Cleveland Museum of Art
Picasso and the Mysteries of Life: La Vie. In this first show in the multimedia exhibit space Gallery One, interactive displays and historic resources help viewers try to untangle the processes leading up to the masterpiece of Picasso's legendary Blue Period piece, "La Vie." Through April 21. American Vesuvius. Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin's photography records the devastation of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Through June 2 at 11150 East Blvd. Call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
Half Empty. Two artists search for the vitality in times and places of struggle. Liz Maugans displays works inspired by handmade business signs found throughout urban Cleveland. Dale Goode's black and white photographs and unedited footage of decaying buildings strive to mix hope with the admission of local decline. Closing weekend. Through January 26 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. For more information, call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.
Evil Ohio. Area artists set out to prove that one of Ohio's assets is its long history of macabre and paranormal legends. Nearly 30 artists, including Derf, Erin Mulligan, R!ch Cihlar and Briette Sheaffer, contribute works in various 2D media exploring our state's stories of hauntings, inhuman criminality and bizarre folklore. An opening reception will be held January 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. Through February 22 at 17020 Madison Ave., Lakewood. For more information, call 216-767-5610 or go to breakneckgallery.com.
Life Through the Ages. This exhibition seeks to celebrate the art forms of nature and explode the distinction between fine art and illustration. Paintings, drawings and sculptures of live and extinct animals by Charles R. Knight, E.A. Seguy, Larry Isard, and William Scheele roam across real and imagined landscapes. Through April 27 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-832-8212 or go to wgsproductions.com.
The Hedge. Corin Hewitt uses photographs of his Richmond studio, free-standing household objects and devices threaded throughout MOCA's own architecture to create a shifting installation experience. Through April 14 at 11400 Euclid Ave. For more information, call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org.
Galleries at Cleveland State
Animatopoeia: A Most Peculiar (Post Modern) Bestiary. Strange and disturbing animals dreamed up by 19 internationally renowned artists teach things neither man nor beast can. Dante Rodriguez: New Works. Emerging Cleveland artist Dante Rodriguez displays graphic and conceptual works. Both shows run through March 2 at 1307 Euclid Ave. Call 216-687-2103 or go to csuohio.edu/artgallery/.
Gray's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Fine Art, Antiques, and Decorative Arts. The prizes of Gray's next auction are small works by masters of Modern art: Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Joan Miro, Kathe Kollwitz, and Hans Erni. Daily previews will be held January 24 through 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday January 26 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A preview party will be held Friday January 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The auction will be held January 30 at 11 a.m. For more information, call 216-458-7695 or go to graysauctioneers.com.