Artists on Art: Johnny Coleman on Shea Wall
November 18, 2017 / 2:30pm

Free with Museum Admission

Artists on Art leverages the expertise of artists working right here in our region. Each month, a local artist will provide an in-gallery, original interpretation of one or more artworks on view in MOCA’s exhibitions. Connecting with the works through affinities of material, process, or subject matter, each artist’s talk will broaden and deepen the meaning of the works and exhibitions.

For this event Johnny Coleman will discuss Shea Wall (2017) by Rashid Johnson, currently on view in A Poethical Wager. Coleman is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working in sound, installation, and sculpture. Delving into the history, heritage, and current experiences of African-Americans, Coleman reimagines personal and collective narratives using a range of loaded found materials and objects. He is the Young Hunter Professorship of Art and Africana Studies at Oberlin College, where he has been a faculty member for over 20 years. His work has been shown extensively in the United States and abroad, garnering numerous awards and commendations. More information can be found at

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Major support for A Poet*hical Wager is provided by Scott Mueller, with additional support from BakerHostetlerkurimanzutto, Mexico City and PÁRAMO. Community support provided by InterContinental Hotel Cleveland.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public 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.