Fall 2018 visual arts preview: from Medici tapestries to what Georgia O’Keeffe wore



The fall 2018 art season will feature an invigorating follow-up to FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, which will run through September 30 at multiple venues.

Steven Litt, the ordinary merchant

“The American Library”, an installation by British artist Yinka Shonibare

CLEVELAND, Ohio – There is no longer a seasonal break on the arts calendar in Northeast Ohio. From an extremely busy summer, the arts community is heading for an equally active fall, with chances to see everything from French Renaissance tapestries at the Cleveland Museum of Art to a special exhibition at Progressive Corp., for which the artists participants did all the curation themselves.

For now, however, there is still time to enjoy the first edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, the largest contemporary art exhibition ever held in the region. The show, which opened in July, continues in theaters in Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin through Sunday, September 30. Works by more than 115 artists from around the world, including more than a dozen from northeastern Ohio, are on display.

Highlights include Yinka Shonibare’s ode to American immigration, called “The American Library,” on display at the main branch of the Cleveland Public Library in downtown, and Dawoud’s installation of night landscape photographs. Bey at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 2600 Church Ave. in Ohio City, which discusses how slaves escaping from the South on the Underground Railroad moved at night to avoid detection.

FRONT offers will continue at the Cleveland Institute of Art through October 7 and at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College through December 17.

Cleveland Art Museum, Uffizi Galleries

Detail of a Valois tapestry

Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights that will follow FRONT this fall:

Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7340, clevelandart.org.

For the first time in North America, the museum will present the recently restored Valois tapestries from the Uffizi Galleries collection in Florence, Italy. The eight tapestries, a unique set of 16th century hangings, were commissioned by Catherine de Medici, the Queen Mother of France. According to the museum, they embody “the pageantry, splendor and political intrigue of Renaissance Europe”. The show runs from November 17 to January 21.

Courtesy of the artist and Robert Klein Gallery

Charlotte 15, Beirut, Lebanon, by Rania Matar, from the series “Becoming”, 2016

After FRONT, the Transformer Station Gallery in Ohio City, a joint project of the Museum and the Bidwell Foundation, will focus on “In Her Image,” 42 large color photographs by Lebanese-American photographer Rania Matar that examine female identity. in childhood, adolescence, and middle age in the United States and the Middle East. Matar emphasizes “the underlying similarities rather than the apparent differences between cultures” and seeks the “beauty of our shared humanity,” the museum said. The show runs from October 27 to January 13.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, NM,

“Georgia O’Keeffe”, c. 1920–22. Alfred Stieglitz

In ‘Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern’, presented from November 21 to March 2, 2019, the museum examines the connections between the paintings, personal style and public personality of an iconic American artist. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the exhibition will combine paintings by O’Keeffe with personal clothing, many of which are being shown in Cleveland for the first time, as well as photographic portraits.

© The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed to SCALA / Art Resource, NY.

“The Torso”, 1907, by Clarence H. White

From October 21 to January 21, the museum will host “Clarence H. White and His World: The Arts and Crafts of Photography, 1895-1925”. Organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, the exhibition will examine the work of the Ohio-born photographer against the backdrop of the global arts and crafts movement and contemporary visual culture. Paintings by John White Alexander, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, Edmund Charles Tarbell and Arthur Wesley Dow will help set the mood.

Howard Agriesti, Reproduced with permission from the Charles E. Burchfield Foundation.

“The Sun Through the Trees”, 1917, by Charles Burchfield

“Charles Burchfield: The Ohio Landscapes, 1915-1920,” showing December 22 – May 5, 2019, will explore the role of northeastern Ohio landscapes in the work of the early and prominent Salem-native American artist. of the twentieth century who studied at the Cleveland School of Art, now the Cleveland Institute of Art.

© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

“Signs”, 1970. Robert Rauschenberg

From November 18 to March 24, the museum will present “Who RU2 Day: Mass Media and the Fine Art Print”, an exhibition from the institution’s permanent collection that explores how contemporary artists have exploited print and photographic media. that exploit print and photographic media, including images borrowed from pop culture.

Adam Reich, Grand Rapids Art Museum

Alexis Rockman, “Cascade”, 2015,

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, 11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.

From October 19 to January 27, MOCA Cleveland will host “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle”. Organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the exhibit features colorful, panoramic and mural-sized scenes of the lakes above and below the waterline.

Dawn Blackman

Kalbträgerin, 2017, by Aleksandra Domanovic

From December 14 to March 24, MOCA Cleveland will also present the first major American museum exhibition on the work of Aleksandra Domanovic from Novi Sad in the former Yugoslavia, now Serbia. Her work often explores the role of women in history influenced by science and technology.

Courtesy of the artist, Progressive Corp.

Amber Kempthorn. “Push back the sky.” 2018

Progressive Corp. (Campus II), 300 North Commons Blvd., Mayfield Village, fullfathomfiveshow.com/concept/

On October 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., on November 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and on December 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Progressive will welcome visitors who have responded through the website. aforementioned exhibition to see “Full Fathom Five,” an exhibition of works by contemporary artists from the Cleveland area who have chosen themselves to participate. The “fathoms” in the title of the exhibition refer to the fact that the first five artists chose the second five, who chose the third, and so on until the list reaches 30 works by 30 participating artists. . The show aims in part to continue the energy unleashed in the region this summer by the FRONT Triennial.

