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

Exquisite New Piece of Gothic Décor at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is proud to have on display the most complete, surviving example of a Gothic table fountain. This particular piece of medieval automation is dateable to between 1320 to 1340. It was likely made in Paris, France and almost certainly created for a person of very high status, perhaps even a member of the royal court.

Such fountains existed in the 14th and 15th centuries in substantial numbers. They assumed various forms but were always made from precious metals and sometimes embellished with colorful enamels or semi-precious stones. Table fountains were probably returned to the goldsmith s shop for conversion into vessels or coinage once they ceased to function or the fashion had passed accounting for the scarcity of surviving examples today.

This exhibition will for the first time present this unique and special object as the focus of a single study. The table fountain will be placed at the center of a group of objects including luxury silver hand washing vessels, illuminated manuscripts and a painting. Each item will inform some aspect of the fountain s history, functionality, and presumed use.

The exhibition will include important loans from international lenders and is co curated by Stephen N Fliegel curator of Medieval art and Elina Gertsman professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University.

This exhibition will close on February 26, 2017.

The Cleveland Zoo: Free Admission Thanksgiving Day

If your family isn’t into football or shopping or if they are and you all need a break check out the Cleveland Zoo. Admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Rain Forest is FREE for everyone on Thanksgiving Day! In addition to your Thanksgiving Day feast, head to the Zoo for a fun day with the whole family. Free admission on Thursday, November 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors can warm up by the fire in Wolf Wilderness Lodge while watching the Zoo’s pack of wolves, and beat the cold weather with complimentary heated transportation through the Zoo on Thanksgiving and throughout the winter.

The weatherman is calling for warmer temperatures in the Cleveland area with a high of 50 degrees, but is also predicting rain (about a 40% chance).

However you choose to spend your holiday we wish you a happy and safe one!