How to Remain Human continues MOCA’s focused engagement with artists connected to Cleveland and the surrounding region, including neighboring cities in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Remain Human blog is a portal to the world behind How to Remain Human and into the lives and works of the 14 artists on view. Expect fun facts, curatorial insights, and a lively (at times strange) exploration of art and artists connected to Cleveland + the region.
Remain Human Blog
Bricks are a visual element that Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. returns to often in his paintings. He fell in love with the textures of the city as a child growing up in different housing projects in Cleveland—which were always brick. The colors of the bricks often reflect the mood and events in his paintings.
Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. paints the range of human experience, from the realities of urban poverty to everyday activities like shopping and backyard parties.
I first met Michelangelo Lovelace in the spring of 2014. His home studio in Lakewood is chock full of paintings—they cover every wall and are stacked 5 deep in his garage and basement studio. Lovelace has been painting for over 30 years, making as much time for the studio as possible.
Hottest accessory in town! Check out our custom designed How to Remain Human tote bags, modelled by incredibly stylish visitors to the exhibition, Diana and Alex. Now available in the MOCA store along with our hot-off-the-presses How to Remain Human catalog.
In her catalog essay “Looking Back From the Future at Michelangelo Lovelace,” Ebony L. Haynes gives a close reading of Katrina Aftermath (2006) through the lens of Afrofuturism. She says:
Name: Michelangelo Lovelace Sr.
Where from: Born, raised schooled and continue to live and work in Cleveland.
What is your favorite material to work with? Why?
I am a painter, I love working with paint. It fulfills me like sex.
Ben Hall’s complex sculpture The Drill, on view as part of How to Remain Human, represents a microcosm of the artist’s “understanding of humanness in America right now” — a complicated, beautiful , hard, but ultimately hopeful place.
Jae Jarrell’s work was recently included in the groundbreaking exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, organized at the Brooklyn Museum by Teresa A. Carbone and Kellie Jones.