THE FOREIGNER’S HOME: Oberlin filmmakers Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree’s new documentary on Toni Morrison and the role of artists as chroniclers, curators, and critics of the soul of humanity

Film still from animation of D’ de Kabal, The Foreigner’s Home

The Foreigner’s Home is author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s meditation on the role of artists as chroniclers, curators and critics of the collective soul of humanity. Cleveland director, producer, editor, animator and filmmaker Rian Brown directed the unusual documentary, a compilation of footage shot by Morrison’s son, Ford Morrison when she stepped in as guest curator of The Foreigner’s […]

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Artist/Artist: Claudio Orso

Print by Claudio Orso

Orso and Cross met in The Studio, Gallery and Lyceum in downtown Oberlin, where Claudio’s prints and ceramic sculptures are currently on exhibit. RC: In pieces from your time in Wyoming, the direction changes from politics to so much about joy, community and how you love place. We’re all as politically concerned as ever, but what do you think? CO: […]

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When CAN launched as a quarterly, we were stricken with the glow of potential. This column began: There’s a moment, sure as flipping a light switch, when you realize something is possible. The visual art scene in Cleveland is at that moment. Five years later, that potential has grown in every way, and another moment has arrived. In the summer 2018, […]

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Growing the Pie, Part IV: New Towns, Other Galleries Can Help Artists Grow Careers


Cleveland artist John Carlson was in Manhattan years ago, pounding the pavement to make connections in galleries he hoped might show his paintings. Buoyed by recent acceptance into a well-respected show in Ohio, he made a point of dropping into a gallery owned by the very selective New Yorker who had juried him into it. Carlson introduced himself to the […]

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The Seismic Power of Feminist Art: Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum Presents A Century of Women in Prints

Jean Kabota Cassill, Full Sky Empty Sea, 1972, intaglio

“Excellence has no sex,” the German-born American artist Eva Hesse once remarked in an interview. That unassailable truth is born out in A Century of Women in Prints, 1917-2017, on view through December 17 in the Stern Gallery West of the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin. Curated by Andaleeb Badiee Banta, with the assistance of Oberlin student Claire Rasmussen […]

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