This Friday, April 8th, we welcome Helen Liggett to our lecture series. Her talk, titled, The City Built by Hand, explores analogous relations linking photography, theory and the city. The “stickiness” that joins the documentary impulse to urban experience also infects aesthetics practices and cultural infrastructures that sustain urban life.
Helen Liggett’s interests are in the related fields of urban theory, visual culture and photography. She teaches in the Urban College at Cleveland State University and in the ARCH Studies program at Kent State University. Recent projects include exploration of urban governance and aesthetic practices in legacy cities as well as photo documentation of Re-imagining Cleveland and Design/Rebuild.
The lecture will be held at the CUDC from 12-1 PM. As always, free and open to the public.
The first exhibit hosted in our new CUDC gallery will have its opening reception on May 17, 2010 from 5-8pm. The exhibit entitled Napoli Senza Titolo (Naples Untitled) is a photographic exploration of Neopolitans using their city’s public spaces. The exhibit will run through May 29, 2010 and the gallery will be open during CUDC office hours (9-5pm).
Napoli Senza Titolo
May 17, 5 – 8pm
6pm : Gallery talk by Helen Liggett, photographer and professor at CSU’s Levin College of Urban Affairs
May 17, 2010 – May 29, 2010
1309 Euclid Ave., Suite 200
For more information call CUDC at 216.357.3434
The exhibit is sponsored by the Consul of Italy in Detroit, Marco Nobili and the CUDC in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago.
Photography majors from the Cleveland Institute of Art will have their Spring Show located on the first floor of our new building from March 26th – April 2nd. The exhibit cleverly named “it’ll last longer” will showcase the work of 18 students exploring the edges of photography using various media.
The currently vacant storefront located on the corner of E. 13th and Euclid Ave. was the site of Designerosa, our Pop Up City book release party and will be again be the venue for Kent State’s interior design department show the week following the CIA exhibit.
Hope to see you at these upcoming exhibits and look out for more event announcements coming soon!
by david jurca
Kent architecture alum, Ted Ferringer M.Arch ’08, MUD ’08, took these photos while exploring the urban outskirts of Cleveland. His descriptions of place are coupled with the photography.
This photo is from the roof of the old Howard Johnson’s hotel at the north end of E. 55th Street, just off of I90. This photo was taken during the Labor Day weekend airshow, which some friends and I spent the afternoon watching from the roof. That roof probably has the best view in the city.
A common collaborator of mine and good friend, Ryan DeBiase, embellished the day’s events in a blog post, here. It’s a work of creative non-fiction; some events are true, some are complete lies. Granted, he still re-caped the day’s events better then I ever could.
Its pretty ironic that the demo of the building started, then stopped, and now looks like it was bombed. It seems somehow appropriate, however, that the lies of that day eventually became a sort of fact.
6611 Euclid Ave. (1) and (2)
These photos were taken during another urban exploration with my common companion for such things, Mr. DeBiase. This building intrigued us the second we saw it after moving to Cleveland. It’s located along the Euclid Corridor, and its basic story is that it used to be light industrial/warehouse space (I believe it housed a garment factory for a number of years) before eventually being abandoned.
When the Euclid Corridor project started, the front bay of the building on the Euclid Ave. side was cut off to accommodate the wider street. For quite a while the building sat unsecured, with the entire front of the building sitting open–creating an amazing real-life building section.
Again, there seems to something inherently poetic about having to cut into the former soul of the city (a former manufacturing building)–creating a monumental scar–for progress to take place.
The RTA, which owns the building, has since covered the front of the building with giant metal panels, creating a new billboard/super graphic along the corridor, promising better times ahead. Like all things Cleveland, the potential is amazing, if perhaps forever unrealized.
I also happened to do a real estate case study for this property in a real estate class at CSU’s Levin College. This property would make an amazing technology/health care incubator site, as the shell of the building is in amazing shape, in an amazing location. It could make an incredible mixed use, TOD development.
(Ted Ferringer lives in Ohio City and works for a local architecture firm.)
* If you have photography of Cleveland (especially about topics of urban development) that you would like to see on this blog, feel free to leave a comment with your email address, and we’ll get back to you.
by marianne eppig