January 20, 2018 – April 15, 2018

Dana Schutz: Eating Atom Bombs debuted a new series of paintings by Schutz. Created mostly in 2018, the works reflect the turbulent political atmosphere experienced in the United States in the wake of the 2016 election. Though our society may seem more divided than ever, the exhibition suggests that this uncertainty may be what unites us. In the words of the artist, “Many of the paintings depict dystopic scenes of conflict and shame. Subjects conceal and reveal themselves, trying to hold themselves together as well as the picture.”


Dana Schutz (born 1976) received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art prior to earning her MFA from Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited internationally and collected by many institutions. Most recently, her work was the subject of a survey exhibition organized by the ICA Boston.

Related Events


Sat, 1/20/2018, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

In Conversation: Dana Schutz and Nell Painter


Gartner Auditorium at Cleveland Museum of Art


Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:00 pm

Friday, February 16, 2018, 12:00 pm

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00 pm


Curator of Contemporary Art Reto Thüring lead a tour of the exhibition, which featured the artist’s newest works, many of which depict dystopic scenes of conflict and shame, commenting on the turbulent political atmosphere that followed in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.


Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2:00 pm

Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00 pm

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Close-Looking Session: Dana Schutz’s Eating Atom Bombs


In each 30-minute session, explore select works in Dana Schutz: Eating Atom Bombs through a series of questions that examine the connection between the state of America today and Schutz’s sculptures and paintings.




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Dana Schutz, January 20, 2018 – April 15, 2018. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Transformer Station. Photo © The Cleveland Museum of Art.



Dana Schutz, January 20, 2018 – April 15, 2018. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Transformer Station. Photo © The Cleveland Museum of Art.



Mantra Percussion NYC performance of "Timber" February 2018. Image courtesy of Transformer Station.