Great Stuff: Crystal Miller’s Afrofuturist Visions of Feminine Beauty

Crystal Miller describes herself as an “all-or-nothing” person, and that personality plays out in the bold, extravagance of her work. Her Afro-Futurist portraits of glamorous Black women figured prominently in her BFA show at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and landed her a show at Summit Artspace earlier this year. In September, she opens her first solo show in a […]

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Emanuel Wallace Pivots

Equally at home taking grip-and-grins for Scene and gripping images of Black life in Cleveland, the photographer has earned praise and gallery shows. Photographer Emanuel Wallace began taking pictures as a young child, brought up spending lots of time alone and feeling bored. He used disposable cameras to capture small still life scenes he’d create in his home. Sometimes these […]

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CARTA Members Enjoy Fun Collecting Options to Support Cleveland Artists and CIA

The Cleveland Art Association – better known as CARTA – offers members an entirely engaging and enjoyable way to experience and collect Cleveland artists’ works. The process is simple: Each year, members eye the pieces in the continually evolving collection and decide on the ones they would like to inspect further, knowing that they will pull a number and obtain […]

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Photo Poets: Mansa L. Bey

Photo Poets is a street photography feature curated by Aja Joi Grant. The Fall 2023 Photo Poet is Mansa L. Bey. Mansa L Bey is a Moorish-American poet and mixed media folk artist from Cleveland. Centering the experience and expressions of identity and indigeneity, Bey’s passion for the oral tradition of griot-style spoken word and visual poetry converge to display […]

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The Art of Tenacity: Art House’s new campus is a study in perseverence and collaboration

Under a century-old sweetgum tree on Cleveland’s West Side, newly-planted clumps of ornamental grasses sway in the wind. Birds swoop between bushes ringing two bioswales that dip away from each other, creating a natural land bridge. This swath of green interrupts the march of apartment buildings, schools, and old homes near the intersection of Denison Avenue and Pearl Road in […]

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Art in the Plastocene Era: Everlasting Plastics at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale

A swirling, circular tangle of twisting black lines, Simon Anton’s Orologio (Plastic Time) (Fig. 1) looms above the heads of visitors to the U.S. Pavilion in the Giardini of the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale.  Comprised of bits of black and white salvaged plastic waste fused to a metal armature, Anton’s sculpture is on view as part of the exhibition Everlasting […]

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Honey Instead of Vinegar: Corrie Slawson’s Future dithering at SHAHEEN modern and contemporary

“You know, I really just want to grow things,” says artist Corrie Slawson, laughing, though I don’t get the sense she’s kidding. Slawson’s garden—dappled with natives, cultivars, vegetable gardens, and a flock of chickens flowing alongside Taro, the family’s adopted rescue pup from Puerto Rico—is a crush of color, kaleidoscopic tones, and layered textures, fifteen years in the making. “You […]

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Fall 2023 Events

Your easy, chronological guide to exhibits and opportunities at Northeast Ohio galleries, studios, and museums coming in the next few months. More information about many of these exhibits can be found elsewhere in the pages of CAN Journal. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to check with galleries for current protocols. Some in-person indoor events require proof of […]

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Meet the US Artists of the 2023 Venice Biennale Architettura

As this issue of CAN goes to press, curators Tizziana Baldenebro of SPACES and Lauren Leving of moCa Cleveland were on the verge of departure for Italy, where they would oversee the installation of Everlasting Plastics, the exhibition they have built for the US Pavilion at the 2023 Venice Biennale Architettura. Their proposal, via Cleveland-based SPACES Gallery, was chosen by […]

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