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Art from around the world comes to MOCA

Art from around the world comes to MOCA

Sierra Cotton, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Top Stories

An injured statue, a talking stairwell and an apartment made of cloth: The surreal became real this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). On Friday Sept. 25, the museum opened new exhibitions from three international artists: Do Ho Suh from South Korea, Fatima Al Qadiri from Kuwait and Nevet...

Intriguing but disappointing

Intriguing but disappointing

Holly Chen, Contributing Reporter

July 29, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Top Stories

“Have you ever seen this many people lined up for the sake of art?” I asked my friends as we stood lined up outside the Verne gallery, a usually quiet little gallery dedicated to showing Japanese prints on the fringes of Cleveland’s Little Italy. We were standing in a line that  not only dominated...

Beautifully creepy

Maria Fazal, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

The crisp, bright ambiance of the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has recently received some dark, morbid and downright creepy additions. These new pieces are masterpieces by one of Italy’s most controversial artists, Salvator Rosa. You can tell a lot about an artist from a self-portrait, and Rosa’s...

Theorist Charles Altieri discusses his new book on aesthetics in art

Sierra Blanton, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On Friday, March 27, Charles Altieri, an English professor from University of California, Berkeley, visited the Tinkham Veale University Center to give a presentation on his upcoming book, “Reckoning with Imagination: Wittgenstein and the Aesthetics of Literary Experience.” The book is coming...

CWRU sculptures are more than just art

Sanjana Krishnakumar, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

We have the stories behind CWRU's sculptures.

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New Senufo exhibits brings African Art to CMA

New Senufo exhibits brings African Art to CMA

Maria Fazal, Copy Editor

February 27, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has recently unveiled its newest exhibition, “Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa.” The much-anticipated display features artworks from the countries of Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso. The display, which is held in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation...

Beauty in the details

Maria Fazal, Copy Editor

February 5, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

Case Western Reserve University’s own Christopher Pekoc has an exhibition on view at the Akron Art Museum. But, considering Pekoc’s busy career, it’s no surprise that he has another exhibition going on at the exact same time. His other exhibition, “Hand Made 2,” runs through February at...

Changing tradition

Maria Fazal, Copy Editor

January 23, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

On Jan. 29, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland will be unveiling an exhibition by Joyce J. Scott, a sculptor widely known as the “Queen of Beadwork.” A Baltimore native, Scott still calls the city her home, and her art derives some of its core elements of inspiration from her identity...

“Be the lobster”

Nardine Taleb, Contributing Reporter

November 26, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Poetry & Literature

Do you have the courage? This is the question Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and "The Signature of All Things" asked her audience on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Writers Center Stage program, hosted at Tinkham Veale Center. The program invites remarkable authors, poets and journalists...

Coffee shop features gritty Cleveland artist

Maria Fazal, Staff Reporter

November 21, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

John G. is a name that may not resonate strongly with those outside of Cleveland, but most locals have seen his artwork at some point, whether they realize it or not. His pieces are frequently featured in Melt Bar and Grilled as well as on the cover of Cleveland Scene, and he is also known for collaborating...

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