MOCA Cleveland hosts the exhibition, Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle. Organized by Grand Rapids Art Museum, the exhibition is Rockman’s most ambitious body of work to date. Rockman, an acclaimed painter and environmental activist, creates ecologically-focused works that seduce and provoke with equal verve. Blending extensive research, diverse techniques, and site-specific materials like sand or soil, Rockman’s paintings document history while also imagining future environments.
An Evening with Queen White (2017) is a mixed-media installation by Martine Syms (1988, Los Angeles, CA) that includes, 99 Subtle Maneuvers (2018), a new large-scale wallpaper work designed specifically for moCa, and a four-channel video displayed across three monitors and a projection screen. In this installation, Syms casts actress Fay Victor in the role of Queen White, a protagonist modeled after Syms’ great-aunt, godmother, and the famed Motown Records etiquette coach and director of ‘personal development’ Maxine Powell (1915-2013).
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is an exhibition comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that will launch its inaugural edition in July of 2018. An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, in collaboration with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, will showcase an ambitious roster of projects, including performance and theater throughout the landscape and built environment.
The first in a unique invitational format that explores artistic relationships and influences, INDUCTION is a two-person exhibition that features new paintings, videos, and glass sculpture by New York based artist Tauba Auerbach (1981, San Francisco, CA) alongside an early sound installation by Paris-based composer Éliane Radigue (1932, Paris, France).
Mei-Jia & Ting-Ting & Chih-Fu & Sin-Ji (2018) is a new two-channel sound work by artist and experimental composer C. Spencer Yeh (1975, Taipei, Taiwan). This experimental composition presents four resonant singing voices that are named in the work’s title. Mei-Jia, Ting-Ting, and Sin-Ji are female text-to-speech computer voices created to portray spoken Chinese language from Taiwan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. For each voice, the artist wrote a score resembling concrete poetry.
MOCA Cleveland presents a new body of work by Simon Denny (1982, Auckland, New Zealand) that includes sculptures, paintings, and prints that explore emergent business philosophies from the technology sector through the visual language of board games.
Jason Salavon (1970, Indiana) is a Chicago-based artist who designs computer programs and software that reconfigures data from the Internet such as search results, news headlines, and social media trends. Through photographic prints, digital animations, and real-time software installations, Salavon presents new ways of seeing and understanding the flow and construction of information in contemporary culture.
MOCA will present the first US museum exhibition of this intimate collaborative installation by British artist Phil Collins (b. 1970, Runcorn, UK). The work features six listening booths housing 7” vinyl recordings of original songs that the artist created in collaboration with guests of a homeless shelter in Cologne, Germany, as well as with Collins’ vast network of musicians.
Constant as the Sun is the third installment in MOCA Cleveland’s series of thematic group exhibitions focusing on artists working in or deeply connected to the region, including artists working in cities in Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, and Eastern Michigan. Presenting ten artists or artist collectives, the exhibition features new and recent work that explores diverse approaches to portraying, building, and connecting community.