At MOCA Cleveland:
A Moving Display
Cleveland's MOCA will move to its new home on Euclid Avenue later this year. Meantime, we have the museum's final show in its original space, 8501 to 11400 (On Moving). For it, three local artists — Ben Kinsley, Corrie Slawson, and Brandon Juhasz — have been asked to explore the practical and philosophical dimensions of moving. Kinsley is an installation artist. Slawson's CV spans assorted media. And photographer Juhasz is as bold as he is curious about his craft (that's his chromogenic print "Rearview," right). Say hello, goodbye, and learn more at the free party that's happening Friday, January 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibition continues through March 31 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Call 216-421-8671 or go to mocacleveland.org. — Joseph Clark
Akron Art Museum: Landscapes From the Age of Impressionism. More than 50 French and American impressionists provide an overview of the style and its interpretations. Through Feb. 5 at One South High St. Call 330-376-9185 or go to akronartmusuem.org.
Arts Collinwood: GuitarMania 2012. Get an early peek at the preliminary designs for this year's round of giant guitars. The display continues Thursdays through Saturdays through Feb. 3 at 15605 Waterloo Rd. Call 216-692-9500 or go to artscollinwood.org.
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Adele Marihatt Memorial and Retrospective. The versatile Swiss-born painter is internationally known for her ability to fuse poetry, mathematical equations, and even hieroglyphs in her works. An opening reception is set for Jan. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. The exhibit continues through Feb. 25 at 1834 E. 123rd St.. Call 216-721-9020 or go to artistsarchives.org.
Cleveland Artists Foundation: Paradise Lost. Painter August F. Biehle Jr. captured the pastoral grace of Zoar and the enthusiasm of the Modernist movement. The works in this exhibition are drawn from 25 years of his career and show his growing familiarity with both his subject and the genre. At Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Call 216-227-9507 or go to clevelandartists.org.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Copia: Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores, 2001-11. Photographer Brian Ulrich hauntingly explores the psyche of the American consumer in a three-part exhibition that attempts to diagnose our national malaise. Through Feb. 26 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7350 or visit clevelandart.org.
Galeria Quetzal: Land of Color: Latin American Textiles. Presented in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art's Textile Arts Alliance, this exhibition showcases the fiber arts of 16 countries alongside those of local artists working in the styles of Latin America. Through March 16 at 12400 Mayfield Road. Call 216-421-8223 or go to galeriaquetzal.com.
The Gallery at Trinity Commons: Cleveland Artists' Holiday Invitational. Trinity Cathedral hosts 40 artists practicing crafts as varied as painting, sculpture, multimedia, textiles, metalwork, and photography. Through Jan. 29 at 2230 Euclid Ave. To learn more, call 216-771-3630 or go to trinitycleveland.org.
Gallery at the Old Stone Church: Music & Legacy: Our City, Our Music & Our History. A collection of works amassed over a period of 30 years documents the development of the black gospel music movement in Cleveland. Through Feb. 27 at 1380 Ontario St.; call 216-241-6145 or visit galleryatoldstone.com.
Harris Stanton Gallery: PhyllisSloane, A 40-year Print Retrospective. The late artist is honored with a career-spanning survey of her work. Through Feb. 11 at 2301West Market St., Akron. Call 330-867-7600 or visit their website at harrisstantongallery.com.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Atmospheric Distortions. Falling somewhere between landscape, abstraction, and classical Japanese painting, Judith Brandon's canvases feel at once like cataclysmic events and elegant yet terrible moments frozen in eternity. Through Jan. 28 at 1305 West 80th St.; call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Kokoon Arts Gallery: Nature Revealed. The exhibition features an intriguing mix of historic and contemporary depictions of natural environments and the wild creatures that inhabit them. An opening reception is set for Jan. 20. The exhibit continues through April 28 at 1300 W. 78th St. Call 216-832-8212 of visit kokoonarts.com.
