Everyone's Really Psyched about the New Art Space in Ohio City


Ever have that nagging suspicion, before your Bounce/Union Station junkets, that your evenings lack a certain high-culture quota?

Not anymore you won't. Tonight, the renovated Transformer Station opens on W. 29 St. in Ohio City as the newest art exhibit space in Cleveland. Private art collectors Fred and Laura Bidwell, of Peninsula, have pumped a few million dollars into the upgrades and have partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Art in curating the space.

This marks the first time in the Art Museum's 97-year history that it dips its toes outside University Circle.

The Transformer Station was once a power hub to service the streetcars that crossed the Detroit-Superior Bridge, and the interior still has cranes and hooks hanging from the ceilings. Maybe it's the proximity to Rex Autobody, but there's definitely that sort of swabbed industrial character favored among elder hipsters.

The Bidwells plan to mount shows from their private photography collection for six months of the year, and, according to Stephen Litt at the PD,

The art museum will take over the rest of the calendar with edgier shows than it could organize in the more sedate atmosphere of its renovated and expanded complex in University Circle.

Get a sneak peak at CoolCleveland.com

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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