June 3, 2013
MOCA Cleveland Summer Exhibition Opens June 28
Group show features 12 artists connected to Cleveland and surrounding region
Free opening night party includes family activities, band on the plaza
CLEVELAND – A new group show, Realization is Better than Anticipation, will open Friday evening, June 28, with a free event from 7-10 p.m. featuring a curators’ talk, family art studio, activities throughout MOCA, cocktails and snacks, and a band on the plaza.
The exhibition, which will run through October 13, will display art throughout the building by 12 artists who have connections to Cleveland and the surrounding region. The mostly new or never exhibited work by well-known and emerging artists features a comprehensive range of media.
Organized by Megan-Lykins Reich, MOCA director of programs and associate curator, and Rose Bouthillier, MOCA assistant curator, the exhibition will present art that explores the relationship between inspiration and the making of art. The exhibition’s title is drawn from material distributed by the Kokoon Arts Club, a Cleveland artists’ collective that promoted modernism during the first half of the 20th century. The title suggests the long-standing resourcefulness and commitment of artists in this exhibition and region.
Rather than defining the region by geography or socio-economics, the exhibition features artists living and working in the area today alongside artists with other connections to the region. MOCA Cleveland’s public spaces will play a prominent role, with a series of events and happenings planned to extend the exhibition beyond the Museum’s walls.
“This exhibition is an opportunity to expand MOCA’s connection to our local community and the city,” says Reich. “The works we are showing are fresh, transitional and surprising.”
Realization is Better than Anticipation will present the works of three deceased artists, Frank Hewitt, Leza McVey and Reverend Albert Wagner, which provide context for the newer works in the exhibit. Other artists who will present new and existing work include: Kevin Beasley, Jerry Birchfield, Julia Christensen, Jacob Ciocci, Lenka Clayton, Hilary Harnischfeger, Scott Olson, Michael E. Smith and Lauren Yeager.
Hewitt’s work will feature his spray paintings on mylar, which have never been shown before. McVey’s textile works are from local collections, and Wagner’s works are sculptures of found objects and paintings on plywood.
Beasley will present a series of monoprints and a sculpture that explore time through the body. MOCA is also working with him to produce a sound performance event focused on the Cozad-Bates house, a historical landmark on Mayfield Road, near the museum. Birchfield will show a new suite of photo-based works that blend analog and digital processes. Christensen is creating an installation called “The Future is in the Lobby,” a 3-D printed sculpture in the museum’s first floor Gund Commons area.
Ciocci will create new video works in collaboration with Marc Brown of Norton Furniture, a Cleveland pop icon known for its unusual late night TV commercials. Clayton’s new work will feature a suite of found texts with animated components, including 100 used postcards that will be re-sent to their original destinations in Cleveland. Works by Harnischfeger will include new mixed media wall-mounted and free standing sculptures. Olson will feature new, locally-influenced paintings. Smith will create and install new found-object sculptural works on-site, and Yeager will present a series of performance art appearances throughout the museum and an installation in MOCA’s second staircase.
A comprehensive digital catalog, which will be available for free download online, will provide multiple perspectives on the artists and their work. Catalog writers include: Bouthillier and Reich; David Norr, MOCA chief curator; Jennifer Smailes, MOCA curatorial research assistant; Dan Byers, Richard Armstrong curator of modern and contemporary art, Carnegie Museum of Art; Mark Cole, curator of American painting and sculpture, Cleveland Museum of Art; Sarah Demeuse, independent curator; Ebony Haynes, associate director, Foxy Production; Corin Hewitt, artist; RetoThüring, associate curator of contemporary art, Cleveland Museum of Art; and Lauren Wetmore, curatorial assistant, 2013 Carnegie International.
In the Toby Devan Lewis Gallery, the exhibition Dark Stars will also be on view through August 25.
Realization Is Better Than Anticipation Exhibition Artists:
Kevin Beasley (1985, Lynchburg, VA) lives and works in New York City
Jerry Birchfield (1985, Cleveland, OH) lives and works in Ithaca, NY and Cleveland, OH
Julia Christensen (1976, St. Louis, MO) lives and works in Oberlin
Jacob Ciocci (1976, Lexington, KY) lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA
Lenka Clayton (1977, Cornwall, UK) lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA
Hilary Harnishchfeger (1972, Melbourne, AU) lives and works in Granville, OH
Frank Hewitt (1936, Rutland, VT – 1992, Burlington, VT)
Leza McVey (1907, Cleveland, OH – 1984, Cleveland, OH)
Scott Olson (1976, New York, NY) lives and works in Kent, OH
Michael E. Smith (1977, Detroit, MI) lives and works in Hopkinton, NH
Reverend Albert Wagner (1924, Crittenden County, AR – 2006, Cleveland, OH)
Lauren Yeager (1987, Nashville, TN) lives and works in Cleveland, OH
Admission for MOCA Cleveland members and children under 6 years old is free. General admission is $8; seniors 65+, $6; and students with valid ID, $5.
MOCA Cleveland’s hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11am–5 pm; open until 9pm Thursdays; closed Mondays.
For more information on MOCA and all of its programming, visit www.MOCAcleveland.org or call 216-421-8671.
MOCA Cleveland, founded in 1968, is a leading force in Northeast Ohio’s cultural scene and is recognized nationally and internationally for its presentation of contemporary art and ideas.
MOCA Cleveland • 11400 Euclid Avenue • Cleveland, OH 44106 • 216-421-8671
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