Legation, a Gallery: Duplicities. Sculptor and installation artist Derek Gelvin seeks to provide "comic relief" from the anxieties of contemporary life. Emerging artist Jim Leach creates original scenes to inspire new stories that viewers can share. An opening reception will be held Jan. 20 from 5 to 10 p.m. The show will run through Feb. 19 at 1300 D West 78th St. Call 216-650-4201 or go to 78thstreetstudios.com.
1 point 618 Gallery: Blueprints. CSU professor Qian Li uses the texture of the palm rendered in print, photography, and materials like beeswax and soil to explore issues of identity in her native China. Through Feb. 12 at 6421 Detroit Ave. Call 216-281-1618 or go to 1point618gallery.com for more info.
Rotten Meat Gallery: Armed and Fairly Well Equipped. Works by Cleveland-born, New York-based photograher Keith Marlowe, including rock-concert images and pictures of ruined and decrepit structures taken from his "Abandoned" series. Through Jan. 27 at 1814 East 40th St., Suite 4B. E-mail email@example.com.
The Sculpture Center: Familiar Machines. Lauren Yeager and Scott Stibich recombine mundane household devices to make fantastic but functional machines. Also: Linda Ding: Still Life. The CIA grad uses sculpture and installation to examine and reveal the behavior of interior spaces. An opening reception will be held Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1834 E. 123rd St. The exhibits continue through Feb. 18. Call 216-229-6527 or go to sculpturecenter.org.
Shaheen Gallery: Bill Radawec: A Retrospective. The art of Bill Radawec, visual and three-dimensional artist, is celebrated in this career-spanning show. Through Jan. 20 at 740 West Superior Ave., Suite 101; call 216-830-8888 or visit shaheengallery.com.
Spaces: Boundaries. Experimental composer Christopher Auerbach-Brown creates an installation using the gallery's windows as amplifiers and speakers. Also: Make CATopia Real. Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley consult cats, through their owners, on the idea of utopia. And: Comfort Women Wanted. Chang Jin-Lee uses posters, photographs, and video to recount the horrors endured by Japanese women pressed into sex slavery during WWII. Through Jan. 20 at 2220 Superior Viaduct; call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Studio 2091: Temporary: Photography, Installation, and Design Inspired by Post Industrial America. Artists David Desimone and Ron Copeland spent four years exploring abandoned places and have the poignant images to prove it. Through Jan. 28 at 2091 Front St. in Cuyahoga Falls. Learn more at studio2091.com.
Survival Kit Gallery: Pens and Needles: Works on Paper by Carla Fontecchio, Sarah Isenhart, and Aaron Troyer. Three artists render intricately detailed floral shapes and abstract assemblages in a variety of mediums. Through Jan. 20 at 1305 West 80th St. For more information, call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
Tregoning & Company: Evolution. James Massena March's paintings explore spatial relationships and color. Also: Raw Materials. Photographer Allen Lowry reorients our perception of construction sites by shooting them from extreme and dizzying angles. An artist reception will be held Jan. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m.; through February 28 at 1300 W. 78th St. Call 216-281-8626 or go to tregoningandco.com.
William Busta Gallery: Menagerie. Michael Loderstedt's sculptural installations drape minimalist retellings of 20th-century German architecture in whimsy. Through Feb. 4 at 2731 Prospect Ave.; call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.
William Rupnik Gallery: Let the Chips Fall. Abstract painter Bob Peck draws on his experience as a grafitti artist to infuse his works with energy, immediacy, and bold contrasts. Through Feb. 5 at 1117 Euclid Avenue. Call 216-533-5575 or go to wrgcleveland.com.
Willoughby Hills Community Center Art Gallery: To Abstraction. Well-known Cleveland photographer Michael F. Nekic is joined by mixed-media artist Martha L. Germano in a show that aims to shine a fresh light upon the faces of abstraction. Through Feb. 27 at 35400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills; call 440-918-8730 or visit willoughbyhillsgallery.org.
Zygote Press: Collected Gems II. Members and friends of Zygote Press share items from their collections. Included are works by Bridget Riley, Reginald Marsh, Holly Morrison, and William T. Wiley. An opening reception will be held Jan. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.; the show runs through Feb. 18 at 1410 East 30th St. Call 216-621-2900 or go to zygotepress.com.