'Rooms to Let' Housing Exhibition Returns to Slavic Village This Weekend

Following the housing crisis of 2008, Slavic Village was one of the most devastated areas in the country. In an effort to continue the conversation around vacancy and the current state of Cleveland’s historic neighborhoods, Slavic Village Development presents its second Rooms to Let: CLE (RTL), Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. The event originated in Columbus with a similar theme.

Slavic Village Development selected a new group of curators to receive homes throughout the neighborhood. Each curator assembles a team of artists to transform a dilapidated house into an enveloping art installation.

This year’s curators include Rian Brown-Orso (filmmaker, video artist and Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and New Media at Oberlin College), Dana DePew (artist/curator), Amy Krusinski Sinbondit (ceramics/sculpture artist and Technical Specialist/Adjunct Faculty at Cleveland Institute of Art), Scott Pickering (artist) and Sai Sinbondit (Designer at Bialosky+Partner Architects and faculty at Cleveland Institute of Art).

"Rooms to Let offers the unique opportunity to utilize a vacant home that has a date with the wrecking ball as a nontraditional exhibition space,” explains Dana Depew. “The participating artists and curators enact their vision in order to give these spaces a proper eulogy."

"Rooms To Let is a unique intervention of artists in abandoned homes in an historic Cleveland neighborhood—a bittersweet song honoring the passing and memory of these four dwellings with art, community and music” adds Rian Brown-Orso.

"Now participating in RTL for the third time (once in Columbus, twice in Cleveland), it is amazing for me to see the many manifestations of how artists consider the concept of a HOME,” says co-founder of Zygote Press and CAN Journal Liz Maugans. “These ideas range, from the craft and thoughtfulness that went into the design, the people who built the structure, the families that lived there, and the respectful consideration of the home’s current status. Rooms to Let is an opportunity for artists to understand, reframe and revision the stories and memories of people who committed to Cleveland and the aftermath of this ever-transitioning city on the places in which we live."

RTL includes a block party with live music, interactive art activities and local food vendors. For more info, pick up an event map at 7019 Fullerton Ave. (corner of E. 71st and Fullerton).

(Rooms to Let) various locations throughout Slavic Village, http://slavicvillage.org/roomstolet

Participating artists include (in no particular order): Mona Gazala, Megan Louise Pitcher, Tina Ripley, Meg Matko, Kelsey Moulton, Megan Elk, Mallorie Freeman, Progressive Arts Alliance Artist-Educators and Mound STEM School Students, Lauren Sammon, Loren Naji, Acerbic, SPEC, Amanda Wilcox+Michael Lombardy , Bialosky+Partner Architect, Rachel Yurkovich, Nathan Manthey, Jordan Fine, Spencer Cowan, Jeffry Chiplis, Paul Sydorenko, Jose Carlos Texiera , Claudio Orso, Rick Ferris, Sarah FitzSimons, Ron Gundel, Edward Raffel, Doug Meyer, Cynthia Penter, Christine Mauersberger, Matthew Bartel, Ron Copeland, Grace Summanen, Nancy Baker Cahill, Rian Brown Orso, Broadway MyCom P-16, Scott Pickering, Claire Campbell, Liz Maugans, Robin Latkovich, Charles Kiss, Sally Hudak, Dana DePew, and Keith Graham.

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