Saturday, June 26–Sunday, September 12, 2021

CMA at Transformer Station This exhibition centers on three contemporary artists’ engagement with time and historical revisionism. Johnny Coleman (Oberlin, Ohio) revitalizes the marginalized history of one family’s journey on the Underground Railroad. His deep archival research on Lee Howard Dobbins, a four-year-old enslaved child whose journey north ended in illness and who was laid to rest in Oberlin in 1853, is the source of an ongoing series of large-scale installations. This exhibition will feature a new iteration of the […]

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Friday, October 8, 2021–Sunday, January 2, 2022

Save The Date: Friday, October 8, 2021 for the FREE, Public Opening of Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools on view Friday October 8, 2021–Sunday, January 2, 2022. How can the everyday processes of art making be transformative for artists and their communities?  To explore this question, the first exhibition of FRONT 2022, Grand Prototypes, Humble Tools, will embrace a uniquely transparent and iterative curatorial approach: existing artworks will be exhibited alongside projects still in development for next summer, and the […]

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October 27, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Lebanese-American photographer Rania Matar uses the portrait to examine the nature of female identity in girlhood, adolescence, and middle age in the United States and the Middle East. Born and raised in Beirut of Palestinian descent, Matar has lived in the United States since 1984. In her art, she emphasizes “underlying similarities rather than apparent differences across cultures,” and looks for the “beauty in our shared humanity.” This exhibition of 42 large-scale color images made between 2009 and 2016 surveys […]

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July 14, 2018 – September 30, 2018

FRONT International is a region-wide triennial exhibition of work by artists from around the world that launched its first edition in 2018. In addition to housing the offices of FRONT Exhibition Company, the organizers of the exhibition, Transformer station was proud to be one of the 28 sites of the exhibition in Northeast Ohio. FRONT Film Program FRONT International’s film program, housed in a purpose-built theater inside the Crane Gallery at Transformer Station, focuses on cinematic works produced by artists […]

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April 27, 2018 – June 17, 2018

Richard Renaldi exhibited work from his 2016 book Manhattan Sunday Morning, the culmination of a seven-year project to create an homage to the Club life of New York City. With a large-format camera and black and white film, Renaldi’s landscapes and portraits capture “the mystery and abandonment of the club, the nightscape and then finally daybreak.” Jess T. Dugan exhibited new portraits from her on-going project Every Breath We Drew. Since 2011, photographer Jess Dugan has explored the power of […]

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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 […]

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September 1, 2017 – December 23, 2017

Scott Olson Scott Olson’s abstract paintings conceal the deliberate decisions and elaborate processes used in their making. By employing a broad range of techniques and materials, Olson traces the history of painting back to the early Renaissance. At the same time, through subtle shifts and the gradual introduction of new methods and concepts, his small-scale do nothing less than re-examine some of the medium’s long-established boundaries. “Gesture is very important. It doesn’t have to be bombastic or incorporate your entire […]

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