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“I Sing the Body’’ surveys photographic interpretation of the human form

July 15, 2019

Amber N. Ford, “Down By The River,” 2017By


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The human body is an artistic subject that never gets old, and never fails to inspire. It has been at the center of artistic tradition since the Renaissance, if not since the cave paintings of Lascaux.


As a new photography exhibition at the Transformer Station gallery in Ohio City demonstrates, contemporary photographers are using the body to explore everything from hot-button issues of race, gender and religion, to aspects of artistic form made possible by the digital revolution…. click to read the full article.

Popular Summer Music Series Returns July 10

June 27, 2019

The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents City Stages

Photo by: Scott Shaw Photography


Cleveland (June 11, 2019)–The Cleveland Museum of Art’s City Stages returns for a series of summer block parties in front of Transformer Station on three Wednesday evenings in July at 7:30 p.m. City Stages is the museum’s acclaimed global music series that brings international artists to this neighborhood stage. For more information visit


Music starts at 7:30 pm.


Wednesday, July 10: Tal National

Combining original music with traditional arrangements of West African folk songs and incorporating themes of love, tolerance, peace and beauty.


Wednesday, July 24: Garifuna Collective

Blending contemporary Garifuna roots music with dance performed by composers and musicians who push the boundaries of this Central American musical tradition.


Wednesday, July 31: BKO

Presenting a journey into the heart of contemporary Malian music, combining two of the West African nation’s most well-known traditions.


CMA Studio Go

Stop by Studio Go, the CMA’s mobile art studio, to participate in hands-on art-making activities, pop-up drawing classes, and other family-oriented art projects. On-site at Transformer Station each concert night from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Food and Drink

Food and drinks available for purchase from on-site food trucks.

Performing Arts 2018–2019 Season Sponsor: Medical Mutual
City Stages Contributing Sponsor: Ohio City Incorporated

Transformer Station Featured in London Times

May 16, 2019

Founder Fred Bidwell is featured in the London Times.
To read the article, download the full PDF here: 05-16-19 The Times

Raúl de Nieves in Artnet News

April 15, 2019

‘Happiness and Sadness All in One Place’: See How Artist Raúl de Nieves Constructs His Colorful, Intimate Environments

As part of a collaboration with Art21, hear news-making artists describe their inspirations in their own words.

artnet News, March 21, 2019

When he was just nine years old, Raúl de Nieves boarded a plane to the United States and left behind his extended family, his belongings, and everything he’d ever known in Michoacán, Mexico to begin a new life in San Diego. As a queer artist and immigrant, he considered his invitation to participate in the 2017 Whitney Biennial especially meaningful. “Essentially I’m showing in the Museum of American Art,” he says in an exclusive interview with Art21 as part of the “New York Close Up” series. “And I’m of Mexican descent. But what does that mean today? And what does that mean tomorrow? I don’t know.” What de Nieves does know is that his art practice would not exist without his childhood experiences in Mexico. He fashions intricate plastic-beaded sculptures layered with other materials like crocheted fabric and colored gels to create massive sculptural works. For the Whitney Biennial, he incorporated stained-glass murals to be displayed alongside his sculptures, a work he called a “celebration of life.”


Production still from the Art21 “New York Close Up” film, “Raúl de Nieves is an American Artist.” © Art21, Inc. 2017.

Although he describes his upbringing as “magical,” he says that “defeat is really important. It should be somewhat of a struggle to continue.” When he was two, de Nieves’s father died. He credits his mother’s courage in bringing her family to the U.S. and raising him alone in a foreign place. His work, he says, is both both a tribute to his father and a promise for a “better tomorrow.” Right now at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Transformer Station, de Nieves’s site-specific installation “Raúl de Nieves: Fina” marks his first solo museum exhibition. As at the Whitney, it features intricately beaded and multi-layered sculptures that animate the space. “That’s what my work is about,” he told Art21. “It’s like seeing the facets of happiness and sadness all in one place.” Watch the full segment, which originally appeared as part of the “Art in the Twenty-First Century”television series on PBS, below. “Raúl de Nieves: Fina” is on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art Transformer Station through April 28, 2019.

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This is an installment of “Art on Video,” a collaboration between artnet News and Art21 that brings you clips of newsmaking artists. A new season of the nonprofit Art21’s flagship Art in the Twenty-First Century television is available now on PBS. Watch full episodes and learn about the organization’s education programs at

Jeffrey Zeigler in Concert

February 7, 2017

Described as “fiery,” and a player who performs “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone.”—The New York Times


Jeffrey Zeigler
Wed, 04/26/2017 – 7:30 to 9:00 pm

Jeffrey Zeigler is one of the most versatile cellists of our time. Known for his independent streak, he has commissioned dozens of works and is admired as a potent collaborator and unique improviser. Zeigler has premiered works by John Adams, Damon Albarn, Derek Charke, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, John King, Steve Reich, Terry Riley and John Zorn. His collaborations include Andy Akiho, Laurie Anderson, Nora Chipaumire, Helga Davis, Philip Glass, Hauschka, Magos Herrera, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, David Krakauer, Hafez Modirzadeh, Kimmo Pohjonen, Gyan Riley, Netsayi and Black Pressure and Tom Waits.


In 2014, Zeigler released his first solo album, Something of Life, featuring world premiere recordings of works by Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche, Felipe Perez Santiago, Paola Prestini, Gity Razaz and John Zorn. Other upcoming highlights include a curatorial position at National Sawdust, and a number of newly commissioned works by Doug Cuomo, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry and Jim Thirlwell.


$25, CMA members $22
Purchase tickets online

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