Also, in the time blog has been around, the almost complete lack of online coverage has been filled by many awesome sources from POP CITY, to Steeltown Anthem, The Pittsburgh Art Blog City Creative to the trusty, I Heart Pittsburgh. IMHO, what this blog can add to this might be a greater regional awareness.
So I'm promising to bring back the monthly regional rundown of shows and events outside Pittsburgh from Johnstown to Cleveland.
Cleveland Museum Of Art (some highlights)
Kim Beom: Objects Being Taught They Are Nothing But Tools
"First solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Korean artist Kim Beom. The exhibition includes three new mixed-media installations and selections of drawings from 1994 to the present. It will be on view in the museum’s 1,800-square-foot project gallery from November 13, 2010, until March 6, 2011."
CLE OP: Cleveland Op Art Pioneers
"During Op’s heyday in the 1960s, several artists who studied and worked in Cleveland became internationally known for their vital contributions to the movement. In addition, Cleveland was home to the only artist collaborative in the United States devoted to Op. Drawn primarily from the CMA’s permanent holdings and supplemented with loans from private collections, CLE OP: Cleveland Op Art Pioneers showcases work by key figures in the local Op Art scene during its formative years."
Indian Kalighat Paintings
"This exhibition of Kalighat paintings will allow visitors an opportunity to view these rarely displayed Indian paintings, considered to be the beginning of modernism in Indian art. Originally created as souvenirs for nineteenth-century tourists, and regarded as a response to the sudden prosperity brought to Calcutta by the East India Company, the innovative and influential paintings are now highly regarded elements of museum and private collections. Motifs explored in the artwork include religious themes, Western material influence, and commentary regarding the changing social order. These highly stylized and brightly colored paintings also mock the newly affluent and depict contemporary newsworthy figures."
The Cleveland Museum has one of the largest and strongest asian art collections anywhere and there are several more Asian art exhibitions up. See all
Teresita Fernández : Blind LandscapeOn view January 28th, 2011 through May 8th, 2011
"Teresita Fernández is internationally known for immersive installations and evocative large-scale sculptures that address space, light, and perception. Made with polished stainless steel, glass, and other materials including plastic and graphite, Fernández's abstract sculptures incorporate reflection, light, and shadow in poetic, sometimes luminous formations that suggest natural phenomena. This survey presents a spectrum of the artist's most recent and ambitious projects created between 2005 and 2010. Featured among the exhibition's ten works is the artist's latest graphite and steel sculpture." (These things look really cool)
Lorri Ott : passive voicesOn view January 28th, 2011 through May 8th, 2011
In her new body of small-scale assemblages, artist Lorri Ott transforms synthetic and natural materials into poignant, evocative subjects. Through a process that is both calculated and spontaneous, Ott combines glossy colored resin with mundane found objects like rags, asphalt, and cardboard to create subtle but potent contrasts in form, technique, and medium. In rehabilitating banal objects to new life, Ott gives each work a unique yet ambiguous voice that supplants her own.
The VaultSeptember 10 - February 13, 2011 closes next week!
Machine Project :Camp Cleveland
February 11-April 1 Opening February 11
"Machine Project operates as a loose confederacy of artists producing shows at locations ranging from the Santa Monica beach to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition they recently developed a year long project exploring how visitors experience the Hammer Museum. Within the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Machine Project is a non-profit community space investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food. Within the Echo Park storefront as well as in projects held elsewhere they produce events, workshops, and site-specific installations using hands-on engagement to make rarefied knowledge accessible."
Butler Institute Of American Art
The museum also runs a number of satelite exhibit spaces (Why is this so rare?) but honestly, their website can make it hard to know whats up where.
Sydney Cash: Sculpture (Beecher Center, Youngstown)
"This exhibition features sculpture in which glass panels act as lenses that has reﬂective silver and/or copper imagery. This lens is mounted perpendicularly onto a wall or into a corner, and then illuminated with carefully targeted light. This results in reﬂected imagery above and cast shadows below the lens. These light sculptures change and intensify the background color, animating a wall's vertical plane."
OK, pooped, will do better next month.