July 4 Reflections

Ben Hall’s complex sculpture The Drill, on view as part of How to Remain Human, represents a microcosm of the artist’s “understanding of humanness in America right now” — a complicated, beautiful , hard, but ultimately hopeful place.

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Jae Jarrell’s work was recently included in the groundbreaking exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, organized at the Brooklyn Museum by Teresa A. Carbone and Kellie Jones.  The exhibition offered “a focused look at painting, sculpture, graphics, and photography from a decade defined by social protest and American race relations.

Jazz Scramble Jacket

How to Remain Human artist Jae Jarrell's Jazz Scramble jacket brings together two of Jarrell’s loves: music and Scrabble, the crossword board game. The screen-printed pattern includes the names of famous jazz and blues musicians. The rhythm of the letters captures the energy of the music, while the intersecting names speak to the importance of community in developing a scene, style, and history.

"I will always create."

Images from How to Remain Human artist Jae Jarrell’s studio showing work in process and some of her tools. Jarrell uses many techniques when designing her garments. She weaves leather scraps, paints, and screenprints directly on to the material. As she says, “I will always create; it’s how I go about things. Just, it’s part of my tool kit. And I say “tool kit” without joking, ‘cause I might bring a saw out in a minute. I love creating things."

“We’re involved in a real revolution”

This article in Jet magazine discusses the appropriation of black revolutionary style by white fashion designers, featuring Jae Jarrell’s Revolutionary Suit. The suit takes the shape of a fancy ladies' two-piece suit, with the addition of a colorful bandolier (a pocketed belt for holding ammunition).

PLEASE by L’Amour Bleu

Incredible noise-sex band L’Amour Bleu set the tone for the night with an all-out, table dancing performance. Other performances by Benedetto’s students and frequent collaborators took place throughout the evening. The artist directed all aspects of the project, from designing the invitations and writing the press release, to providing special napkins and "Bored Phallic Class" lip balm for guests.  

Academia Rhymes With Macademia

After Cara Benedetto kicked things off with her welcome speech: resignation spank, Melissa Ragona, Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Critical Theory delivered Commence A Dress, a hilarious rant set to a powerpoint about the pitfalls and exploitations of academia.

Piggy Did Not Consent

At 7pm on Thursday, June 11, guests began arriving at the security entrance to MOCA Cleveland on Mayfield Road. They were greeted by guides who brought them to the Gund Commons, after first being given a “safe word” by MOCA security staff. One guest said, “It is impossible to tell who is a part of the performance and who is not.” General Sisters, artist-caterers from Pittsburgh, provided the food with recipes built around their garden, served on their reclining bodies. Letterpress napkins bear the musings of a young Dom.