Sunflowers on Red Bricks: Re-reading Latin America and the Caribbean from Cleveland, Ohio

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  by Laura Ruiz Montes Translation by Damaris Puñales Alpízar Laura Ruiz Montes is a poet, writer, and critic in Matanzas, Cuba, who was a Spring 2017 Creative Fusion resident in Cleveland, hosted by CAN Journal and supported by the Cleveland Foundation. This is the second part of her essay on Cleveland artists of Latin American descent. The first part […]






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FALL 2017 EVENTS

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Your easy, chronological guide to what Northeast Ohio galleries and museums have coming up in the next few months. More information about many of these exhibits can be found elsewhere in the pages of CAN. Enjoy the shows!   Continuing   Through September 1 Justin Brennan: Paintings and Drawings; Stephen Kasner: Homecoming Preview HEDGE GALLERY   Through September 9 Word. […]






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Individually and Collectively: A City of Immigrants with a Chorus of Voices – We All Do Better When We Work Together

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This issue of CAN marks the beginning of our sixth year. Depending on when you start counting, our fifth anniversary is either just about to happen, or came sometime during the last six months. On this occasion, we can’t help explore who we are, and why we are here. And in light of the national and international political climate, with […]






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Death from the Skies: Meet 2017 Guggenheim Fellow / KSU Associate Professor Mahwish Chishty

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Killing is an old story, but military drones are doing what they can to update it. Since 2004 the CIA, operating under the past two administrations, has waged what amounts to a futuristic, robotic aerial war against alleged terrorists organizing along Pakistan’s northwest border, killing thousands of people.  Some died because they were targeted, others because they were too close […]






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Magical Wax: The Playable Art of Wax Mage Records

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“I do everything with the same conviction, whether I’m taking photographs or performing or painting or writing. I’m the same person.” – Patti Smith I doubt it’s very surprising that a musical artist would dabble in other art forms.  The Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was also a well-known painter who showed his work alongside Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, and […]






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Sunflowers on Red Bricks (Re-reading Latin America and the Caribbean from Cleveland, Ohio)

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Laura Ruiz Montes is resident in Cleveland during the Spring of 2017, hosted by CAN with support from the Cleveland Foundation through the Creative Fusion program. Poet, critic, and editor of  Ediciones Vigia—a publisher of artist books in Matanzas, Cuba—her role during the residency has been to write her impressions of art from the community of Latino immigrants in Cleveland. […]






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George Mauersberger: Transforming Line

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In the small rooms of a duplex house on Cleveland’s West Side George Mauersberger stores and sometimes makes his large-scale drawings, which have been a mainstay of the city’s visual art scene for the past thirty years. Whether these images in graphite, pastel, and watercolor are Realist, Hyper-Realist, Pop, or something else, they’re remarkable for a hallucinatory fidelity to the […]






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ENGAGE

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As CAN goes to press, a conservative US Congress is mulling over a budget document that includes complete elimination of a public support system that has been around longer than most of us have been alive: the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Grants those agencies provide constitute a minuscule portion of the nation’s […]






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