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CSU Exhibit Presents Art About Life, Death

“Demise” is curated by artist John L. Moore


The Galleries at Cleveland State University will launch its 2018-19 season with the presentation of “Demise,” a powerful meditation on the meaning of life and death, curated by artist John L. Moore. The show, featuring the work of six prominent contemporary artists, will run August 31 through October 5 at the Galleries’ downtown location in Playhouse Square, 1307 Euclid Avenue.

Artists in the exhibit include Rina Banerjee, Esperanza Cortés, Jae Rhim Lee, Brian Maguire, Paolo Pelosini and Levent Tuncer and will include Lee’s Infinity Burial Project, Maguire’s portraits of the women of Juarez, Mexico and Tuncer’s Jinndom series.

The exhibit is inspired by  three major paintings on death held in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art including Albert Pinkham Ryder's The Race Track (Death On A Pale Horse), Pablo Picasso's La Vie, and Anselm Kiefer's Lot's Wife. Cleveland Museum of Art curators Reto Thuering, curator of contemporary art, and William Robinson, curator of modern European paintings, are engaged in the exhibition and contributors to the exhibition catalog. The exhibition also reintroduces two artists with Cleveland connections, Paolo Pelosin, former faculty member  at The Cleveland Institute of Art and Rina Banerjee a graduate of Case Western Reserve University.

John L. Moore was born and raised in Cleveland. Moore is a former  assistant curator of the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as a visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Texas.  He received the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1995.

The Galleries at CSU are located in the historic Cowell & Hubbard Building at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 13th Street, in the heart of Playhouse Square and is open Tuesday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Galleries seek to educate, edify, and involve diverse audiences by presenting exhibitions and related programs that promote the understanding of art and its relationship to society.