2013 FALL EXHIBITIONS

Made in Mourning: Contemporary Memorial and Reliquary
Lisa Austin | Lane Cooper | Alison Crocetta | Martinez E-B | Alicia Eggert + Mike Fleming | Adam Frelin | Edward Heavrin | Lauren Herzak-Bauman | Christine Hinz Lenzen | Carol Hummel | Guillermo Trejo
Guest Curator: Nicholas Fenell
September 19 - December 20 2013
at The Sculpture Center, East Cleveland Township Cemetery and The Alfred and Norma Lerner Tower of University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Made in Mourning: Contemporary Memorial and Reliquary navigates contemporary society's methods of reliquary and memorial creation with artworks ranging from the American mainstream to regional and folk cultures. Included in the exhibition are "ghost bikes," video memorials, personal and public reliquaries and artworks that abstractly consider loss as well as those that were conceived in direct response to a loss. Art depicting loss and in memoriam illustrates the personal connections to death; other art examines death in a political and public manner. Through the skill and thought involved in the artist's creation of each work the full-bodied nature of living beings is re-presented in relics that respond to the diversity of contemporary American culture.

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Art depicting loss and in memoriam illustrates the personal connections to death; other art examines death in a political and public manner. Through the skill and thought involved in the artist's creation of each work the full-bodied nature of living beings is re-presented in relics that respond to the diversity of contemporary American culture.

Made in Mourning brings death into light with its artwork installed in the two galleries of The Sculpture Center and within the grounds of the historic East Cleveland Township Cemetery. Meaningful mourning and the removal of the taboos of death can be integral to a happy and fulfilling life. Made in Mourning offers art as creative guides to the consideration of varied mourning practices in our contemporary times. The accompanying community outreach activities joyfully integrate death and cemeteries into life. The dynamic lecturers of the accompanying The Dirt on Death lecture series offer a first-hand experience into the secret world of the funerary industry and alternatives to America's contemporary relationship with death and mourning.

Made in Mourning is the first collaboration between The Sculpture Center and its close neighbor, the East Cleveland Township Cemetery at 1621 E. 118th Street behind the Case Western Football Field.

Made in Mourning: Contemporary Memorial and Reliquary, The Dirt on Death lecture series and the accompanying community outreach activities are made possible through generous support from The George Gund Foundation, the Ohio Humanities Council (a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities), a private donation from Tim and Nancy Callahan and the Kickstarter backers to Made in Mourning including Nancy Callahan, Marc Ciccarelli and Ruth Herzak. Neighborhood Connections is providing generous support to the East Cleveland Township Cemetery, a collaborator with The Sculpture Center, especially for the accompanying community activities.

Partnerships include University Hospitals, which is providing generous exhibition space at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center for Lisa Austin's Child Garden for the ICU, FiveOne Experimental Orchestra whose talents will provide live music, Ye Be Also Ready, for a community and family picnic at the East Cleveland Township Cemetery and University Circle Inc., which is providing bussing between The Sculpture Center and the East Cleveland Township Cemetery.

The George Gund Foundation
   Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

About the artists
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Through a successful Kickstarter campaign, The Sculpture Center is able to offer stipends to the eleven artists exhibiting work in Made in Mourning: Contemporary Memorial and Reliquary. Thank you all kindly for your generous pledges in support of the artists exhibiting work in Made in Mourning: Contemporary Memorial and Reliquary.

THE DIRT ON DEATH LECTURE SERIES

Thursday September 26 Lisa Austin: Saying Goodbye At Home | 7pm at The Sculpture Center, Main Gallery
Friday October 25 Caitlin Doughty: UnShrouded: Revealing America's Hidden Death Culture | 7pm at The Sculpture Center, Main Gallery
Thursday November 14 Jack Santino | Mourning in Public: Spontaneous Shrines and the Voices of the People | 7pm at The Sculpture Center, Main Gallery
Friday November 22 Nicholas Fenell: The Final Word: Guest Curator Talk | 12:30 pm at the Ohio Bell Auditorium, George Gund Building, Cleveland Institute of Art
Friday December 6 Elina Gertsman: Imagining Death in Medieval Art | 7pm at The Sculpture Center, Main Gallery

About the lecturers

This program is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Made in Mourning includes varied community activities at The Sculpture Center and the East Cleveland Township Cemetery. All free to the public, these include an Into to Traffic Safety Skills class followed by a Memorial Ride of Silence for Sylvia, a Saturday picnic on the cemetery grounds with live music and a specially commissioned composition by FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, an afternoon of children's bike decoration and riding in the cemetery, Halloween cemetery tours and a film screening. These lively and joyous activities for children and adults are intended to introduce the community to the East Cleveland Township Cemetery, which is maintained as a green space for its neighbors and Case Western Reserve University students as well as a working cemetery. It is also hoped that they will help to ease the fears and anxieties commonly seen surrounding death, mourning and cemeteries.


Image courtesy of The Sculpture Center.

November - December Community Activities

Thursday November 14
The Dirt on Death Lecture Series presents:
Jack Santino:
Mourning in Public: Spontaneous Shrines and the Voices of the People
The Sculpture Center, Main Gallery | 7 PM
FREE and open to the public.

Thursday November 21
Screening of The Potter's Field Documentary
With introduction by filmmaker Edward Heavrin
The Sculpture Center, Main Gallery | 7 PM
FREE and open to the public.

Friday November 22
The Dirt on Death Lecture Series presents:
Nicholas Fenell: Final Word, Guest Curator Talk
(in conjunction with the Lunch on Friday lecture series)
Ohio Bell Auditorium, Cleveland Institute of Art, George Gund Building| 12:15 PM
FREE and open to the public.

Friday December 6
The Dirt on Death Lecture Series presents:
Elina Gertsman: Imagining Death in Medieval Art
The Sculpture Center, Main Gallery | 7 PM
FREE and open to the public.

about East Cleveland Township Cemetery
Nestled in Cleveland's culturally and institutionally rich University Circle neighborhood, the historic East Cleveland Township Cemetery was established in 1859. Many of the earliest settlers of the Western Reserve are buried in the cemetery. The mission of East Cleveland Township Cemetery Foundation is to provide education and patriotic events for the community pertaining to its historic heritage in an urban park setting that demonstrates the honor and respect due the early pioneer settlers of the Western Reserve. The East Cleveland Township Cemetery is two blocks northwest of The Sculpture Center at 1621 East 118th Street.

Images: The Sculpture Center
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The Sculpture Center is an arts institution dedicated to the advancement of the careers of emerging sculptors of Ohio and its greater region and the preservation of Ohio outdoor public sculpture as a means to provide support for artists and to effect the enrichment, education, enjoyment, and visual enhancement of the Cleveland community and beyond.

The Sculpture Center receives generous support from The Callahan Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, the Bernice and David E. Davis Art Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, studioTECHNE|architects, Sculpture Center board members, and many individual donors to Friends of The Sculpture Center. The 2014 W2S series is directly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. The Sculpture Center is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. It is also supported by grants from the Ohio Arts Council.

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