Twenty Years Ago Today

Revisiting Cincinnati's Millennial Alternative Scene

August 7 – October 28, 2023

Press Release

Twenty Years Ago Today · Revisiting Cincinnati’s Millennial Alternative Scene
Jimmy Baker Keith Benjamin Britni Bicknaver Kendall Bruns Matt Coors Aaron Delamatre
Fred Ellenberger Tracy Featherstone Lori Larusso Cynthia Lockhart Andrew Loughnane
Matt Lynch Alice Pixley Young Rachel Rampleman Bill Renschler TODT Joseph Winterhalter

The Gallery at the Summit  Hotel
5345 Medpace Way, Cincinnati, OH

August 7- October 28, 2023

Public reception Friday August 18
5-8 pm     
Round Table Discussion 
Thursday September 28
6-8 pm

The Summit Hotel is pleased to present Twenty Years Ago Today · Revisiting Cincinnati’s Millennial Alternative Scene, an exhibition organized by Alternate Projects and curated by Linda Schwartz and Sue Spaid. 

In light of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, “20 Years Ago Today” features artworks by local luminaries of the early aughties art scene. Not only did these artists exhibit at the Arts Consortium (1972–2011), Semantics (1993–2016), DiLeia (1996–2001), Warsaw Projects (1998–2005), Sanctum Santorum (1998–2001), Volk (2000), SSNOVA (2001–2003), Publico (2003–2008), Autumedia (2003–2013) and/or Aisle (2007–2012), but many were also instrumental in organizing other artists’ exhibitions in these spaces. All remain active in the artworld and several are local art professors. Of course, hundreds more have helped to make Cincinnati such a vibrant artworld destination. To select this exhibition’s artworks curators invited dozens of artists to propose up to three artworks from the early aughties plus up to three newish artworks with the view that exhibiting artists would be represented by both periods of their careers. In selecting the artworks, the curators noticed several consistent themes: 1. Art made from domestic materials 2. Artworld in-jokes 3. Collective artworks, such that participants provided input 4. Objects indicative of making/moving/labor 5. Art inspired by everyday activities  

This exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery is open 24 hours a day, but it is advised to call ahead before visiting to ensure the gallery is not closed for a private event. There will be a reception for this exhibition on Friday August 18 from 5 - 8 pm. Light appetizers will be served along with a cash bar. On Thursday September 28 from 6-8 pm, the curators will hold a round table discussion with artists from Cincinnati’s millennial alternative scene. The discussion will center on the pros and cons of such spaces’ for artists, communities, and institutions. Both the reception and discussion are free and open to the public.

More information: contact Alternate Projects