Washing the Blues Away – Unfixed: The Fugitive Image at Transformer Station

  Fred and Laura Bidwell’s Transformer Station Museum is a particularly savvy instance of contemporary design, and simultaneously a study of fading history.  Originally a streetcar power substation dating from 1924, the well-made and now restored original building is supplemented at the west end by a new minimalist structure of about the same size. It looks intriguingly like one thing […]

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Artface: Dexter Davis

Dexter Davis was two years old when the riots broke out in Hough, which was his neighborhood. He has lived in Cleveland his entire life, except for some time in France back in 1987. He earned his BFA at CIA, and has worked as a security guard at the Cleveland Museum of Art for more than 20 years, all the […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Global Artists at Home in Cleveland

In 2008, The Cleveland Foundation created an unprecedented international artist residency program that has brought more than 70 foreign artists to Cleveland. Each year, Creative Fusion brings approximately a dozen accomplished or rapidly rising artists from underrepresented cultures to Cleveland.  Each is hosted by a local cultural institution during two, three-month residency periods which take place in spring (March-May) and […]

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Anna Arnold: Face Time

Anna Arnold may be most recognized right now as the guiding light of Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College, where she took over from long-time Director Frank Frate about two years ago. Arnold’s Facebook page recently featured a sixteen second video of all the works on view in the most recent exhibit she put together, “The Drawing Show: From Doodles to […]

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CAN We Talk?

Maybe this is a good time to talk. Just over 75 percent of the people who cast ballots in Cuyahoga County in November voted in favor of renewed public support of the arts and culture through its 30 cent per pack tax on cigarettes. That’s an overwhelming number. And a few months earlier, when the County Council discussed putting the […]

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Surge, Resurge: Tremont and Little Italy work to recover their art walk magic

Nothing could be more emblematic of the churn on Cleveland’s art-walking scene than the coincidence of the Little Italy and Tremont art walks one Friday in October. Both neighborhoods once were the edgy hot spots of the Cleveland art scene. Each of them once defined the term “Art Walk” in Cleveland, and together they are responsible for establishing here the idea that artists […]

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Looking Forward: The Art History of Cleveland’s Future

As noted in a previous issue of CAN, ARTneo—which could colloquially be described as the Museum of Northeast Ohio art—has recently been through significant changes in its staff, board, and even its location. At its 2015 benefit, the organization recognized the contributions of scholar, curator, and professor Henry Adams, who has written extensively on American art, including  art of Northeast […]

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Masked Men, Hatchets, and Bombs: Frank Oriti’s Clarity, Rodin’s the Thinker, and the Silencing of Art Vandalism

It all started on Twitter, of course.  A disturbed visitor to a London museum wrote: “I hope the @metpoliceuk deal with the masked balaclava ‘protestors’ in the national portrait gallery #London bloody terrifying :-(“. This was posted moments after a disturbance on the afternoon of July 5, and the event was made even more unnerving by its proximity to the […]

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