Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning

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Presented by The Cleveland Museum of Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH

May 25 2019
Sep 22 2019
Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning

Features three monumental gunpowder works by Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang—reflections on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water

Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning features three monumental gunpowder works by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (born 1957), known for his explosion events, gunpowder paintings, and installations, all using environmentally friendly material.

While Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art (2018) was created especially for the exhibition, the other two exhibited works in monochrome and polychrome gunpowder illustrate the artist’s reflections on the state of our

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Curator Talks: Cai Gou-Qiang

Tuesdays, June 4 and August 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m. 

Wednesdays, July 10 and September 4, 2019, 6:00 p.m.

Explore the exhibition’s gunpowder-ignited works by Cai Guo-Qiang
with Clarissa von Spee, the CMA curator of Chinese art.

In Conversation: Cai Guo-Qiang and David Stradling

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
FREE; ticket required
Gartner Auditorium

Cai Guo-Qiang joins David Stradling, co-author of Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland, for a lively discussion of Cai’s art and social and environmental matters in the context of the exhibition.

Moderated by Philip Dodd, award-winning BBC broadcaster, cultural entrepreneur, and former director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.



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