moCa Cleveland Hosts a For Freedoms Town Hall Love is a Political Act

May 6, 2019


moCa Cleveland presents Love is a Political Act, a Town Hall Discussion that explores the important role that families play in shaping our community. moCa Town Hall programs are a partnership with For Freedoms, an artist initiative created by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, that provides platforms for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action, by artists.

Love is a Political Act brings together a panel of artists, community leaders, and neighbors, an interactive dialogue that looks at the love and struggle between parents and children and how those relationships influence how we understand, show compassion for, and love others.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa) invites the community to this free and open conversation that explores the idea of “family” and how our personal experiences shape our ability to love and support strangers.


Panelists include:

Jonathan Williams, author of She’s My Dad (2018) and a Brooklyn-based evangelical pastor will reflect on his experience with the gender transition of his father, pastor Paula Williams.

Zun Lee, artist, will discuss his project Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood, that explored the roles of African American fathers.

Christin Farmer, founder and CEO of Birthing Beautiful Communities, will discuss how her organization strengthens family units through education and pre- and post-natal support.

Julie Ezelle Patton, poet and artist, presents her work and reflect on the connection with her mother, the late Cleveland-based painter Virgie Patton.

M. Carmen Lane, artist and founder of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership, will moderate the program and Eric Gottesman, cofounder For Freedoms, will also participate.



Saturday, May 11, 2019

1 p.m.



Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106



The program is free and admission to moCa Cleveland is free and open to all.

For Freedoms at moCa is presented by BakerHostetler, Margaret Cohen & Kevin Rahilly, and Char & Chuck Fowler, and is made possible in part by tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council. All moCa Cleveland programs are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.

Love is a Political Act is presented in partnership with For Freedoms, The City Club of Cleveland, Birthing Beautiful Communities, Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, My Healthy Community, and Neighborhood Family Practice.


About For Freedoms

For Freedoms is a national artist initiative created by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman that provides platforms for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action by artists. For Freedoms projects model through engagement how art and discourse can urge communities into greater civic action and participation. Our quarterly forums draw local residents for open, civil, question-based conversations about urgent Cleveland issues with artists and experts from outside our region


About moCa Cleveland

For 50 years, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa) has played an urgent and exciting role in the cultural landscape of Cleveland and the international art world. A kunsthalle in the Midwest, moCa is a conduit and catalyst for creativity and inspiration, offering exhibitions and programs that provide public value and generate an open dialogue about the art and ideas of our time.

Since its founding in 1968, moCa has presented the works of more than 3,000 artists, often through artists’ first solo exhibitions. In its first decades, moCa Cleveland presented the work of such vanguard artists as Laurie Anderson, Christo, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol. Recent artist commissions include Tauba Auerbach, Simon Denny, Aleksandra Domanovic, Michelle Grabner, Lisa Oppenheim, Adam Pendleton, Sondra Perry, and Sara VanDerBeek.

In 2012, moCa Cleveland relocated to Cleveland’s University Circle district, which boasts one of the country’s highest concentrations of cultural, educational, and medical institutions. moCa Cleveland’s building, designed by London-based architect Farshid Moussavi, is a faceted building of mirror-finish black stainless steel and an iconic landmark in Cleveland.


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