Gallery Views of CIA Students: Cleveland, 2009
October 4, 2009-January 24, 2010
Two café exhibitions-over a century apart
One hundred and twenty years after Paul Gauguin and his comrades staged an independent exhibition in a café on the grounds of the Paris World's Fair in 1889, Cleveland Institute of Art students install their work on the walls of the café at the Cleveland Museum of Art. CIA Students: Cleveland, 2009 is a contemporary companion to the museum's fall exhibition, Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889, which recreates Gauguin's independent Paris café show. Though separated by over a century, these alternative café exhibitions share similar aims to provide needed exposure for emerging artists, and to announce the art of a new generation.
The exhibition begins on this wall with a series of prints and culminates in the rear section of the café with ten site-specific installations. In these works, the CIA student artists express fresh, contemporary responses to Gauguin's 1889 café show. They further reflect the lively spirit of collaboration shared through this project by students, faculty, and staff at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art.