018 from 6-9 pm Wave Pool will host the opening reception for WITH NO MEMORIES, NO TIES, NO PHANTOMS TO TEND FOR, an exhibition curated by Wave Pool Gallery’s first Curatorial Resident, Abby Mae Friend. The show includes work from local and national artists through various means of cultural production such as video, sculpture, installation, writing and poster art.  

WITH NO MEMORIES NO TIES NO PHANTOMS TO TEND FOR is an excerpt from Eunsong Kim's essay "Found, Found, Found: Lived, Lived, Lived," a brilliant piece of cultural criticism regarding Carrie Mae Weem's series From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried. A beautiful and vulnerable indictment of the American tradition of cultural theft, historical and contemporary genocide, and the ways that different cultures carry that tradition of violence through their memory and their loss, Kim’s essay goes far deeper than any simple investigation or argument against cultural appropriation.

The exhibition, titled after Kim's words, is a look at American history, our political and personal relationships with colonialism, and the ways that settler colonialism has affected our personal and collective ability to recall and reconcile, identity, memory, ownership, and power.

Aiming to create a point of access where the audience can interact with the complex intersections of cultural theft and settler colonialism, Friend has curated a show in which artists use their voices and bodies to create art that is unafraid of confrontation and offers space for contemplation and dialogue.

On Saturday February 3rd at 5 pm, Wave Pool will host an interactive screening of selected works from contributing artist Merritt Johnson’s series of short films “Exorcising America.” Audience members will be invited to participate in a guided exorcise practice. In collaboration with Chase Public, Wave Pool will host a Response Project on Saturday January 27th at 6pm where participants will be performing responses to Eunsong Kim’s essay “Found, Found, Found: Lived, Lived, Lived.”

Contributing artist include: M’Shinda Imani Abdullah-Broaddus, Aalap Bommaraju, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Arthur Brum, Liz Cambron, Damian DinéYazhi, Zachary Hutchinson, Merritt Johnson, Eunsong Kim, Oliverio Rodriguez, Isabel Solá and Caleb Yono.

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Food Mapping: A Panel with Alan Wight
Jan
13
5:30 PM17:30

Food Mapping: A Panel with Alan Wight

This panel will explore Food Mapping - the what, why, where, who, and how of various projects in Cincinnati and around the state of Ohio. Topics include citizen science, art, critical cartography, graphic information systems, food deserts, swamps, (in)security, harvesting of edibles, and related public policy.

Panelists:
Nate Kemphues - MoBo Bicycle Coop & Northside Village Green
Glennon Sweeney - Senior Research Associate, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Wendy Silvius - Indian Hill High School, AP Human Geography Teacher
Nick Swartsell - Staff Writer, City Beat
Margaret Weiner - Graphic Designer, University of Cincinnati
Annalee Duganier - Community Development Project Manager, Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corp.

Moderator: 
Alan Wight - The Christ College of Nursing

Guiding Questions: 

1. What is your role and relationship to various Food Mapping Projects?
2. Why are you interested in this work?
3. What are the benefits and challenges of doing this work?

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Dark Asana Yoga
Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Asana Yoga

Cincinnati Dark Asana Yoga is a Vinyasa flow yoga class set to heavier music, a darkened room, and dim candlelit lighting. Music selections will include drone, noise, stoner metal, black metal, atmospheric metal, ambient, space doom, along with other traditional meditation music. 

Beginners are always welcome! Class will take place in the upstairs community room of Wave Pool, now meeting on various nights of the week so stay posted on the group page!

BYOMat and $5 to be paid at the door! For those who find solace in the darkness, join us.

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"Tracing the Ground" and "One Line Over the Other" Openings
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

"Tracing the Ground" and "One Line Over the Other" Openings

December 2nd, 2017 from 6-9 pm, Wave Pool will hold an opening reception for two complimentary exhibitions: “Tracing the Ground,” a group show featuring the work of artists who utilize the visual language of maps and the unique iconography of cartography, and “One Line Over the Other,” an exhibition that demonstrates the various manifestations of the grid as a formal tool.

“Tracing the Ground” features works by artists and collaborators that encompass a wide range of media and approaches:  Environmental scientists using the graphic language of art to map sites of community resources; artists charting the trajectory of their lives using cartographic iconography; and various artistic approaches to planting one’s proverbial flag in the sand—claiming the ground upon which they stand as a basic starting point:  YOU ARE HERE writ large.

As a compliment to the downstairs exhibition, the work of nine current DAAP MFA students, curated by fellow second year MFA candidate Hannah Hersko will explore the pervasive phenomena of the grid in our upstairs Locker Room Gallery.  In her 1979 seminal essay, Grids, Rosalind Krauss describes the grid as “an introjection of the boundaries of the world into the interior of an artwork, it is a mapping of the space inside the frame onto itself.”  These boundaries appear as mirrors for our sociopolitical structure as well as the parallels and intersections of human experience; information is plotted and chronologized in an effort to reveal perspective while the very construction of the grid simultaneously gives way to voids and static space.  Though each artist investigates the grid’s manifestation differently, each piece can be understood as a cropped fragment of a much larger, gridded context.

