CAN Triennial: You Are Here
July 8 @ 5:30 pm - August 31 @ 5:30 pm
Opening Reception Friday, July 8 at the Morgan Conservatory 1754 E 47th Street Cleveland, OH 44103
VIP Preview: 5:30 – 7pm
Public Reception: 7 – 9pm
Registration and more information
CAN Triennial is a regionally focused exhibition featuring northeast Ohio artists, selected by an intergenerational and diverse curatorial team, and representing this moment in time, place, and history in Cleveland. Conceived in 2016, the inaugural CAN Triennial took place in 2018. The second CAN Triennial, initially scheduled in 2021, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From July 8 – August 31, the Artists Archives will be one of more than a dozen venues around Cleveland, Ohio hosting this inclusive community event. Our gallery will feature the artists selected by the Currently Under Curation (CUC) student curators’ program from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
As the curators explain, “Taking place in three spaces—the Artist Archives of the Western Reserve, The Sculpture Center (back gallery), and the Cleveland Institute of Art (Student and Alumni Gallery)—the University Circle portion of the CAN Triennial explores YOU ARE HERE as seen through the lens of identity, environment, and journey. In other words, if is about who we are, how place impacts our sense of self, and how where we are is a function of how we got here.” More information to come!
CUC Curators Statement: You Are Here: Understanding the Space We Fill part of the CAN Triennial exhibition held at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
Currently Under Curation (CUC) is a competitive arts mastery program facilitated by The Cleveland Museum of Art and offered in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation. The CUC team consists of six high school students who meet weekly to talk with artists and arts professionals, visit galleries, and museums, and actively explore the local arts scene. They were selected for their experience with the visual arts, communication skills, and professional responsibility.
Curating the CAN Triennial, CUC used two primary lenses. One was visceral, selecting artists that communicated a larger story, sparked conversations, explored new modes of expression, and were relatable. The other was based on what they observed and interpreted from the submissions, which shaped the CUC’s take on YOU ARE HERE.
YOU ARE HERE, for the CUC, revolves around identity, its intersection with environment, and associated journeys. Identity is about, “examining our origins,” and “understanding our placement in the world.” It can arise in, “the way you dress, wear your hair, and the place you grew up.” Identity can help, “discern how our culture and environment influence aspects of our individuality.” Environment can impact one’s, “sense of self, culture, and ideology,” and “makes you who you are.” Associated journeys – past, present, and future – help us celebrate the changes, hardships, and hopes along the way. Ultimately, YOU ARE HERE means self-awareness, self-expression, hope, and understanding our place in the world. We can display gratitude and acknowledge our place of origin. We are celebrating who we are and the journeys that got us here.
CUC Curators: Shree Ghosh, Abby Hope, Jamal Ledonté, Arica McKinney, Sarah Voss, and Jacklyn Walker. Statement compiled by Sabine Kretzschmar