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Space Invaders: Foil hats not required

Going to a museum and trying to discuss what you are viewing can induce librarian-like stares from patrons around you. I don’t know about you, but experiencing art in complete silence does not make my experience more meaningful nor more enlightened. It helps to look at a piece of art and turn to my companion to hash out what our different thoughts are on execution, meaning and success. Most times our opinions on various points totally differ but my appreciation for a piece of art or an installation is much richer after voicing my thoughts and hearing those of others.

Space Invaders 2010, a program continued from last year due to popular demand, was created to help viewers gain a better understanding of the work they’ll see in the region. We’ll engage in group discussions at local institutions as we work to conquer our fears and confusion about contemporary art. Everyone will leave the program with tools with which to use on their own.

This year we’ll visit the same local institutions as last year (SPACES, The Sculpture Center, MOCA and The Cleveland Museum of Art) but we’ve added an invasion to the Akron Art Museum and a field trip to The Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus. If you want to participate again or want to give it a shot for the first time just click here and sign up!

If you have any thoughts about last year’s experience please share them below or let me know if you have any questions about what to expect.

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#DailyArtDose Round-Up

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Potter-Belmar Labs performing live at Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY, August 2009
PBL will be visiting SPACES Thursday, December 10 for a live performance! Don’t miss it.

Catching you up to speed …

  • Mary Magsamen (Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating Curator) & Stephen Hillerbrand: maryandstephan.com
  • Temporary Services (Currently exhibiting and distributing Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): temporaryservices.org
  • Lutz Bacher: ratio3.org
  • Ellen Harvey: ellenharvey.info
  • Kate Budd: art.uakron.edu
  • Julia Christensen’s Big Box Reuse: bigboxreuse.com
  • Futurefarmers (Contributors to Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): futurefarmers.com
  • Former SWAP Artist Frances Whitehead: saic.edu
  • Jason Byers: jasonbyers.us
  • TR Ericsson: trericsson.com
  • Potter-Belmar Labs (featured in Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating): potterbelmar.org
  • Duke and Battersby (featured in Co-Existing and Co-Llaborating): dukeandbattersby.com
  • Luis Gispert: zachfeuer.com
  • Watts House Project: wattshouseproject.org
  • Former SPACELab Artist BJ Vogt bjvogt.blogspot.com
  • Erica Duffy Voss: ericaduffyvoss.com
  • Mitch Cope: ericaduffyvoss.com
  • Just Seeds: Visual Resistance Artists Cooperative (Contributors to Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and Economics): justseeds.org
  • Travis Hanmer: hanmerproject.com
  • Sarah Paul: mostlymad.com
  • Steve Lambert: visitsteve.com
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    Benefit Volunteers: We love you

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    Party-goers rock the bidding at SPACES’ benefit this year. Image courtesy of Metromix Cleveland; Photographer Brandon Davis, More images of the benefit from Metromix here.

    More images of the benefit can be viewed at Spanglemagazine.com.

    Annually, SPACES hosts a benefit and art auction. It’s a killer party … in so many ways: We have a wicked good time, but it is also a ton of work.

    This year, to cap off our experimental school-as-exhibition, The Plum Academy: An Institute for Situated Practices, we celebrated our benefit with Erie Prom: Enchantment Under the Lake. Last Saturday, guests made their way into the gallery-transformed-high-school-gymnasium/aquarium for a raucous, colorful good time in support of SPACES. Nearly 500 party-goers came donned in everything from original prom dresses to punny get-ups inspired by famous Cleveland monikers such as “Miss Steak on the Lake”. Regional and national artists generously donated paintings, sculpture, jewelery, drawings, you name it … all in support of SPACES. The proceeds raised from the benefit go to much needed general operating costs. We are so grateful our guests came, had a good time, and bought art. We are support junkies and would be nowhere without the generous giving circle formed by our donating artists and buying art patrons during our fundraiser.

