2019: A forward-looking retrospective

Elsewhere on the digital pages of CAN, Brittany M. Hudak and Michael Gill have written fine-grained and big-picture analyses of the year in Northeast Ohio art. Hudak remembered the year in a series of particular exhibits; Gill contextualized local developments within larger trends in the artworld. This post, then, is calibrated towards the medium scale—events which made a great immediate […]

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One Critic Takes a Look at the Year’s Best

In no particular order, here is a list of my ten favorite exhibitions, artists, performances, etc. in the North East Ohio arts scene during 2019.   1. CHARLES BURCHFIELD AT THE CMA: THE OHIO LANDSCAPES Early last year at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Focus Gallery, Charles Burchfield: The Ohio Landscapes, 1915–1920 was a truly magnificent glimpse into the formative […]

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Last Carnival and the Cuyahoga

The Trump EPA’s rollback of Obama-era rules protecting US waterways should have a special resonance in Cleveland, including in the art world here. Having just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the big fire on the Cuyahoga—an event which helped to inspire creation of the EPA—we know that humans and their industry can do profound damage to our waterways, and that […]

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Gunpowder Artist Cai Guo-Qiang Draws the Cuyahoga River with Fire

Last year in his New Jersey studio, Cai Guo-Qiang ignited the gunpowder for his work Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Stretching nearly forty feet long, the artist traced the familiar curving path of Cleveland’s famous river—from the site of the historic fire in the summer of 1969 to the mouth at Lake Erie—using explosions. The […]

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Creative Fusion: Designing for Access and Sustainability

ARTISTS: Douglas Paige | Cleveland Lukas Kronawitter | Germany ORGANIZATION: Cleveland Institute of Art   The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion’s projects in 2019 dare to confront Northeast Ohioans with one of the most embarrassing episodes in our region’s history, in the hope that we heed its warnings for our own era. June 22 marks the half-centennial anniversary of the 1969 […]

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The Change We Want to See: Community Engagement efforts at the Cleveland Museum of Art

It can be difficult for a 105-year-old organization to stay fresh and continuously come up with new ways to engage with the community. Lately, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has been striving a little harder to do just those things. A recent $368,400 grant from the Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundations’ Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative—matched by the […]

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2018 Cleveland Arts Prizes announced

The Cleveland Arts Prize has announced the winners of its 2018 awards. The 58th annual prizes recognize artists working in fields as diverse as architecture, literature, painting, and comics. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Rita Dove, a playwright, author, poet and lyricist based out of Akron. In 1993, Dove became the first Black Poet Laureate of the United […]

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