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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

See Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art in Cleveland


3. What to Do

One of the gallery spaces inside the six-month-old Transformer Station.  

See what’s on display at the Transformer Station (free admission), a new contemporary-art space that opened in February. Formerly an electricity-converter building, the structure now houses selections from the photography collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, two former advertising executives, as well as temporary exhibitions curated by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The original brickwork and chains contrast with a new addition made of dark-gray polished concrete, providing an industrial-chic setting for shows like "Excerpts From Silver Meadows," a dark, jarring photo essay by Todd Hido (through August 23).

Check out the newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art ($8 admission), which completed a $27 million, Farshid Moussavi–helmed update last fall. A stunner both inside and out, with an angular mirrored exterior and white staircases snaking across the interior, the building is as impressive as the art on display. Current exhibits include a show of work from twelve artists who live in the region (through October 13) and a spray-painted mural by Katharina Grosse that climbs three stories of the atrium and is illuminated at night, even after the museum closes (through December 31).

Conquer the growing number of galleries in Ohio City and the Gordon Square Arts District. Start at BuckBuck, the live-work gallery space of a group of entrepreneurial young artists, where shows burst with youthful creativity. Head to 1point618, where eighth-generation Clevelander and architect Robert Maschke assembles both established and exciting emerging artists. Continue to 78th Street Studios, the enormous site of the former Baker Electric Motor Vehicle factory, now retrofitted into 40 mini galleries and studios. And don't pass up Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery, a leading player in the city's art scene.

Published on Jul 26, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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