Maria Hassabi, STAGING: Solo #2 (2017). Installation view at Centre Pompidou, Paris. Courtesy the artist; Koenig & Clinton, New York; The Breeder, Athens. Photo credit Thomas Poravas.
  • Maria Hassabi, STAGING: Solo #2 (2017). Installation view at Centre Pompidou, Paris. Courtesy the artist; Koenig & Clinton, New York; The Breeder, Athens. Photo credit Thomas Poravas.

Contemporary Art


These lectures are made possible in part by the Fran and Warren Rupp Contemporary Art Fund.

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi (Cypriot, b. 1973) is based in New York City and Athens. Her performances and installations probe the relationship between the live body and the still image, utilizing stillness and the velocity of deceleration as both technique and subject. In her lecture “Paradox of Stillness,” Hassabi discusses the distinct choreographic practice that she has developed over the years.


Past Events

Saturday, February 16, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Carmen Winant is a writer and visual artist who explores representations of women through collage, mixed media, and installation. She is the Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art at Ohio State University.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Artist, director, and award-winning cinematographer Arthur Jafa examines his 30-year career and discusses how he uses a range of visual media and music to examine black life and culture in the United States.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

In his lecture, Paglen will discuss his projects dealing with images, infrastructure, vertical geographies, artificial intelligence, and the changing nature and politics of landscape.

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 3:30 pm

Cleveland native Allen Ruppersberg is one of the most influential and inventive conceptual artists to emerge in the late 1960s. Enjoy a conversation between Ruppersberg and Siri Engberg, curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center, to learn more about his groundbreaking work and upcoming exhibitions. Free; ticket required.

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 2:00 pm

Mishka Henner is among a new generation of artists redefining the role of photography in the internet age. Much of his work navigates through this vast digital terrain to focus on key subjects of cultural and geo-political interest. In this presentation, he'll focus on the diversity of his influences and practice, and on controversies surrounding his projects.

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Artist and visual activist Zanele Muholi records the lives of black lesbian women in South Africa through photography, installation, and video, seeking to illuminate the contradictions of life in a country that recognizes the legality of same-sex marriages but is plagued by hate crimes and intolerance for LGBTI individuals.

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2:00 pm

Artist Glenn Ligon speaks about his recent work, including Come Out, a series of black-and-white silkscreen paintings, the first of which debuted at Thomas Dane in London last year and more recent versions of which are included in the 2015 Venice Biennale, and Encounter and Collision

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 2:00 pm

Learn about the recent work and current projects of Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, London-based artists whose collaborative projects use the book form, photography, video, and installation art to explore political conflict, violence, and the ramifications of image-making.

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2:00 pm

Roman Signer experiments with everyday objects like chairs, canoes, tables, tents or remote-controlled helicopters and relates them to earth, wind, gunpowder, fire, and water in unexpected ways. All of his sculptures and films are thoughtfully conceived works of art, but they are also radical experiments the outcome of which we (and the artist) can only guess at before they have come to an end.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 7:00 pm

William Pope.L will speak about two co-existing and opposing impulses observed his own work and in contemporary art over the past twenty years: the desire for wholeness, a center, origins, an anchor and stability in an artwork; and, simultaneously, the drive for fragmentation, dispersal, centerlessness, floating and drifting and instability

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

South African photographer Pieter Hugo will discuss his recent work, Permanent Error, shot in Ghana at a dump for obsolete Western technology. Limited simulcast tickets available. Call 216-421-7350 for more information and to reserve tickets.

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Irish-born artist discusses his photographs of rebel groups in eastern Congo.