Great art crosses the Cuyahoga
In the spirit of innovation, the Cleveland Museum of Art is going west. It’s creating an extension on Cleveland’s West Side, called the Transformer Station, which will include contemporary art owned by generous Akron collectors Fred and Laura Bidwell.
The move is one of many ways that new museum Director David Franklin — who marked his one-year anniversary last week — is trying to beef up the museum’s relevance and role in contemporary culture.
Thomas Mulready talks to Fred and Laura Bidwell about the Transformer Station
The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Fred and Laura Bidwell Foundation join forces to create the Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City
Fred and Laura Bidwell of Akron, shown inside their Transformer Station building, are changing the terms of cultural philanthropy in Cleveland through an innovative gallery project in the building in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo: Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio — For the first time in its 95-year history, the Cleveland Museum of Art is creating a permanent artistic presence on the city’s West Side.
In collaboration with the nationally recognized Akron art collectors Fred and Laura Bidwell, the museum will announce today at a news conference that it plans to open a 3,500-square-foot gallery in the former Cleveland Railway Co. transformer station at 1460 West 29th St. in Ohio City, a block south of Detroit Avenue.