Cleveland Museum of Art’s Debut Exhibition at Transformer Station, “The Unicorn”, Opens September 7
Exhibition showcases five internationally-renowned contemporary artists’ recent works
Transformer Station (a new contemporary art venue owned by the Bidwell Foundation) will be the site of the new Cleveland Museum of Art presentation titled “The Unicorn” which will be on view September 7 through November 30, 2013. The name for the exhibit is taken from a book by the same name by Martin Walser and refers to how humans consistently reshape their past history.
The exhibit will represent the work of five internationally-renowned contemporary artists whose work will represent the mechanics involved in how people view history.
Featured artists will include Neïl Beloufa, Martin Soto Climent, Shana Lutker, Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer who will be showing works created just for this exhibition.
“For the Cleveland Museum of Art’s first exhibition at Transformer Station, we brought together international artists that have been producing compelling work for some time,” said Reto Thüring, associate curator of contemporary art. “The Unicorn is clearly conceptually-driven, touching on a fundamental idea: that the past can only be a reconstruction and we encounter recollection as fragmentation, patchwork, kaleidoscope or dissonance. Memory is merely an impression conceived from the present.”
“The Unicorn” Opening Day
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Visit the Transformer Station to see The Unicorn and experience a live performance art piece by Shana Lutker specially developed for the exhibition’s opening. As part of her ongoing research into the fistfights of the Surrealists, Lutker will present a theatrical reading of a new scripted work, with related musical selections preceding the reading throughout the afternoon. Free.
1:00– 4:00 p.m.
Transformer Station lawn
Pianists Emily Grabinski and Fangfei Chen perform works by Stravinsky, Auric, Milhaud and Satie that were played during the original performances of the Surrealist fistfights in the 1920s.
Transformer Station exhibition galleries
Actors will read excerpts of a play narrating the first fistfight of the Surrealists, in which André Breton jumped onto a Paris stage and broke Pierre de Massot's arm with a strike of his cane. Characters include The Nose, The Arm, Sonia Delaunay and The Color Green.
The Transformer Station is a project of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation that is designed to bring original contemporary arts exhibitions, events and programming from around the world to the west side of Cleveland.
The Bidwell Projects collection, which focuses on contemporary photography and photo-based art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art share the space and the calendar of events and exhibitions on an annual basis for six months each.
Transformer Station is located at 1460 West 29 Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-938-5429.
Wednesdays: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 12- 8:00 p.m.
Fridays: 12- 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 12-5:00 p.m.
About the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus, the museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.