The Key Ingredient: Cleveland Public Library hires first-ever Director of Art and Culture

With an extensive collection of WPA prints, a long record of commissioning art installations and exhibits at the main library, as well as murals at its branches around the city, plus important collections of artist books, art catalogs, art objects, maps, and even chess sets, and with the Lockwood Thompson fund specifically supporting art programming, the Cleveland Public Library system […]

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Nobody’s Baby: Morgan Bukovec’s are you on the menu? Series Needles Service Industry Sexism

Morgan Bukovec has been involved in the service industry on and off since she was fifteen—including working the counter at Rudy’s Quality Meats, her grandfather’s butcher shop in Willowick. But it was in the bar and restaurant biz as a server and bartender—working five days a week and sometimes pulling double-shifts—that she was put through the grinder of sexism, misogyny, […]

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Former CMA Curator Key Jo Lee Has a New Book, and a New Role at the Museum of the African Diaspora

I had the pleasure of sitting with Key Jo Lee, newly-appointed chief curator at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco, to discuss her time at the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA); her upcoming book Perceptual Drift, Black Art, and an Ethics of Looking; and the way museum curation might evolve. In her transition to MOAD, Cleveland’s […]

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No Time to Waste: Parade the Circle Lead Artist Hector Castellanos Lara Speaks of Dragon Flies

Parade the Circle—the Cleveland Museum of Art celebration of community and creativity, with its iconic floats created by community groups and international artists, its stilt walkers, its festival village, and crowds in the tens of thousands—returns from its pandemic hiatus in 2023, for the first time since 2019. In this comeback year, the museum has named Hector Castellanos Lara as […]

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Sin tiempo que perder: Héctor Castellanos Lara, principal artista de Parade de Circle, nos habla de las libélulas.

Entrevista Traducido por Damaris Puñales-Alpízar Parade the Circle – la celebración comunitaria de la creatividad que tradicionalmente organiza el Museo de Arte de Cleveland, regresa por primera vez desde 2019 –luego de una pausa causada por la pandemia-, con sus icónicas carrozas diseñadas por artistas locales e internacionales, personas en zancos, fiesta y miles de participantes. Para este regreso, el […]

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Joe and Elaine Kisvardi Collect Cleveland School Artists as Friends, Too

Joe Kisvardi’s collection of Cleveland School artworks comes with a distinctive provenance: He and his wife, Elaine, shared as much or more time enjoying their close friendships with the artists as they did admiring their art in galleries. After serving in the US Marines from 1964 to 1968 during the Vietnam War, Kisvardi returned to Cleveland. His family lived in […]

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Transformer Transition

In 2011, Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell and the Cleveland Museum of Art announced a unique partnership that allowed the art-collecting Bidwells to launch exhibitions featuring their extensive holdings for six months each year, and allowed the museum to create a permanent presence for contemporary art on the Near West Side—an area long known as Ohio City, recently branded by […]

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