Cleveland State University
The Art Gallery at Cleveland State University

Truppe Fledermaus and the Carnival at the End of the World

August 30, to October 12, 2013
Opening Reception Friday, August 30, 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Artist Talk 6:30 pm

South Gallery: TRUPPE FLEDERMAUS AND THE CARNIVAL AT THE END OF THE WORLD enigmatic photographs and prints by the internationally celebrated collaborative artist team Kahn & Selesnick

Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick


Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick are a collaborative artist team who have been working together since they met while attending art school at Washington University in St. Louis in the early 1980s. Both were born in 1964, in New York City and London respectively. They work primarily in the fields of photography and installation art, specializing in fictitious histories set in the past or future.   These may include: documentary-style panoramic and square photographs that combine absurdist fantasy and bogus anthropology; elaborately crafted artifact, costumes and sculpture, often constructed of unlikely materials such as bread or fur, painting and drawings ranging from large scale works on plaster to pages of conceptual doodling.

Their current work features the recreation of the famousTruppe Fledermaus's Memory Theatre of 1932 with its full complement of Batfolk, Greenmen, Rope-Slingers, and Death-Dancers in all their Carnivalesque glory.


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Gallery Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: By appointment
Wednesday & Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 8pm
Saturday: 12noon to 8pm
1307 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone 216.687.2103
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