Best Spring 2015 Art Events In Cleveland

Best Spring 2015 Art Events In Cleveland

Even though it is still winter in Northeast Ohio, there is no reason why we can’t look ahead to spring and check out the various cool art events happening in the museums around our area. Cleveland really has it all from classical art to rock and roll to contemporary art to dinosaurs to sculpture. Here are a few ideas to check out along with a short listing of upcoming exhibits.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (Credit, Mark Horning)

The Cleveland Museum of Art (Credit, Mark Horning)

Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-7350

There are always new exhibits to explore at the Cleveland Museum of Art and this spring is no exception. Here are a few of the upcoming shows:

Themes and Variations
Musical Drawings and Prints

Date: Jan. 25 to May 17, 2015

This exhibit will be made up of 60 drawings and prints that explore how music and music making have been represented in art from the 15th to 20th century and will feature works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Jean Antoine Watteau, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Wassily Kandinsky and John Cage.

The Novel and the Bizarre
Salvator Rosa’s Scenes of Witchcraft

Date: Feb. 15 to June 14, 2015

Salvator Rosa fought throughout his life to establish his independence while promoting his originality. He felt he was one of the great painters of history, philosophy and morality. The exhibit will feature four Scenes of Witchcraft from 1645-49 that he painted at the Medici court that shows his use of satire, burlesque and the macabre

Contemporary Prints

Date: March 22 to July 26, 2015

This exhibition is made up of contemporary prints from the likes of Richard Tuttle, Andrew Raftery, Rosemarie Trockel, Yizhak Elyashiv, Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Annette Lemieux, Thomas Novkowski and Christiane Baumgartner (many that have never been exhibited). The purpose is to demonstrate how American and foreign artists use printmaking to bring their ideas to life.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Credit, Mark Horning)

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Credit, Mark Horning)

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
University Circle
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 231-4600

Mammoths and Mastodons

Date: Now through April 19, 2015

What better way to celebrate winter in Cleveland than with a trip to the Ice Age? Mammoths and mastodons ranged from temperate climates all the way to the frozen north. These huge beasts (up to eight tons) with tusks up to 16 feet long were a key source of food as well as artistic inspiration for the ancient peoples of Europe, Asia and North America. The exhibit features fleshed-out creatures and skeletons that visitors can touch as well as some of the oldest art in existence, huge skulls and tusks, and even some mammoth relatives including dwarf mammoths.

The featured piece of the exhibit is a replica of a 42,000-year-old intact baby mammoth named Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) who was discovered in 2007 by a Siberian reindeer herder and two of his sons. “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age” is free with museum admission.

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The Sculpture Center
1834 E. 123rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 229-6527

The Sculpture Center of Cleveland is dedicated to promoting the careers of emerging local talents as well as the preservation of Ohio outdoor public sculpture while providing support for the artists and at the same time provide enrichment, education, enjoyment and visual enhancement to the general public.

The two upcoming exhibits include:

Derek Coté
Terra Nullius (No Man’s Land)
A 2015 W2S Exhibition – Main Gallery

Date: March 26 – May 28, 2015

Step into Derek Coté’s world of a “strange laboratory” that is a response to his participation in a geographic exploration of the Arctic Circle, Alaska and Iceland. The exhibit includes mixed media objects such as projected video loops, kinetic elements, sounds and photographs.

John Douglas Powers: New Work
A 2015 W2S Exhibition – Euclid Avenue Gallery

Date: Date: March 26 – May 28, 2015

Through the use of cinema, computation, music and objects, Powers’ work references back to the rural Indiana landscape of his youth and the machinery invented to cultivate and tame it.

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
11400 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-8671

Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity

Date: Now through Jan. 18, 2015

This museum itself is a work of art. Currently on exhibit is “Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity” which studies the culinary process of the man considered to be the world’s greatest chef. The exhibit comes from a successful run in New York and focuses on his visualization and drawing practices of the master through photos, sketches, wall graphics, framed prints, notebooks and plasticine food models. Both exhibits will be at the museum through January 18, 2015.

Kirk Mangus: Things Love

Date: Now through Jan. 18, 2015

Also at the museum will be the works of ceramicist “Kirk Mangus: Things Love” that highlight the career of this internationally known artist who was a dedicated teacher and mentor at Kent State University for 30 years. Examples of Mangus’s work will focus on his playful gestures of roughhewn forms and experimental glazing that has been the influence to countless artists in the Northeast Ohio region. Both exhibits will be at the Museum through January 18, 2015.

The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum (Credit, Mark Horning)

The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum (Credit, Mark Horning)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1100 E. 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 781-7625

There is always something new to see at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Current exhibits include collections of items from such notables as The Beatles, Elvis Presley, U2, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Janis Joplin and The Who.

Special exhibits include the Paul Simon collection that is the first candid commentary gleaned from hours of filmed interview footage as well as live performances. Also on display is the creative process used to write “The Boxer,” one of Simon’s most beloved songs.

“Common Ground: The Festival Experience” houses one of the most comprehensive collections of festival artifacts from a variety of touring bands and also includes a multi-media festival experience with four walls of videos and the base of a light and speaker tower  Mud and porta-potties not included. 

Mark Horning is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. His work can be found on

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