The Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., University Circle, welcomes internationally noted contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, at 4 p.m. Sunday for a talk on her career and body of work.
One of two artists to speak at the museum on the occasion of its east wing opening in 2009, Weems is giving her talk in conjunction with the exhibit of a retrospective of her work, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, on view through Sept. 29.
Over the past 30 years, Weems has explored issues of race, gender and class in thought-provoking photographic and video works, with an over-arching commitment to better understanding the present by closely examining history and identity. Tickets: $15/$10 Cleveland museum members; students free with current school ID. Buy tickets online at http://www.clevelandart.org or by calling the ticket center at 216-421-7350.
Museum’s book club
The Book Club of the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., meets at 6 tonight to discuss The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.
It may not be Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, but it has its moments. On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the slice.
To her horror, she finds that her cheerful mother tastes of despair. Soon, she’s privy to the secret knowledge that most families keep hidden: her father’s detachment, her mother’s transgression, her brother’s increasing retreat from the world.
The qualities of the literary genre of magical realism are among the topics discussed regarding this book.
This installment of Reading Under the Roof Cloud will examine Bender, one of the genre’s contemporary masters, and this book, which is a story about the heart-breaking difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them.
Magical realism as a literary form begun in South America with the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (One Hundred Years of Solitude) and Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits). But its popularity and the number of movies that have resulted from this genre are exponential. Authors and movies based on their books include Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic), Toni Morrison (Beloved), Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) and Yann Martel (Life of Pi).
‘Art Battle 2013’
The final round of the Massillon Museum’s “Art Battle 2013” will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Bender’s, 50 Lincoln Way E., in downtown Massillon.
Artists who have qualified for the final round will have exactly one hour to create a piece of art reflecting a topic chosen at random just seconds before the competition begins.
The winner — chosen by a panel of judges and by the crowd — will earn a solo show in the Massillon Museum’s Studio M, a gallery that features regional art.
Admission to Massillon Art Battle is free. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or go to http://massillonmuseum.org.
Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or email@example.com.