Contemporary Art


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

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 2:00 pm

Artist, photographer, and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell (b. 1995, Atlanta) introduces new narratives about Black beauty and desire, embracing themes of the past and creating fictionalized moments of the imagined future. In 2018, he made history as the first Black photographer to shoot a cover of American Vogue for Beyoncé’s appearance in the September issue.

Mitchell joins CMA curator Key Jo Lee for a conversation about his approach to image making, including recent works currently on view at the CMA that present dreamlike, bucolic vignettes of Black people at leisure and play in a reimagined American South.


Past Events

Sunday, May 8, 2022, 2:00 pm

When viewing the latest editorial spread from your favorite fashion magazine, have you ever wondered what goes into creating the image? Hear three artists featured in The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion—Cleveland-born photographer and art director Adrienne Raquel (GQ, Vanity Fair, and Paper magazine), photographer and stylist Arielle Bobb-Willis (Lil Nas X, Lady Gaga, and Billie Eilish), and stylist Jermaine Daley (Interview magazine)—discuss how collaboration between the photographer, stylist, and editor is crucial to the making of the fashion photograph. CMA Assistant Curator Darnell-Jamal Lisby moderates the conversation.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 6:00 pm

In the CMA exhibition Picturing Motherhood Now, artists Andrea Chung, Alison Saar, and Rose B. Simpson offer new images of motherhood, using the subject as a lens through which to examine history and contemporary issues.

Join Chung, Saar, and Simpson in conversation as they discuss their distinct approaches to figurative representation, their innovative uses of sculptural materials, the social impact of art, and the different meanings of motherhood they present in their work.

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.

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, October 1, 2016, 2:00 pm

Dana Schutz, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, has gained renown for her large, quirky, and emotional yet ambiguous paintings that combine bold, bright colors with abstract figures.

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 6:30 pm

Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta) broadens our understanding of what artists do. Based in Delhi, India, their focus is on urban space, global circuits, and power structures.

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 2:30 pm

Leading American artist Ann Hamilton is internationally known for her transformational, large-scale, multimedia, sensory surrounds. Her talk will introduce audiences to some of her most important installations and her most recent works. Hamilton is based in Columbus, Ohio.