“Historically Indigenous and Black artists have been visionaries in our struggles and movements. They have also affirmed our presence—created temporary spaces of joy and freedom, and enabled me to go on. In the academy I think about things, and lecture about things, but in performance I can set up space together with an audience to share something different. I really liked creating these islands of freedom, little glimpses of freedom where we stand together and we get to feel, just for a second maybe, what freedom might be like, and to get that feeling into our bones.
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Events and Timeline
The Breath of Empty Space, a traveling exhibition of drawings by Shaun Leonardo organized by independent curator John Chaich, was scheduled for moCa’s 2020 summer season by former Executive Director Jill Snyder and Chief Curator Courtenay Finn. This was to have been moCa’s second engagement with Mr.
Every Sunday for the past eighteen years, Byron Kim has taken the time to look upward and capture a portrait of the sky onto a fourteen-by-fourteen-inch canvas. The ongoing series—aptly titled Sunday Paintings—captures the ever-changing colors of our shared sky while simultaneously operating as a record of Kim’s life. In addition to soft washes of color—vibrant blue, stormy gray, wispy white—each painting contains a short rumination on the day or week, which Kim writes directly onto the surface of the canvas, alongside the specific time and place where the painting was created.
Catherine Opie’s site-responsive work The Outside-Inside, Installation for moCa Cleveland (2019) reimagines the interior architecture of moCa as a window onto the larger landscape of Lake Erie. Applied directly to the surfaces of moCa’s Gund Commons and Kohl Atrium & Monumental Staircase, Opie’s installation consists of eight different images, each of which was shot in Cleveland as part of a 2011 commission for the Cleveland Clinic.
Liu Wei’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Invisible Cities, takes its title from Italian writer Italo Calvino’s novella of the same name. Presented across two institutions (moCa and the Cleveland Museum of Art) and developed in direct response to both spaces’ architecture, Invisible Cities presents a constellation of works that employs abstraction and fragmentation to create new narratives. Like Calvino’s book—an imagined set of conversations between traveler Marco Polo and the emperor of the thirteenth-century Mongol Empire, Kublai Khan—Liu’s work exami
In Louise Lawler’s Birdcalls (1978–81), the names of twenty-nine well-known male artists have been sounded out into birdcalls. Using her own voice, Lawler transforms each artist’s first and last name into a nuanced birdcall, ranging from a shrill squawk to manic chatter.
CORRECTIONS: There were several factual errors in the “Claus Oldenburg” section of our exhibition brochure for Abe Frajndlich: Portraits of Our Early Years (March 16 – August 11, 2019). The monumental sculpture, Standing Mitt with Ball (1973) was acquired by and installed at the home of Albrecht and Agnes Gund Saalfield, not Albrecht and Melissa Saalfield, as wrongly cited. Albrecht and Agnes were introduced to Oldenburg by The New Gallery co-founder Nina Sundell.