Mary Ann Aitken was an extremely private artist, who rarely exhibited her work during her lifetime. Her close friend Ed Fraga, wrote a text on Aitken for the How to Remain Human catalog.

Bricks are a visual element that Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. returns to often in his paintings. He fell in love with the textures of the city as a child growing up in different housing projects in Cleveland—which were always brick. The colors of the bricks often reflect the mood and events in his paintings.

Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. paints the range of human experience, from the realities of urban poverty to everyday activities like shopping and backyard parties.

I first met Michelangelo Lovelace in the spring of 2014. His home studio in Lakewood is chock full of paintings—they cover every wall and are stacked 5 deep in his garage and basement studio. Lovelace has been painting for over 30 years, making as much time for the studio as possible.

Hottest accessory in town! Check out our custom designed How to Remain Human tote bags, modelled by incredibly stylish visitors to the exhibition, Diana and Alex. Now available in the MOCA store along with our hot-off-the-presses How to Remain Human catalog.

In her catalog essay “Looking Back From the Future at Michelangelo Lovelace,”  Ebony L. Haynes gives a close reading of Katrina Aftermath (2006) through the lens of Afrofuturism. She says:

Name: Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. 

Where from: Born, raised schooled and continue to live and work in Cleveland.

What is your favorite material to work with? Why?
I am a painter, I love working with paint. It fulfills me like sex.

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.

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.

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.