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Michael Rakowitz & Anne Wilson

Michael Rakowitz & Anne Wilson

A Color Removed is a city-wide participatory project grounded in the impossible gesture of removing the color orange from Cleveland and suspending its future use.

The presence of orange, as a symbol of safety, encourages complacency. But what if we could trust that safety is a right guaranteed to everyone who travels in, through, and around Cleveland? What if orange was rendered superfluous? A Color Removed addresses the underlying questions regarding the right to safety by encouraging community members to deconstruct its symbols and create solidarity for a more peaceful city.

A Color Removed formally commenced with a public letter writing campaign in the fall of 2017 and continues with an open call for orange objects to be accumulated in collection bins installed throughout Cleveland. Clothing, toys, sports equipment, household items, etc. will be catalogued and displayed at SPACES from July 15 to September 30, 2018. The enlistment of community members in surrendering orange objects and developing responses to the supersaturated orange display at SPACES is an invitation to a difficult and ongoing conversation around the forces that shape safety in American cities, including gun violence and community-police relations, as well as the overlapping impacts connecting characteristics that are targeted for oppression. Facilitated discussions and workshops will be conducted by partner organizations, project collaborators, and neighbors, and housed within the monochrome A Color Removed display at SPACES, where fearless listening enables fearless speaking.

A Color Removed was conceived by Michael Rakowitz, as a response to the shooting of Tamir Rice by Cleveland police, and was debuted during his 2015 Beamer-Schneider Lecture in Ethics and Civic at Case Western Reserve University. The project is organized by SPACES and presented as part of FRONT International, An American City: 11 Cultural Exercises. A full list of collaborators and collection bin hosts will be made available during the exhibition.

2900 Detroit Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113


Anne Wilson
July 14, 7:30 - 9pm:  FRONT Opening Celebration
Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances, and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, and private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials–table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire. Her art resides in the permanent collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Arts and Design, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Detroit Institute of Arts; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. Anne was named a 2015 United States Artists Distinguished Fellow and is the recipient of awards from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, NASAD (Citation Recipient), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Distinguished Alumni Award), the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her artwork is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery. In addition to her practice, Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cleveland Institute of Art - Reinberger Gallery
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106