Our Open Sign on Loan:  Untitled  John Schlesinger, 2017  neon

Our Open Sign on Loan:


John Schlesinger, 2017


Anytime Dept. Members:

Directors: Lydia Rosenberg and Rebecca Steele

Interns: Corbly Brockman, Bridget Pavlick, Brandon Benitez, Sydney Rains, Audrey Patterson


Anytime Dept. is an artist-run curatorial and event programming collaborative opening in a storefront of the Hoffner Masonic Lodge (The Hoffner Gallery) in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio in June, 2017.

The curatorial projects will emphasize the importance of local exposure to the experimental practices of a national artistic community, while providing artists a space to produce work outside of the immediate pressures of a market.

Working in short exhibition timelines Anytime Dept. will invite emerging and mid career contemporary artists to exhibit work and engage in experimental projects. Anytime Dept. is looking to support and produce thoughtful dialogues between artists and intellectual communities. Invited artists and participants will be asked to mount an exhibition and to work with the organizers to produce ephemera and events that will record and extend the dialogues generated in the gallery context.

The night before each opening Anytime Dept. will orchestrate a dinner in honor of the visiting artists where relevant local community members and volunteers will be invited to share a meal and discussion with the artists and curators in an intimate setting.

Artists will collaborate with the curators along with local presses and print shops to produce ephemera relating to their exhibition that will be made available to the public the night of the opening. Anytime Dept. will collect and organize the ephemera into archival packets for each season which will be available for purchase.

Participating artists will work with Anytime Dept. to develop a public interaction in the form of a lecture, gallery talk, performance, or workshop.

 Working with local academics and thinkers,  special events will be developed as a way to activate the “dead space” of an art exhibition--the time between opening and closing of the show--and will take experimental approaches to the development of dialogues between community members and the artist’s work.