Contributing artists for Tracing the Ground include:  Courtney Cooper, Morgan Eyering, Marc Governanti, John Humphries, Tori Keith, Chase Melendez, Rebecca Solnit, Braxton Thomas, Margaret Weiner, Rose Sukrow, Alan Wight and Yiqing Yang.

 Contributing artists for One Line Over the Other include:  Mark Albain, Kate Corder, Grant Gill, Shandelle McDuffie, OGH, Mark Payne, Arvind Sundararajan, Emily Van Walleghen and Jessica Whittington

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Baklava By The Fire
Nov
19
6:15 PM18:15

Baklava By The Fire

In collaboration with Tikkun Farms, the Welcome Project is hosting an evening of music, art and community to celebrate Cincinnati's newest neighbors—refugees from Syria, Bhutan, Guatemala and Eritrea—and highlight a number of new projects forming at the Welcome Project in Camp Washington. Join us for conversation around the fire, an improvisational sound performance, "flashlight" tours of the Tikkun Farm gardens and free alpaca selfies.

Doors open at 6:15 PM
Music begins at 6:45 PM

Tickets are $7 and get you a drink ticket and dessert ticket. 
Cash or check will be collected at the door. (Sorry, no cards).

The Welcome Project is a social enterprise that combines a cafe with a boutique to train Cincinnati’s refugee and immigrant community members in restaurant and store management. Workshops, support sessions, gardening and artistic outreach throughout the Camp Washington community are currently offered by this budding enterprise. The Welcome Project space has a restaurant storefront that's currently undergoing rehab. The Welcome Kitchen will serve as an incubator for refugees and immigrants who want to start their own restaurant as well as a work-place training program for those who would like to work in the restaurant industry. Additionally this will be a teaching kitchen, with public cooking classes from the refugees who are chefs there.

We look forward to sharing more about these projects and introducing you to the amazing women we have the pleasure of working alongside everyday.

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If It Won't Hold Water, it Surely Won't Hold a Goat
Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

If It Won't Hold Water, it Surely Won't Hold a Goat

Please join us for Erin Johnson's If it Won't Hold Water, it Surely Won't Hold a Goat, a performative lecture on goat farming, interspecies relationality, queer kin, institutional dysfunction, and Georgia's Goat Man. This is a companion piece to Johnson's video of the same name currently on view at Wave Pool as part of the exhibition Animal Magnetism

Utilizing both historical and fictional narratives, Johnson's video, sound, and social practice works blur the lines between rehearsal and performance, real and imagined landscapes and borders, and perception, memory, and interpretation. These research-driven artworks evidence a fundamental situationality, shape­shifting depending on the collaborator, topic, and resources at hand.  She received herMFA and Certificate in New Media from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Bowdoin College. 

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Baklava By The Fire
Oct
29
6:15 PM18:15

Baklava By The Fire

In collaboration with Tikkun Farms, the Welcome Project is hosting an evening of music, art and community to celebrate Cincinnati's newest neighbors—refugees from Syria, Bhutan, Guatemala and Eritrea—and highlight a number of new projects forming at the Welcome Project in Camp Washington. Join us for conversation around the fire, an improvisational sound performance, "flashlight" tours of the Tikkun Farm gardens and free alpaca selfies.

Doors open at 6:15 PM
Music begins at 6:45 PM

Tickets are $7 and get you a drink ticket and dessert ticket. 
Cash or check will be collected at the door. (Sorry, no cards).

The Welcome Project is a social enterprise that combines a cafe with a boutique to train Cincinnati’s refugee and immigrant community members in restaurant and store management. Workshops, support sessions, gardening and artistic outreach throughout the Camp Washington community are currently offered by this budding enterprise. The Welcome Project space has a restaurant storefront that's currently undergoing rehab. The Welcome Kitchen will serve as an incubator for refugees and immigrants who want to start their own restaurant as well as a work-place training program for those who would like to work in the restaurant industry. Additionally this will be a teaching kitchen, with public cooking classes from the refugees who are chefs there.

We look forward to sharing more about these projects and introducing you to the amazing women we have the pleasure of working alongside everyday.

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Dark Asana Yo)))ga
Oct
29
11:15 AM11:15

Dark Asana Yo)))ga

Dark Asana is a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga class set to heavier music and practiced in the dark. Types of music to expect in our class include drone, noise, stoner metal, black metal, atmospheric metal, ambient, space doom, and other traditional meditation music. Beginners are always welcome! Class will take place in the upstairs community room of Wave Pool, now meeting on various nights of the week so stay posted on the group page!

