Constant as the Sun is the third installment in MOCA Cleveland’s series of thematic group exhibitions focusing on artists working in or deeply connected to the region, including artists working in cities in Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, and Eastern Michigan. Presenting ten artists or artist collectives, the exhibition features new and recent work that explores diverse approaches to portraying, building, and connecting community.
In My American Dream, his first solo museum exhibition, artist Keith Mayerson offers a distinctive view of the American Dream at a critical moment in our sociopolitical landscape. Presenting more than 100 paintings from a twenty-year body of work, My American Dream weaves together famous figures, iconic events, inspiring landscapes, and personal experiences into a vibrant cosmology.
Lu Yang (b. 1984, Shanghai) creates provocative and imaginative work that interrogates what it means to be human in the 21st century. Lu’s videos, sculptures, and installations investigate how neuroscience, medical and digital technology, and the Internet are changing society. Through her exploration of digital culture and technology, Lu goes so far as to purport to “live” on the Internet.
Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptibleis the largest solo presentation of the artist’s work to date. The title of the exhibition is derived from the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, who assert that “to go unnoticed, is by no means easy,” and positions Pendleton’s practice as a form of counter-portraiture. The works on view explore visual and cultural framing practices to re-contextualize European, African, and American aesthetic and cultural movements from Minimalism and Dada to Black Lives Matter.
Lisa Oppenheim: Spine is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Bringing together three bodies of work, the exhibition takes poetic inspiration from the notion of the spine and its relationship to the natural world, the body, and labor.
Liz Magic Laser, Yael Bartana, Metahaven, Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries
Visitor Advisory: Acts of Speech will be off view Tuesday, December 6 from 3PM–Close. We apologize for the inconvenience.
3583 Dubois Street, in Detroit, Michigan, no longer exists. While the dilapidated 7,000 square-foot brick apartment building at this location still stands, the city has reassigned its address as 2170 Mack Avenue. It is a subtle change, but one that underscores a metaphoric loss of this place’s history. Like so many in Detroit and cities like it, this abandoned building holds memories waiting to be erased or revived. In his installation, Unit 1: 3583 Dubois, Anders Ruhwald repositions the building’s identity, intertwining its past, present, and future.
Anthony Discenza (1967, New Brunswick, NJ) is a conceptual artist who explores the production and distribution systems of mass media and the messages it generates. With a distinct interest in the relationship between textual, auditory, and visual systems of representation, Discenza often combines a variety of forms. A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats (2012) is a single-channel sound installation that presents a series of unlikely juxtapositions that are both humorous and confounding.