CMA Ohio City Stages Returns

The Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates summer with Ohio City Stages.
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These block parties, now in their fifth season, feature acclaimed global music artists on a neighborhood stage outside the Transformer Station on West 29th Street. Food and Drink available for purchase. Grab a drink at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer tent, or order something to eat at the on-site food truck.

Wednesdays in July at 7:30 p.m. FREE

July 5: Joan Soriano (Dominican Republic/bachata)
July 12: Totó la Momposina (Colombia/cumbia)
July 19: El Septeto Santiaguero (Cuba/son)
July 26: Mokoomba (Zimbabwe/Afro-fusion)

CMA Studio Go

While enjoying the music, stop by Studio Go, CMA’s mobile art studio, to participate in hands-on artmaking activities, pop-up drawing classes and other family-oriented art projects.

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In Concert at Transformer Station, June 20

CHAMBERFEST CLEVELAND Partners with
Local Filmmaker, Kasumi
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Program:
Experimental film meets avant-garde music this season when ChamberFest joins forces with internationally acclaimed Cleveland-based filmmaker, KASUMI. Her riveting, highly personal digital imagery will provide a stunning visual landscape for Kafka Fragments, a monumental work for violin and voice by György Kurtág. Featuring ChamberFest fan favorites, violinists Yura Lee and Alexi Kenney, and rising star, mezzo-soprano Lauren Eberwein, this powerful, multi-media experience is not to be missed! Buy tickets here.

GYÖRGY KURTÁG Kafka Fragments

Artists:
Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano Alexi Kenney, violin Yura Lee, violin Kasumi, filmmaker

Prelude:
with Festival Speaker Patrick Castillo, precedes each performance at 6:00pm and 8:00pm

This season, ChamberFest joins forces with Clevelander and internationally acclaimed filmmaker, Kasumi. Her cinematic assemblages will provide visual inspiration for the performance of "Kafka Fragments,” a monumental work for violin and voice by composer, György Kurtág. This one-hour series of short pieces, or “fragments,’” for two violins and voice will be accompanied by digital imagery fragments by Kasumi. ChamberFest fan favorites, Yura Lee and Alexi Kenney will alternately play the violin parts while young, up-and-coming mezzo soprano, Lauren Eberwein provides the vocal piece. The production will take place at Transformer Station on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Read More...

Uno Lady in Concert June 8

CDJ2017 Small Hall Concerts
UNO LADY
June 8, 7 pm - 8 pm
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Admission $5.00
Get tickets here

In association with the exhibition “THEM!”, Transformer Station will present a series of intimate concerts on select Thursday evenings. Seating is limited.

One-woman choir, Christa “Uno Lady” Ebert relies only on her voice for musical accompaniment. With a microphone, small mixer, and loop pedal perched upon a DIY lit podium, layers of vocals entrance, explore, and invoke emotions. Haunting, serene, and always captivatingly beautiful, Uno Lady creates spell like loops, spinning you into her musical web.
Her unique talent has been acknowledged with various awards, including the prestigious Creative Workforce Fellowship,  Best Voice, and Top Band to Watch. Check out the press page for more.

Coming soon:

Collapsed Arc, June 29

Jeremy Bible, August 10

THEM! Press Release

THEM! PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO ARE ALSO MUSICIANS
Photographers are Rockstars this summer at Transformer Station


Press Kit

Following a series of process­ oriented and conceptual exhibitions, Transformer Station is pleased to announce THEM!, a group showcase centered around music and photography. All of the artists featured in this exhibition are photographers as well as talented musicians. The artists often write, make videos, produce photography books and present music on vinyl and other sound sharing platforms. THEM! explores how creative relationships between practices may (or may not) exist for each artist.

Referring to the 1954 science fiction film THEM!, this exhibition celebrates the rebellious and experimental nature of the artist. It is also an admiring nod to the 1968 Japanese science fiction film Destroy All Monsters which lent its name to the 1973 Detroit anti­-rock band formed by artists Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw. THEM! embraces a time, both past and present, that recognizes artists who are equally passionate about sound and image.

Artists include
Melissa Auf der Maur, Tim Davis, Joseph Desler Costa, Jacob Koestler, Darin Mickey and Nick Zinner. Representing large commercial bands such as Hole, Smashing Pumpkins and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Melissa Auf der Maur and Nick Zinner separate their artistic practice, their photography and music functioning as separate entities.

Artists such as Joseph Desler Costa, Cleveland-­based Jacob Koestler and Tim Davis work more coherently and blur the lines, often integrating music directly into their work. Darin Mickey, on the other hand, highlights a unique sub­culture in his series Death Takes a Holiday, showing us a community of beautiful recluses brought together by obsession, compulsion and a pure, undying love of music. THEM! will feature photographs, music and videos, in addition to ephemera made by the artists.

Transformer Station has invited Heather Gmucs and Sarah Barker of WAX MAGE to exhibit a selection of hand­-poured, hand­-pressed vinyl records made in Cleveland at Gotta Groove Records. Visitors are encouraged to touch and interact with these one­-of­-a­kind objects and listen to the range of music produced by the exhibiting artists.

Transformer Station will also host a series of performances, CDJ2017 Small Hall Concerts, on select Thursdays during the exhibition. CDJ2017 features the electronic sounds of Uno Lady (Christa Ebert), Collapsed Arc (David Russell Stempowski) and Jeremy Bible. Performances are limited to 50 guests. Each artist will perform new or rarely heard work. Tickets are on sale now, visit
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/transformer-station-13367028770 for more information.

THEM! May 19 – August 13, 2017

Opening Reception: May 19
Members Preview: 5 – 7 pm
Public Opening: 7 – 9 pm
Music by
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CDJ2017 Small Hall Concerts
Select Thursdays: 7 ­-8 PM
$5 Admission

Uno Lady, June 8

Collapsed Arc, June 29

Jeremy Bible, August 10

Arts Leaders Decry Move to Defund NEA

Steve Litt, Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio -
Leaders of five major Northeast Ohio art museums released a joint letter decrying the Trump Administration's plan to wipe out the national endowments for the arts and humanities.

The letter, released Friday and posted in its entirety at the bottom of this story, follows other statements by arts and humanities leaders locally and nationwide deploring the damage to the United States that would be caused by zeroing out the $300 million both endowments receive annually.

"The combined budgets of the NEA and NEH cost each American less than one dollar per year," the letter states.

The signers of the letter are:
Mark Masuoka, executive director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum; Andria Derstine, director of the Allen Memorial Art Museumat Oberlin College; William Griswold, director and president of the Cleveland Museum of Art; Jill Snyder, executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; and Fred Bidwell, co-founder and director of Cleveland's Transformer Station gallery. Read More...