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Academics . Community Works . Exhibitions 


Community Works exhibitions will examine
diaspora and displacement

CIA’s Reinberger Galleries plans exhibitions for November-December 2014, and March-April 2015 featuring nationally and internationally known artists.

Bruce Checefsky, director of CIA’s Reinberger Galleries, will curate two public exhibitions for the galleries that will approach social engagement of art from different perspectives and with different art forms.

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

Nov. 7-Dec. 20
Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

Locations: Reinberger Galleries and the Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts

An international-artists exhibition exploring multi-layered narratives of identity, exile, and displacement through works of photography, video, installation and other media. The artists include:

Reinberger Galleries

  • Dor Guez: Pendant Letters: Guez, a Tel Aviv-based video-installation artist and son of a Christian Palestinian and a Tunisian Jew, focuses in this work on the personal stories of two 20th-century theater artists in Tunis, whose work reflected the merged Jewish and Arab cultures in which they lived. Learn more about Guez here.

  • Caroline Woolard: An artist and organizer from Brooklyn, N.Y., Woolard creates both physical objects and opportunities for dialogue about the practice and socio-economic impact of art-making. The works in visualize the number of students graduating with creative degrees, generates conversation about such artists’ collective power, and elicits proposals for organizing efforts. Learn more here.

  • Susan Jahoda is an artist, educator, and organizer whose work includes video, photography, text, performance, installation and research-based collaborative projects. Venues include group and solo exhibitions in London, Paris, New York, Seoul, and Moscow. Currently, Jahoda is a core member of BFAMFAPhD, and a co-founder of NYC To Be Determined and The Pedagogy Group, collectives of socially engaged artists and educators based in New York City. Jahoda has organized exhibitions and screenings and published numerous short stories and essays. Jahoda is a professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and she resides in New York City.

  • Maj Hasager: Decembers: This archive of objects and photos represents a larger project titled “Decembers” that Hasager, a Danish photographic artist, created to explore the stories of Poland’s two December strikes in 1970 and 1981and the social phenomenon of solidarity they created. The subjective collection deconstructs the linear narrative of personal experience, creating a new architecture of history. Learn more here.

  • José Carlos Teixeira: The Fall - o exercício da queda: A video, installation and performance artist from Portugal, Teixeira is the Champney Family Visiting Associate Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University and CIA. He examines the different meanings of the word “fall” in this video essay about otherness, trust and self-representation based on the collaborative interactions of participants with the artist on the stage of a theater. Learn more here.

Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts

  • Chi-Yu Liao: Liao comes to CIA from Taiwan as a Fall 2014 artist-in-residence through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program. A specialist in video installations, Liao artistically explores interpersonal relationships, gender roles, women’s issues and experiences about her own body. Learn more here  and here.

The Community Works exhibition will open with a panel discussion, moderated by Reinberger Galleries Director Bruce Checefsky and featuring Teixeira; Liao; Hasager; Woolard; and CIA adjunct faculty member Con Sai Sinbondit, an artist of Vietnamese and Thai heritage whose work explores the dynamic relationships between people, cultures, environment, systems, technology, and the registration of time.

Spring 2015 Exhibitions

March 27-April 25

An exhibition of work by visiting artists and CIA students -- Work on display will include art and research findings presented by CIA students in the three new courses associated with Community Works:

  • Socially Engaged Art for Change I: Drawn to Care = Portraiture + Medicine, in which students will draw and/or paint portraits of patients and their caregivers
  • Socially Engaged Art for Change I: projectFIND = People + Shelter + Food + Mapping, in which students will work with 17 organizations assisting Cleveland’s homeless by creating a guide that maps resources available to them
  • Environment, Art and Engaged Practice, a field-based course involving investigative studies within the Cleveland Metroparks

National Museum of Women in the Arts’ Women to Watch -- Also in Reinberger Galleries will be this traveling exhibition program developed for NMWA’s national and international committees. NMWA’s biennial exhibition series Women to Watch features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. 

CIA’s exhibition includes Women to Watch 2015 nominees Christi Birchfield, CIA Class of 2006; Lauren Yeager, CIA Class of 2009; and local artists Hildur Jonsson; Mimi Kato; and Eva Kwong.

Feminism Now: Exhibition + Panel Discussion

March 16-20, 2015

Monday, March 16, opening reception from 3:30-4:30pm in CIA's Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts; panel discussion from 5-7pm

What does it mean to be a feminist now? What qualifies art as feminist art? A weeklong series, Feminism Now, will explore these and other questions with an exhibition of student work, performance art, a panel discussion, and a symposium co-sponsored by CIA’s Sculpture Department, its Liberal Arts Department, The Sculpture Center, and Zygote Press.

 “The proliferation of media via the Internet has made it possible for more voices to be heard - and as well to be lost,” said Associate Professor Lane Cooper. “It is this reality that contextualizes the questions that surround feminism today as well as feminism’s relationship to art. This mini-conference, the second of its kind, represents CIA’s Visual Arts Environment’s commitment to examining issues relevant to the community and artists today.”

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