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Remembering John Jackson: A Community Gathering

February 11, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Sculpture working on tall vertical sculpture made from scraps
    John Jackson with his Work, Collection of Helen Zakin


In 2006, the art world was rocked by the double homicide of sculptor John Jackson and photographer Masumi Hayashi in the building where they lived and kept studios on the West Side of Cleveland. While nearly two decades later the tragedy of their deaths still looms large, what truly endures of an artist is the work they leave behind and the people whose lives they have touched.



To accompany the exhibition Against Gravity: Remembering John Jackson, the Artists Archives will host a talk and community gathering in memory of the late artist. On Saturday, February 11, 1:00 – 2:00pm, join John Jackson’s sister, Helen Zakin, as she reflects on his remarkable life and vibrant artistic practice.



The event will also feature important members of Northeast Ohio’s creative community, including Liz Maugans as well as fellow Archived Artists Mindy Tousley and Douglas Max Utter, who will share their unique insights on his work and their stirring memories.



Those who knew John are also invited to contribute their memories and stories to the conversation in a casual, community-oriented setting.



To attend the free program, please register on Eventbrite



Need special accommodations? We’re happy to help! Email info@artistsarchives.org to plan your visit or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re looking forward to seeing you!


The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve has been proudly certified as a Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities “ALL means ALL” organization. All people deserve to have equal access to and be equal participants in all aspects of community life. This includes where a person chooses to live, learn, work, and play. Cuyahoga DD’s ALL means ALL initiative provides guidance on actions businesses should take to ensure that they are welcoming of all people and able to support their inclusion in all activities, programs and events. To learn more about the ALL means ALL initiative, visit the Cuyahoga DD website.


February 11, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
1834 E. 123rd St.
Cleveland, 44106-1910 United States
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