Image courtesy of the artist

Sarah Kabot, “NYT November 29, 2015” (2017),

Spaces Gallery, 2900 Detroit Ave., 216-621-2314, spacegallery.org.

From November 16 to January 11, Spaces will exhibit “Forgetting Lessons: Sarah Kabot,” examining the work of a Cleveland artist who focuses on “the inevitable distortions and omissions occurring in public memory of distant but current events. significant “, as spaces put it. Kabot draws inspiration from the New York Times and the Plain Dealer in his work.

Pieter Hugo, image courtesy of the artist

James webb

From October 3 to November 23, Spaces will host artist-in-residence James Webb, from Cape Town, South Africa, who will produce “This Isn’t What It Sounds Like: An Audio Guide to Getting Lost,” based on recorded interviews with Clevelanders.

courtesy of the artist

Dustin Grella, “Animation Hotline.”

From November 16 to January 11, 2019, Spaces will present Akron native Dustin Grella’s “Animation Hotline” with animations of Spaces visitors’ favorite stories on the gallery, collected during his 40th anniversary exhibit earlier in the year. ‘year.

Alexey furman

“Euromaiden Revolution.”

Cleveland Print Room, 2550 Superior Ave. Cleveland, 216-802-9441, clevelandprintroom.com.

Until October 27, the print room is hosting “Embargo”, an exhibition of works by contemporary photo-based artists whose work deals with revolutionary political themes. Among them are Ukrainian photojournalist Alexey Furman, Chilean artist Pablo Serra Marino, Cuban artist Sandra Ramos and Cuban photographer of Bolivian origin Pilar Rubi.

Arnold tunstall

“2 heads”, Canfield Fair, 2017 by Arnold Tunstall

Pilar rubi

Untitled photo of Pilar Rubi

Pablo Serra Marino

From the Old Regime series by Pablo Serra Marino

Paolo Pelosini, Cleveland State University Art Gallery

“Si Fossi foco arderei lo mondo (If I were fire, I would burn the world)” 2017, Paolo Pelosini

The Galleries at Cleveland State University, 1307 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, 216 687 2013, csuohio.edu/class/art/node/2037

Through October 5, CSU Gallery kicks off its 2018-19 season with “Demise,” a meditation on the meaning of life and death, curated by former Cleveland artist and curator John L. Moore, winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1995.. The exhibition features works by Rina Banerjee, Esperanza Cortés, Jae Rhim Lee, Brian

Maguire, Paolo Pelosini and Levent Tuncer.

Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York

Jeff donaldson, simba, 1972

Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., 330-376-9185, akronartmuseum.org.

“Jeff Donaldson: Dig” will be playing from October 26 to January 21. The artist’s first retrospective in a museum will explore the four decades of the career of a co-founder of AfriCOBRA, the African commune of bad artists.

Courtesy of Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

“Brian Bress, Organizing the physical evidence (degradation on degradation)”, 2018

From October 13 to April 14, 2019, the Akron Art Museum is hosting “Brian Bress: Pictures Become You”, which he describes as an exercise in humor and play focused on cartoon-like beings and puppets that appear in the flat screen TV. monitors.

Collection of the Akron Museum of Art, gift of Eugene K. Collins

Alan Shields, “Sun Moon and Pampas Little Joe Title Page”, 1971

From September 22 to March 3, 2019, the Akron Art Museum will host “The Fabricators”, which explores the work of four abstract artists – Alan Shields, Sam Gilliam, Craig Lucas and Kenneth Showell – who manipulate canvas or paper in the way that fabric is usually handled, by folding, creasing or sewing.

Courtesy of Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York

Allison Zuckerman, “Philosophers and Bathers”, 2018

From October 27 to January 21, 2019, the Akron Art Museum will host “Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse”, exploring the work of an artist who sees herself as a visual pirate and a raider who “plunders the history of Western art, disassembles bodies and piece together new ones that explore vulnerability and imperfection, ”according to the museum’s website.

Dana Oldfather and the Bonfoey Gallery

“Fling Flam”, 2017 by Dana Oldfather

Bonfoey Gallery, 1710 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-621-0178, bonfoey.com.

Until October 6, the gallery is hosting an exhibition on artists from Cleveland whose works vary from realism to abstraction. The participants in “Aspects,” as the show is called, are Andrea Joki, Amber Kempthorn, Deb Lawrence, Dana Oldfather, Frank Oriti and Marc Ross.

Martha cliffel

Martha Cliffel, “Holy Smoke”, Mixed Media, found objects, 2018

Project Worthington Yards, 725 Johnson Ct, Cleveland, 16 570-0324, yardsproject.com.

From September 29 to November 24, the Gallery and Yards Building will host “I Scarce Can Take It In,” an exhibition of works by Cleveland artists Martha Cliffel, Gadi Zamir, Misty Lindsey and Reverend Albert Wagner inspired by myth, faith, rebellion, beauty and mysticism.


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