    But one of the key elements of that giving circle are the volunteers who often get very little credit. Behind the scenes, before the guests arrive and during the fast-paced event, there are heroes who also made our largest fundraiser a success. This enormous undertaking requires hours, days, months of preparation and planning (we begin in June, six months before the event) and along the way we had some of the most amazing people at our side pleading for art, gift certificates, and food for the buffet, painting mermaids and seaweed in unexpected places, arranging centerpieces, taking photos for hours on end, and brainstorming, among so many other volunteer duties that require blood, sweat, tears, and loyalty.

    Special thanks to Jessica Adler, Judi Balcerzak (volunteer round-up extraordinaire), Ivi Barceloni, Laura Barry, Blaise Carrier-Chouinard, Cynthia Daniels Chiplis, Jeff Chiplis (who always pulls through for us), CSU paper crew, Jacqueline DelBrocco & Josh, Joan Deveney and her daughter Jessica, Maureen (Moe) Dixon (Moe’s here, never fear), Michael Dockrill, Deborah Durbin, Bryan Edwards, Risë Edwards, Bonnie Manning, Cherie Price (Bryan, Risë, Bonnie, Cherie, my personal heroes), Bruce Edwards, Heather Funk, David Gobeille, Melody Grable, Michele Gregg, Kelly Hathaway, Henry Hwang, Lori Kella, Skye Kellerman, Patti Knon, Nicholas P. Kouris (late-night die-hard and hero), Laura Kushnick (best at making waves), Leslie Lahr, John Larger, Kelly Marie Lawrence, Vanessa LaValle, Qian Li, Stephen Litchfield (who can build anything flawlessly), Steve Louzos, Jerry Mann (always getting the candid shots), Anneliesa Melari, Frank Miller III (Fabulous Dodd Photo Corner photographer), Alex Nichols & friends, Emily Ouzts, Ryan Pearl (wine connoisseur and funny man), Nick Meloro (a shining face always), Angelica Pozo, Amelia & Eliza Richardson, Jill Richardson (keeper of sanity), Scott Richardson (the pres), Liza Rifkin, Liz Sabo, Maria Samuelson, Zoey Sebastian, Alyssa Schneider, Tim Skehan, Mia Sobotka, Hallie Spooner, Matt Stevens, Sean Szczepinski, Adam Tully (always cheerful and enthusiastic), Casey Vogt, Joy Whitman, Maggie Wojton, Laila Voss, Bob Zombar (your laugh, Bob, looking forward to it next year!), and soooo many others who helped us pull off a fantastic evening.

    Thank you to our rock star co-chairs John Farina and Genna Petrolla and our wonderful board!

    TO ALL OF YOU HELPED THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS: Your time, devotion, positive energy, and creative force is what kept us going and made this fundraiser a success! THANK YOU!

    Posted by Nicole Edwards, Communications Manager on behalf of SPACES staff

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    #DailyArtDose Round-Up

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    Week of September 28

  • Erik Otto: erikotto.com
  • Kevin Haas: kevinhaas.com
  • Ben Kinsley: bkinsley.com
  • Bidoun Magazine: bidoun.com
  • Julian Montague: montagueprojects.com and strayshoppingcart.com
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    Underground Activity

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    For those of us who seek something different, a little adventurous, something vintage, yet urban and gritty, and most importantly something FREE, the Viaduct will be hopping this weekend. Artists, city-dwellers, and suburbanites are invited to mix and mingle beneath one of Cleveland’s most amazing hidden treasures. The Bridge Project opens up the historic subway and streetcar level of the Detroit Superior Bridge (Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, right across from SPACES’ headquarters) on Friday, September 25 (4pm to midnight) and (Saturday from noon – midnight). SPACES’ fan-favorite, PechaKucha takes place at 8:20pm during The Bridge Project (same location). Aside from having access to one of Cleveland’s most mysterious, nostalgic, and architecturally interesting landmarks, you will experience some spectacular views of the city and get to see some of the area’s most talented cultural players. And, well, if you are going to be on the Viaduct, you might as well stop on by and check out our current exhibitions taking place in the gallery. We’re open until 7pm on Friday and from 11am to 5:30pm on Saturday, so … Need I say more?

    Full schedule of events

    Update 09.24.09: Check out the video below that gives you directions on how to get to the Bridge Project, and provides a sneak peek at the glory of the lower level of the bridge.

    Posted by Nicole Edwards

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