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CMA’s PROOF exhibit lacks diversity and inclusion

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

May 4, 2020

"A picture’s worth a thousand words, but what’s a proof worth?” you wonder, as you walk through the Cleveland Museum of Art’s (CMA) most recent exhibit, “PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet,” portions of which can now be found on CMA’s website.  When you first arrive ...

African American Art alumni exhibit explores the past and present

CWRU faculty Sandra Noble's quilts in the CWRU Art Gallery.

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

February 21, 2020

When entering the African American Alumni Art Exhibition at the Case Western Reserve University Art Studio Gallery, you see West African traditional fabrics and masks, then modern quilts and photographs of LeBron James. It tells the story of West African culture, what they went through and what thei...

Art lends a helping hand in finding the true meaning in a fake holiday

CMA takes a minimalist approach to Valentine's Day.

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

February 21, 2020

If you were hoping to be bombarded with hordes of pink and red balloons, red roses galore and tons of gushy “I love you” texts to show that the event was taking place, then the Cleveland Museum of Art’s (CMA) Valentine’s Day event is probably not what you were looking for.  This year, CM...

Semester in Review Art Exhibition takes place next week

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

December 6, 2019

We are fortunate to attend school in the cultural hub of Cleveland, surrounded by institutions like the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Botanical Gardens and iconic works like Judy’s Hand, the Start sculpture (the Ugly Statue), Spitball, the Keith Haring stat...

Before you go: CMA edition

The Armor Court at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

As the semester winds down and the weather descends into the miserable grossness that is the Cleveland winter, there’s no better place to visit than the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). For regular attendees or first-year students that haven’t quite made the trek an entire block west of campus to ...

Prismatica brings Clevelanders downtown to appreciate art

Prismatica ia a rotating exhibit featuring glass prisms that transmit every
color in the visual spectrum.

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

“Prismatica is comprised of 25 pivoting prisms, each more than six feet tall, made of panels laminated with a diachronic film that transmits and reflects every color in the visible spectrum, varying with the position of the light source and the observer. The prisms are mounted on bases containing pro...

Queer aesthetics in “costumes,” Cleveland LGBTQ+ performers and safe spaces

Aurora Thunder at Dragoween, hosted by the Beachland Ballroom.

Adam Benjamin, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

In a season where LGBTQ+ youths are inundated with images of dominant groups donning queer aesthetics as costumes, the visibility of the drag community is ever more essential and magnitudinous.  Local performer and Queen Anhedonia Delight organizes GlamGore, a recurring monthly drag show series that ...

“Wakey, Wakey” celebrates mortality and the simplicity of human love

“Wakey, Wakey” celebrates mortality and the simplicity of human love

Adam Benjamin, Contributing Reporter

October 25, 2019

“Wakey, Wakey” is Dobama Theatre’s Midwest premiere of playwright Will Eno’s mysterious exploration of mortality.  “Wakey, Wakey” stars Jason Martin as Guy, a man whose vitality burns through his witty soliloquy and visceral morality. Martin draws the audience in with his charm, establ...

Cleveland-based book award recognizes four authors for their work

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Reporter

October 4, 2019

On Sept. 26, members of the Cleveland community attended the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards at the KeyBank State Theatre in Playhouse Square. The award was created in 1935 by poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf to recognize authors who “challenge racism and celebrate diversity.”  The Anisfiel...

MOCA opens fall exhibits “The Sunday Paintings” and “Invisible Cities”

MOCA opens fall exhibits “The Sunday Paintings” and “Invisible Cities”

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 20, 2019

On Friday, Sept. 13, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) celebrated the opening of two new exhibitions, Liu Wei’s “Invisible Cities” and Byron Kim’s “The Sunday Paintings.”  Both works explored what it means to be in a place, but in wildly different ways, that made for a ...

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