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
Images from How to Remain Human artist Jae Jarrell’s studio showing work in process and some of her tools. Jarrell uses many techniques when designing her garments. She weaves leather scraps, paints, and screenprints directly on to the material. As she says, “I will always create; it’s how I go about things.
This article in Jet magazine discusses the appropriation of black revolutionary style by white fashion designers, featuring Jae Jarrell’s Revolutionary Suit.
As a fashion designer, Jae Jarrell embodied the ideals of AFRICOBRA through clothing.
Incredible noise-sex band L’Amour Bleu set the tone for the night with an all-out, table dancing performance. Other performances by Benedetto’s students and frequent collaborators took place throughout the evening.
After Cara Benedetto kicked things off with her welcome speech: resignation spank, Melissa Ragona, Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Critical Theory delivered Commence A Dress, a hilarious rant set to a powerpoint about the pitfalls and exploitations of academia.
At 7pm on Thursday, June 11, guests began arriving at the security entrance to MOCA Cleveland on Mayfield Road. They were greeted by guides who brought them to the Gund Commons, after first being given a “safe word” by MOCA security staff.
For her participation in How to Remain Human, artist Cara Benedetto produced a private event at the Museum, titled Prelude Her patron.
Cara Benedetto (1979, Wausau, WI), lives and works in Pittsburgh. She works across performance, images, and writing. Her practice explores vulnerability, and the giving and taking away of power.
Independent curator Lisa Kurzner recently sat down with How to Remain Human curators Megan Lykins Reich and Rose Bouthillier.