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Whose Line Is It Anyway?

MOCA unveils an exhibit about a class we flunked.

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High-school math teachers, rejoice! The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has a new exhibit made especially for you. The Persistence of Geometry (opening today) focuses on the visual impact of shapes and lines through the ages — from ancient expressions to the latest industrial designs. "The idea is to take a universal theme and to present juxtapositions of artwork based on visual correspondence," says MOCA director Jill Snyder. Curated by the Harlem Studio Museum's Lowery Stokes Sims, the exhibit (culled from the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection) isn't afraid to play with juxtaposition. "She's not bound by culture and time frame," says Snyder. "She's just as likely to place an African textile next to an ancient Egyptian tapestry." The result is a far-reaching display of furniture, weavings, and paintings — all tied together by angular lines and clean patterns. "It's a compelling way to grab viewers," says Snyder. "The idea that cultures across time have used geometry as visual composition opens up all sorts of questions."
Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: June 9. Continues through Aug. 20

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