In its 64-year history, the Contemporary Arts Center has had a
reputation for introducing new ideas from a diverse array of
artists. So it's no surprise that its newly designed home, the
LOIS & RICHARD ROSENTHAL CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART,
should be so unique. Built of concrete, steel, and glass, the
six-story building, which opens May 31, seems to defy gravity. The
sidewalk outside flows into the building to become the back wall.
An open ramp/stair seems suspended in space. The galleries
themselves appear to be part of a 3-D jigsaw puzzle with views from
all sides. The inaugural exhibit at this first U.S. museum designed
by a woman, Zaha Hadid, will offer interactions between visitors,
the works of art, and even the building. "When the building itself
is a great work of advanced art, it announces to all who enter that
this is a place for experiment," says director Charles Desmarais.
"It prepares us to be open to the surprises and challenges that are
presented by new art."
America's oldest professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds,
just got a new home, one that's a true ballpark. On March 31, the
GREAT AMERICAN BALL PARK made its debut on the banks of the
Ohio River. And though there's plenty that's sleek about the
three-story structure, fans who long for the grand old days will be
more than satisfied. "The ballpark essentially pays tribute to the
Reds' rich history, especially Crosley Field, where the team came
to prominence," says John Allen, the Reds' COO. To enter the
ballpark, you must first walk through Crosley Terrace, where
statues of players from that era are on display in a simulated
game, and the pitcher's mound has the dimensions of that day and
the grass has the same slope as Crosley's outfield.