UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS


October 25, 2019 – January 19, 2020

Surface Tension encourages us to see our relationship with everyday technology in unexpected ways by highlighting the marks we leave on glass screens we routinely ignore or erase. The subjects pictured beneath the surface of her photographs reflect our culture, whereas the smears and markings of fingerprints record our physical movements and fleeting attention. Surface Tension, Soren’s first solo museum exhibition, will travel to Transformer Station in October following its debut at The Davis Museum at Wellesley College. The Transformer […]


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October 25, 2019 – January 19, 2020

Undercurrents is an immersive exhibition of photobooks from around the globe that explores the imperceptible, invisible, and often chaotic forces that shape the world around us and how we choose to interpret them. This exhibition is co-organized by Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar (Spaces Corners, Pittsburgh) with Caitie Moore (Transformer Station & Nomadic Bookshelf, Cleveland) who have selected works that explore our uncertain present and unknowable future. Viewers are invited to visit strangely familiar yet otherworldly landscapes, experience introspective abstractions, […]


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February 15 – May 17, 2020

A photograph “takes the world and makes it into something else,” says Aaron Rothman, whose interest lies in transformative rather than documentary photography. This exhibition surveys 10 years of Rothman’s studies of the landscape of the American West, a region with which he has a deep and long-standing personal relationship. Don’t expect majestic, distant vistas of desert moonrises or sheer rock faces. Rothman instead looks up at the sky and down at scrubland, humbler rocks, and foliage. Through analog and […]


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Saturday June 06, 2020 - Sunday September 6, 2020

Laura Owens (b. 1970) is known for her ranging and experimental approach to the medium of painting. Her work embraces a breadth of sources from the avant-garde to the popular to the decorative. Owens grew up close to Cleveland in Norwalk, Ohio, and as a teenager spent many hours studying the Cleveland Museum of Art’s encyclopedic collections. Having lived in Los Angeles for the last three decades, she now returns to Cleveland to develop an exhibition in collaboration with high […]


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PAST EXHIBITIONS


June 27, 2014 – September 27, 2014

UNKNOWN: Pictures of Strangers explored how artists have used the camera to consider society through the anonymous portrait. Whether the subject posed for the photographer or the picture was “taken” without their knowledge, in these images the people are always unknown. Although it is taboo to stare in public, these pictures invite the viewer to pore over faces and search for meaning. Without knowing the subject, we are free to project our own assumptions on these strangers, and guess the […]


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March 28, 2014 – June 14, 2014

“Redheaded Peckerwood, which unerringly walks the fine line between fiction and nonfiction, is a disturbingly beautiful narrative about unfathomable violence and its place on the land” – Luc Sante “Complexity, evidence and mystery lies waiting for our journey to explore, to dive in.” – Jimmy Kuenhle, ArtHOPPER In Christian Patterson’s largest solo museum show to date, the artist takes as his subject the killing spree of 19-year-old Charles Starkweather. In January 1958, Starkweather murdered 11 people, including his 14-year-old girlfriend […]


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March 28, 2014 – June 14, 2014

“SUPERBLACK gives a nice peek into the limits. As science pushes forward, it reaches small breaks and plateaus allowing for contemplation. While art may help us ponder the void and the void in SUPERBLACK is the deepest and darkest you will most likely ever see… …It pushes forward to find and probe the void.” – Jimmy Kuehnle, ArtHopper Conceptual artist Jordan Tate premiered a new installation that investigated the nature of blackness through scientific and artistic means. Using a “superblack” […]


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December 14, 2013 – March 8, 2014

Hank Willis Thomas uses photography, video, the web, and installations to examine how history and culture are framed, who is doing the framing, and how these factors affect our views of society. One of the most thoughtful, provocative young American artists of our time, Thomas (born 1976) has already had an impressive decade-long career that includes a 2008 monograph; a fellowship from the Tribeca Film Institute; and exhibitions and acquisitions at prestigious American, European, and African museums and galleries. This […]


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September 8, 2013 – November 30, 2013

The Cleveland Museum of Art was pleased to present The Unicorn, its debut exhibition at Transformer Station. The Unicorn refers to the book of the same title by Martin Walser, an author whose work often questions how humans continually reshape the past. The works in this group exhibition of five internationally-renowned contemporary artists share the processes and practices involved in the construction and reconstruction of the past. The Unicorn’s featured artists are Neïl Beloufa, Martin Soto Climent, Shana Lutker, Haris […]


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