8 Questions with Lauren Pearce

If you think Lauren Pearce is having a moment—with a recent group show in New York and a solo show in London and another upcoming in Miami—then you haven’t been paying attention. I first became aware of her work at the Cleveland Flea in 2017. There the Florida transplant sold original works of art and prints infused with pop-inspired color and […]

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REALITY SHOW: SCULPTURE CENTER’S CROSSROADS ARTISTS REIMAGINE CLEVELAND LANDMARKS

As an emergent artistic technique, augmented reality (AR) may seem like a pretty high-concept notion, long on what George W. Bush called “the Vision thing,” arguably a bit short when it comes to reality itself. But AR offers at least one hugely important advantage to artists and museums, anywhere and everywhere: a fresh and flexible way for audiences to interact […]

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IMAGINE OTHERWISE, OTHERWISE IMAGINED

Review by Vince Robinson Places for art can be found in a myriad of eclectic spaces. Curator / organizer LaTanya Autry’s  Imagine Otherwise,  presented by moCa Cleveland, creatively demonstrates what happens when boundaries are stretched beyond the figurative and literal walls in Cleveland’s art ecosystem. The show challenges the status quo and offers opportunities for artists and patrons who, for […]

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DAVID RAMSEY: WHAT’S BLACK, BROWN WITH ROOTS ALL OVER?

Sitting down with David Ramsey, owner of Deep Roots Experience, a Black-owned and operated art gallery at 7901 Central Avenue in Fairfax, Cleveland, who also has a second location (Wood and Green, 2905 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights) that he just opened. Ramsey talks about working only with Black and Brown artists, creating space for the artwork, and presenting artwork in a […]

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WHAT’S NEXT, WITH MORDECAI CARGILL

Interview by Amanda D. King For the fourth installment of “What’s Next,” Amanda D. King spoke with Mordecai Cargill, co-founder and creative director of ThirdSpace Action Lab. In the conversation, Cargill discusses place-making, critical fabulation and sonic character in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood. King: How has growing up in Cleveland shaped your understanding of culture? Cargill: I am interested in the ways […]

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CURRENTLY UNDER CURATION: WHAT TEENS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ART

The Cleveland Museum of Art is giving high school students a chance to express themselves through the curatorial arts. The pilot program, Currently Under Curation (CUC), was launched in 2018 as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Arts Mastery Initiative. Curating is a word that’s been watered down in recent years as social media influencers “curate” their favorite things in their feeds, […]

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JEANNINE deNOBEL LOVE, CLEVELAND ARCHITECTURE, 1890-1930: BUILDING THE CITY BEAUTIFUL, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS

To lure buyers, it’s common to say that a book is a “page-turner.” That’s not the case here, but nonetheless it’s well worth buying Jeannine deNobel Love’s Cleveland Architecture, 1890-1930: Building the City Beautiful, and keeping it close at hand. For anyone who lives in Cleveland or who’s interested in the arts, this is an indispensable reference. Cleveland’s greatest period […]

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THE GOLD STANDARD: THE NEIGHBORHOOD RALLIES TO SAVE AN OLD BUILDING ON WATERLOO

Architecturally speaking, the so-called “Gold Building” is nothing to write home about. It’s just two storefronts at the street level, and office space along a hallway upstairs: standard stuff of the streetcar era. Hundreds of buildings like this still stand—even a century beyond their heyday—along the commercial corridors of Cleveland. But the Gold Building, on Waterloo at East 156th Street, had […]

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WAKE UP AND SMELL A NEW MILLENNIUM

Cleveland filmmaker Robert Banks doesn’t speak for Cleveland, or his neighborhood, or the history of films he collects, or for women: he observes, honors, and celebrates them. The year 2021 may go down as the actual start of the twenty-first century—if not predicated by the coronavirus, then by the reckoning that came when the Capitol was breached January 6 by white […]

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STAYING IN THE CONVERSATION: UNDENIABLE, TELLING, FRONT-BURNER IMPORTANT

Even without demographic research, it is safe to say CAN Journal has an overwhelmingly white readership. Collective Arts Network is an organization started by white people, and while our board of directors and membership of organizations are increasingly diverse, there is a lot of inertia in the region’s racial dynamic. For someone familiar with the art scene in Cleveland, that […]

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