Curated by Deadline: The 24th Robert Thürmer People’s Art Show at The Galleries at CSU

No algorithm needed here. This is radical inclusion: 406 pieces of art sharing the similarity of being submitted by their creators by the show’s deadline. People have been busy. People have been creative. This is what over 240 artists did while we sat on the couch watching Netflix. Acrylics are everywhere and hot colors predominate. There are portraits of 80s […]

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Galleries at CSU present Blaque Cleveland

The Galleries at Cleveland State University are pleased to present the exhibition Blaque Cleveland, which showcases four Black artists who have lived in Cleveland and had their art influenced by the city and region. Each artist explores their own idea of “Blackness” in their given medium. The exhibition opens Tuesday, January 18, and closes Saturday, March 19. It has been scheduled to […]

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Billie Lawless and The Politician: A Toy

  In the twenty-three years since it first appeared, hallucination-like, along Chester Ave., Billy Lawless’ over-sized, playful sculpture “The Politician: A Toy” has become one of Cleveland’s most important pieces of public art. It’s not nearly as sinister as the snaking, twisted steel bar that constitutes Isamu Noguchi’s similarly huge 1976 “Portal”, installed on the sidewalk in front of the […]

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By the People, For the People, At CSU

Democracy rules every edition of the biennial People’s Art Show in the Galleries at Cleveland State University, an unjuried, un-curated, uncensored display of just about every artistic pursuit on the Cleveland art scene. The 23rd iteration is on view October 26 – December 7. This year, a couple of interactive works in the show are particularly relevant to democracy, and […]

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Finding Book-Ness: ABC at CSU

Once books were simply vehicles, carrying the information they contained. For centuries, they were the most efficient way to traffic in words and pictures. In these digital days they still do that, but they have other functions, too: They are monuments to those ideas, celebrations, commemorations, and elaborations on them. They are a way not just to pass words and […]

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Local and Global in the Galleries at CSU

The Galleries at CSU are pleased to present two significant exhibitions this winter season. Opening on March 9, the exhibition Cleveland’s Symbol: 52 Stories of the Terminal Tower—curated by William Barrow, Special Collections Librarian, the Michael Schwartz Library—will run through April 21. Gallery conversation at 4pm followed by a reception with refreshments from 5 to 8pm. Contemporaneously in the North […]

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Focus on Abstraction: Dana Oldfather, Tony Watkins, Mark Keffer, Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl at The Galleries of CSU

Soon after the end of the Second World War, Abstract Expressionism blew a hole in art history. The cultural effect was comparable to the Manhattan Project. Abstract Expressionism (AE) effectively transformed Western art, replacing the tattered late-modern remains of aesthetic intention and technique with guiding principles derived in part from psychoanalysis and Freud’s theories of the unconscious. Accidental marks, the […]

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