Following up with Matthew Gallagher – “Research & Development” is Now on View at HEDGE Gallery

Back in late March, I had the great pleasure of speaking with artist Matthew Gallagher, whose planned show at HEDGE Gallery was put on hold (“Show Postponed, Artist Matthew Gallagher Grapples with the Impact of COVID-19“). At that time the future was very uncertain, as every arts institution in North-East Ohio began shutting their doors, cancelling programs, and quarantine began. I […]

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Remains of the Day: Hildur Ásgeirdóttir Jónsson and Kaveri Raina at Abattoir Gallery

Cleveland’s newest gallery, Abattoir, is named for the meat-industry term, meaning  “slaughterhouse,”  in honor of the original function of the Hildebrandt sausage-producing complex where the space is located. Making its debut in 2020, a punishing year of pandemic and social upheaval, the name and the place might seem disturbingly appropriate. The gallerist-proprietors, Lisa Kurzner and Rose Burlingham, are curators with […]

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Art Made in the Shutdown: Mary K. Thomas

Since the beginning of the COVID Shutdown, CAN has shared virtual gallery tours and studio visits and other updates from artists about how they were impacted, how they were challenged, and how they coped during the isolation. Now more than three months into the crisis, we know artists have not stopped making work, even if they have had to channel […]

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At What Cost Art?

  Some years ago, a friend announced to her parents that she wanted to go to art school. Her mother responded in words that carried a clear message, albeit strangely, asking, “Whaddaya gonna do? Cut paper?” Maybe she meant construction paper or poster board factory work? The sentiment that art is not a real way to make a living is […]

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MOCA Cleveland Executive Director Steps Down

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland announced Friday that executive director Jill Snyder has stepped down after 23 years in that role. The organization had recently apologized to artist Shaun Leonardo, whose exhibit, The Breath of Empty Space, curated by former Clevelander John Chaich, was scheduled to be on view at moCa in the Summer. The Breath of Empty Space deals with […]

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Open Call: Art Made In The COVID Shutdown

CAN Journal is pleased to partner with Worthington Yards in presenting an exhibit opportunity open to all artists who continued making work during the COVID Shutdown.  Art from the Shutdown will be on view at Worthington Yards June 24 – August 15, by appointment. Accompanying artist videos will be available via the CAN Blog Art From A Distance series. From […]

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Galleries and Museums Slowly Re-Open

In the most complicated and difficult atmosphere in recent memory, Cleveland galleries and museums are beginning to re-open their doors, after being closed nearly three months in response to the COVID pandemic. While commercial galleries as retail businesses have been permitted to open since mid-May, Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement Thursday, June 4 specifically named galleries and museums among a long […]

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