CMA Galleries Reopen
The Cleveland Museum of Art's announcement last week that the museum will go ahead with the third and final phase of its renovation and expansion program ensures that the dust won't ultimately settle there until 2013. In the meantime, this week marks the reopening of 17 galleries in the museum's original building. That means for the first time in five years, you can see collections from the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, Africa, the Byzantine Empire, and the European Middle Ages. Museum members are already taking a peek, but the rest of us get our turn starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and until 9 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. The museum is Closed Monday. (11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, Clevelandart.org). It's always free. — Michael Gill
Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservancy
The most skilled (and luckiest) printmakers often get to participate in shows organized by major printmaking organizations like the Southern Graphics Council and the Mid America Print Council. Artists chosen respond to a theme with enough woodcuts, intaglios, lithographs, and other prints to hand out to each participating artist. "It's a great way to get these fantastic teaching tools," says Cleveland Institute of Art print department head Margaret Denk-Leigh. "You're seeing a bunch of different approaches [working with] a buffet of materials and options." Both Denk-Leigh and the University of Akron's Charles Beneke have been featured in several of these national exhibitions and have amassed portfolios of work by many artists from around the country. They present a selection from six "limited-edition, exchange portfolios" at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory (1754 E. 47th St., 216-361-9255, morganconservatory.org) through July 30. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. — Gill
Asterisk Gallery: Troika: Installation-based works by Scott Goss, Eddy Ostrander and David Politzer. Through July 3 at Asterisk Gallery, 2393 Professor Ave. Call 330-304-8528 or visit asteriskgallery.com.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Seeing Green: Creating Art in an Era of Sustainability: Cleveland artists use environmentally friendly and recycled materials to create art. Through July 16 at 1834 E. 123rd Street. Open Wed.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Call 216-721-9020 or visit artistsarchives.org.
Cleveland Artists Foundation: The Kokoon Arts Club: Cleveland Revels! The Kokoon Art Club was founded in Cleveland in 1911, and to fund their activities, the group would throw an annual bal masque that brought out thousands of Clevelanders. In this exhibit are costumes, photos, and poster sketches from those events. Through July 31 at Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood. Call 216-227-9507 or visit clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Andrew Borowiec: Cleveland Photographs: The Akron native documents the Flats through black-and-white photography. Through October 17 at 11150 East Boulevard. Open Tuesday-Sunday at 10 a.m. Closes at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday, and at 5 p.m. all other days. Call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org.
Cleveland State University Art Gallery: Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam : Contemporary art influenced by Islam. Includes images of mosques, prayer, and the holy city of Mekka. Through June 26 at Cleveland State University Art Gallery, 2307 Chester Avenue. Open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday fom noon-4 p.m. Call 216-687-2103 or visit csuohio.edu/artgallery.
Heights Arts: Lake Effects: A tribute to Lake Erie, this exhibit shows a collection of work from regional photographers. Through July 24 at 2163 Lee Road. Open Thursday-Saturday from 1:30-9:30 p.m. Call 216-371-3457 or visit heightsarts.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Mary Gehr: Mary Gehr traveled around the world to Asia, the Mediterranean, and Central America, creating sketches she would later craft into paintings in her Chicago studio. Through July 5 at 1305 W. 80th St. Open Wednesday-Saturday from noon-5 p.m. Call 216-631-6719 or visit kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: Spring Salon: A collection of works from Frank Wilcox, Andrea LeBlond, Keri Gortz, and Paul Jacklitch. Through July 16 at 1305 W. 80th St. Gallery open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 216-832-8212 or visit kokoonarts.com.
Legation Gallery: Primary Sources: Andrew Curlowe and Joshua Rex create replicas of historical documents and personal belongings and pair them with death masks of famous dead people, from Kurt Cobain to Mozart. Through July 2 at 1300 W. 78th St., 216-334-7080, legationgallery.com.
Museum of Contemporary Art: Aïda Ruilova: The Singles 1999-Now: New York artist Ruilova has created single channel videos characterized by screams and whimpers mixed with images of darkness and confined spaces. Through August 15. Also: Marilyn Minter: Super close-ups of turgid lips, licking tongues, sultry eyes — Minter's 2009 video Green Pink Caviar is made up of eight minutes of models' mouths sucking and licking Jell-O and candy, shot up-close. But that video, as well as Minter's photos and large enamel-on-aluminum paintings, also have grotesque qualities that seem to be more criticism than celebration of the decadent glamour we typically associate with fashion mags. Through August 15 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Call 216-421-8671 or visit mocacleveland.org.
1point618 Gallery: Was It a Dream? Was I In It? Amber Kempthorn's love of music inspires these "scenes from daydreams," interwoven with fragments of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Blur. This is the first solo show for the 2000 graduate of Hiram College. Through July 23 at 6421 Detroit Ave., 216-281-1618; 1point618gallery.com.
Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art: Neil Macdonald: History Paintings: Macdonald has searched through history books and browsed the web to find classic historical images and put his own touch on them. Through June 11 at 740 W. Superior Avenue, Suite 101. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
SPACES: Detour: Five artists met to discuss their strengths and weaknesses, and by the end, each was given an obstacle — such as being required to work with a partner when they would rather work alone — to deal with as they created their art. Also: Sometimes an Entrance Is Actually an Exit: Josh Parker's multimedia experience challenges observers to question their concepts of time and space as they walk through a labyrinth. Through July 16 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., till 7 p.m. on Fridays. Open 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 216-621-2314 or visit spacesgallery.org.
Tregoning and Company: George Adomeit: Reconsidered: Unknown paintings from George Adomeit between 1904-1961 show rolling farmlands, tranquil rivers, and a peaceful view of the countryside. On display now at 1300 W. 78th St. Open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., till 8 p.m. Thursdays. Open noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 216-281-8628 or visit tregoningandco.com.
Walleye Gallery: Voices Worth Hearing, Art Worth Sharing: A three-part exhibit that documents the life of refugee families living in Northeast Ohio. Through June 27 at 5304 Detroit Avenue. Visit walleyegallery.blogspot.com for times.
William Busta Gallery: Brinsley Tyrrell-Ohio Lands Forever: When he moved to Portage County in 1975, Tyrrell began drawing the vast landscape around him in pastel. Years later, he has picked up his habit of drawing the landscape he knows again — this time using glass enamels. Ohio farmland comes to life with scenes of all four seasons from Tyrrell's memories. Through July 31 at 2731 Prospect Avenue. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.
Zygote Press Gallery: The Art Quarter Exhibition: A juried show of works by artists in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood. Open Wednesday noon-3 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m. Through July 30 at 1410 E. 30th Street. Call 216-621-2900 or visit zygotepress.com.