Gated Commune (2018) and
Claudia Comte (1983, Grancy, CHE) is a Swiss artist whose sculptures, large wall paintings, and immersive installations emerge from the artist’s interest in the shapes and forms of Modernism. For each new wall painting Comte creates a series of compositional parameters through which she builds striking optical designs that entirely reshape the architecture and space. Zigzags and Diagonals is the inaugural wall painting in a new and ongoing series of wall-based installations by contemporary artists in MOCA’s unique and visionary architectural spaces.
The forces that mount museum exhibitions are largely unseen and seldom understood. The invisible work of moving, installing, and maintaining an exhibition is a precisely coordinated physical effort known as art handling.
Art handlers, also called preparators, are responsible for packing, transporting, installing and maintaining artworks.
MOCA Cleveland hosts the exhibition, Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle. Organized by Grand Rapids Art Museum, the exhibition is Rockman’s most ambitious body of work to date. Rockman, an acclaimed painter and environmental activist, creates ecologically-focused works that seduce and provoke with equal verve. Blending extensive research, diverse techniques, and site-specific materials like sand or soil, Rockman’s paintings document history while also imagining future environments.
An Evening with Queen White (2017) is a mixed-media installation by Martine Syms (1988, Los Angeles, CA) that includes, 99 Subtle Maneuvers (2018), a new large-scale wallpaper work designed specifically for moCa, and a four-channel video displayed across three monitors and a projection screen. In this installation, Syms casts actress Fay Victor in the role of Queen White, a protagonist modeled after Syms’ great-aunt, godmother, and the famed Motown Records etiquette coach and director of ‘personal development’ Maxine Powell (1915-2013).
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is an exhibition comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that will launch its inaugural edition in July of 2018. An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, in collaboration with museums, civic institutions, and alternative spaces across Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin, will showcase an ambitious roster of projects, including performance and theater throughout the landscape and built environment.
The first in a unique invitational format that explores artistic relationships and influences, INDUCTION is a two-person exhibition that features new paintings, videos, and glass sculpture by New York based artist Tauba Auerbach (1981, San Francisco, CA) alongside an early sound installation by Paris-based composer Éliane Radigue (1932, Paris, France).
Mei-Jia & Ting-Ting & Chih-Fu & Sin-Ji (2018) is a new two-channel sound work by artist and experimental composer C. Spencer Yeh (1975, Taipei, Taiwan). This experimental composition presents four resonant singing voices that are named in the work’s title. Mei-Jia, Ting-Ting, and Sin-Ji are female text-to-speech computer voices created to portray spoken Chinese language from Taiwan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. For each voice, the artist wrote a score resembling concrete poetry.
MOCA Cleveland presents a new body of work by Simon Denny (1982, Auckland, New Zealand) that includes sculptures, paintings, and prints that explore emergent business philosophies from the technology sector through the visual language of board games.