BYOMat and $5 to be paid at the door! For those who find solace in the darkness, join us.

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Dark Asana Yo)))ga
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Asana Yo)))ga

Dark Asana is a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga class set to heavier music and practiced in the dark. Types of music to expect in our class include drone, noise, stoner metal, black metal, atmospheric metal, ambient, space doom, and other traditional meditation music. Beginners are always welcome! Class will take place in the upstairs community room of Wave Pool, now meeting on various nights of the week so stay posted on the group page!

BYOMat and $5 to be paid at the door! For those who find solace in the darkness, join us.

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Animal Magnetism Exhibition Opening
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Animal Magnetism Exhibition Opening

Wave Pool hosts “Animal Magnetism,” an exhibition of artwork that explores the ethical and ecological relationships formed between species.

October 7th, 2017 from 7-10pm, Wave Pool will hold an opening reception for “Animal Magnetism,” an exhibition curated by University of Cincinnati Associate Professor of Art History, Dr. Kim Paice. The show features prints, sculptures, video, sound works, and books, ranging from the 19th century to today, and which address issues of ethology, ethnography, romance, observations on observation, crossings, and interspecies communiqués. 

Building on the work of philosophers such as Donna Haraway, the works in “Animal Magnetism” explore contact zones where species meet, calling for respect for all species. The show’s title refers to a 19th-century pseudoscience and healing technique of Franz Anton Mesmer that explored attraction between bodies. Here, attraction connects dissimilar works of art to the poetics of bodily attraction (biotic and abiotic, celestial and earthly), literary notions of desire (including the work of Edgar Allen Poe), and to the joy and love of anti-literary poetics that were championed by the Surrealists with magnetic fields. Thus, “animal magnetism” opens onto the overwhelming attraction to all things animal, today. 

The show serves as a site in which contact zones created by scientists and artists - addressing issues such as species extinction, captivity, and the study of behavior in multispecies interactions are explored—thereby challenging human/animal binaries and the ethical implications of such separations. The space of the show itself serves as a kind of “contact zone,” where human exceptionalism is upended and conversations about how life may flourish through attentiveness and respect for species are strongly encouraged. Artist Loraine Wible will perform hypnosis on attendees during the opening reception.

Contributing artists include: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzdilla, André Alves, Laurie Anderson, Margaret Atwood, James Audubon, Rachel Berwick, Gustave Doré, Llewelyn Fletcher, Simon Leung, Future Retrieval, J.J. Grandville, Hope Ginsburg, Francisco Goya, Erin Johnson, Roger S. Payne, Carolee Schneemann’s cat, Mark-the-Shark, Mark Jesus Quemada

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Dark Asana Yo)))ga
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Asana Yo)))ga

Dark Asana is a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga class set to heavier music and practiced in the dark. Types of music to expect in our class include drone, noise, stoner metal, black metal, atmospheric metal, ambient, space doom, and other traditional meditation music. Beginners are always welcome! Class will take place in the upstairs community room of Wave Pool, now meeting on various nights of the week so stay posted on the group page!

BYOMat and $5 to be paid at the door! For those who find solace in the darkness, join us.

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Crit Night (aka Artist Support Group)
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Crit Night (aka Artist Support Group)

Please come to share your work and discuss what you're working on! These meetings have been great and every month there are new faces. Though we will offer you a critique of your work if you want one, these monthly meetings are catered to you and your needs, so if you say you just need a push forward, we're happy to give you unabashed encouragement as well. 

If you don't want to share, but just want to come and talk art, that's fine too! Hope to see you there!

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Dark Asana Yo)))ga
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Dark Asana Yo)))ga

Dark Asana is a traditional vinyasa (flow) yoga class set to heavier music and practiced in the dark. Types of music to expect in our class include drone, noise, stoner metal, black metal, atmospheric metal, ambient, space doom, and other traditional meditation music. Beginners are always welcome! Class will take place in the upstairs community room of Wave Pool, now meeting on various nights of the week so stay posted on the group page!

BYOMat and $5 to be paid at the door! For those who find solace in the darkness, join us.

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Creative Dive with Indigo Hippo
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Creative Dive with Indigo Hippo

Join Indigo Hippo for a dive into the world of creative exploration!  At Indigo Hippo, we believe that creativity keeps us afloat, brings joy, and can be relieving when the challenges of life pile up.  In this workshop, we'll bring a variety of creative reuse materials for participants to play with as we enjoy reflective moments.  We'll explore the following: "What challenges have you experienced lately and how might creativity be applied?" while creating beautiful pieces of visual art.

Please register in advance here so we know how many supplies to have on hand! Snacks and beverages will also be available.   

This programming is part of the exhibition 'The Gathering Space' and is funded in part by the Puffin Foundation.

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