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CIA explores the nature of contemporary art in five wildly different fall shows

Labor Day weekend kick-off of faculty exhibition showcases Cleveland’s top working artists.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ann McGuire
Director of Communications
amcguire@cia.edu
216.421.7417

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The fall 2013 lineup of gallery shows at the Cleveland Institute of Art will span the spectrum of contemporary art from Op Art paintings; to narrative-rich political illustrations; sleek industrial designs; finely wrought works in fiber, metal, glass and clay; and dream-like experimental videos.

2013 Faculty Exhibition
CIA’s annual Faculty Exhibition will be on view in the Reinberger Galleries of the college’s Gund Building at 11141 East Boulevard from August 29 through October 12. Opening immediately before Labor Day weekend kicks off, the exhibition will highlight some of the region’s most talented working artists, including several who have won Creative Workforce Fellowships from the taxpayer-funded Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

“All CIA faculty members are working artists or designers, so the annual Faculty Exhibition provides a great opportunity to highlight their most recent work,” said Bruce Checefsky, director of CIA’s Reinberger Galleries. “It’s always an impressive display of the phenomenal talent we have at CIA.”

In past years, several of the works displayed at the Faculty Exhibition have sold before the end of the show. CIA faculty members have works in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Museum of Modern Art; Victorian and Albert Museum; the Vatican; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

CIA’s 2013 Faculty Exhibition is generously supported by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Glenmede, and Utrecht/Dick Blick.

Four shows open in November
Four separate exhibitions – all of which appeared in New York galleries in the last year – will run concurrently at CIA from November 8 through December 14.

“Playhouse Square brings Broadway productions to Cleveland; we’re bringing in Chelsea gallery shows,” said Checefsky. “There’s a tremendous appetite for artistic diversity in Cleveland so I’m confident these shows will be well received.”

Richard Anuszkiewicz – Recent Work
A 1953 CIA graduate, Anuszkiewicz vaulted to international prominence early in his career with the rise of the Op Art movement when his work was featured in The Responsive Eye, the landmark 1965 exhibition of perceptual abstraction at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In his elaborate early paintings, Anuszkiewicz explored the optical wizardry that occurs when high-intensity, complementary colors are applied to the same geometric configurations. New York Times art critic Holland Cotter wrote of Anuszkiewicz’s paintings in 2000, “The drama – and that feels like the right word – is in the subtle chemistry of complementary colors, which makes the geometry glow as if light were leaking out from behind it.”

Anuszkiewicz has work in the collections of more than 75 museums from Akron to Yale, countless private collections and was featured this summer in the international show, Dynamo - A Century of Light and Motion in Art, 1913 – 2013, at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris. The sampling of works in this fall’s CIA show – many of which appeared this past spring at the Loretta Howard Gallery in New York – was all completed in the last decade and reflects the painter’s evolution toward more subtle explorations of color and form.

Suzanne Treister – Hexen 2.0
While the medium – and the optical experience – may be the message in Anuszkiewicz paintings, British-born artist Suzanne Treister makes her political messages explicit in the form of thought-provoking conspiracy theories elaborately illustrated on giant tarot cards.

Hexen 2.0, which was exhibited in the P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York last winter, features major figures and movements of the post-World War II era, ranging from the (other) CIA’s covert shenanigans, to LSD pioneer Timothy Leary, to “Unabomer” Theodore Kaczynski. Wrote Ken Johnson for the New York Times, “The connections drawn within and among the cards are so mind-boggling to contemplate that it seems entirely appropriate to comprehend them within a magical system like the tarot.”

James Nares – Street
British-born artist James Nares spent one week in September 2011 filming 16 hours of footage from a moving car traveling the streets of Manhattan. He used the kind of high-definition camera usually reserved for capturing speeding bullets ripping through apples, then edited the footage down to one hour of super-slow-motion street activity put to music. The result is a trippy, dreamlike experience that played at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this past spring and will air on a loop in CIA’s Black Box Projection Room.

Arpita Singh – Arpita Singh
Born in West Bengal and living in New Delhi, Arpita Singh creates richly textured figurative paintings that reference traditional forms of Indian art but seem to comment on domestic violence and sectarian strife. This collection of her work drew critical acclaim when it was on exhibit at the DC Moore Gallery in New York last winter.

The works of Anuszkiewicz, Treister, Nares, and Singh will be on view in the Reinberger Galleries of CIA’s Gund Building, 11141 East Boulevard, open Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Friday 10am to 9pm; closed Sunday.

About CIA

Founded in 1882, the Cleveland Institute of Art is an accredited, independent college of art and design offering 15 majors in studio art, digital art, craft disciplines, and design. CIA extends its programming to the public through gallery exhibitions; lectures; a robust continuing education program; and the Cinematheque, a year-round art and independent film program. CIA’s public programming is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. For more information visit cia.edu.

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