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MOCA Cleveland Announces Fall Exhibitions
Running September 25, 2015 – January 10, 2016
-- Season features solo exhibition by artists from Korea and Israel
CLEVELAND (July 24, 2015) – This fall, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland presents an international season featuring solo projects by Do Ho Suh, a renowned innovator born in South Korea, and Nevet Yitzhak, an emerging artist from Tel Aviv. Do Ho Suh surveys recent work by the artist, including a monumental fabric replica of his New York apartment. Nevet Yitzhak will consist of a newly commissioned video work, which will be the artist’s first solo museum presentation in the United States.
“Bringing compelling living artists from the international stage to Cleveland is at the core of MOCA’s mission,” says Executive Director Jill Snyder. “Having just come off of a bold summer season exploring artists connected to our region, the fall will be a time to consider artists and ideas from farther afield that have rich implications for the way we live here.”
Suh’s work in this show addresses architecture and the meaning of home while simultaneously exploring themes of “history and biography, longing and belonging, migration and globalization” (Julian Rose, Artforum).
Yitzhak’s commissioned video work is inspired by Cleveland Museum of Art’s Rodin statue, The Thinker (c. 1880), which was bombed in 1970. Yitzhak traveled to Cleveland in May 2015 to explore the city and view objects held in local collections. Following this visit, she began her research-intensive process to develop a new work connected to Cleveland’s unique cultural heritage and past political unrest.
Do Ho Suh
September 25, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Organized by The Contemporary Austin with additional support by Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York and Hong Kong.
Do Ho Suh surveys recent work by internationally renowned artist Do Ho Suh. Suh creates architecturally scaled fabric installations informed by his personal experiences, which recreate specific domestic spaces where he has lived, including his childhood home (a traditional hanok-style Korean house), a house in Rhode Island where he lived as a student, and his apartment in New York. Suh weaves translucent structures made of monochrome polyester, at once architectural, and ephemeral, inviting viewers to wander through their dreamlike interior passageways (often complete with details such as light switches and door handles).
In addition to these large scale installations, this exhibition presents Suh’s Specimen Series, fabric replicas of radiators, ovens, refrigerators and bathtubs, rendering these common household appliances luminous and transparent. MOCA Cleveland will also present works from Suh’s Rubbing/Loving Project, large scale rubbings in which the interior textures and details of the artist’s New York apartment are directly transferred onto paper.
Suh is particularly influenced by his move from South Korea to the United States in 1991. His works highlight the porous boundary between public and private space as well as notions of global identity, space, nomadism, memory, displacement, and the meaning of home.
Do Ho Suh (b.1962, Seoul, Korea) received a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in sculpture from Yale University. Interested in the malleability of space in both its physical and metaphorical manifestations, Do Ho Suh constructs site-specific installations that question the boundaries of identity. His work explores the relation between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity.
Do Ho Suh was named Wall Street Journal Magazine's 2013 Innovator of the Year in Art. His recent solo exhibitions and projects include Home within Home within Home within Home within Home, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2013); Do Ho Suh: Perfect Home, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2012-2013); In Between, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2012); Fallen Star, Stuart Collection, University of San Diego, California (2012); Home within Home, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2012); and Wielandstr.18, 12159, DAAD Galerie, Germany (2011). In 2001, Suh represented Korea at the Venice Biennale and subsequently participated in the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, the 2010 Liverpool Biennial, and the 2012 Gwangju Biennial.
The artist’s work is included in numerous museum collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate, London; Leeum, Seoul; Artsonje Center, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, among many others. The artist lives and works in New York, London, and Seoul.
Do Ho Suh is made possible with the generous support of The Britton Fund, Westlake Reed Leskosky, and Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Community support is also provided by InterContinental Hotel Cleveland.
All 2015 Exhibitions are funded by Leadership Circle gifts from the Britton Fund, Doreen and Dick Cahoon, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Victoria Colligan and John Stalcup, Becky Dunn, Lauren Rich Fine and Gary Giller, Barbara and Peter Galvin, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Scott Mueller, Donna and Stewart Kohl, and Toby Devan Lewis.
All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are presented with major support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.
September 17, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Organized by Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator, MOCA Cleveland
Nevet Yitzhak creates multi-media installations that absorb viewers in the construction of new narratives. She draws on found imagery and archival materials, and often looks closely at artifacts such as ceremonial items, musical instruments, and rugs, which become animated, morphing elements. Her works challenge perceptions of the past and raise questions about history, conflict, and collective memory.
