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Drawn with flying colors: British masterworks-on-paper at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Drawn with flying colors: British masterworks-on-paper at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Christopher Dwyer, Art Critic
April 19
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Top Stories

To this author (and who am I to disagree with the author?), England’s poetic and historical memory seems to course ineluctably through the oeuvre of one, pantheonized, stand-alone colossus: Jackson Mallord William Turner (1775-1851). The breadth and beauty of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition...

Spring Slam brings poetry to CWRU

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter
March 1
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Fine Arts

Enthusiasm for English is not exactly prominent at Case Western, but tonight it will undergo a revival of sorts thanks to Spring Slam Nite 2013. This event is not an average poetry slam… though there really is no such thing as an ‘average’ poetry slam. Sarah Jawhari, both President of Sigma...

CWRU Orchestra’s spring symphonies

CWRU Orchestra’s spring symphonies

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter
February 22
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Music

You may not have even known that Case Western Reserve University has a student orchestra, much less that they had a concert coming up. Symphony Orchestra director Kathleen Horvath knows this is a common fact at CWRU. “Many don’t even know of CWRU’s Music department,” she said. The CWRU...

Emmet Gowin: His Career and the Role of Chance

Emmet Gowin: His Career and the Role of Chance

Christopher Dwyer, Art Critic
February 8
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Top Stories

“There is so much that is important about chance and how it shapes our lives.”-Emmet Gowin Chance is not a factor often discussed in modern society.  Indeed, many of us prefer thinking that our lives are the result of our calculated actions or those of people who care about us.  Gowin went in...

Cleveland Museum of Art opens interactive gallery

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter
February 1
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Fine Arts, Local Events

“Look! Don’t touch!” As for any art museum, this is the solid rule for not having any physical contact with the artwork. Just recently, however, the Cleveland Museum of Art opened a new interactive gallery featuring the use of a multi-touch screen. Located in Gallery One, “The Collection Wall,”...

From Traces to Faces: Crisis Photographer Richard Mosse Lectures at CMA

From Traces to Faces: Crisis Photographer Richard Mosse Lectures at CMA

Christopher Dwyer, Fine Arts Reporter
October 19
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Fine Arts, Top Stories

In 1839, chemist Louis J.M. Daguerre’s innovative daguerreotype process producing images on silver plate launched photography.  In 1853, photographer Roger Fenton founded Britain’s Royal Photographic Society; that same year, Britain and France allied with Turkey and Sardinia in the Crimean War t...

MOCA Opens in University Circle

MOCA Opens in University Circle

Joseph Sussi, Fine Arts Reporter
October 14
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Local Events, Top Stories

For those that have been here for a few years, you will remember what the corner of Euclid and Mayfield looked like – littered with bland architecture, hard to recognize and beyond any semblance of utilizable space. Slowly, Uptown began to be dismantled as we stood and watched a functionless propert...

78th Street Studio: Cleveland’s Own Art Maze

Joseph Sussi, Fine Arts Reporter
September 28
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

Walking from the West Blvd – Cudell station, nearly 20 blocks from my destination, I felt the trip to visit 78 Street Studio was a mistake. The area seemed grim and rundown as I was lured towards the back-end of the Gordon Square Arts District. I finally reached W. 78 Street, waddling around trying...

CMA Part 2: The Etchings of John Taylor Arms

Christopher Dwyer, Fine Arts Reporter
September 21
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

About Whoville’s dulcet yuletide chorus, Dr. Seuss’s garlic-souled Grinch exclaimed, “Oh, the noise!  Noise!  Noise!  Noise!”  What if he had cried, with jeers or joy, “Oh, the lines!  Lines! Lines!  Lines!”?  He would have visited the Cleveland Museum of Art’s tour-de-force exhi...

In over his head: Analyzing CMA’s new acquisition “Drusus Minor”

In over his head: Analyzing CMA’s new acquisition “Drusus Minor”

Christopher Dwyer, Fine Arts Reporter
September 14
Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts

Imagine: Your father is Tiberius, Rome’s moody second emperor (r. 14-37 AD); he, with your colorful cousin Caligula, regularly retreats to Capri to watch tortures and executions. Your adoptive grandfather, Augustus, Rome’s venerated first emperor (r. 27 BC-14 AD), insists your sadistic father adopt...

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