October 3, 2013
CLEVELAND (October 3, 2013) — After a strong first year of exhibitions in its new building, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland launches into its second year with a suite of exhibitions that continue its legacy of leading the conversation on contemporary art in Cleveland. These exhibitions demonstrate the curatorial breadth of the Museum's artistic program, which ranges from comprehensive survey exhibitions to thematic group shows and special commissions. Exhibitions will feature projects by emerging artists and retrospective studies of significant contemporary artists. The exhibitions continue to stretch the imaginative use of the new galleries by artists and curators, proving the success of the galleries’ open and unobstructed design by architect Farshid Moussavi.
The 2014 exhibition programs are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, HUGO BOSS, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Thompson Hine LLP, and Leadership Circle gifts from the Britton Fund, Agnes Gund, Scott Mueller, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Doreen and Dick Cahoon, Becky Dunn, Harriet and Victor Goldberg, Donna and Stewart Kohl, and Toby Devan Lewis. All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions and programs are presented with major support from The William Bingham Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nesnadny + Schwartz, The Ohio Arts Council and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.
Michelle Grabner: I Work From Home (November 1, 2013–February 16, 2014)
Organized by David Norr, Chief Curator
The fall kicks off with Michelle Grabner’s first comprehensive solo museum exhibition, I Work From Home. The exhibition will survey Grabner’s paintings from 1993 to the present alongside an extensive selection of the artist’s photographs, video works, sculptures, and collaborations with other artists, which investigate themes of repetition, work, and the dynamics of domestic life. A particular focus of the exhibition is Grabner’s paintings, including her earliest representational works based on textile patterns from her domestic environment to her shift in focus on abstraction. MOCA Cleveland’s presentation comes at a moment when the artist is being widely recognized for her important contributions to the field, including her selection as a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
An important feature of the exhibition is a replica of The Suburban, the eight-by-eight-foot project space that she and her husband and frequent collaborator, Brad Killam, have maintained next door to their home in Oak Park, Illinois since 1998. Over the years, this project space has hosted the work of over 200 artists, both emerging and internationally known, gaining an international reputation. For the exhibition, MOCA Cleveland will rebuild a replica of The Suburban in its Main Gallery to accommodate a series of projects and related programs. Artists featured will include Karl Haendel (November 1–26, 2013); Michael Smith (December 1-31, 2013); Amanda Ross-Ho (January 5–22, 2014); and Jessica Jackson Hutchins (January 26–February 16, 2014). Additionally, Grabner and Killam will create a new hanging sculpture for the Museum’s Donna and Stewart Kohl Atrium as the second installment in the Museum’s annual Atrium Commission series.
ARTIST BIO: Michelle Grabner (b. 1962, Oshkosh, Wisconsin) lives and works in Oak Park, Illinois. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at PEREGRINEPROGRAM, Chicago; INOVA, The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Minus Space, Brooklyn; Ulrich Museum, Wichita; and University Galleries, Illinois State University. She has been included in group exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate St. Ives, UK; and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland.
Simon Evans: Only Words Eaten by Experience (November 1, 2013–February 16, 2014)
Organized by Rose Bouthillier, Assistant Curator
Concurrently opening in the Toby Devan Lewis Gallery is an overview of the past five years of work by British artist Simon Evans, including text-based drawings, weavings, sculptures, and embroideries. This exhibition, titled Only Words Eaten by Experience, is Evans’s first solo show in the Midwest. The exhibition invites visitors into the mind of the artist as he tries to make sense of his world, offering glimpses of his humor and vulnerability.
Evans uses a meticulous process to assemble simple materials like paper scraps, scotch tape, pencil shavings, and white-out into diagrams, maps, and flowcharts that obsessively catalogue fragments of life and share confessional, often humorous, observations. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new text-based installation, titled Existing Models of Escape (2013), in the interior of the Museum’s Kohl Monumental Stair.
ARTIST BIO: Simon Evans (b. 1972, London, UK) lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg; Aspen Art Museum; White Columns, New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A travelling two-person exhibition featuring Evans and Öyvind Fahlström was held at Kunshtal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen and Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany.
Following the fall season of exhibitions:
DIRGE: Reflections on [Life and] Death (March 7–June 8, 2014)
Organized by Megan Lykins Reich, Associate Curator and Director of Programs
This group exhibition of regional, national, and international artists probes mortality to identify and reinforce the most potent characteristics of life. The artworks— including painting, sculpture, video, installation, drawing, and mixed media—range from reflections on one’s imminent death to expressions of grief, memory, and transcendence from a wide variety of emerging and established artists, including, Sophie Calle, T.R. Ericsson, Spring Hurlbut, Guido van der Werve, and Hannah Wilke. DIRGE includes existing, highly personal works by artists facing their own mortality to new expressions by artists reflecting on loss in an expansive way.
Sara VanDerBeek (March 7–June 8, 2014)
Organized by David Norr, Chief Curator
New York-based artist Sara VanDerBeek’s photo and sculptural work explores the construction of images and the passage of time. VanDerBeek’s most recent bodies of work relate to cities, such as Detroit and Baltimore, which have personal, historical, or political meaning for the artist. For her solo exhibition and residency at MOCA Cleveland, VanDerBeek has been commissioned to create a new body of work generated from her time spent exploring Cleveland’s cityscape, history, and landmarks. This exhibition will engage viewers in contemplation and re-envisioning of their surroundings.
ARTIST BIO: Sara VanDerBeek (b. 1976, Baltimore) lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Fondazione Memmo, Rome; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Hans Op de Beeck: Staging Silence (2) (June 27–September 14, 2014)
Organized by Jill Snyder, Executive Director
Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck works with a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting, and writing. Introducing strange elements to familiar characters and locations, Op de Beeck creates an uncertain sense of time and place. This exhibition features Op de Beeck’s most recent black-and-white video Staging Silence (2) (2013). Expanding on the intricacy of Staging Silence, the video shows a series of miniature environment being seamlessly assembled. Only the hands and arms of the off-screen builders are visible, while their actions, and the settings they create, fade in and out of view. Watching the illusions take shape, viewers are pushed between material reality and shadowy, dreamlike scenes which call up mysterious stories.
ARTIST BIO: Hans Op De Beeck (b. 1969, Turnhout, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; Tampa Museum of Art, Florida; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania; and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. In 2006 Op De Beeck was the Winner of the Prize Eugène Baie, and in 2001 he was awarded the prestigious Young Belgian Painters Award.
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent (June 27–September 14, 2014)
Organized by The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York. Ian Berry and Michael Duncan, curators
This travelling exhibition is the first full-scale survey of more than thirty years of work by Sister Corita Kent (1918-1986). A teacher at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and a civil rights, feminist, and anti-war activist, Kent was one of the most popular American graphic artists of the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout her rich and varied career, she made thousands of posters, murals, and signature serigraphs that combine her passions for faith and politics. Reflecting larger questions and concerns of the 1960s, her images remain iconic symbols of that turbulent time.
In addition to over 200 serigraph prints, drawings, and paintings, Someday is Now will also present rarely exhibited photographs Kent used for teaching and documentary purposes. These works provide a telling and visually stimulating record of 1960s politics, visual styles, and pop culture.
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