This exhibition will be Yitzhak’s first solo museum presentation in the United States, and MOCA Cleveland has commissioned her to create a new video installation. Yitzhak traveled to Cleveland in 2015 to explore the city and view objects held in local collections. She was struck by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Rodin statue, The Thinker (c. 1880), which was bombed in 1970. While questions still remain about who executed this destructive act, many attribute it to the Weather Underground, a radical left-wing organization. After the bombing, then CMA Director Sherman Lee reinstalled the damaged sculpture with its mangled lower half, as it bore witness to a period of political unrest during the Vietnam War.
Yitzhak documented the annual conservation of The Thinker, looking closely at the ritualistic care and of the object as it is tended to by human hands. Combining this with archival imagery and digital animation, she presents an abstract and surreal picture of reality, connecting back to the trauma of the explosion and Rodin’s original subject for the statue: Dante, author of the Divine Comedy (c. 1320), contemplating damnation and morality. Through The Thinker, Yitzhak explores vandalism and terrorism directed at art and the power of icons in secular culture—issues that are extremely relevant in light of the escalated destruction of ancient artifacts and monuments in the Middle East.
“Nevet’s video works are absolutely engrossing,” says Rose Bouthillier, MOCA Cleveland’s Associate Curator. “Using stunning visuals and rich soundscapes, she draws you into the drama of her subjects. Her works act as powerful allegories, using particular object and images to speak to historical events and the complex human actions and emotions that compel them.”
Bouthillier selected Yitzhak for the commission after participating in an Artis Research Trip Israel.
Artis is an independent nonprofit organization that broadens international awareness and understanding of contemporary visual art from Israel. Since 2007, Artis has hosted over 130 leading international museum directors, curators and critics on our semi-annual Research Trips. The trips are designed to provide leading and influential members of the international art community with unparalleled opportunities to engage with Israel’s diverse visual arts community, while exploring historical and contemporary sociopolitical developments.
MOCA Cleveland will also present Yitzhak’s commissioned work as a Special Exhibition at EXPO Chicago, an international art fair that runs September 17-20, 2015. Joining 140 leading galleries representing 16 countries and 46 cities from around the world, the EXPO Chicago’s Special Exhibitions program offers unique, high quality presentations and site-specific work throughout Navy Pier’s iconic Festival Hall. Complementing the exposition’s surrounding core programming, these exhibitions illustrate and preserve the important relationship between contemporary and modern art and non-profit organizations.
Nevet Yitzhak (1975) lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. She holds an MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. She has had solo exhibitions at Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; NOGA Gallery, Tel Aviv; Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem; Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, Israel; and Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel. Her work is held in the collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and the Shpilman Institute for Photography. In 2014 she was awarded the Biata S. Kulimer Prize from the Israel Museum, and in 2012 she was awarded the The Shmuel Givon Prize from the Tel Aviv Museum and the Creative Encouragement Award from Israel’s Ministry of Culture.
MOCA Cleveland is presenting Yitzhak’s work as an affiliate organization of Violins of Hope Cleveland, a community-wide collaboration that aims to inform, educate and inspire Northeast Ohio residents. Played by Jewish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps, the instruments have been collected and restored by Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein for more than two decades. The historic violins have been played in concerts from Jerusalem to the Vatican and Berlin and Charlotte, NC, and provide a rare opportunity to explore unique stories behind each instrument and the individuals who owned them. Throughout the fall of 2015, a diverse range of nonprofit organizations will sponsor performances, lectures, an exhibition and other public programming. The partners are: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Music, The Cleveland Orchestra, Facing History and Ourselves, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, ideastream and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. For more information, please visit violinsofhopecle.org.
Yitzhak’s work is linked to the themes of Violins of Hope through an interest in the conservation and care of cultural objects, particularly ones with traumatic histories.
Do Ho Suh will be on view from September 25, 2015 through January 10, 2016, and Nevet Yitzhak will be on view from September 25, 2015 through January 10, 2016.
Admission for MOCA Cleveland members and children under 6 years old is free. General admission is $9.50 (beginning September 26, 2015); seniors 65+, $6; and students with valid ID, $5.
MOCA Cleveland’s hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 – 6pm; Thursday, 11 – 9pm; Saturday, Sunday, 11 – 5 pm; closed Mondays.
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. For more information on MOCA and all of its programming, visit www.MOCAcleveland.org or call 216-421-8671.
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