Cleveland State University
The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University

The Human Subject

Work in Gallery C

October 23 – November 10, 2009
A Different World

Gallery talk with the artist:
October 23 at 6:00 pm

Featuring works by self-taught visual artist, poet, and writer Virginia Konchan.

November 13 – December 5, 2009
A Thin Red Line
Artist talk and reception:
November 13 at 11:30 am

With works by Nez Perce artist Rachel Allen in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Curated by Jeanne Grosetti. Cosponsored by CSU’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

November 14 at 12:00 noon
Family print art workshop with Rachel Allen and Jeanne Grosetti.

In this exercise each participant will have a piece of printfoam to make their own images, marks, or symbols that represent them or their family.  Each participant will print a piece to take home and share with family.

The larger collaborative project will be a large piece of paper that can represent the community of families or individuals that participated in the workshop. On this paper we will print each participant’s printfoam to make a community piece.

October 23 through December 5, 2009
Opening reception: October 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm


With artists: Susan Hauptman, Sean Henry, Misha Kligman, Baila Litton, Jenny Scobel

Curated by Tim Knapp, Assistant Gallery Director at Cleveland State University.

Artist Statement

Through the lens of my family’s history and personal experience I am examining ideas of home, exile and cultural belonging. Particularly, I am interested in the 20th century history of the Soviet Jewish Diaspora and the residual psychological affects that the continuous ethnic repressions and the Holocaust had on the generations of Russian Jews who survived these events. I attempt to recover and piece together what remains of a lost and scattered culture, one shaped by internal values as much as by the passage of time, extermination, war, and finally assimilation.

My recent work draws upon objects from my childhood, as well as the photographs from my family’s collection, and the historical archives of the Soviet government. The people portrayed are literally erased and disfigured. Their identities lost, destroyed or altered by the trauma.

My aim is to present an unsentimental surface treatment. By combining drawing and painting with materials such as salt, ash, and gold, I aim to transform the images from mere nostalgic artifacts to containers of cultural memory. Ash could be seen as alluding to destruction as well as rebirth; salt as something that preserves; gold reinforces the ideas of permanence and preciousness.

Making the work for me is a process of discovery. The process provides me with the opportunity to not only reexamine the past, but to identify my place in history, and the cultures that I inhabit.

Misha Kligman was born in 1978 in Kazan, Russia. Misha's family immigrated to the US in 1995, after the fall of the Soviet Union, and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2001 he earned his BA in Art from Cleveland State University and in 2009 he received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Kansas. Misha's work has been exhibited regularly in solo as well as group shows in the Midwest. Currently he resides in Kansas City, Missouri and teaches drawing in the area universities.

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