The Cleveland Museum of Art
Tantra in Buddhist Art. Twenty works spanning 900 years explore the material leavings of the spiritual endeavor of Tantra, a Buddhist practice which used meditation, severe yoga, and various esoteric diagrams to try to accelerate the achievement of enlightenment. Through September 15. The Last Days of Pompeii. Three hundred years of art inspired by the doomed city at the base of Mt. Vesuvius offers a day's worth of images and food for thought. Through July 7 at 11150 East Blvd. For more information, call 216-421-7350 or go to clevelandart.org.
STOCK. The newly reopened gallery's first exhibition showcases functional craft objects shaped by vibrant artistic sensitivity, including ceramics by Gina DeSantis, Kevin Busta's furniture, Debra Rosen's jewelry, and other items like place settings and wallpaper. An opening reception will be held Friday May 17 from 5 to 10 p.m., and will include a 7 p.m. performance by the Cleveland Orchestra as part of their residency in Gordon Square Arts District. On view through June 15 at 1300 West 78th St., Suite 200. For more information, call 216-650-4201 or search for HEDGE Gallery on Facebook.
The Galleries at Cleveland State University
Hold the Wall. Curated by painter and Cleveland Institute of Art instructor Dan Tranberg, this show features work by local, regional, and international artists which demonstrates the range of styles contained in contemporary two-dimensional media. Contributors include Dana Oldfather, Mike Meier, Royden Watson, and Nikki Woods. An opening reception will be held Friday May 17 starting at 5 p.m. Through June 22 at 1307 Euclid Ave. For more information, call 216-687-2103 or go to csuohio.edu.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery
Pop Hybrids. Seattle-based Troy Gua's resin-coated prints mash up images of celebrities, scientists, and politicians in an investigation of visual culture, fame, and identity. "So You Want a Revolution" combines two very different figures of the left, Vladimir Lenin and John Lennon. "La Dada Gaga" alchemizes 20th and 21st century avant-garde with Marcel Duchamp and Lady Gaga. An opening reception will be held Friday May 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. Through July 13 at 1305 West 80th St. For more information, call 216-631-6719 or go to kennethpaullesko.com.
Game On. With all due respect to the late Roger Ebert, SPACES hosts a series of installations appreciating video games as art. Dana Sperry's "First Person Shooter" chronicles a gamer's face responses during a combat game. Pippin Barr's "The Artist is Present" is a playable adaptation of Marina Abramovi's famous performance art happening. Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal's "Domestic Tension" pointedly comments on international relations with "domestic tension," which gave Internet uses the chance to shoot him and his gallery with a paintball gun. An opening reception will be held Friday May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Through July 19 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. For more information, call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Survival Kit Gallery
Space/Time. Jason Robert Carroll's photographs and Elena Harvey Collins' video installations compel viewers to reexamine the spaces they live in. At 9 p.m. during the closing reception Friday May 17, the Cleveland Orchestra will perform. Located at 1305 West 80th St., Suite 303. For more information, call 216-533-4885 or go to survivalkitgallery.com.
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