Thursday, August 27, 2009

September Regional Arts Round-Up

A few of the shows coming up in September in the region. A distinct Sixties theme comes accross. Looks like a good time to see important works by Chuck Close, Dan Flavin, Robert Smithson and Jasper Johns in Ohio.The Astronomy related show @ Oberlin and the Graphite drawing show @ The Palmer also look very worthwhile.


Museum Of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA)

Hugging and Wrestling : Contemporary Israeli Photography and Video
On view September 12th, 2009 through January 10th, 2010

"In Hugging and Wrestling, a vivid portrait of Israel emerges through the perspectives of nine artists who respond to the complex shifting realities of the country today. The images are both beautiful and powerful, some deeply personal, others more philosophical, some political. With distinct points of view, the artists portray a land rich in history, and the convergence of multiple cultures, beliefs, and ways of life. But while the artists embrace Israel, they wrestle with political discord, religious divisions, and social inequities. They search for personal and collective identity in a vibrant, evolving, contemporary culture, while wrestling with the vulnerabilities of a country with contested territories where conflict is imminent and ever present."

The Sculpture Center

The Sculpture of David E. Davis: Celebrating the 20 Year Legacy


"In celebration of its 20th anniversary, The Sculpture Center is honoring its founder, the Cleveland artist David E. Davis, with a comprehensive exhibition of his smaller sculpture."

Cleveland Institute Of Art

The 2009 Faculty Exhibition will run from September 3 – October 10 in the Reinberger Galleries located in The Cleveland Institute of Art. The Galleries are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Galleries are closed Sundays and Mondays.

"A tradition that spans over eight decades, the Faculty Exhibition is a celebration
of art and its makers and an opportunity for the public to view new, original and innovative works by world-class artists and designers in Northeast Ohio. The faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Art is renowned for their influential work in the studio arts, digital arts, design and film."

Spaces Gallery

Jiří Surůvka

"Hailing from Ostrava in the Czech Republic, Jiří Surůvka joins SPACES for eight weeks as the 27th artist-in-residence to create new work in Northeast Ohio. Working amidst a post-industrial and post-socialist landscape, the artist creates sculpture, painting, and performance that offer irony, humor and an aggressive look at issues facing his community and the world at large."

Cleveland State University

Toplu: Landscapes of New Turkish Suburbia
August 28 – October 10, 2009
Opening Reception: August 28 for 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk with artists: August 28 at 4:00 pm

This is an exhibition of CSU Assistant Professor Mark Slankard's photographs of new residential developments on the outskirts of the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul.


Allen Memorial Art Museum (Oberlin College)

Starry Dome: Astronomy in Art and the Imagination

Four hundred years after Galileo Galilei became the first astronomer to look through a telescope, this exhibition uses early lunar maps, star charts, and groundbreaking treatises by scientists such as Galileo, Johannes Kepler, and Sir Isaac Newton to examine the necessity of close observation and illustration in the development of astronomy. The works on view, drawn entirely from the Allen Memorial Art Museum
and the Oberlin College Library, equally explore the allure of the sky across diverse times and cultures, from the omnipresent full moon in Japanese prints to the imaginative, personalized cosmologies of modern and contemporary artists such as Joseph Cornell, Ansel Adams, James Rosenquist, and Vija Celmins.


Akron Art Museum

Rethinking Art:
Objects and Ideas from the 1960s and 70s
June 6, 2009 - October 4, 2009

"Rethinking Art presents such radical actions as Robert Smithson’s burial of an abandoned woodshed on the Kent State University campus and Christo’s wrapping of walkways in a Kansas City park. Dan Flavin’s store-bought fluorescent light tubes and Joseph Kosuth’s photostats of dictionary definitions of the words “black” and “white” urge us to reconsider familiar objects and meanings. The artists in Rethinking Art offer a new perspective on our environment, changing the way we look at our every day surroundings"

Also @ The Akron

Familiar Faces: Chuck Close in Ohio Collections
September 5, 2009 - January 3, 2010

"This is the first time the artist’s works in Ohio public collections can be seen together. They have been sent from all corners of the state—from the Cleveland Museum of Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Butler Institute of American Art and Akron Art Museum in Northeast Ohio to the Toledo Museum of Art in the west and Wexner Center for the Arts, Wright State University Galleries and Cincinnati Art Museum in the south. These public holdings will be joined by rarely seen pieces from private collections around the state."


The Butler Institute Of American Art

Jasper Johns: Works on Paper 1994-2007

Presented in conjunction with Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, this exhibition offers recent works on paper by America's master of the avant garde. An exhibition catalogue accompanies this show.


Erie Art Museum

Takezasa-Do, The Ancient Art of Woodblock Printing

Annex Gallery
July 10 through September 26, 2009

"The printmaking studio of Kenji Takenaka, in the beautiful ancient city of Kyoto, is known as Takezasa-Do. The fifth generation of a family of master printers, Kenji has been a mentor to a variety of artists, including Bill Mathie, professor of art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Mathie met Takenaka in 2005, during a trip to Japan where he explored traditional Japanese printmaking. With the support of the Japan Foundation, Takenaka and four others visited Edinboro in 2006, and presented an intensive workshop in traditional watercolor woodblock printing. Takenaka, his apprentice Yuko Harada, Tuula Moilanen who taught drawing and painting at his shop, and Mathie will present their work in this ancient and beautiful medium as the final show in the Annex Gallery (which will be converted to another education studio as part of the Museum’s expansion project)."


Westmoreland Museum Of American Art

Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Sunday June 14, 2009 - Sunday September 06, 2009

"This exhibition examines the complex and heterogeneous nature of American art in the mid-twentieth century. Featuring thirty-one of the most celebrated artists who came to maturity in the 1950s, the exhibition traces the history of this epochal period through forty-three key paintings and sculpture selected from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection"


Four Perspectives on Fifty Years
Sunday September 27, 2009 - Sunday January 03, 2010

"A collaborative exhibition curated by friends of the museum—an artist, collector, art critic, and patron—all taken from the Museum's permanent collection. This exhibition will offer the unique perspectives of each of the guest curators while bringing together works from the collection that are seldom seen together. The guest curators: Adrienne Heinrich (artist), Marty O'Brien (collector); Graham Shearing (art critic); and Anne Robertshaw (patron)."


Juniata College Museum Of Art

WPA Graphic Works : From the Amity Art Foundation Collection

"During the eight years of the Federal Art Project’s existence, over 5,000 artists, some of whom are featured in this exhibition, produced thousands of paintings, photographs, sculptures, public murals and prints. WPA Graphic Works: From the Amity Art Foundation Collection is part of the personal collection of John A. Stewart, founder and director of the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge, Connecticut."

State College

Palmer Museum Of Art (Penn State)

Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite
September 15–November 29, 2009

"Leaded: The Materiality and Metamorphosis of Graphite features more than forty contemporary works of art by sixteen international artists who utilize the physical nature and characteristics of graphite and pencils as content in their two- and three-dimensional work. The pencil is one of the essential tools in foundation drawing classes and is perhaps the most familiar of all tools to students taking their first steps at making art. For many, the pencil and the graphite it holds symbolize the essence of the creative act of drawing"

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