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The museum closes at 9 p.m. on Fridays ... or does it?

Performance art, an electro-squiggle band, and student art are just a few of the things you’ll be able to find this Friday at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s special After Hours party.  We’re keeping the museum open extra late from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and we’re inviting you to stop by and help us keep the party going all night.

To keep you entertained we’ve invited some very unique performers.  At 9:30 p.m. New York based composer and artist Marina Rosenfeld will be showcasing her performance art creation the Sheer Frost Orchestra.  This one-of-a-kind musical group is executed by 17 mostly female performers who play floor-bound guitars with nail polish bottles.  Curiouser and curiouser.  The performance should be good considering Rosenfeld’s list of credentials.  Her large scale works have been displayed at Deitch Projects in New York, the Tate Modern in London, Wien Modern in Vienna and the Taktlos in Bern.  She is also a featured artist at PEFRORMA 09 , the third biennial of new visual art performance, in NYC this November.  Click here for a YouTube preview.

Just when you think it won’t get any stranger that’s when the San Francisco based electro-squiggle duo Eats Tapes (Marijke Jorritsma and Gregory Zifcak) takes the stage.  They perform at 11:30 p.m. just outside the Gauguin exhibition.  Eats Tapes uses hardware sequencers, synths, modified drum machines, cassette players and a midi Nintendo to achieve a psychedelic, art rock sound that is guaranteed to make you want to get up and dance.

Meanwhile, we’re also displaying a very special art exhibition that opens during the party.  The Cleveland Institute of Art’s CIA Students: Cleveland, 2009 exhibition is inspired by Gauguin’s independent exhibition at Monsieur Volpini’s Café des Arts.  The CIA students will be emulating Gauguin and his contemporaries by setting up a small exhibition of 10 works inside the CMA café.  Just like in Gauguin in 1889, the students will be giving you a glimpse of what is new and upcoming in today’s art world.

Admission to the party is $10 and that gets you into the Gauguin exhibition all night, access to a cash bar and refreshments, plus you are guaranteed to see performances like you’ve never seen before.  For more information and to get your tickets in advance click here.

Thanks for all who participated in the contest on Nov. 10.  Congrats Mel!

We ope to see all of you there!

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