Meet the Artist: Mary Ann Aitken

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. This excerpt from Ed’s text is a beautiful introduction to Mary Ann and the life that she led: dedicated to her art and the people closest to her.

Brick Love

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.

P-Funk Party (1999)

Michelangelo Lovelace Sr. paints the range of human experience, from the realities of urban poverty to everyday activities like shopping and backyard parties. P-Funk Party (1999) depicts a Parliament Funkadelic concert that the artist painted from memory. Revelers throw their bodies around in wild abandon, you can feel the heat coming off the room.

A studio visit with Michelangelo Lovelace

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.

How to Remain Human in Style

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.

Get your summer reading in with this riot of a catalog!

Katrina Aftermath

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:

Meet the artist: Michelangelo Lovelace

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.

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.

Also See Jae here:

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.