Cleveland Museum of Art Says Bye to Some Exhibits, Welcomes Others

Cleveland Museum of Art Says Bye to Some Exhibits, Welcomes Others

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It can be easy to lose track of exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Here’s an update of what’s still to see through September, what’s leaving and new exhibits arriving.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Through Sunday, September 30

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors celebrates the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 65-year career. The exhibition spans the range of Kusama’s work, from her groundbreaking paintings and performances of the 1960s, when she staged polka-dot “Happenings” in the streets of New York, to her widely admired immersive installations and the US debut of her recent series of paintings, My Eternal Soul. Visitors have the unprecedented opportunity to experience seven of Kusama’s captivating Infinity Mirror Rooms, including Where the Lights in My Heart Go, exclusive to the exhibition’s presentation in Cleveland. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors provides an unforgettable sensory journey through the mind and legacy of one of the world’s most significant artists.

The Cleveland Museum of Art will offer weekly ticket sales for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors on Mondays throughout the run of the exhibition from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or until tickets sell out.

The museum recommends reserving tickets through its online platform by visiting ClevelandArt.org/Kusama. Tickets can also be reserved by phone at 216-421-7350. There will be no on-site ticket sales.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children 6–17, and free for children 5 and under (limit 2 children up to age 17 per adult ticket).

Closing this month:

Kusama’s Self-Obliteration

Through Sunday, September 30

Video Project Room (224B)

Made in 1967, this film has a psychedelic atmosphere and a nonlinear narrative that reflect the social and political mood of the time. Kusama is seen painting dots on landscapes, animals, and her body. Directed by Jud Yalkut.

Danny Lyon: The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

Through Sunday, October 7

Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery | Gallery 230

Already a respected photographer at age 25, Danny Lyon returned to his hometown of New York in 1966 and settled in Lower Manhattan. After observing that half the buildings on his street were boarded up, he learned that a 60-acre area was slated for urban renewal—a wholesale leveling of several neighborhoods, including one of the city’s oldest. He realized that his next project must be this momentous transition, and he envisioned images that would be both document and eulogy. “I came to see the buildings as fossils of a time past,” wrote Lyon. “For a hundred years they have stood in the darkness and the day. . . . Now, in the end, they are visited by demolition men . . . pulling apart brick by brick and beam by beam the work of other American workers who once stood on the same walls and held the same bricks, then new, so long ago.”

This exhibition of 52 photographs from the museum’s collection, all recent gifts from George Stephanopoulos, coincides with FRONT, a regional contemporary triennial exhibition with the inaugural theme An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises. Lyon’s documentary series became the model for visual work addressing the aging infrastructure of American cities, now sometimes called ruin porn, and the perils of the 1960s policy of urban renewal through demolition.

William Morris: Designing an Earthly Paradise

Through Sunday, January 13, 2019

Arlene M. and Arthur S. Holden Textile Gallery | Gallery 234

William Morris devoted his life to creating beautiful and useful objects using the highest-quality materials under fair labor conditions. His richly varied patterns have been reproduced without interruption since his death in 1896, testifying to their timeless appeal. The Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection includes woven and block-printed textiles spanning each stage of Morris’s vibrant career; they are joined in this exhibition by a generous loan from the Cranbrook Art Museum of an embroidery by William Morris’s daughter May.

Also on display are magnificent volumes from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s nearly complete collection of books printed by the Kelmscott Press. Morris’s meticulously designed books were his final labor of love; indeed, they exhibit the same delight in organic forms and time-tested craftsmanship visible in his textiles. The voices of May Morris, Kate Faulkner, Walter Crane, and Edward Burne-Jones also feature among the projects that Morris so passionately brought to fruition. With Morris & Co. wallpaper and carpet reproductions, the exhibition Designing an Earthly Paradise brings to life Morris’s striking, revolutionary designs.

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

Through Sunday, September 30

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is an exhibition comprising artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs. In collaboration with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin, An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises showcases an ambitious roster of projects, including performance and theater, throughout the landscape and built environment. With a roster of national, international, and area-based artists at all points in their career, FRONT examines the ever-changing and politically urgent conditions of an American city.

FRONT at CMA

               

Marlon de Azambuja and Luisa Lambri

Through Sunday, December 30
Betty T. and David M. Schneider Gallery | Gallery 218

This installation combines new commissions by Marlon de Azambuja (Brazilian,
born 1978) and Luisa Lambri (Italian, born 1969).

 

Closing this month:

Agnieszka Kurant: The End of Signature

Through Sunday, September 30
Agnieszka Kurant’s (Polish, born 1978) The End of Signature explores the rising power of social capital, the aggregated value of which can be algorithmically calculated. This series is rooted in her longtime investigation of collective intelligence in nature and culture. The artist analyzes communities, social movements, and societies as super-organisms or collective persons with personality traits and develops collective signatures for them.

Alex Jovanovich

Through Sunday, September 30
Using slide projectors to display computer-generated imagery, Alex Jovanovich (American, born 1975) balances old and new technologies, which he associates with warmth and cold respectively.

Kerry James Marshall: Works on Paper

Through Sunday, October 21

Over the last 35 years, Kerry James Marshall (American, born 1955) has created groundbreaking work that gives visibility to narratives centered on African American identity.

Allen Ruppersberg: Then and Now

Through Sunday, December 2

Cleveland native Allen Ruppersberg (born 1944) pays homage to his hometown in this new body of work. The illuminated photographs were taken from the vantage point of billboards across Cleveland—from the roadways along Lake Erie and the steelyards to the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.

About the author

Marie Elium spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Virginia and Ohio before switching to freelance writing when her two children were young. The kids are now Millennials, but writing continues to be one of her favorite endeavors. Marie was named editor of Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine in November 2015 and is a graduate of Miami University. Marie can be reached at [email protected]

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