Cleveland Museum of Art Presents: Allen Ruppersberg

Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944) is a first-generation American Conceptual artist. His work runs the gamut from painting and photography, prints, installations and sculptures. He was born in Cleveland and graduated from the now California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in 1967.

He is most well-known for his installations titled Al’s Cafe (1969), Al’s Grand Hotel (1971) and The Novel that Writes Itself (1978)

The Cleveland Museum of Art is proud to present Ruppersberg’s homage to the town of his birth. The series features illuminated photographs taken from an unusual vantage point, from the point of view of billboards across Cleveland. These billboards do no commercial work any longer, but rather offer the audience a very different perspective on the city. That being, what the billboard sees from above. The structures holding up the billboards in real life are featured through the backdrop behind the photos of each of the installations.

Kerry James Marshall Exhibit, Cleveland Museum of Art

For over three decades Kerry James Marshall’s widely lauded work has given the world increased access into the narratives strongly tied to African American identity. Marshall often inserts black protagonists into traditional Western art styles. By this work, Marshall has stood out as one of the most applauded and influential artists of the modern era.
While Marshall is most well-known for his paintings, he also makes a practice of creating works on paper—and these works are the focus of the current exhibition.

The breathtaking exhibition stars a 12-panel woodcut print from 1999, that unfolds like the scenes from a movie. The scenes take the viewer on an overhead perspective of a city grid and slowly into a home. Additionally, other, smaller drawings accompany the centerpiece.

The FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art helped the CMA organize the exhibition.

Open until March 19th, 2019.

Photographs of Urban Decay and Renewal at Cleveland Art Museum

The Cleveland Art Museum will be featuring a new photography exhibit of 52 photos by photographer Danny Lyon. These photos are a recent gift from George Stephanopoulos and is a part of FRONT (a regional contemporary exhibition). FRONT’s first theme is “An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises.”

Lyon’s series of documentary photos has set the standard for photographers chronicling America’s aging infrastructure and explores the 1960’s “urban renewal through demolition” style policies.

Lyon was already a respected photographer at the age of 25 when he returned to his home, New York, in 1966 where he settled in Lower Manhattan. He learned that the many boarded up buildings around him—in a 60 some acre area—were all scheduled for demolition. This would mean a total erasure of one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. He knew then his next project should focus on the transformation that was about to take place.

The 52 photographs in this new collection will demonstrate this transition in stark black and white. The exhibit runs until October 7th.

DANCECleveland Presents: Che Malambo

The male Argentinian dance troop, Che Malambo excites audiences with practiced, exciting dance and a musical celebration. Since its premiere in Paris, France in 2007, Che Malambo has performed around the globe performing for audiences with their dynamic blend of precision footwork rhythmic stomping drumming and song.

Paris based Gilles Brinas first learned about Malambo while researching traditional dances. He was soon hooked on their rhythms and traveled to the Pampas region of Argentina to learn from the gaucho and further his research of their traditions.

Inspired by the dance and its originators, Brinas created Che Malambo to share this passion imbued form via international showcases. Capturing the essence of the gaucho, otherwise know as the South American cowboy, Brinas has created an evening work calling to the stage agility strength and dexterity all characteristics that make up the center of Che Malambo. The nimble footwork and whirling boleadoras will have audiences standing and cheering and will transport them into a world of rhythm. The show is on Saturday, March 17th.

From a church basement to the glittering lights of the renovated theatres of PlayhouseSquare, few organizations have a history as rich as DANCECleveland.

In April 1955, Gertrude Schurr, a dancer from the Martha Graham Dance Company, was brought to Cleveland to teach a class. The class was organized by Marian Holmes, a physical education and recreation instructor and was open to anyone with an interest in dance. 30 participants, dancers from all areas of Ohio, attended. Many were unacquainted with each other, but they all had a keen interest in the fledgling art form of modern dance. Hungry for dialog and further classes, two of the dancers, Lillian Weisberg and Joy Kane, called the other class members and prompted the establishment of an association to increase interest in modern dance as an art in Cleveland.

Today that organization is DANCECleveland.

Orchid Mania, Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden celebrates strange and beautiful flowers at its annual Orchid Mania show. The show opening is Saturday, January 27 and runs through Sunday, March 11. Visitors to this year’s show will find the hidden beauty of secret gardens come to life with colorful orchids. More than a thousand orchid flowers, of varieties strange and familiar will fill the halls of the Botanical Garden, creating exotic encounters that will excite adults and children alike.

First established in 1930 as the Garden Center of Cleveland. Today the Cleveland Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit organization that hosts hundreds of thousands of guests annually and provides plant-science lessons to thousands of school children and welcomes as many Cleveland families each year.

Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm
Monday: Closed