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Swoon Retrospective Opens Today at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center

September 22, 2017

Caledonia Curry (aka Swoon) is an outright legend in the international street art community, and today she opens her first-ever career (thus far!) retrospective at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center!

Swoon started putting her artwork on the streets of New York City in 1999, when she was in school there studying at the Pratt Institute. Through hard work, persistence, and incredible talent, her career took off in the 2000s. As the bio reads on her website: “Swoon has spent the last 14 years exploring the relationship between people and their built environments. Her early interventions in the urban landscape took the form of wheat-pasting portraits to the walls of cities around the world, and her public practice has expanded to using art to rebuild communities and humanize today’s most pressing social and environmental issues.”

I personally have loved Swoon’s work for, honestly, as long as I can remember. Hell, one of the very first posts to this blog was sharing the video of Swoon’s TED Talk in 2011. And over the years I’ve counted myself as lucky to see a few Swoon pieces in person, including when she installed in Fishtown apart of Mural Arts Philadelphia‘s Open Source exhibition in 2015.

Titled The Canyon: 1999-2017, this retrospective will be the first time that we’re able to look at the entire story of Swoon’s creative progression, from the earliest street works to the large scale sculptures and immersive installations, all the way through to the socially engaged projects in places like Haiti and New Orleans. It opens today, and will be open through February 25, 2018.

If you’re in Cincinnati, or planning to be there in the next few months, I couldn’t suggest more strongly that you check this out. For those who can’t make it to Cincinnati, Swoon has also created a website that will host works from each year since 1999. This website, the Archivist’s Circle, will serve as a parallel to the exhibition for anyone who has enjoyed or supported Swoon’s work over the years and would like now to be a part of supporting this pivotal moment in her artistic career.

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