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Thursday, June 4, 2009

6/5: There Goes the Neighborhood at MOCA

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

2ce0/1243972790-amy_casey.jpgWhile journalists have been steadily reporting the bleak reality of cities in decline, artists have responded to their environment by holding up a carnival mirror to the landscape, twisting and blurring and mixing the physical with the imaginary, the real with the surreal, and turning it all into something new. MOCA Cleveland’s Megan Lykins Reich has put together a broad collection of perspectives on changing cities around the world in There Goes the Neighborhood, which includes locales both familiar (Amy Casey’s paintings of Cleveland houses, highways and entire neighborhoods teetering on stilts, pictured) and exotic (like Eva Struble and Dionisio Gonzàlez’s portraits of declining, impoverished and marginalized communities in Spain, Brazil and Vietnam). Reich talks with the artists about their work and their neighborhoods at 6 tonight, before the show opens with a reception from 7-10 p.m. at MOCA Cleveland (8501 Carnegie Ave., 216.421.8671). The show runs through August 16. Admission is free. — Michael Gill


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