Transformer Station Announces Hours for its Opening Weekend

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Transformer Station Announces Hours for its Opening Weekend

January 12, 2013

Exhibitions open to the public for extended hours Feb. 1- 3

Transformer at Night Web

CLEVELAND (January 11, 2013) – Transformer Station, Cleveland’s newest art museum owned and operated by the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation, announces a weekend open house from noon to 9:00 p.m., Feb. 1 and 2 and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 3. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the recently renovated space and be the first to view two premiere exhibitions of contemporary photography and photo-based art. Admission to the Transformer Station is free.


During the weekend open house, gallery tours will be held throughout the day and evening. Rising Star Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop located directly across the street in the Ohio City Firehouse, will remain open during Transformer Station’s inaugural weekend hours. Touch Supper Club will park their food truck outside the museum Friday and Saturday evening and visitors will be encouraged to explore the exciting Ohio City restaurant and bar scene.


Light of Day:  Photographs from the Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell
February 1 – May 4, 2013
Light of Day is an overview of the state of photo-based art today. Bidwell Projects collection focuses on acquisitions of new work by living artists, so many works in this show will be seeing the “light of day” for the first time. Featured artists include internationally recognized photographers Hiroshi Sugimoto, Adam Fuss and Abelardo Morell as well as younger artists who are now gaining recognition for their work. Works on view include traditional photographic processes that are repurposed, large-scale digital images and conceptual work that challenges images’ relationship to reality. Light of Day examines the accelerating changes in the technology, uses and meanings of photography that are explored by leading contemporary artists.



Bridging Cleveland:  Photographs by Vaughn Wascovich
February 1 – May 4, 2013
Dramatic, large-scale panoramic images of landmark Cleveland bridges by Vaughn Wascovich were commissioned by the Bidwell Foundation for the inaugural exhibition of the Transformer Station. These works recall both the grandeur of 19th-century American landscapes and the action painting of Abstract Expressionism. Wascovich used handmade pin-hole panoramic cameras to capture the images and then manipulated the large-format paper negatives through a variety of media and techniques as they developed in the darkroom. Bridging Cleveland intends to evoke the historic majesty of the physical infrastructure of Cleveland and suggest the importance of spans yet to be crossed in the city’s future.


Transformer Station
A recently renovated transit substation of the now defunct Cleveland Railway Company, Transformer Station is an 8,000 square foot museum in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood that provides an additional opportunity for exposure to contemporary art in Northeast Ohio. While owned and operated by the Bidwell Foundation, a private collection focused on contemporary photography and photo-based art, for six months each year Transformer Station will host events and exhibitions curated by the Cleveland Museum of Art. Both Bidwell Foundation and the Cleveland Museum of Art will feature internationally recognized contemporary artists in Transformer Station programming.


After the open house, Transformer Station will be free and open to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 9:00 p.m. (Please note updated 2019 visiting hours: Wednesday–Sunday: 11–5 and Thursday: 11–8).


Transformer Station
1460 West 29th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113